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As Temperatures Rise, More California Forests Will Burn

Park Williams and Richard Seager, climate experts at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, discuss why California wildfires are expected to expand and intensify with climate change.

by |September 4, 2019
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Protecting the Amazon Requires Changing Policy and Eating Less Beef

Global demand for beef is fueling the Amazon rainforest fires, and it will take a global solution to fix it.

by |August 27, 2019

You Asked: How Destructive Are the Amazon Rainforest Fires? Can They Be Stopped?

An Earth Institute adjunct tackles reader questions about the record-breaking fires in Brazil.

by |August 26, 2019

Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

A new study combs through the factors that can promote wildfires in California, and concludes that in many cases, warming climate is the decisive driver.

by |July 15, 2019

Harnessing Big Data and Machine Learning to Forecast Wildfires in the Western U.S.

New research will advance understanding of how wildfires may evolve in the future, and how we can most effectively respond to them.

by |July 10, 2019

Climate-Driven Fires Could Turn Yellowstone Forests to Grassland By Midcentury

A new study shows that some of Yellowstone National Park’s forests may be at a climate tipping point, and could be replaced by grassland by the middle of this century.

by |January 17, 2019

Wildfire Experts: A Journalist’s Guide

A guide to wildfire experts at the Earth Institute.

by |November 14, 2018

Yes, Climate Change is Making Wildfires Worse

Park Williams, a bioclimatologist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, has found that rising temperatures influence wildfires in the American West.

by |November 12, 2018

Wildfires in Israel and Palestine – A Fuel for Conflict or an Opportunity for Building Trust?

In Israel and Palestine, wildfires offer an exemplary case study of the potential of environment management as a lever for cooperation, or as a driver of conflict among communities sharing common resources.

by |August 15, 2018
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Warming Climate Could Make Wildfire-Prone Homes Uninsurable

As insurers begin to account for climate change in their wildfire risk models, premiums in scorched areas could skyrocket.