The Sunday Read: ‘This Isn’t the California I Married’

The honeymoon’s over for the state’s residents now that wildfires are almost constant. Has living in this natural wonderland lost its magic?

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2021 Was Earth’s Fifth-Hottest Year, Scientists Say

The finding, by European researchers, fits a clear warming trend: The seven hottest years on record have been the past seven.

#carbon-dioxide, #earth, #european-center-for-medium-range-weather-forecasts, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #weather, #wildfires

Biden Consoles Residents in Fire-Ravaged Colorado

The president said the devastation caused by natural disasters rooted in climate change was “a blinking ‘code red’ for our nation.”

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Here’s How Climate Change and Covid Are Transforming Skiing

There’s less snow and stricter rules, but skiers are adjusting in surprising ways.

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‘I Have Absolutely Nothing’: After a Massive Winter Fire, What Is Left?

Families whose homes were left in ashes when the Marshall fire swept through Boulder, Colo., now face starting over again in a housing market that was competitive before 991 homes were destroyed.

#boulder-colo, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #wildfires

Health Risks of Smoke and Ozone Rise in the West as Wildfires Worsen

Simultaneous high levels of the two pollutants, which harm human health, are occurring with increasing frequency, researchers say.

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This Vast Wildfire Lab Is Helping Foresters Prepare for a Hotter Planet

When the Bootleg fire tore through a nature reserve in Oregon this summer, the destruction varied in different areas. Researchers say forest management methods, including controlled burns, were a big factor.

#bootleg-fire, #drought, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-conservancy, #oregon, #wildfires

Colorado Wildfire Inquiry Focuses on Christian Sect, Twelve Tribes

Investigators are looking at the possibility that a fire that destroyed more than 900 homes started on property owned by a fundamentalist Christian sect known as Twelve Tribes.

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Colorado Wildfire Probe Focuses on Christian Sect

Investigators are looking at the possibility that a fire that destroyed more than 900 homes in Colorado started on property owned by a fundamentalist Christian sect known as the Twelve Tribes.

#boulder-colo, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #wildfires

Have Wildfires Ruined California’s Magic?

The honeymoon’s over for its residents now that wildfires are almost constant. Has living in this natural wonderland lost its magic?

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Colorado Residents Ponder the Road Ahead After Wildfires

Days after what might be the most damaging wildfire in state history, residents are just beginning to make sense of the long road back and the extent of the damage.

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Record-Setting Colorado Fires Destroyed More Than 500 Homes

Unlike fires in mountain wilderness, which often burn over the course of weeks, the destruction on Thursday played out in minutes and hours.

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Colorado Wildfires: What We Know

The fires on Thursday burned at least 500 homes and forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate.

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Colorado Wildfires: More Than 30,000 People Ordered Evacuated

Residents of Superior and Louisville, in Boulder County, are forced to flee.

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Fires, Landslides, Lack of Snow: The Ski Industry Girds for Battle

From firestorms in California’s Tahoe region to melting glaciers in the Alps, ski areas face a daunting array of environmental threats. Here’s what some resorts are doing.

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Why Times Opinion Is Sounding the Climate Change Alarm

The climate crisis is now.

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Father and Son Arrested on Suspicion of Starting the Caldor Fire

The men have not been charged but were arrested in connection with the 15th-largest blaze in California’s recorded history. It burned more than 200,000 acres near Lake Tahoe.

#arson, #el-dorado-county-calif, #wildfires

Prairies on Fire in Montana Amid a Record December Heat Wave

Two dozen homes and businesses burned in the town of Denton as unseasonably warm temperatures descended from the Great Plains to the Mid-Atlantic.

#heat-and-heat-waves, #montana, #wildfires

This Fire-Loving Fungus Eats Charcoal, if It Must

Some fungi sprout in fiery shades of orange and pink after wildfires, feasting on what was left behind by the burn.

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Everyone’s Moving to Texas. Here’s Why.

We studied 16,847 places to find out why Dallas is so popular.

#california, #dallas-tex, #global-warming, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #texas, #urban-areas, #wildfires

Wildfires in California Killed Thousands of Giant Sequoias

The past 15 months have been devastating for the majestic trees, as fires destroyed an estimated 13 to 19 percent of their population, officials said.

#california, #national-park-service, #sequoia-national-forest-calif, #sequoias, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires

Former Professor Is Indicted in ‘Arson Spree’ in California

Prosecutors say Gary Stephen Maynard set four fires this summer as one of the largest wildfires in California history raged nearby.

