Scene in Edmonds: Smoke at the beach

Photographer Misha Carter provided these views of a smoky Edmonds waterfront late Friday afternoon.

  1. Thank you for taking the pic as a reminder of what happens when our Earth rebells when we don’t take steps on global warming. Many fires are caused by carelessness, so it’a also a reminder to take extra care. An “oops” can cause great harm. Would you consider sending this to an environmental group with a before picture? It’s one thing to hear, but difficult to refute what you can see.

    1. Theresa, the earth is getting greener.

      So in regards to the macro trend, long term the vegetative mass of the planet is increasing. A warmer planet results in a widening tropic region and more habitat for animals, more food for humans, more forests, etc etc.

      In regards to the micro-trend of northwest forest fires, this really is a growth management issue. Just about anyone who studies this is in near consensus (if such a thing is scientific). I have worked very close with the forest service for several years, and have personally published papers regarding aerial firefighting. There are policy issues that are causing the fuel to pile up. If anything, the forests and undergrowth are too dense.

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