Fear-mongering over forest fires and climate change isn’t rooted in reality

By Bjorn Lomborg, President, Copenhagen Consensus
The National Post
August 25, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

Bjorn Lomborg

As surely as temperatures rise during the summer, climate alarmism serves up more stories of life-threatening heat domes, apocalyptic fires and biblical floods, all blamed on global warming. Yet the data to prove this link is often cherry-picked. Heatwaves are clearly made worse by global warming. But… a recent Lancet study found that 20,000 people die each year from heat, but 170,000 die from cold. Reporting only on the former leaves us poorly informed. …Pointing wrongly to climate change is dangerous because cutting emissions is one of the least effective ways to help prevent future fires. Much faster, more effective and cheaper solutions include controlled fires to burn away vegetation that could otherwise result in wildfires, improving zoning and enhancing forest management. …A sensible response would focus first on resilience, meaning more air conditioning and cooler cities through greenery and water features. While climate alarmism reaches new heights of scariness, the reality is more prosaic.

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