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What causes wildfires in Canada?

Decades of fire suppression have made forests more flammable. Add lightning, human error and climate change and it’s a recipe for disaster.

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‘Hot lightning’ that sparks wildfires can surge due to global heating, study warns

A warming planet could lead to more “hot lightning” strikes in many parts of the world, a form of lightning bolt that is much more likely to spark wildfires.

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As Alaska warms, fires burn over and under' more wild land

As Alaska warms, fires burn over and under' more wild land

Lightning storms, drought and thawing tundra are making fires more destructive. In the vast wilderness, firefighting is a major challenge.
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The high Arctic saw a huge spike in lightning last year

Scientists have long known that lightning is becoming more common in the Arctic, but a new report shows that the trend is increasing especially fast at the highest latitudes.

How fire threatened California’s sequoias

How fire threatened California’s sequoias

In September, lightning sparked wildfires in California that spread to more than 185,000 acres, including to sequoia groves that are home to some of the world’s oldest and biggest trees.
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The Bootleg fire is now generating its own weather
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The Bootleg fire is now generating its own weather

Unpredictable winds, fire clouds that spawn lightning, and flames that leap over firebreaks are confounding efforts to fight the blaze, which is sweeping through southern Oregon.
The biologist who fell to Earth
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The biologist who fell to Earth

At 17, Juliane Diller was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Amazon. Fifty years later she still runs Panguana, a research station founded by her parents in Peru.
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