wildfires

Judge Allows Vital ‘Necessity Defense’ for Climate Activists

Judge Allows Vital ‘Necessity Defense’ for Climate Activists

By Jessica Corbett In a decision that is being called “groundbreaking” and “precedent-setting,” a district court judge in Minnesota has ruled that he will allow oil pipeline protesters to present a “necessity defense” for charges related to a multi-state action by climate activists last October. In his decision last week, Judge Robert Tiffany ruled that […]

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    31 Killed in Deadliest Week for Wildfires in California History

    31 Killed in Deadliest Week for Wildfires in California History

    Firefighters continue to battle against 17 wildfires that have burned more than 220,000 acres in California, Cal Fire announced in a Friday update. The death toll from the Northern California blazes has risen to 31, the deadliest week for wildfires in the state’s history. “We had series of statewide fires in 2003, 2007, 2008 that […]

    World Bank Continues to Fund Climate Chaos, Despite Recognizing the Threat

    World Bank Continues to Fund Climate Chaos, Despite Recognizing the Threat

    By Allison Lee In the last year alone, vulnerable populations have suffered massive damage from the impacts of a changing climate. “Super hurricanes” have torn through the Caribbean—turbocharged by abnormally warm waters—making islands uninhabitable. Flooding, mudslides, wildfires, and avalanches have hit nearly every continent, killing thousands. These extreme weather events decimated basic infrastructure and destroyed […]

    Northern California Fires Ravage Grape and Cannabis Crops

    Northern California Fires Ravage Grape and Cannabis Crops

    By Dan Nosowitz Authorities have reported at least 23 people have died as a result of the fires, and dry conditions and powerful winds indicate that they’re far from quenched. This part of California, starting about an hour drive north of San Francisco, is one of the country’s most important agricultural zones. Napa and Sonoma […]

    California Wildfires: Death Toll Rises to 23, ‘Worst Air Quality Ever Recorded’ in Bay Area

    California Wildfires: Death Toll Rises to 23, ‘Worst Air Quality Ever Recorded’ in Bay Area

    Firefighters continue to battle the unprecedented wildfires ravaging Northern California. As of Wednesday, the fast-moving blazes—aided by high winds and low humidity—have burned nearly 170,000 acres and destroyed at least 3,500 homes and commercial structures since the outbreak started Sunday. The confirmed death toll has risen to 23, with 285 reported missing. Thousands have been […]

    ‘Unprecedented’ Wildfires Break Out in Northern and Southern California

    ‘Unprecedented’ Wildfires Break Out in Northern and Southern California

    California is on fire. Multiple major fires broke out in many parts of the state, burning more than 100,000 acres. More than a dozen wildfires ravaged across Northern California as of Tuesday morning. At least 11 people have died, 100 have been injured, tens of thousands evacuated, and more than 1,500 homes and businesses were […]

    Much to Grouse About: Interior Department Calls for Changes That Could Threaten Sage Grouse Protection

    Much to Grouse About: Interior Department Calls for Changes That Could Threaten Sage Grouse Protection

    By Charise Johnson That the current administration places very little value on the merit of robust scientific evidence when considering its actions (or inactions) is no longer shocking, but it remains an intolerable practice. In this week’s episode of “How is the Trump Administration Dismantling Science-Based Protections?” we visit the Interior Department’s decision to formally […]

    New Report Predicts Climate Change Could Cost U.S. $360 Billion Per Year

    New Report Predicts Climate Change Could Cost U.S. $360 Billion Per Year

    Extreme weather and public health issues related to burning fossil fuels could cost the U.S. up to $360 billion annually–nearly half of annual U.S. economic growth–within the next ten years, according to a new report. The report from the non-profit Universal Ecological Fund found that the impacts of wildfires, hurricanes, heat waves and other extreme […]