How Social Distancing Has Affected Climate Change

Climate change

For the past few months, most of us have been staying at home in an effort to practice social distancing. Many businesses have switched to working from home, and people have generally stopped traveling. The goal of social distancing has been to “flatten the curve” in regards to COVID-19, in an attempt to control the number of people who are sick at any given time. Over this period of time, scientists have discovered that social distancing has affected climate change and the rate at which climate change is progressing. 

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Wildfires becoming “Year Long Season” in Part due to Climate Change

Wildfire in the Mountains

Wildfires are becoming a common occurrence. If you search in Google for “wildfire” under news, you’ll see pages upon pages of articles about wildfires that have broken loosen more and more frequently.

While most wildfires occur during hot, dry seasons (where burning can get out of control), wildfire “season” has become longer and longer, with more fires breaking out than ever before. For example, it’s winter right now, far and away from the usual wildfire season, but we’ve had multitudes of wildfires breaking out across the country. Some of these wildfires can be attributed to human causes — a discarded cigarette butt, for example — but the conditions that cultivate the perfect environment and scenario for a wildfire to burn out of control can be attributed to climate change — also at the fault of humans.

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