Heat, winds spark several fires throughout Utah

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  • pmaier Stansbury, UT
    June 24, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    The increase of reactive nitrogen in our atmosphere, due to the burning of fossil fuels and the increased use of synthesized fertilizer, hardly gets any attention in the discussions about global climate change, while this probably has more impact than the increase of carbon dioxide. Reactive nitrogen is a fertilizer and dissolves in water. So when this green rain comes down, its stimulates plant growth, especially grasses and brush. This, during dry weather becomes the kindle wood for uncontrollable forest and range fires, now often so hot that also large trees burn and dies so their roots will not hold the soil, thus causing soil erosion and in some locations mud slides. In turn this increase of the soil erosion impacts streams and water supplies.
    Hopefully one day we will pay more attention to what the entire impact is of the huge increase of reactive nitrogen in our biosphere.

  • Neanderthal Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2012 11:36 p.m.

    "Heat, winds spark several fires throughout Utah"

    I don't think so... heat and wind may exacerbate fires but they don't 'spark' them.