#arson, #california, #fires-and-firefighters, #gary-stephen-maynard, #wildfires

Kruger Rock Fire in Colorado Kills One

The Kruger Rock fire in northern Colorado has burned about 145 acres, fire officials said. A plane carrying fire suppressant crashed this week, killing the pilot.

#colorado, #deaths-fatalities, #estes-park-colo, #fires-and-firefighters, #kruger-rock-fire, #weather, #wildfires

What Does It Take to Build a Disaster-Proof House?

A few homeowners across the country are trying to find out, by experimenting with new (and old) construction techniques.

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China and the United States Agree to Work Together to Tackle Climate Change

As nearly 200 nations struggle over global climate negotiations, the world’s two biggest polluters sign an agreement that is short on details..

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Tree DNA Sends a Poacher to Prison in 2018 Maple Fire Case

Loggers seeking a prized hardwood started the fire in the Olympic National Forest, prosecutors said. The use of timber DNA evidence was a first in a federal criminal trial.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #hood-canal-wash, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #trees-and-shrubs, #washington-state, #wildfires

Antarctica Was Once a Land of Fire and Not Ice

Charcoal recovered from a dig near the southern continent shows that the region wasn’t spared from the era scientists call a “super fire world.”

#antarctic-regions, #charcoal, #paleontology, #polar-research-journal, #research, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

Infrastructure Bill Makes First Major U.S. Investment in Climate Resilience

The measure includes $47 billion to help communities prepare for the new age of extreme fires, floods, storms and droughts that scientists say are worsened by human-caused climate change.

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The blame game: How much are we responsible for recent wildfires?

Image of a wildfire at night.

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This summer, the Western United States saw a truly devastating wildfire season. Across the country, more than 48,000 wildfires raged, damaging more than six million hectares of land. It would be nice to think that humans weren’t the primary cause of these events and that natural changes in weather patterns contributed to how dry and fire-prone parts of the world have become.

But the reality isn’t so nice. Climate change is likely the cause of the wildfires, according to new research that aimed to quantify just how much blame we can lay at the feet of natural causes when it comes to the increasing rates of wildfires in the US’s West. “We want to know how much this increase in fire weather is just changing weather patterns and how much cannot be explained by changing weather patterns,” Rong Fu, one of the paper’s authors and a professor at UCLA’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, told Ars.

The research began around a year ago. Fu and some of her colleagues live in California and were all impacted by the wildfires, so they wanted to investigate what is causing them.

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#climate-change, #fire, #science, #united-states, #western-united-states, #wildfires

As Turkey Chafes at Erdogan, He Gets Spikier Abroad

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan canceled an appearance at the global climate talks over a perceived slight, part of a pattern of creating international dramas to bolster his domestic standing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #global-warming, #group-of-twenty, #politics-and-government, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations, #wildfires

The Glasgow Deforestation Pledge Isn’t Enough to Save Our Forests

World leaders have pledged again to end deforestation. This time, they need to actually do it.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #canada, #carbon-dioxide, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #paris-france, #peru, #politics-and-government, #russia, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states, #wildfires, #world-resources-institute

Some Residents Taking Fighting Wildfires Into Their Own Hands

As wildfire seasons worsen, a growing number of rural residents are buying and outfitting fire rigs and other equipment to protect their property and themselves.

#california, #oregon, #rangeland-fire-protection-associations, #rural-areas, #trinity-county-calif, #washington-state, #wildfires

Can California Tourism Survive Climate Change?

The most popular state for tourism in the U.S. endured record wildfires, drought and flooding just this year. “The rate of change has been so dramatic,” says one local scientist. “If I was the California tourism industry, I’d be really worried.”

#alpine-skiing, #autumn-season, #california, #calistoga-calif, #conservation-of-resources, #cross-country-skiing, #disasters-and-emergencies, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #eco-tourism, #global-warming, #napa-calif, #palisades-tahoe, #palm-springs-calif, #skiing, #sonoma-county-calif, #south-lake-tahoe-calif, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #university-of-california-davis, #university-of-california-riverside, #university-of-nevada-reno, #university-of-waterloo, #utah-state-university, #weather, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

Bomb Cyclone and ‘Atmospheric River’ Pummel California With Rain and Wind

Much of the Bay Area was under a flash flood watch on Sunday, with the National Weather Service warning of the potential for mudslides across the region.

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Syria Executes 24 People for Setting Wildfires, Calling It ‘Terrorism’

The sentences shocked rights groups, who saw it as a move by President Bashar al-Assad to appear tough after a crisis that hurt his loyalists.

