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Fort McMurray and the Fires of Climate Change

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Fort McMurray and the Fires of Climate Change

MAY 5, 2016

BY ELIZABETH KOLBERT

New Yorker

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Now Fort McMurray is burning. A forest fire that began to the southwest of the town on Sunday has forced the entire populationalmost ninety thousand peopleto evacuate. On Wednesday, Albertas provincial government declared a state of emergency. By yesterday, more than fifteen hundred buildings had been destroyed and the blaze had spread through an area covering more than three hundred square miles. It was burning so hot that that it was easily able to jump major rivers. One Canadian official described the fire as catastrophic. Another called it a multi-headed monster.

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No one knows exactly how the fire beganwhether it was started by a lightning strike or by a spark provided by a personbut its clear why the blaze, once under way, raged out of control so quickly. Alberta experienced an unusually dry and warm winter. Precipitation was low, about half of the norm, and what snow there was melted early. April was exceptionally mild, with temperatures regularly in the seventies; two days ago, the thermometer hit ninety, which is about thirty degrees higher than the regions normal May maximum. You hate to use the ?clich but it really was kind of a perfect storm, Mike Wotton, a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, told the CBC.

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You can say it couldnt get worse, Jolly added, but based on its own projections, the forest service expects that it will get worse. According to a Forest Service report published last April, Climate change has led to fire seasons that are now on average 78 days longer than in 1970. Over the past three decades, the area destroyed each year by forest fires has doubled, and the services scientists project that its likely to double again by midcentury. A group of scientists who analyzed lake cores from Alaska to obtain a record of forest fires over the past ten thousand years found that, in recent decades, blazes were both unusually frequent and unusually severe. This extreme combination suggests a transition to a unique regime of unprecedented fire activity, they concluded.

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All of this brings us to what one commentator referred to as the black irony of the fire that has destroyed most of Fort McMurray.

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The town exists to get at the tar sands, and the tar sands produce a particularly carbon-intensive form of fuel. (The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is, at its heart, a fight over whether the U.S. should be encouraging or, if you prefer, profiting from the exploitation of the tar sands.) The more carbon that goes into the atmosphere, the warmer the world will get, and the more likely we are to see devastating fires like the one now raging.

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