Environmental scientists from Harvard University have been doing research on climate change and they have come to a grim conclusion. With many wildfires burning at the moment in the western United States, that is not a good future.
Scientists claim that by the year 2050, the wildfire season will actually be longer than it is currently by three entire weeks. They also say that the amount of fires will increase, along with the area of land that each average fire will consume, and that the amount of smoke released into the atmosphere will double. These results were based upon a set of internationally recognized climate scenarios, historical meteorological data, as well as past fire activity.
Along with these changes in atmospheric conditions, severe weather conditions are going to increase as well. This means that the future holds more thunderstorms, tornadoes, flooding, etc. The team of scientists found that the cause of forest fire in different regions is different, but all basically are caused by the temperature over time and the amount of rainfall in a season. Some are caused by the moisture content of the forest floor, like the Rocky Mountains, while others are caused by the humidity of the season the year before, like the Great Basin region.
Wildfires are usually caused by two main triggers, lightning and human activity. With the increase in severe weather conditions, lightning is definitely going to increase. If the human population keeps escalating exponentially like it is currently doing, the amount of chances for humans to start wildfires is also going to increase exponentially.
Although government regulations have helped clean up the atmosphere dramatically over the past fifty years, the increase in wildfires may actually revers this progress. In the near future, humans are going to have to find better, more efficient ways of stopping wildfires. Putting them out quicker will not only reduce the size of the wildfires, but it will also reduce the amount of actual wildfires.