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Michael Mann, assistant professor of geography at the George Washington University

It’s Not Just Climate Change: Study Finds Human Activity Is a Major Factor Driving Wildfires

April 28, 2016

A new study examining wildfires in California found that human activity explains as much about their frequency and location as climate influences. The researchers systematically looked at human behaviors and climate change together, which is unique and rarely attempted on an area of land this large. Assistant Professor of Geography Michael Mann was lead author of the study.