State’s wild­fire prob­lem mainly hu­man-gen­er­ated

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Re: “How can Cal­i­for­nia cope with fi­nan­cial im­pact of wild­fires?” (Opin­ion sec­tion, Nov. 29)

hile it is in­deed a tremen­dous tragedy, much of the wild­fire prob­lem is hu­man-gen­er­ated.

The NASA Grav­ity Re­cov­ery and Cli­mate Ex­per­i­ment (GRACE) mis­sion, launched in 2002, maps changes in Earth’s grav­ity field re­sult­ing from the move­ment of water over the planet. NASA’s page ti­tled “Cal­i­for­nia Drought” gives a clear un­der­stand­ing of the prob­lem, which is di­rectly re­lated to the fire is­sue.

We need to work to­ward an in­te­grated pol­icy that fac­tors in water, agri­cul­ture, econ­omy and en­vi­ron­ment and not self­ag­gran­diz­ing propo­si­tions on the bal­lot that de­feat a more sus­tain­able fu­ture. — Meenakshi Srini­vasan, San Jose

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