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Parks Stewardship Forum

UC Berkeley

Wildfire, Climate Change, Forest Resilience, and Carbon Solutions


Wildfire is natural in many temperate forests but unnatural in tropical rainforests and certain other ecosystems. Human-caused climate change is intensifying the heat that drives wildfire. Preventive burning in temperate forests, halting deforestation in tropical forests, and cutting carbon pollution reduce wildfire risks and increase forest resilience under climate change.

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