By Amira Pinkston, age 12

 

The Carr Fire is a 2018 California wildfire that burned in Shasta and Trinity counties.
Photo by Eric Coulter, BLM.

 

This summer, California saw some of its worst wildfires in history, and scientists believe climate change is the cause. “California has had multi-years of drought, this is the kind of toxic combination that can create very dangerous conditions so that the wildfires are hotter, more severe and more dangerous,” climate scientist Brenda Ekwurze told Democracy Now! She says the most important way to combat the fires is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a major contributor to climate change.