Garbage Truck Driver Is Charged in California Fire That Killed 2

The driver, Antonio Ornelas-Velazquez, is accused by the authorities of dumping a burning load of trash that sparked a deadly fire in 2019 that also destroyed more than 70 structures.

#california, #desert-hot-springs-calif, #district-attorneys, #fires-and-firefighters, #riverside-county-calif, #trucks-and-trucking, #wildfires

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A Surprise in Africa: Air Pollution Falls as Economies Rise

Air quality is improving in one of the continent’s fastest-growing regions, researchers have found. If the trend can be sustained, it would be good news for human health and climate change.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #pnas-journal, #research, #wildfires

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Explosion Critically Injures 3 on Movie Set Near Los Angeles

Fire crews used two helicopters to put out a brush fire, which burned an acre of a hillside in Santa Clarita, Calif., the authorities said.

#accidents-and-safety, #fires-and-firefighters, #movies, #santa-clarita-calif, #wildfires

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First Came the Lockdown. Then Came the Wildfire.

Residents on the outskirts of Perth in Western Australia fled their homes in the middle of the night, just days after being told to stay in because of the coronavirus.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #perth-australia, #wildfires

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How Climate Change May Affect Your Health

No matter where you live or how high your socioeconomic status, climate change can endanger your health, both physical and mental, now and in the future.

#air-pollution, #asthma, #center-for-environmental-health, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #content-type-service, #global-warming, #pollution, #respiratory-diseases, #water-pollution, #wildfires

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Rain and Snow Headed for Wildfire-Damaged Areas of California

The precipitation in drought-stricken Central and Northern California is welcome. But forecasters warned that flash flooding is possible in areas that burned last year.

#california, #floods, #landslides-and-mudslides, #national-weather-service, #rain, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #weather, #wildfires

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Hounded by Wildfires, Californians Rethink Their Willingness to Rebuild

In the aftermath, some people are deciding to just begin new lives elsewhere. The pandemic and longstanding housing problems haven’t made the choices any easier.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #los-angeles-county-calif, #malibu-calif, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #riverside-county-calif, #san-bernardino-county-calif, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #wildfires

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Covid-19 Took a Bite From U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020

Emissions plunged more than 10 percent. If the trend can be sustained, it would put the United States within striking distance of one of its major goals under the Paris climate agreement.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #rhodium-group-llc, #transportation, #wildfires

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A Long, Lonesome Look at America

Alone on a 10,000-mile road trip across the United States, a Times journalist found an America cloaked in solitude — and a country on edge.

#arkansas, #california, #colorado, #conservation-of-resources, #forests-and-forestry, #montana, #oregon, #ozark-mountains, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #states-us, #wildfires

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2020 Ties 2016 as Hottest Yet, European Analysis Shows

The global average temperature in 2020 was about 2.25 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average from 1850 to 1900, data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service indicates.

#drought, #el-nino-southern-oscillation, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #temperature, #wildfires

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2020 is Tied With 2016 as Hottest Year Ever on Record

The global average temperature in 2020 was about 2.25 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average from 1850 to 1900, data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service indicates.

#drought, #el-nino-southern-oscillation, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #temperature, #wildfires

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U.S. Disaster Costs Doubled in 2020, Reflecting Costs of Climate Change

The $95 billion in damage came in a year marked by a record number of named Atlantic storms, as well as the largest wildfires recorded in California.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #insurance, #munich-re, #wildfires

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The Climate Desk Looks Ahead to 2021

After a year when climate-related disasters seemed to become the norm, the team will be monitoring a 2021 that is pivotal for the world.

#air-pollution, #australia, #california, #content-type-service, #disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #methane, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #presidential-transition-us, #solar-energy, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather, #wildfires, #wind-power

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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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Wealthier, Whiter Areas Are More Likely to Get Help After Fires, Data Show

New research offers further signs that racial and economic inequality leave some Americans more exposed to the worsening effects of climate change.

#bureau-of-land-management, #environment, #forest-service, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #minorities, #national-park-service, #race-and-ethnicity, #wildfires

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After Wildfires, Mourning the Loss of California’s Giants

For one reporter, documenting the destruction of redwoods and sequoias was a heartbreaking assignment.

#fires-and-firefighters, #global-warming, #mojave-national-preserve, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

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Thousands of Photographs, and a Year Like No Other

The Year in Pictures project is an annual celebration of photojournalism. In 2020, photographers were living what they captured.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mills-doug, #new-year, #new-york-times, #photography, #presidential-election-of-2020, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

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Climate Change and California’s Favorite Trees

Friday: How wildfires could threaten the coast redwood, the Joshua tree and the giant sequoia. Also: What to know about California’s contact tracing app.

#big-basin-redwoods-state-park-california, #california, #mojave-national-preserve, #wildfires

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It’s Australia’s First Big Blaze of the Fire Season. How Bad Will the Summer Get?

Last year, the country suffered catastrophic wildfires. Now, it is watching as a scenic getaway burns. What the rest of the season brings may depend on heat waves, winds and dried-out grass.

#australia, #global-warming, #queensland-australia, #weather, #wildfires

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Arctic’s Shift to a Warmer Climate Is ‘Well Underway, Scientists Warn

This year’s Arctic Report Card, an annual assessment by an international panel of scientists, warned that the effects of global warming are surging across the region.

#american-geophysical-union, #arctic-regions, #environment, #global-warming, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #permafrost, #wildfires

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Australia Gears Up for the Great Koala Count, Using Drones, Droppings and Dogs

The iconic marsupials are not easy to find, or count accurately, so officials will deploy a host of methods.

