Commentary: If COVID-19 has a silver lining, it has a green hue to it

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If I ask: What’s the connection between the COVID-19 pandemic and the wildfires raging up and down the West Coast, you might answer: They are two phenomena that make it difficult to breathe. Or, they are two of a burgeoning number of omens that portend the End of Days. Or, they are two problems awaiting magical solutions promised by America’s best president ever, Donald Trump, who says the novel coronavirus will soon “wash over” much like “the sniffles,” while the fires ebb on a suddenly cooling Earth — “just watch.”I think there is a more substantive linkage, one likely to drive lasting changes to the way we live and work.Contrary to what the president says, the Western wildfires are not purely a matter of too many trees falling unheeded in too many forests and not enough raking of dead leaves. The blazes are consuming fuel parched by two decades of drought — decades that were the warmest on record, thanks to climate change.Climate is a fantastically complex system. Yet the basic fact of man-made global warming, illustrated in the lurid oranges and sickly grays of the wildfires, has become so clear to so many that the gathered …

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