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Soccer News: Germany Continues Dealing With World Cup Expectations | Us Soccer Players

Germany's coach and players are doing a very good job in focusing on what comes next. Just as there was no expectation for a six-goal win over Brazil, there's no expectation for a comprehensive dismissal of Argentina. Germany plays their game and trusts that it's enough to win at this level. It's Argentina's turn to try to prove them wrong. Their Words "Many people are giving us slaps on the back and we love the compliments, but we can't make the mistake that it's already over, far off it. People are saying in Germany that the title is almost in our pocket, but the Argentinians will fight to take the title home. We'll have to do all we can to make sure that doesn't happen." Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes . The Radar Argentina needs penalties to advance to the World Cup final. The interest in the World Cup third-place game.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.ussoccerplayers.com/2014/07/germany-world-expectations.html


Posted: 07:10, 13/7/2014
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How Effective Are Those Fake World Cup Injuries?

sports culture tends to value stoicism in the face of challenges, he said, which can prove a liability. Playing while injured can make an injury worse, for example, and making ones injury no big deal can mean fewer penalties for the opposing team. Yet Stratyner acknowledges that there are cultures within the U.S. where drama is encouraged. Ill pick on my culture," he said. "Im Jewish and my mother also had some Italian in her, and I will tell you that there were lots of dramatics. Thats not a bad thing.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.voanews.com/content/world-cup-injuries-real-or-faked/1953580.html


Posted: 18:55, 9/7/2014
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Soccer World Cup Game Schedule - Bloomberg

So far, the monthlong tournament has featured the highest scoring rate since 1982, nine dismissals, five own goals and other surprises, including Africa getting two nations -- Algeria and Nigeria -- out of the group stages for the first time in the events history, and three former winners -- England , Italy and defending champion Spain -- failing to advance. Reigning World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo scored just once as his Portugal team went home after the first stage, and the always goal-hungry Luis Suarez went home while Uruguay temporarily stayed when he proved interested in taking a bite out of the shoulder of Italys Giorgio Chiellini. It all wraps up with a final in Rio de Janeiros Maracana stadium on July 13. Heres the schedule, with local start times in Brazil, where most cities are one hour ahead of New York time and four hours behind London . Manaus in the Amazon is on the same time as New York. For a map of venues, click here. Saturday July 5 QUARTERFINALS Argentina vs Belgium Estadio Nacional in Brasilia 1 pm QUARTERFINALS Netherlands vs Costa Rica Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador 5 pm SEMIFINALS Tuesday July 8 Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte 5 pm Wednesday July 9 SEMIFINALS Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo 5 pm THIRD-PLACE PLAYOFF Saturday July 12 Estadio Nacional in Brasilia 5pm FINAL Sunday July 13 Maracana in Rio De Janeiro 4 pm --------------------------------- RESULTS Thursday June 12 GROUP A Brazil 3-1 Croatia Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo Friday June 13 GROUP A Mexico 1-0 Cameroon Estadio das Dunas in Natal GROUP B Netherlands 5-1 Spain Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador GROUP B Chile 3-1 Australia Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba Saturday June 14 GROUP C Colombia 3-0 Greece Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte GROUP D Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza GROUP D England 1-2 Italy Arena Amazonia in Manaus GROUP C Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan Arena Pernambuco in Recife Sunday June 15 GROUP E Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador Estadio Nacional in Brasilia GROUP E France 3-0 Honduras Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre GROUP F Argentina 2-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Maracana in Rio De Janeiro Monday June 16 GROUP G Germany 4-0 Portugal Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador GROUP F Iran 0-0 Nigeria Arena da Baixada in Curitiba GROUP G Ghana 1-2 U.S.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-04/soccer-world-cup-game-schedule.html


Posted: 06:43, 6/7/2014
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U.s. Soccer Team Advances At World Cup, Loses To Germany, 1-0 - los Angeles Times

forward Clint Dempsey, center, celebrates with his teammates after advancing to the Round of 16 at the World Cup. The U.S. advanced despite the team's 1-0 loss to Germany in their final match of Group G play. (Ricardo Mazalan / Associated Press) Caption Thomas Mueller Nelson Almeida / Getty Images Germany celebrates a goal by Thomas Mueller in the 55th minute of Thursday's World Cup Group G match against the U.S. in Recife, Brazil. Germany celebrates a goal by Thomas Mueller in the 55th minute of Thursday's World Cup Group G match against the U.S. in Recife, Brazil. (Nelson Almeida / Getty Images) Caption Watch party Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times Fans cheer at Hermosa Beach Pier on Thursday morning as the U.S. battles Germany at the World Cup in Brazil. Fans cheer at Hermosa Beach Pier on Thursday morning as the U.S.
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Posted: 08:13, 1/7/2014
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Beats Headphones Banned From World Cup Matches - Yahoo Finance

