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How the climate crisis is making fire season longer and more destructive

Democracy Now!

September 10th 2020

As the skies in parts of California turn a dark orange as a result of wildfires scorching the western United States, UC-Santa Barbara professor Leah Stokes says political leaders must act to halt the climate crisis. She notes that fire season in the western parts of the country is now two-and-a-half months longer than it used to be. "It’s a question of burning fossil fuels, which is what we’ve been doing, which has been heating up the planet and, as scientists tell us, have increased fire risk by 500%," Stokes says. "That’s the kind of increase that we’re seeing as a result of climate change." #DemocracyNow Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: https://democracynow.org Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: https://democracynow.org/donate FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: YouTube: http://youtube.com/democracynow Facebook: http://facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: https://twitter.com/democracynow Instagram: http://instagram.com/democracynow SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/democracynow iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/democracy-now!-audio/id73802554 Daily Email Digest: https://democracynow.org/subscribe


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