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    Climate-Fueled Drought Puts American West in Peril Ahead of Wildfire Season

    Climate-Fueled Drought Puts American West in Peril Ahead of Wildfire Season

    At the opening of the 2020 wildfire season, 3% of California was in extreme or exceptional drought and more than 4% burned. This year, more than 73% of the state faces similar drought conditions. In other parts of the Southwest, juniper trees are dying off at increased rates because of the intensification of a climate […]

    ‘Wildfires Are Climate Fires’: How to Discuss the Climate Crisis

    ‘Wildfires Are Climate Fires’: How to Discuss the Climate Crisis

    By Stuart Braun “These are not just wildfires, they are climate fires,” Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State, said as he stood amid the charred remains of the town of Malden west of Seattle earlier this month. “This is not an act of God,” he added. “This has happened because we have changed the climate […]

    How Will West Coast Wildfires Impact the U.S. Economy?

    How Will West Coast Wildfires Impact the U.S. Economy?

    By Timothy Rooks The many wildfires roaring through America’s West Coast don’t just look scary, they are bad for people’s health, bad for public and private lands, and bad for the economy. The plumes of smoke have pushed air quality to hazardous levels forcing residents to stay indoors. Now some of the dirtiest air on […]

    Several West Coast Cities Have the World’s Worst Air

    Several West Coast Cities Have the World’s Worst Air

    The wildfires raging across the West Coast have made the air quality so bad in several U.S. cities that they rank among the worst in the world. In fact, the air quality in Portland, Oregon was so bad on Sunday that it went off the charts when it passed 500 on an air quality index. […]

    7 Devastating Photos of Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington

    7 Devastating Photos of Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington

    What does the climate crisis look like? As wildfires continue to rage up and down the U.S. West Coast, we have some terrifying answers: orange skies; burnt-out buildings; a horse, seemingly abandoned, running past a stall as the hill above erupts in flames. These images help to ground an unfathomable reality. More than 100 major […]

    Boom: Removing 81 Dams Is Transforming This California Watershed

    Boom: Removing 81 Dams Is Transforming This California Watershed

    Removing one gigantic dam can have a massive effect on restoring a river ecosystem. But bringing down more than 80 smaller dams? That can also cause a transformation. This spring the Forest Service, aided by U.S. Marine Corps members, will blast apart 13 more dams in the Trabuco ranger district in Southern California’s Cleveland National […]

    Oregon Governor Signs Sweeping Executive Order to Cut Emissions

    Oregon Governor Signs Sweeping Executive Order to Cut Emissions

    At the end of Oregon’s legislative session, Republicans fled the state to kill a cap-and-trade bill designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, effectively killing 100 other pieces of legislation as the short legislative session expired. Now that the state house is in recess, the governor found a work around, signing a sweeping executive order to […]