Suarez had them wrapped around his neck as he joked with his Uruguay team mates during a break at a recent practice. View gallery The Ekocycle headphones by Beats are photographed Wednesday, July 25 2012 in New York. In hopes of g But soccer world governing body FIFA's licensing agreement with rival electronics maker Sony Corp means players have to take them off when they are in World Cup stadiums for official matches and media events. Marketing experts say that probably only amplifies their appeal. "When fans see World Cup athletes wearing Beats in their downtime, by choice, it has as much impact as seeing them lace their Adidas (boots) or sip a sponsored beverage," said strategist Ellen Petry Leanse, a former Apple and Google executive. "Maybe more, actually - Beats isn't a sponsor, so the message is more authentic and credible." Acquired by Apple for $3 bln, Beats Electronics is known for "guerrilla marketing" tactics to bypass licensing barriers. Beats Announces Athlete-Friendly Powerbeats 2 Wire Play Video During the 2012 Olympics in London, for instance, the company sent thousands of free headphones to high profile athletes including the U.S. basketball team and the entire British delegation, outsmarting official sponsor Panasonic.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit https://finance.yahoo.com/news/soccer-banned-headphones-world-cup-155058750.html


Posted: 04:37, 25/6/2014
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World Cup 2014 To Boost Ad Spend By $1.5 Billion Globally - Hollywood Reporter

The remaining $150 million in additional spend is set to come from Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and the rest of the world. Magna Global's most recent study of global ad revenues, published this week, forecasts total growth of 6.4 percent to $516 billion in 2014. The World Cup and this year's Winter Olympics will be the strongest drivers of growth in television advertising, according to Magna, boosting spend in that area by 7.2 percent compared to 2.7 percent growth in 2013. Magna sees the greatest impact in the World Cup's host country, forecasting a 15.8 percent jump in TV spend for Brazil this year despite tepid economic growth overall (forecast at 1.8 percent in real GDP terms). STORY World Cup's Ratings Record: How Soccer Stacks Up Against Other Sports "We assume the World Cup will be too big of an opportunity for advertisers to miss, and the event might deliver a feel-good effect that will, at least temporarily, alleviate economic difficulties (in Brazil)," Magna said in its report. In North America, the Cup will mean a "significant" boost to the Hispanic television sector, Magna says, but only a modest one for the entire market. Bigger drivers of ad growth for the U.S. are spending around November's midterm elections, followed by the Winter Olympics.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/world-cup-2014-boost-ad-712399


Posted: 16:27, 21/6/2014
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Will We See Any Good Soccer At The World Cup? - The Washington Post

