Up in Smoke: The West and Wildfire

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By: Denny Smith | Aug 31, 2018 11:01 AM | Permalink
I got to"human driven global warming" and stopped reading the article.
says:    (Sep 2, 2018 12:00 AM)

Here you go Denny- the most robust science on the subject, written by over 800 scientists from around the world, drawing from over 9,200 citations. If you dispute that, then I imagine you think the earth is flat as well. https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/

By: | Aug 31, 2018 01:09 AM | Permalink
The problem is not global warming. The real problem is water or lack thereof inland. The amount of water on earth has not changed since the beginning of time it is one of 3 forms; liquid, vapor or frozen as ice. What has happened is we humans are covering the soil with homes, roads, parking lots and so on. This restricts the earths ability to absorb water. Then since we don?t store enough we pump water from the earth faster than the areas left open can absorb. Covered earth leads to runoff which carries silt which also clogs the pores of the soil blocking absorption. Now since we remove water from the soil the soils are becoming compacted ( hence the ground is sinking ). All of this is changing the water content of the soils, which creates an unhealthy dry soil which creates suseptability of disease for plant life. Now add careless humans and ignorant humans ( those unable to understand what you need to do to live outside of the city ) and viola! Disaster in the name of fires and floods. This could all be prevented with a little forthought, meaning that greed should take a backseat.
says:    (Sep 2, 2018 12:00 AM)

Somehow you overlooked drought. We do have less water in the form of precipitation.

By: | Aug 30, 2018 05:23 PM | Permalink
"Human driven global warming"? When would you have liked the climate to stop "changing"? When the polar caps were tropical forests, or when New Jersey was under miles of ice? ONE (1) volcanic eruption has a larger "carbon footprint" than all of mankind since we stood upright. Hawaii is the most recent. Learn to adapt. Your suggestions for dealing with it are good, but the term "man-made climate" change should go the way of the dinosaurs. (Gee....who caused that?)
Guillermo Payet says:    (Aug 30, 2018 12:00 AM)

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the world's volcanoes, both on land and undersea, generate about 200 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, while our automotive and industrial activities cause some 24 billion tons of CO2 emissions every year worldwide.

says:    (Aug 30, 2018 12:00 AM)

Ooh, I vote to live somewhere during the Medieval Warming Period; I would live in England with vineyards (950-1250AD). But then I guess all the cows and methane (because so many people died from the Plagues so less CO2) caused the Little Ice Age (1300-1850AD). And living in the Little Ice Age would have sucked.

By: Michael Evenson | Aug 30, 2018 02:41 PM | Permalink
Another thoughtful piece by this author!

I'd just add one more thing and that is to actively employ fire in management, as was practices for thousands of years by the original inhabitants (who obviously learned from hard experience how to stay rooted to the land). How to do that will vary from place to place, and may steer what we can produce from these lands despite the dictates of markets.

Another thing to consider is the folly of independent homesteads scattered throughout the landscape (the Jeffersonian, independent model) and the need to come back to village dwellings so we can manage with fire the producing land safely on a regional scale or when fire manages things on its own.

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