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California Smoke Over Pacific

Large quantities of smoke from several destructive fires in California obscure the Pacific Ocean to the southwest of that state in the above 11 November 2018 Suomi-NPP/VIIRS composite. Fueled by drought conditions and strong winds, such fires could become more common as our planet continues to warm in response to our heavy dependence on greenhouse-gas-producing fossil fuels.

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