William Birdthistle (guest-blogging) June 12 at 10:28 AM The World Cup will kick off Thursday. So is it possible to make this soccer tournament, the worlds biggest, also the worlds best? For all the entertainment value of a good World Cup, the quality of play on the pitch is rarely the apotheosis of the art of football. For that distinction, I would nominate the Champions League. The past few seasons of Champions League play have featured explosive attacking displays by and against great teams with oodles of goals (when Jose Mourinho isnt cluttering up the pitch with buses ). The World Cup, by contrast, more reliably plods out low-scoring affairs most memorable for cynical efforts to stifle open play and to suborn referees. Of course, the rules in both tournaments are exactly the same, as are many of the referees (though by no means all), so this phenomenon may be an interesting example of culture exerting more force than law. What does account for the difference? Here are a few hypotheses: Quality. Are the players simply better in the Champions League? Certainly the worlds billionaires appear to have spent drunkenly to bedizen the leagues of England , Spain , and Germany with the greatest players in the world. When oil is no object, one can assemble all-star squads with all the quality and none of the deadweight of places like Wales , Croatia , the Ivory Coast , Bosnia , and more. Some of those countries cannot hope to field teams anywhere near as good as Real Madrid or Manchester City. But what about national teams like Brazil, Germany, and Spain? They certainly appear to be chock full of spectacular talent at every position. Although some World Cup rosters may be uneven in their quality, the best squads in Brazil are surely as competitive on paper as the best Champions League clubs. Familiarity. But are World Cup players simply too unfamiliar with one another, with the opposition, or even with the pitches theyre using? In the past few years, Lionel Messi has averaged about 53 games per season with Barcelona and less than 9 per year with Argentina. Yaya Toure has recently averaged 46 games per season with Man City and fewer than 10 per year with the Ivory Coast. If we believe attacking soccer requires greater understanding and anticipation than defense, then stable club teams would certainly grow to know each other far better than more ad hoc national selections. Champions League games also involve recurring opponents: in recent seasons, Real and Barca have played Los Clasicos against each other in La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup, as well as the Champions League. Most of these games take place in the Bernabeu and Camp Nou, rather than on neutral grounds, so players can also become familiar with away venues. In the World Cup, the stadiums are much less familiar, especially the ones being spackled together hours before the tournament begins. The Stakes. Since the World Cup comes around only quadrennially, the stakes are very difficult to surpass. A special player may be lucky to play four times in a career and blessed by the gods to raise the trophy more than once , so even the most experienced footballers feel a unique tension. Managers, for their part, almost always approach the World Cup with a bias towards avoiding losses rather than taking risks. Alas, few of these factors can be readily ameliorated, and this year in Brazil, scorching temperatures and dodgy pitches may also impede fluid play. But national teams with many players from a common club or two (like the Spaniards on Barca and Real, or the Germans on Bayern and Dortmund) are sure to be formidable. Perhaps the recent attacking success of teams like Atletico Madrid and Liverpool will inspire more marauding tactics for all. Lets hope Brazil sets the right tone with a welcoming demolition of Croatia. Or vice versa for true entertainment.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/06/12/will-we-see-any-good-soccer-at-the-world-cup/


Posted: 04:18, 18/6/2014
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Seven Things You Need To Know About The World Cup - Soccer - Sporting News

(Brazil), Raheem Sterling (England), and Julian Green (USA), the 2014 field in Brazil also features the last stand of soccer greats from the past decade. Many of you undoubtedly gained most of your international soccer knowledge from EA Sports' FIFA video games, and many of the players you grew up on, the Samuel Eto'os and Didier Drogbas of the world, are likely competing in their final World Cup. In fact, there are six players attending their fourth World Cup and one, Italian goalie Gianluigi Buffon, playing in his fifth World Cup. Germany's Miroslav Klose, Cameroon's Eto'o, Mexico's Rafael Marquez, USA's DaMarcus Beasley and both Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernandez of Spain are in their fourth and final World Cup. This is probably the last time you will see England's Steven Gerrard, France's Patrice Evra, or Italy's Andre Pirlo in major international competition. Spanish National Team (AP Photo) 4. Some of the best players in the world won't be in Brazil. The best teams in the world are converging in Brazil, but that doesn't mean all the best players in the world are there. Some of the most dynamic footballers on the planet will watch from home because a) their countries didn't qualify, b) they're injured or c) they weren't selected for their national team.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.sportingnews.com/soccer/story/2014-06-10/world-cup-2014-seven-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-world-cup-brazil-facts-information-stats


Posted: 13:10, 13/6/2014
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Tampa Bay Soccer Fans Headed To Brazil For World Cup | Tampa Bay Times

He was one of a relatively few number of Americans to score tickets to the event in Brazil. Scott Swearengen knew he was fortunate. He had friends in Brazil baffled at how he scored tickets to five FIFA World Cup games in Rio de Janeiro when even they couldn't get them. "I was checking my e-mail like twice a day," said the 40-year-old urban planning consultant from Riverview. "It was really euphoric when I found out that I had gotten them." He'll be one of a handful of Tampa Bay residents who will see the inside of stadiums during the quadrennial international soccer tournament. Fans from around the world requested more than 10 million tickets but only 2.57 million had been awarded by April, according to FIFA. Only 154,412 were allocated to Americans. Some of Swearengen's friends applied, but weren't able to score because of hesitation and the specificity of their request, he said. He applied online at FIFA.com when the first wave of applications were being accepted from August to October 2013. "I chose the package to get any five games in Rio," he said.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://tbtpics.tampabay.com/sports/soccer/worldcup/tampa-bay-soccer-fans-headed-to-brazil-for-world-cup/2183124


Posted: 00:49, 10/6/2014
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Tampa Bay Soccer Fans Headed To Brazil For World Cup | Tampa Bay Times

