this has been the summer of megafires. Smoke has affected the air quality of many communities, and debates are raging over salvage logging and forest management and timber harvest and pretty much everything else. Who or what is to blame? Are environmentalists to blame?:
http://ijpr.org/post/are-environmentalists-blame-all-these-fires#stream/0 (Links to an external site.)
Is it global warming?:
http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/impacts/global-warming-and-wildfire.html#.WdZc8o5-IxE (Links to an external site.)
Should we do anything about it?
Your optional extra credit assignment:
https://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings/air-quality-impacts-wildfires-perspectives-key-stakeholders/ (Links to an external site.)
John Bailey, a Professor of fire Science at OSU, recently returned from giving testimony in Washington about fires and forest management. That last website has the testimony of 4 expert witnesses. Summarize the findings of each witness, explaining who they are and the key points of their statements (5-6 sentences each, as a bare minimum). Then read the other web sites, or others if you can find them!! Then tell me – are the authors of those web sites credible? Believable?