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Climate Change, Human Activity and Wildfires
September 21, 2008
Climate has been implicated by a new study as a major driver of wildfires in the last 2,000 years. But human activities, such as land clearance and fire suppression during the industrial era (since 1750), have created large swings in burning, first increasing fires until the late 1800s, and then dramatically reducing burning in the 20th century.
University of Oregon
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