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Weather changes, depleted aquifers and other factors are increasing the risk of wildfires. (Photo: iStockphoto)

Undoubtedly there are readers of this column who are “climate change deniers.” Nobody said you must be a scientist to adjust claims — but it helps. What’s required are common sense skills and an interest in what is going on in the world. While this column addresses the heat wave last summer, the growing risk of wildfires and the depletion of the aquifers, it could have equally been about other major catastrophes lurking in the bushes: ISIS, Brexit and the European Union, the threats on NATO (and what might happen if Russia decides to move its army into a NATO country), or North Korea. Listening to the presidential campaigns, one would suspect that the enemy is already at the door.

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