Chicago — The oceans, skies, and animals have been first-hand feeling the effects of climate change, and the forests are now at the forefront of it.
Take the wildfires in Maui, for example. While they haven’t figured out the cause yet, one of the main theories is that climate change has something to do with it. In an interview with The Guardian, fire scientist Clay Trauernicht said that because climate change can cause extreme heat, it could have led to invasive grass spreading in Maui.
“These grasslands accumulate fuels very rapidly,” said Trauernicht. “In hotter conditions and drier conditions, with variable rainfall, it’s only going to exacerbate the problem.”
The grass could have caught fire, spread to the forests, and then the people. Some news outlets have shown a video of a strike of lightning on dry ground that could possibly have been the cause of the disaster.
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