The problem is human encroachment. @Arthmoor, as you said, wildfires are natural. They are a forest's way of replenishing itself. If humans didn't want to live in these areas, it wouldn't be a big deal. It's the same thing in BC. The areas where the fires are burning wouldn't really have been an issue a long time ago, but people want to live on hillsides where they get beautiful views. Same with the floods in Ontario. These people are living in flood prone areas, but they are nice waterfront properties. These people can't even get flood insurance because insurance companies know they live in flood zones, but they still squawk and demand aid when surprise, surprise! there's a flood. Quite frankly it pisses me off because we all wind up paying when these people need aid. The government said they're thinking of prohibiting people from living in these areas or if they do, not giving them any aid, but I doubt the government actually has the balls to do anything.
Actually when it comes to global warming, I agree. I've never agreed with Al Gore. He's just enjoying the sensationalism of the whole issue. However the more sensible climatologists do warrant that humanity is speeding up the process. Now I'm not sure paying a fortune for "green" energy is going to make an iota of difference, but I do think countries like China need to stop polluting the air so badly that people can't even breathe.
The current belief is that these storms are more intense due to global warming. I don't know if it's true or not. Unfortunately it's not something anybody is going to know for another 100 years. The effect of any change is very long term.
Edited by AndalayBay, 06 September 2017 - 09:09 PM.