#australia, #koalas, #population, #wildfires

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Bond Fire Erupts Outside Los Angeles, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate

Two firefighters were injured on Thursday in Orange County as efforts to contain the Bond fire continued.

#california, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #orange-county-calif, #wildfires, #wind

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Hotter Planet Already Poses Fatal Risks, Health Experts Warn

A new report presented climate change as an immediate public health danger and urged lawmakers to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

#air-pollution, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lancet-the-journal, #salas-rene-n, #wildfires

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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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Biden and Kerry Must Address the Climate Emergency

There is no middle path when it comes to the climate emergency.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #wildfires, #youth

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How Parents Can Tame the Stress of Climate Crises

When pandemic parenting is topped off by wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme events, some stress-relieving measures are particularly suited to getting through the challenges.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #families-and-family-life, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists, #wildfires

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California Bars Insurers From Dropping Policies in Wildfire Areas

The new one-year freeze is a sign of the growing financial burden caused by climate change.

#california, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #insurance, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wildfires

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California Wildfires Grow and Force Thousands to Flee

The Silverado Fire and the Blue Ridge Fire nearly doubled in size overnight, and have forced more evacuations in Irvine and other parts of Orange County.

#california, #chino-hills-calif, #irvine-calif, #southern-california-edison-sce, #wildfires

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California Fires Prompt Evacuation of Thousands

About 60,000 people were affected by evacuation orders near Irvine, Calif., the authorities said, as the state prepared for strong winds that risked new fires.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #irvine-calif, #orange-county-calif, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #wildfires

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Why The Colorado Wildfires Feel Like a Season Without End

After a horrific summer of fires in the West, Colorado is fighting out-of-control fires as ski season approaches.

#colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #global-warming, #snow-and-snowstorms, #wildfires

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Late-Season Wildfires Rampage Through Colorado

After a season of hellish wildfires throughout the West, there is new evidence that climate change and rampant growth are creating perfect breeding grounds for fire.

#california, #colorado, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #global-warming, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #wildfires

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Colorado Wildfire Grows Into Largest in State History

Left vulnerable by dry conditions, more than 430,000 acres have burned so far in what has been one of the worst years ever for wildfires in the state.

#boulder-colo, #california, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #weather, #wildfires

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Trump Administration Rejects California’s Request for Wildfire Relief

The state had asked last month for federal aid to help recover from six of this year’s fires, including the Creek Fire, which is among the most destructive in state history.

#cal-fire, #california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fresno-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #mendocino-calif, #newsom-gavin, #recession-and-depression, #san-bernardino-calif, #san-diego-calif, #trump-donald-j, #wildfires

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Mount Kilimanjaro Fires Threaten a Diverse Ecosystem

Strong winds and dry weather have hampered efforts to extinguish the spreading blaze on Africa’s highest peak.

#fires-and-firefighters, #mount-kilimanjaro-tanzania, #tanzania, #wildfires, #world-heritage-sites

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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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The Cicada and the Train Wreck of 2020

The problems that brought us a terrible year have been incubating for a long time.

#cicadas-insects, #global-warming, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #wildfires

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Facing Disaster After Disaster, the American Red Cross C.E.O. Stays Optimistic

“I really believe when we’re all set free from captivity, we are going to be so happy and kind to each other,” Gail McGovern says.

#american-red-cross, #blood-donation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mcgovern-gail-j, #wildfires

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New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors.

Climate change is taking a toll on woodlands in the Northeast.

#berkshires-mass, #drought, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #land-use-policies, #massachusetts, #new-england-states-us, #wildfires

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Alarmed by Scope of Wildfires, Officials Turn to Native Americans for Help

Indigenous groups have a long history of intentionally setting fires to keep ecosystems healthy. Policymakers are now more interested in the practice.

#california, #forests-and-forestry, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #wildfires

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For Trump, a Pattern of Denial, From the Virus to Russia to Climate Change

The president’s preoccupation with demonstrating strength or rearranging facts to reinforce his worldview has led him, time and again, to downplay, ignore or mock serious issues.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #global-warming, #masks, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020, #wildfires

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Calamities Challenge California’s Economic Foundation

The pandemic and wildfires have underscored issues of housing and growth. Will the disruptions and dislocations force the state to chart a new course?

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #global-warming, #population, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #wildfires

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Wildfires May Pose Drinking Water Safety Issues

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science-journal, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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Battling Wildfire and Pandemic, Ukraine Faces a New Foe: Landmines

The blaze is setting off mines and other ordnance littering the war zone in eastern Ukraine, hampering already dangerous firefighting and evacuation efforts.

#explosions-accidental, #ukraine, #wildfires

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Amazon 4.0. How to Reinvent the Rainforest

It took tens of millions of years for tropical rainforests to evolve. It may take us just a few decades to destroy them, unless we change course.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #forests-and-forestry, #indigenous-people, #wildfires

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After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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The Grandmother Trees

We think of humans as destroyers of the Amazon, but for centuries Indigenous people have tended to this landscape.

#amazon-river-basin, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #indigenous-people, #wildfires

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How California’s Diablo Winds Could Worsen Wildfires

Strong, gusty winds could hamper firefighting efforts by fanning flames that have already destroyed tens of thousands of acres in the northern part of the state.

#california, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #mount-diablo-calif, #weather, #wildfires

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Fires and Storms Push Demand for Emergency Shelter to a New High

The Red Cross has provided more nights of shelter to Americans this year than at any point on record, a sign of the widening human toll of climate change.

#american-red-cross, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

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At-Home Learning, When Home Is in Ashes

How families in one Oregon community are coping with the aftermath of a massive wildfire.

#children-and-childhood, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #families-and-family-life, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #wildfires

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