Why is the world on fire?

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY VIDEO) — Africa, Australia, the Americas, and the Arctic. The world is on fire.

Across the globe wildfires are raging at tremendous levels. The cause, scientists say, is the global climate crisis.

Global warming means drier land and drier land means more kindling for fires.

In turn, the wildfires continue the circle because not only do these fires emit carbon dioxide into the air, they also burn away trees and vegetation that help remove harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere.

So how do we break this cycle? We ask a panel of experts that question on this episode of The Stream.


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