#assad-bashar-al, #capital-punishment, #politics-and-government, #syria, #wildfires

Has Climate Change Cut Us Off From the Wilderness in California?

In California, there is no escape from global warming for many of the species affected and none for the species causing the problem.

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Alisal Fire in California Consumes 6,000 Acres in 24 Hours

The fire, which started near Santa Barbara on Monday, forced evacuations and shut down parts of Route 101, according to fire officials.

#alisal-fire, #cal-fire, #california, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #santa-barbara-calif, #santa-ynez-mountains-calif, #wildfires

California Criminology Professor Is Charged With Arson

Amid a series of arson incidents across Northern California this year, a criminology professor was charged with setting a patch of the Sierra Nevada forest ablaze.

#arson, #california, #maynard-gary, #wildfires

An Expert on the Criminal Mind, Now He’s Suspected in California Arson Spree

Amid a series of arson incidents across Northern California this year, a criminology professor was charged with setting a patch of the Sierra Nevada forest ablaze.

#arson, #california, #internal-storyline-no, #maynard-gary, #wildfires

How Maori Arrival in New Zealand Was Frozen in Antarctic Ice

Ice cores drilled from the southern continent preserved a signal of the peopling of islands thousands of miles away.

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The Secret War Over Pentagon Aid in Fighting Wildfires

The military’s satellites excel at spotting new blazes, but for decades they have been mostly off limits to civilian firefighters.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-budget-us, #fires-and-firefighters, #newsom-gavin, #satellites, #schiff-adam-b, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

California Woman Charged With Arson in Starting Fawn Fire

The Fawn fire, which has burned nearly 10,000 acres, was spreading quickly on Friday, a day after the authorities accused a Palo Alto woman of igniting the blaze.

#alexandra-souverneva, #arson, #cal-fire, #fawn-fire, #fires-and-firefighters, #shasta-county-calif, #wildfires

PG&E Faces Criminal Charges Over California Wildfire

Charges including manslaughter arise from a blaze that killed four last year. A state inquiry said the utility’s power lines were involved.

#bankruptcies, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #fines-penalties, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #shasta-county-calif, #wildfires

California’s Wildfires Had an Invisible Impact: High Carbon Dioxide Emissions

From June to August, the blazes emitted far more planet-warming carbon dioxide than in any other summer in nearly two decades, satellite data shows.

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One Family’s Fight Against the Dixie Fire

As flames consumed rural towns in California this summer, it became clear how far residents would go to preserve their way of life.

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Fire weather is getting worse in the American West

Fire weather is getting worse in the American West

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California is famous for its beach weather, but it’s also growing increasingly infamous for its “fire weather,” which is when high temperatures, strong winds, and low humidity combine to prime the landscape to burn. It’s no accident that you’ve been hearing so much about wildfires in recent years: Thanks to climate change, fire weather is on the rise, a new analysis shows.

“It’s not just that it’s hot. It’s not just that it’s dry. It’s that all these conditions are happening at the same time,” says Kaitlyn Weber, a data analyst at Climate Central, a nonprofit news group that published the analysis. “There’s very clearly an increase in these fire weather days that’s been happening since the early 1970s across most of the western United States.”

Weber analyzed data from 225 weather stations from 17 western states going back to 1973, looking at temperature, humidity, and wind speeds, the three main variables that drive catastrophic fires. High temperatures and low humidity suck the moisture out of vegetation to create dry fuels, so one spark easily ignites a wildfire, which swift winds can then push across a landscape with incredible speed. The Camp Fire of 2018, for instance, moved so quickly that it overwhelmed the city of Paradise, killing 86 people, many in their cars trying to get out of town.

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#climate-change, #fire, #science, #wildfires

The Unconventional Weapon Against Future Wildfires: Goats

Lani Malmberg travels with a few hundred goats, which eat the tall brush and grasses that power Western wildfires.

#colorado, #environment, #goats, #lani-malmberg, #sustainable-living, #western-states-us, #wildfires

Sequoias Are Being Wrapped in Foil Blankets to Protect Against Wildfires

At least two wildfire complexes are threatening some of the giant sequoia groves in Central California.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #wildfires

How Is Climate Change Altering Your Favorite Places?

We’d like to hear from readers all over the world about how climate change is affecting your favorite places.

#global-warming, #hikes-and-hiking, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #wildfires

California Wildfires Threaten Giant Sequoias

Some of the world’s largest trees are at risk after the fires were sparked by lightning last week.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #national-park-service, #sequoia-national-park, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires