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California wildfires: Satellite imagery reveals shocking blanket of thick smoke over western US

Christopher Carbone

July 30, 2018

FOX NEWS - New satellite imagery reveals thick blankets of smoke over California and Oregon from the raging wildfires that have incinerated hundreds of thousands of acres across the U.S. this summer.

Although wildfires are a regular feature in the western U.S., scientists have said that climate change is impacting the frequency and severity of the blazes.

"You see roads melting, airplanes not being able to take off, there's not enough water," Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, told the Chicago Tribune. "Climate change hits us at our Achilles' heel. In the Southwest, it's water availability. On the Gulf Coast, it's hurricanes. In the East, it's flooding. It's exacerbating the risks we already face today."

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