Climate Minute: How wildfires could affect climate change

Kaiti Blake explains the link between carbon monoxide and increasing global temperature

Meteorologist Kaiti Blake joins GMSA@9 to talk about the wildfires in California, showing them from a different vantage point while explaining how it impacts the global climate.

SAN ANTONIO – Data from NASA satellites show high concentrations of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere as a result of this year’s wildfires on the west coast.

Carbon monoxide, emitted during a combustion event - like a fire - can increase concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. These greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, have been linked to an increased global temperature.

Of course, this increasing global temperature is one of the major facets of the climate change battle our Earth is facing.

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About the Author:

Kaiti Blake is a child weather-geek-turned-meteorologist. A member of the KSAT Weather Authority, Kaiti is a co-host of the Whatever the Weather video podcast. After graduating from Texas Tech University, Kaiti worked at WJTV 12 in Jackson, Mississippi and KTAB in Abilene.