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EXISTENTIAL RISKS
CLIMATE CHANGE
WILDFIRES IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES
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Wildfires in California in 2020
Wildfires are more dangerous in 2020 than in the past
Many factors are contributing to this result :
 •   Climate change is one of many contributing factors;
 •   There is more climate related drought:
 •   The groundwater is being overused with impact on vegatation;
 •   The human population of the area is growing, and encroaching on forest areas;
 •   Electric utilities have equipment that is sparking and causing fires;
 •   People are camping and causing fires;
 •   Forestry management is also contributing to dead underbrush;
 •   and the list goes on ...
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