He was one of a relatively few number of Americans to score tickets to the event in Brazil. Scott Swearengen knew he was fortunate. He had friends in Brazil baffled at how he scored tickets to five FIFA World Cup games in Rio de Janeiro when even they couldn't get them. "I was checking my e-mail like twice a day," said the 40-year-old urban planning consultant from Riverview. "It was really euphoric when I found out that I had gotten them." He'll be one of a handful of Tampa Bay residents who will see the inside of stadiums during the quadrennial international soccer tournament. Fans from around the world requested more than 10 million tickets but only 2.57 million had been awarded by April, according to FIFA. Only 154,412 were allocated to Americans. Some of Swearengen's friends applied, but weren't able to score because of hesitation and the specificity of their request, he said. He applied online at FIFA.com when the first wave of applications were being accepted from August to October 2013. "I chose the package to get any five games in Rio," he said.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://tbtpics.tampabay.com/sports/soccer/worldcup/tampa-bay-soccer-fans-headed-to-brazil-for-world-cup/2183124


Posted: 11:19, 9/6/2014
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Climate Change Park Coming To Portmore - News - Jamaicaobserver.com

Like the climate change park, the solar project at HEART and accompanying training courses in renewable energy are components of the climate partnership. It also includes a climate awareness campaign and an exchange of experts and students. The plan for the lands adjoining the park, according to Thomas, is to set up a transport centre where all Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses from Kingston and Half-Way-Tree will terminate. Shuttle buses will go between the centre and the various communities.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Climate-change-park-coming-to-Portmore_16738857


Posted: 18:20, 1/6/2014
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Climate Change Park Coming To Portmore - News - Jamaicaobserver.com

Like the climate change park, the solar project at HEART and accompanying training courses in renewable energy are components of the climate partnership. It also includes a climate awareness campaign and an exchange of experts and students. The plan for the lands adjoining the park, according to Thomas, is to set up a transport centre where all Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses from Kingston and Half-Way-Tree will terminate. Shuttle buses will go between the centre and the various communities.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Climate-change-park-coming-to-Portmore_16738857


Posted: 09:47, 30/5/2014
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Articles: The Magical World Of Climate Change In Iowa

How is that evidence of climate change? In Dubuque, there is no significant trend since before 1910, and the correlation after 1940 is negative. No significant trend since the early 1900s at Iowa City, either. The record doesn't start until 1952 in Waterloo, but absolutely no trend in the number of heavy precipitation events there during the past 60 years. Iowa's climate change report claims that "Iowa's annual average temperature has increased since 1873 at a rather modest rate." That may be true, but there has been no significant trend since 1900. Apparently "temperatures have increased six times more in winter (0.18F/decade) than in summer (0.03F/decade)." Well, that is interesting. I get no significant trend in Iowa's average winter temperatures since the NOAA database begins in 1895. Nor is there one in summer. Indeed, the correlation for summer temperature trends in Iowa since 1895 is massively non-significant (p=0.77).
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/05/the_magical_world_of_climate_change_in_iowa.html


Posted: 21:09, 16/5/2014
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Climate Change Affecting Economy Nationwide: Report - The Wall Street Journal - Marketwatch

Just add items to create a watchlist now: Add By Alicia Mundy and Colleen McCain Bloomberg Traffic streams past a Moscow power station as water vapor pours from the chimney stacks. Climate change is creating problems for American citizens coast to coast and costing the economy billions of dollars, as extreme weather brings flooding, droughts and other disasters to every region of the country, a federal advisory panel concluded in a report released Tuesday. The congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment, produced by more than 300 experts overseen by a panel of 60 scientists, pins much of the increase in climate change on human behavior. The report says, however, that it isnt too late to implement policies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, and calls on governments at all levels to find ways to lower carbon emissions, particularly from energy production.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.marketwatch.com/story/climate-change-affecting-economy-nationwide-report-2014-05-07


Posted: 13:23, 8/5/2014
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Climate Change Affecting Economy Nationwide: Report - The Wall Street Journal - Marketwatch

Just add items to create a watchlist now: Add By Alicia Mundy and Colleen McCain Bloomberg Traffic streams past a Moscow power station as water vapor pours from the chimney stacks. Climate change is creating problems for American citizens coast to coast and costing the economy billions of dollars, as extreme weather brings flooding, droughts and other disasters to every region of the country, a federal advisory panel concluded in a report released Tuesday. The congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment, produced by more than 300 experts overseen by a panel of 60 scientists, pins much of the increase in climate change on human behavior. The report says, however, that it isnt too late to implement policies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, and calls on governments at all levels to find ways to lower carbon emissions, particularly from energy production.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.marketwatch.com/story/climate-change-affecting-economy-nationwide-report-2014-05-07


