Forest fires will become more frequent as climate warms, says scientist

Wildfire burning in Karbole outside Ljusdal, central Sweden, July 15, 2018. (Mats Andersson/TT News Agency/Reuters)
The fires raging across Sweden are in line with what scientists expect, as more greenhouse gases are emitted and the climate gets warmer, says Dr Kimberly Nicholas at Lund University (southern Sweden).

She tells Radio Sweden how she has personal experience of this kind of situation, as her family’s home was threatened by fires in California.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: This year’s exceptional heat is becoming the new normal, scientists warn, CBC News

Finland: Firefighters battle forest fires in northern and southwest Finland, Yle News

Norway: Northern Barents Sea warming at alarming speed, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Record heatwave in the Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Firefighters overwhelmed as wildfires spread across central Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States: Warming, fires, warming, fires: How tundra wildfires could create an unstoppable cycle, Alaska Dispatch News

Loukas Christodoulou, Radio Sweden

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