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Biomass: Trump wildfire order might expand high-emitting forest burning

January 10, 2019
President Donald Trump's executive order requiring the departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Interior (DOI) to craft a plan for reducing catastrophic wildfires directs them to consider thinning forests with “prescribed burning,” amid a debate over its value in preventing wildfires and concerns about the practice significantly increasing air pollution. Large, catastrophic wildfires are increasing in their size and impacts, especially across the arid West, driven by a variety of factors. Democrats cite as a cause higher temperatures and lower humidity...

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