Tag: Wildfires

In Australia, Diving Right Into Summer

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PG&E Reaches $13.5 Billion Deal With Wildfire Victims

After months of tense negotiations, Pacific Gas & Electric and lawyers for victims of wildfires that killed dozens of people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes and businesses agreed on Friday to a multibillion-dollar legal settlement. The victims wouldn’t receive all of the $13.5 billion that is being made available under the agreement. Some […]

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California Bans Insurers From Dropping Policies Made Riskier by Climate Change

California’s wildfires have grown so costly and damaging that insurance companies — a homeowner’s last hope when disaster strikes — have increasingly been canceling people’s policies in fire-prone parts of the state. On Thursday, however, California took the highly unusual step of banning the practice, a decision that exacerbates the insurance industry’s miscalculation of the […]

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‘The Amazon Is Completely Lawless’: The Rainforest After Bolsonaro’s First Year

RIO DE JANEIRO — When the smoke cleared, the Amazon could breathe easy again. For months, black clouds had hung over the rainforest as work crews burned and chain-sawed through it. Now the rainy season had arrived, offering a respite to the jungle and a clearer view of the damage to the world. The picture […]

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Report Detailing PG&E’s Failures Raises New Hurdles for Utility

A damning report about the cause of the deadliest wildfire in California history poses a huge setback to Pacific Gas & Electric as it tries to resolve a complex bankruptcy and prove to its customers and elected officials that it takes safety seriously. PG&E repeatedly failed to properly maintain a power line built nearly a […]

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Brazil’s Leader Falsely Blames Leonardo DiCaprio for Amazon Fires

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has falsely claimed that the Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio financed the fires recently set in the Amazon rainforest. It was the latest attempt by the right-wing leader to shift blame for fires that have focused international concern on his government, which has scaled back efforts to […]

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Cave Fire in Santa Barbara County Threatens Homes and Forces Evacuations

A brush fire that started in the Santa Ynez Mountains of Santa Barbara County, Calif., had burned at least 4,100 acres as of Tuesday morning, prompting the county to declare an emergency and order some residents to evacuate, according to the authorities. So far, no homes have been destroyed and no injuries have been connected […]

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The World Burns All Year. Are There Enough Planes to Douse the Flames?

SYDNEY, Australia — Sharing the giant air tankers that fight fires 5,000 gallons of water at a time used to be simpler. California’s wildfires faded before Australia’s bush fires surged, leaving time to prepare, move and deploy planes from one continent to another. But climate change is subverting the system. Fire seasons are running longer, […]

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Saving the Fire Victims Who Cannot Flee: Australia’s Koalas

MELBOURNE, Australia — The victims were carried in one by one, their paws burned and fur singed, suffering from dehydration and fear. Their caretakers bandaged their wounds, swaddled them and laid them in baskets with the only thing that was familiar — the leaves of a eucalyptus tree. As catastrophic fires have burned more than […]

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Climate Change Poses Threats to Children’s Health Worldwide

The health effects of climate change will be unevenly distributed and children will be among those especially harmed, according to a new report from the medical journal The Lancet. The report compared human health consequences under two scenarios: one in which the world meets the commitments laid out in the Paris Agreement and reins in […]

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Flames Return to Where California’s Largest Wildfire Started

ImageFlames from the Burris fire, which was extinguished Nov. 3, scorched the sloping fields around the wood-shingled home on the ranch of Glenn Kile, coming very close to engulfing the wrap-around porch.Credit…Thomas Fuller/The New York Times Good morning. (If you don’t already get California Today delivered to your inbox, here’s the sign-up.) Today, we’re starting […]

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Australia Confronts ‘Catastrophic’ Fire Conditions

SYDNEY, Australia — Australia is bracing for cataclysmic wildfires on Tuesday, as officials warned that strong winds, high temperatures and parched forests had created some of the worst fire conditions the country has ever seen. After powerful blazes caused three deaths over the weekend, the authorities said people and homes were now at risk from […]

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At Least 3 Dead as Fires Rage Across Eastern Australia

SYDNEY, Australia — Wildfires surging across Australia’s drought-ravaged East Coast have left three people dead and destroyed more than 150 homes, officials said on Saturday, sounding the alarm for what is expected to be one of the country’s worst recorded fire seasons. With summer heat waves still several weeks away, 1,500 firefighters were battling 70 […]

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Is Mayor Pete the Answer?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is Pete Buttigieg the best Democratic candidate to take on Trump? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists size up the South Bend mayor’s rise in Iowa and a new Times poll terrifying those […]

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California Mayors Back Plan to Make PG&E a Cooperative

Frustrated with wildfires and intentional blackouts caused by Pacific Gas & Electric, more than two dozen California mayors and county leaders are calling for a customer-owned power company to replace the giant utility. In a letter delivered Tuesday to the California Public Utilities Commission, the local officials embraced a proposal by Mayor Sam Liccardo of […]

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Invasive Grasses May Worsen Wildfires, Study Suggests

The fires that have ignited in California, leading to mass evacuations and seemingly otherworldly scenes, may have gotten their start from a surprising source. Invasive grasses, or grasses that have encroached from other regions, can make wildfires more frequent, not just in California but nationwide, according to a study published Monday in the journal PNAS. […]

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5 Lessons We Learned From the California Wildfires

The fires that raged in California over the past two weeks consumed thousands of acres and drove residents up and down the state to flee their homes. The Kincade and Getty fires, both of which were mostly contained by Monday, captured the headlines. But violent winds ignited multiple fires — at one point 16 were […]

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As Smoke Clears in California, Pressure Builds on Power Companies

As firefighters worked to contain wildfires across California on Saturday, residents began returning to their homes, business owners surveyed the damage and officials shifted their attention to what had gone wrong and what could be done to prevent — or at least temper — what has become a near-constant threat. The state was not in […]

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