Having driven yesterday adjacent to the Yosemite fire zone, I came away with a question.
I have no difficulty believing that California's extreme wildfire seasons are a consequence of, and exacerbated by, global climate change. (As are many fires elsewhere.) If year after year is very dry and very hot, there's a lot to burn in the forests. And so it has been. This sort of intuitive awareness of climate changing is not controversial, even among Republicans.
But is all this burning we're experiencing in itself a contributor to increasing CO2 levels? Are we caught in a dire climate feedback loop?
Chris Mooney is a responsible climate journalist and he answered this a couple of years ago.
As California works through public policy to reduce our CO2 emissions from controllable human activities, our warming ecosystem may increasingly be outrunning our efforts. This makes it all the more important to do what humans can do to reduce CO2.