Climate change is forecast to burn Yosemite National Park violently in coming years. A new study in the International Journal of Wildland Fire finds the dwindling spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevada will exponentially increase the number of lightning-ignited fires.
The increase has two causes:
"People already expect more ignitions from hotter summers. But this research suggests that declines in snowpack will have an additional effect."
In other words, a warming climate is setting up a nasty positive feedback loop, making a bad situation worse.
Come on, world leaders, lead already.