Odds of 'strong' El Niño now over 95%, with ocean temperatures to 'substantially exceed' last big warming event

Aug 16, 2023
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Climate communicators have said little abut the disaster's other anthropogenic causes.

At the start of the Industrial Revolution, Maui was a lushly forested tropical island laregly devoid of grasslands or monotreme agriculture.

Its dry season biomass fuel loading was radically altered by the introduction of sugarcane plantations in the 19th Century, and the arrival of invasive and highly flammable pampas grass and in the late 20th.

The ample rainy season preceding the present drought covered its rich volcanic soils with growth dense enough to generate a sort of <i> nuee' ardente </i> when dry season Mistral winds drove burning embers downslope.

The present El Nino has just begun, and as with California fires aggravated by the abandonment of indigenous annual brush-burning practices and the arrival of flammable eucalypts, attribution may reside in the eye of the beholder .