What Is a Megadrought?

Yes, the West is in extreme drought. But for part of the region, conditions have been bad for decades, rivaling periods in the distant past.

#california, #drought, #global-warming, #western-states-us

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Western States Face Excessive Heat Warnings and Advisories

Temperatures in Northern California could hit 107 on Tuesday and areas across Washington could reach the lower 100s, the National Weather Service said.

#california, #global-warming, #las-vegas-nev, #montana, #national-weather-service, #nevada, #washington-state, #weather, #western-states-us

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Tom Lin Makes His Debut With ‘The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu’

Tom Lin is making his debut with “The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu,” a novel that has drawn comparisons to Cormac McCarthy and “True Grit.”

#asian-americans, #books-and-literature, #california, #china, #chinese-americans, #content-type-personal-profile, #four-treasures-of-the-sky-book, #how-much-of-these-hills-is-gold-book, #inland-book, #lin-tom, #north-anna-author, #obreht-tea, #outlawed-book, #race-and-ethnicity, #railroads, #the-thousand-crimes-of-ming-tsu-book, #western-states-us, #writing-and-writers, #zhang-c-pam, #zhang-jenny-tinghui

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Super Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse 2021: When to Watch

People out west in the United States and in Australia and East Asia will have a good view of an event some call a “super blood moon.”

#australia, #california, #east-asia, #eclipses, #moon, #space-and-astronomy, #western-states-us

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The Gaza Conflict Is Stoking an ‘Identity Crisis’ for Some Young American Jews

A new generation is confronting the region’s longstanding conflict in a very different context, with very different pressures, from their parents’ and grandparents’ generations.

#anti-semitism, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #western-states-us

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Wild Horses Adopted Under a Federal Program Are Going to Slaughter

Records show that some people who are paid $1,000 a head by the government to give legally protected mustangs “good homes” are sending the horses to auction once they get the money.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #auctions, #bureau-of-land-management, #federal-lands, #horses, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #livestock, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us

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On the West Coast, Avalanche Warnings and an ‘Atmospheric River’

The danger of avalanche is high in parts of the Cascade Mountains and areas farther south, the Northwest Avalanche Center said.

#avalanches, #cascade-mountains, #idaho, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #national-weather-service, #oregon, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #portland-ore, #rain, #washington-state, #western-states-us

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Oregon Is Vaccinating Teachers. It Might Not Be Enough to Reopen Schools.

Oregon is a case study in how Pacific Coast cities are lagging the country in resuming in-person teaching.

#anxiety-and-stress, #brown-kate-1960, #california, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #oregon, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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A Year of Watching Earthly Beauty Burn

From orbit, satellites send tragic evidence of climate change’s destructive power. This film covers 10 days, Sept. 7-16, 2020, a period of intense fires activity in North and South America.

#air-pollution, #amazon-jungle, #anxiety-and-stress, #australia, #brazil, #california, #canada, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #china, #colombia, #colorado-state-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #earth, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #european-union, #fires-and-firefighters, #floods, #forests-and-forestry, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricane-laura-2020, #international-space-station, #marshall-tex, #new-zealand, #north-america, #oregon, #pantanal-brazil, #politics-and-government, #sacramento-calif, #seasons-and-months, #stanford-university, #texas, #united-states, #washington-state, #weather, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Biden Plans to Conserve 30 Percent of America’s Lands

That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?

#agriculture-department, #babbitt-bruce, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #united-states, #western-states-us, #wilderness-areas

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Can Cannabis Farms Weather Wildfire Season?

Many marijuana crops are uninsured, which means that in the wake of disaster, farmers can face financial ruin.

#marijuana, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Citing Risk of Wildfires, Utility Plans to Cut Off Power to 50,000 in California

Pacific Gas and Electric said power would begin to be shut off Wednesday evening and might return Friday night.

#california, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #weather, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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PG&E Plans to Cut Off Power to 50,000 in California

Pacific Gas and Electric said power would begin to be shut off Wednesday evening and might return Friday night.

#california, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #weather, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Flames That Won’t Die Out So Easily

Conspiracy theories about antifa arson are a symptom of a deeper unraveling, and a sign of danger ahead.

#antifa-movement-us, #arson, #conspiracy-theories, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us, #wildfires, #yamhill-ore

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Special Episode: ‘An Obituary for the Land’

“I will mark my heart with an ‘X’ made of ash that says, the power to restore life resides here.”

#california, #podcasts, #poetry-and-poets, #western-states-us, #wildfires, #williams-terry-tempest

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A New Front in the Biden-Trump Battle for the Suburbs: Wildfires

An issue that has always been on the sidelines in presidential campaigns may be coming to the forefront as Joseph Biden seeks to cast climate change, not violence, as the real and immediate threat to the suburbs.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #suburbs, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #western-states-us, #wildfires, #women-and-girls

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I’ve Never Seen the American West in Such Deep Distress

We’re choking on smoke and staring out at Martian-red skies in a world becoming uninhabitable.

#global-warming, #states-us, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Oregon, California and Washington State: Live Wildfires Updates

As wildfires raged up and down the West Coast, officials said one of the most damaging fires in Oregon may have been deliberately set.

#brown-kate-1960, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: Out-of-Control Blazes Add to Vast Destruction

Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington State have killed seven people, with growing fears more have died in towns destroyed throughout the West.

#brown-kate-1960, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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You’re Probably Inhaling Microplastics Right Now

A new study found plentiful evidence of these tiny particles in dust in the nation’s most remote places.

#air-pollution, #grand-canyon-ariz, #joshua-tree-national-park-calif, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #plastics, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #western-states-us, #wyoming

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Wallace Stegner and the Conflicted Soul of the West

In his first installment of a new series on overlooked or under-read American writers, A.O. Scott, a critic at large for The New York Times, considers Wallace Stegner, the Western novelist who captured, and criticized, his region’s individualistic spirit.

#angle-of-repose-book, #books-and-literature, #california, #crossing-to-safety-book, #stegner-wallace, #the-big-rock-candy-mountain-book, #western-states-us, #wolf-hollow-book

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Will the Coronavirus Make the West More Vulnerable to Wildfires?

The fight against Covid-19 has disrupted preparations for the fire season.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #national-interagency-fire-center, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Trump Says States Can Start Reopening While Acknowledging the Decision Is Theirs

The guidelines released by the president effectively mean that any restoration of American society will take place on a patchwork basis.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #desantis-ron, #fauci-anthony-s, #governors-us, #inslee-jay, #midwestern-states-us, #newsom-gavin, #northeastern-states-us, #southern-states-us, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us

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Jackson Hole: Where the Rich Hide From Coronavirus

Wyoming’s Jackson Hole has become a redoubt against the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #grand-teton-national-park-wyo, #high-net-worth-individuals, #jackson-wyo, #jackson-hole-wyo, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #western-states-us, #yellowstone-national-park

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