Wildfires

Drought, which is the primary climate component regarding wildfires, is becoming less frequent and severe in the United States. Globally, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports increasing precipitation in mid-latitude locations, and no detectable decrease regarding the rest of the globe. Wildfires have always occurred and likely always will, but the Earth’s ongoing modest warming appears to be making wildfires less frequent and severe if the warming is having any impact at all.

NPR Spreads Misinformation on Montana Wildfires, as Total Wildfires Decline

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Among the top results today for a Google News search of the term “climate change,” a National Public Radio (NPR) article claims a “rare winter wildfire” is a sign of “climate change lengthening fire...

No, CNN, Wildfires Will Not Be Destroying Times Square, New York City

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CNN published an article yesterday titled, “This website helps you imagine what extreme climate change will do to your home.” According to CNN, a new website delivers “a surprisingly realistic sense of what it...

The Hill Is Wrong, Climate Change Is Grossly Overemphasized as a Factor Causing Wildfires

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Near the top of a Google news search for the phrase “climate change” today turns up a story in The Hill claiming the media is failing to properly place the blame for wildfires on...

Media Misses the Real Reason for Catastrophic Western Wildfires

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Many media outlets are blaming “climate change” for the increased number of wildfires in the western United States the last two years. For example, this article from Vox: "The West is burning. Climate change...

NPR Denies United Nations ‘Consensus’ While Raising Alarm on Weather Disasters

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At the top of Google News search results today for “climate change,” National Public Radio (NPR) has published an article titled, “Climate Change Is Driving Deadly Weather Disasters from Arizona to Mumbai.” NPR blames...

NPR Busted: The Climate Change Link to Fewer and Smaller Wildfires

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National Public Radio (NPR) published an article Tuesday claiming global warming is making wildfires more frequent and severe. The article achieved tremendous media attention, rising to the top of Google News searches for “climate...

National Fire Center Disappears ‘Inconvenient’ U.S. Wildfire Data

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The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) has been the keeper of U.S. wildfire data for decades, tracking both the number of wildfires and acreage burned all the way back to 1926. After making the...

KNOP Gets It Wrong – Climate Change Is Boosting Nebraska’s Forests

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KNOP television in North Platte, Nebraska, published an article yesterday asserting climate change is punishing Nebraska’s forests, including a one-third reduction of Nebraska’s forests in 2012 due to wildfires. In reality, objective forest data...

No, Google News, Less Severe Wildfires Cannot ‘Keep Getting Worse’

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Among its top search results today for “climate change,” Google News is highlighting an article titled, “Massive Wildfires Will Keep Getting Worse – Even in ‘Best Case’ Climate Scenarios.” For something to “keep” getting...

No, Climate Change Is Not Threatening Superfund Sites, Toxic Releases

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NBC News published an alarmingly flawed story today titled, “Wildfires fueled by climate change threaten toxic Superfund sites.” NBC claims wildfires have occurred near Superfund sites, and that the wildfires are caused by climate...

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