wildfires

California Wildfires: Thomas Fire Could Become Largest in State History

California Wildfires: Thomas Fire Could Become Largest in State History

More than 8,400 firefighters are battling the Thomas Fire raging in Southern California’s Pacific coast. The massive blaze, which charred 270,000 acres, destroyed 1,024 structures and took the life of 32-year-old Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson, is officially the third largest wildfire in state history. Notably, the Thomas Fire—now 45 percent contained—could potentially take the […]

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    Congress, Trump Exploit Fire Tragedy to Promote Logging Agenda

    Congress, Trump Exploit Fire Tragedy to Promote Logging Agenda

    By Chad Hanson In the wake of the October 2017 fires in Northern California, which resulted in the loss of so many lives and homes, people affected by the tragedy are grieving and bewildered. Many people are searching for answers about what caused the fires, and a way forward to prevent similar loss of life […]

    Record-Melting Fall Heat Wave Bakes Southern California

    Record-Melting Fall Heat Wave Bakes Southern California

    By Bob Henson It’s not every Oct. 23 or 24 that millions of Americans are swathed in temperatures above 100°F. This week has done just that, bringing some of the toastiest weather ever observed in the U.S. during late October, and more pre-Halloween heat is on the way. By far the most scorching weather has […]

    Losses From California Wildfires Top $1 Billion, Expected to Rise ‘Dramatically’

    Losses From California Wildfires Top $1 Billion, Expected to Rise ‘Dramatically’

    Insured losses from fires in Northern California have topped $1 billion and are expected to rise “dramatically,” state insurance officials announced Thursday. The state estimates that the fires have now torched 8,400 buildings and left 42 dead, making these fires the deadliest in the state’s history. Fighting wildfire is now costing the U.S. billions of […]

    Kids Harmed by Portugal Fires Reach Key Crowdfunding Goal for Climate Lawsuit

    Kids Harmed by Portugal Fires Reach Key Crowdfunding Goal for Climate Lawsuit

    As Portugal reels from its worst wildfires on record, seven Portuguese children have met an important crowdfunding goal for their major climate lawsuit against 47 European nations. More than £20,000 ($26,400) was pledged by 589 people, allowing the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)—the nonprofit coordinating the lawsuit—to identify and compile evidence to present to the […]

    How Climate Change and Wars Are Increasing World Hunger

    How Climate Change and Wars Are Increasing World Hunger

    By Leah Samberg Around the globe, about 815 million people—11 percent of the world’s population—went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years. Between 1990 and 2015, due largely to a set of sweeping initiatives by the global community, the proportion […]

    Two Graphs Explain Why California’s Wildfires Will Only Get Worse

    Two Graphs Explain Why California’s Wildfires Will Only Get Worse

    By Molly Taft The deadly wildfires ripping through Northern California are just the latest in a season of record-defying natural disasters across the country. As the death toll passes 40, reports of Californians hiding in pools as their houses burn and scenes of devastated homes and vineyards add to 2017’s apocalyptic picture of how climate […]