A Burning Issue: Douglas Fry Calls For Global Teamwork For Wildfire Prevention

Posted on May 30, 2023

PCS Professor Douglas P. Fry


Wildfires fuel climate change, and climate change fuels wildfires. PCS Professor Douglas P. Fry argues in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that the threats posed by extreme wildfires are a global challenge and require a cooperative global response.

Fry writes,

Whether the challenge involves extreme wildfires or more generally existential threats facing humanity, the costs of doing nothing, or of not doing enough soon enough, will far exceed the price of implementing a well-funded, concerted global fire prevention and firefighting strategy.

The necessity of maintaining community fire departments, to save lives and minimize property damage, is taken for granted as important and beneficial. Now the fire threat has truly gone global. A collaborative global approach is urgently needed to systematically address this climate-related challenge.

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