Current event

In the article I read for my current event, it talked about the current forest fire problem happening in Tasmania. The articles title is “Wildfires Are Burning Some of the World’s Oldest Trees”. In the article it talks about how a series of events in the past couple of years have created the perfect storm for these wildfire to blaze through some of the oldest forests with very little natural defense. They say that the main cause for the forest fires is because of the climate change in that area which has cause an area that was know for its precipitation to become very dry. In the article they say they are missing 47 inches of rainfall that is usually there. They also say that the average temperature is 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average in the last month.  It is because of this climate change, that they have now lost 89,000 acres of woods to the fires.

When looking at the article, it is clear that they are natural phenomena that are also accounting for the lack of precipitation. The main one is the El Nino, which they say is a cause of the lack of precipitation. However, there is still evidence that since the 1970’s there has been a decrease in precipitation. The say that it is because of climate change and global warming that the forests there have started to become dry. In the article they end up saying that it is because of these human greenhouse gasses that are being emitted to the atmosphere are the cause for the climate change.

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