Debunking the L A Times story claiming new study shows human caused warming doubled western U.S. area burned since 1984

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin

The October 10, 2016 Times article addresses a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences where the authors claimed that through the use of large scale climate models and annual wildfire data from 1984 to 2015 they determined that man made climate change increased the aridity of wildfire fuel by 55% which doubled the area of the western U.S. that burned during this period.

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This latest story is significantly different in its presentation of a supposed wildfire connection to climate change versus a wildfire story which was published in the Times on October 18, 2015 where Governor Brown’s attempt to link man made climate change to wildfires was unsupported by fire experts.(

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-84747069/)

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In October 18, 2015 Times article wildfire experts unsupportive of Brown’s position noted that:

“But climate scientists’ computer models show only that global warming will bring consistently…

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