Climate Change Gets Blame For Forest Fires, Evidence Suggests Management, Weather Patterns Have More Impact

By Kevin Killough
Cowboy State Daily
May 25, 2023
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The forest fires in Alberta, Canada, have blanketed Wyoming under a layer of haze. And the adage is proving true — where there’s smoke, there’s the media talking about climate change. Throughout this extensive coverage of the Canadian wildfires there has been no mention that, according to the Canadian National Fire Database, the number of wildfires in Canada are down.  …Jim Steele, an ecologist who served as director of San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada field campus, is skeptical of connecting climate change to any trend in forest fires. “I do not feel the media is educating us about the science that affects fires. They’re just trying to push a catastrophe narrative that’s been going on way too long,” Steele told Cowboy State Daily. Steele’s book, “Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism,” discusses his work at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus, where he monitored wildlife populations.

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