It has been posited by paid alarmists like Joe Romm that global warming will increase pine beetle outbreaks, thus increasing the chances of wildfire. For example, in April 2013 Romm wailed:
“…the mountain pine beetle, has already killed 70,000 square miles of trees — area the size of Washington state. As winters become milder, weather becomes drier and higher elevations become warmer, bark beetles are able to thrive and extend their ranges northward.
An increase in some species of bark beetle can actually increase the risk of forest fires in areas affected by the beetle — the study notes an outbreak of the mountain pine bark beetle, which attacks and kills live trees, created a “perfect storm” in 2006 in Washington, where affected lodgepole pines burned “with exceptionally high intensity.”
From the University of Colorado at Boulder:
______________________________"Western forests decimated by pine beetles not more likely to burn" (see the bottom for quotes from this study)
Anthony, nor is it any less likely to burn!
Bark beetle infestations are continuing to decimate healthy forests throughout the world.
Temperatures continue to increase.
Watersheds continue drying out.
Fire danger continues rising.
Anthony, how is that study supposed to change any of that? What's with the weird glee?
Instead of always battering "alarmists" - why never show any interest in learning about the substance of these issues?
"It has been posited by paid alarmists like Joe Romm that global warming will increase pine beetle outbreaks, thus increasing the chances of wildfire."Look at Joe's article you'll see that heat and drying are front and center, bark beetle infestations are simply another piece of the malaise.
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Here's the beginning of the paragraph to the sentences Anthony quotes above.