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Climate change has hit the American west, say scientists

Climate change has hit the American west, according to a new study in the journal Science that links an increased fire risk to global warming.
Fire threats, say the report, are becoming a norm and fires rage longer because of warmer temperatures and earlier snowmelts in mountainous areas.

The study echoes the findings of other recent reports, which show that floods, wildfires and the average intensity of tropical storms have increased across the globe.

American commentators have responded with demands to act on climate change. Global climate change is real, and it is serious, write academics John P. Holdren and Alan I. Leshner in the San Francisco Chronicle, adding that the US needs to become a leader instead of a laggard in developing and deploying serious solutions.

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