Posted: 11:28, 7/5/2014
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Climate Change, El Niņo, Cold Winters, And California?s Drought | Ars Technica

They did, however, find a decent correlation with something else interesting. Winters just before an El Nino (in which warm water pools at the surface in the eastern equatorial Pacific) tended to produce this years pattern. As it happens, forecast models have been converging on the development of an El Nino later this year. Unless El Ninos can travel through time, something else must have set up that jet stream ridge off the West Coast. The researchers identified conditions in the vicinity of the Philippine Sea in the late summer and fall that appear to have been responsible. Those same conditions in the western side of the North Pacific have previously been suggested to help trigger the development of an El Nino. That strengthens the case that the correlation between West Coast ridges and winters and upcomingEl Ninos is meaningful. Finding larger trends But does climate change have anything to do with it?
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/04/climate-change-el-nino-cold-winters-and-californias-drought/


Posted: 02:54, 3/5/2014
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Climate Change | The Diplomat

Read Story June 05, 2013 Another Cold Summer for Hollywood in China? Plus who will be the winners and losers from Chinas economic transition. Our Wednesday China links. Read Story March 30, 2013 A Clear and Present Danger Climate change is the ultimate national security challenge.
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Posted: 12:37, 29/4/2014
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Climate Change Is The Fight Of Our Lives ? Yet We Can Hardly Bear To Look At It | Naomi Klein | Comment Is Free | Theguardian.com

And even then we have trouble holding on to that knowledge for long, since we are quickly ushered along to the next crisis before these truths have a chance to sink in. Climate change, meanwhile, is busily adding to the ranks of the rootless every day, as natural disasters, failed crops, starving livestock and climate-fuelled ethnic conflicts force yet more people to leave their ancestral homes. And with every human migration, more crucial connections to specific places are lost, leaving yet fewer people to listen closely to the land. How we made the air our sewer Climate pollutants are invisible, and we have stopped believing in what we cannot see. When BP's Macondo well ruptured in 2010 , releasing torrents of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, one of the things we heard from company chief executive Tony Hayward was that "the Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/23/climate-change-fight-of-our-lives-naomi-klein


Posted: 10:06, 24/4/2014
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Climate Change Increasing Massive Wildfires In West

Try again By submitting you agree to our Terms of Service Your Take contributions have not been reviewed for accuracy by USA TODAY. Contributors agree to our Terms of Service and are responsible for the content of their videos and photos. Please report any content that violates the terms. This story is part of Climate change Doyle Rice, USA TODAY 11:43 a.m. EDT April 19, 2014 Smoke billows from the Las Conchas fire, which burned 150,874 acres in New Mexico in 2011. The wildfire was one of hundreds of fires looked at in a new study that found large wildfires in the western U.S. have increased in number and size over the past 30 years. (Photo: Jerry Friedman via Wikimedia Creative Commons.) SHARE 815 CONNECT 219 TWEET 218 COMMENTEMAILMORE Massive wildfires are on the increase in the Western USA due to rising temperatures and worsening drought from climate change, and the trend could continue in the decades to come, new research suggests. Overall, the number of large wildfires increased by a rate of seven fires a year from 1984 to 2011, while the total area damaged by fire increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres per year, according to the study, published this week in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/04/19/western-wildfires-climate-change/7874841/


Posted: 00:59, 22/4/2014
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With Climate Change, Wildfires Getting Worse In The West | Livescience

"There are a lot of different causes for fire and a lot of different things that contribute to a fire regime, and those vary tremendously across the West," Dennison said. But because the bump in wildfires seen in the study is so widespread, Dennison thinks one main factor likely underlies the trend: climate change. "This is over too short of a period to say this is definitely climate change, but it does point in the direction of changing climate having an impact on fire," he said. Dennison and his co-authors analyzed satellite data from the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity Project. This relatively new database goes back to 1984 and contains all fires that burned more 1,000 acres (400 hectares) in the United States. They examined nine "ecoregions" such as the Rocky Mountains, the Southwest desert and the Southern plains and some 6,800 fires. Between 1984 and 2011, the increase in fire activity was greatest in regions that were also hit hard by drought, the researchers found. This includes the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada and Arizona-New Mexico mountains; the Southwest desert in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Texas; and the Southern plains across western Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and eastern Colorado.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.livescience.com/44947-western-wildfires-bigger-more-frequent.html


Posted: 15:49, 18/4/2014
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