Tag: Wildfires

The Fires Burning Up The Amazon — An Explainer

Getty Image Wild forest fires are often unpredictable and nearly unstoppable forces of nature. Right now, a vast area of the Amazon Rainforest is ablaze. The fire is spreading so fast that, according to reports from the BBC, a football field is incinerated every minute. This has been going on for over three weeks and […]

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Fires in Amazon Rain Forest Have Surged This Year

RIO DE JANEIRO — Fires are burning in the Amazon rain forest at one of the fastest paces in years, Brazil’s space research center said this week. The center, the National Institute for Space Research, which monitors fires using satellite images, said on Tuesday that it had detected 74,155 fires this year in the world’s […]

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Gran Canaria Fire, Spain’s Worst This Year, Forces Evacuation of 9,000

MADRID — Hundreds of firefighters were struggling on Tuesday to bring under control a forest fire on one of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the northwestern coast of Africa, as the blaze forced the evacuation of about 9,000 people. Luis Planas, Spain’s agriculture minister, said the fire was the country’s worst this year. […]

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Scorched Portugal Turns to the Goat as a Low-Cost Firefighter

VERMELHOS, Portugal — Portugal has scrambled to find solutions to wildfires that have ravaged the country in recent years. It has tested high-tech tools like drones and used satellites and aircraft to fight the fires. It has grappled with long-term policy changes to improve land management that could prevent them. And then there is the […]

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Fighting Climate Change on the Farm

FIREBAUGH, Calif. — Many farmers probably haven’t read the new report from the United Nations warning of threats to the global food supply from climate change and land misuse. But we don’t need to read the science — we’re living it. Here in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, […]

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Wildfires Are Now So Bad That Scientists Are Using Them to Study Nuclear War

Two years ago, British Columbia suffered one of the worst wildfires in the Canadian province’s history, which consumed 1.2 million hectares and displaced 65,000 people. The 2017 blaze was so intense that scientists are using it to model the climate conditions that might be created in the fallout of nuclear war, according to a study […]

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VIDEO: ‘Warriors Of The West’ Takes Us To The Fiery Front Lines With Hotshots

[embedded content] Share This Video When Josh Acosta was just 19, he trekked up a steep burning hill amidst a raging wildfire and thought to himself, “What am I doing?” Acosta is a Hotshot, an elite group of firefighters that travel the nation six to eight months out of the year, working 16-hour days while […]

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California, Wary of More Wildfires, Is Paying for Them Already

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — Two thousand homes lost and two-thirds of the land burned: The residents of Lake County, a sparsely populated area north of Napa Valley, understand better than most the devastating cost of wildfires in recent years. Yet few people in Lake County, or in many other fire-prone parts of California, could have anticipated […]

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‘Toxic Stew’ Stirred Up by Disasters Poses Long-Term Danger, New Findings Show

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — New research shows that the extreme weather and fires of recent years, similar to the flooding that has struck Louisiana and the Midwest, may be making Americans sick in ways researchers are only beginning to understand. By knocking […]

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California Lawmakers Give Utilities a Backstop on Wildfire Liability

Heading into another wildfire season, California’s political leaders have moved with unusual speed to help the state’s utilities erect a backstop against huge liability claims. The State Legislature gave final approval on Thursday to a measure that would set up a fund to help compensate victims for losses from fires started by the utilities’ equipment. […]

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In Southern California Goats Are A Vital Form Of Fire Prevention

Getty Image/Uproxx As the saying goes, not all heroes wear capes. Some run head first into a fire equipped with over 45 pounds of gear and live to tell about it. Firefighters are heroes. No doubt about that. But they don’t all fit the “wearing flame-retardant gear to battle back flames” mold. Some are planners, […]

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How Sonoma’s Vineyards Survived a Siege of Fire, Smoke and Ash

In Sonoma Valley, fire and ash make their way into almost every conversation. For 10 days in October 2017, raining embers ravaged California’s Wine Country. Fueled by 70-mile-per-hour winds, the Nuns and Tubbs fires in Sonoma Valley barreled out of control toward the communities of Santa Rosa, Glen Ellen, Kenwood and Sonoma. When the fires […]

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Anchorage Has Never Reached 90 Degrees. That Could Change This Week.

In more than 100 years of Anchorage history, weather stations have never recorded a single 90-degree reading. If current forecasts hold, it could happen multiple times in the coming days. With the combined forces of climate change that has disrupted temperature trends around the state, a remarkable dearth of ice in the Bering Sea and […]

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Can ‘Big Data’ Help Fight Big Fires? Firefighters Are Betting on It

LOS ANGELES — As out-of-control wildfires in the West grow more frequent and more intense, fire departments in Southern California are looking to big data and artificial intelligence to enhance the way they respond to these disasters. The marriage of computing, brawn and speed, they hope, may help save lives. “In Los Angeles, with our […]

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California Wildfire Fund Would Put Aside $21 Billion for Damage Claims

With the effects of climate change intensifying, California is under ever-greater siege from wildfires, often caused by the equipment that brings power to homes. One of the state’s utilities is already in bankruptcy largely because of the resulting liability claims. On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out a proposal for helping to meet such claims […]

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He Tried to Plug a Wasp Nest. He Ended Up Sparking California’s Biggest Wildfire.

POTTER VALLEY, Calif. — It was a fire that crossed mountain ranges and valleys, that spanned multiple counties and shocked Californians by its sheer scale — by far the biggest wildfire in modern state history. And yet a newly disclosed investigation suggests it was likely started by a single man and a single spark. In […]

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California Reckons With the Cost of Wildfires to Come

SACRAMENTO — On a day when the latest California wildfire threat forced emergency precautions, a recently formed commission sent state officials a new blueprint for adapting to increasingly destructive fire seasons. In the report approved Friday, the commission said California’s fragmented approach to wildfires was “squandering” resources and threatening the viability of the state’s utilities. […]

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The Democratic Party Is Trying to Downplay Climate Change. Don’t Let It.

Now we know. The Democratic Party establishment in Washington really believes it is going to get away with running another round of presidential primaries in which the climate crisis is basically hidden in the attic. The proof came this week, when the Democratic National Committee informed one of the candidates, Jay Inslee, that it had […]

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Congress Gives Final Approval to Long-Delayed Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval on Monday to a long-delayed disaster aid package, ending the congressional impasse that has stymied efforts to send billions of dollars in relief to ongoing recovery efforts from a series of natural disasters. The 354-to-58 House vote capped a lengthy and complex odyssey for the $19.1 billion package, which […]

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