In January, the New York Times said California was at risk from huge fires, because of forest mismanagement.
Mark A. Finney, an expert in fire behavior for the U.S. Forest Service and an author of the study, says California forests are much more vulnerable now because, paradoxically, they have been better protected. In their natural state, forests were regularly thinned by fire but the billions of dollars that the state spends aggressively fighting wildfires and restrictions on logging have allowed forests to accumulate an overload of vegetation.
How might the dead-tree forests affect California? One of the most striking concerns is the damage the fires might do to watersheds. Intense, hot-burning fires could disrupt forests’ ability to channel water into the Sierra reservoirs that provide cities like San Francisco with drinking water. That’s a scenario that could nudge the state into rethinking its forest management.
President Trump agreed with them.
The New York Times then fact checked the claim, and said that it isn’t true. Apparently facts change as needed to suit the latest fake news cycle.
h/t Cole Matthews
via The Deplorable Climate Science Blog
November 28, 2018 at 09:18PM