In a Warmer Northwest, There Are More Large Fires

Even under low-emissions greenhouse gas scenarios, the probability of very large wildfires increases by at least 30 percent by 2100 in the West, according to a new study published in Climatic Change and led by Natasha Stavros of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Rocky Mountain region showed the largest increase in probability, followed by the…

Big Fires More Frequent Across Western Region

Fires are among the most destructive climate-related natural hazards in the western United States. A new analysis of satellite data shows that large fires have become more frequent over the past 30 years. Using high-resolution satellite data, Philip Dennison and colleagues tallied up the number of fires larger than 1,000 acres— almost 7,000 fires in…

Northwest Faces Scarce Water, Wildfires, Coastal Challenges in Future

The Northwest can expect temperatures to rise between 3.3 degrees and 9.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2070 to 2090. That is among the sobering conclusions of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA), released last month by President Barack Obama. The report — the most comprehensive and authoritative yet on climate change’s projected effects on the…