wildfires

18 Signs That Show We’ve Reached the Tipping Point

18 Signs That Show We’ve Reached the Tipping Point

By Bruce Melton Our planet’s systems have a tremendous capacity to absorb punishment before they begin to show signs of degradation. Earth’s ecology self-heals like a cut on a finger. It assimilates pollution by chemical, physical and biological means—it changes pollutants into non-hazardous materials and proceeds upon its merry way as if there had been […]

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    5 Fascinating Google Earth Time-Lapse Videos Show 32 Years of Climate Change

    5 Fascinating Google Earth Time-Lapse Videos Show 32 Years of Climate Change

    Google Earth has added four years of new data along with high-resolution satellite imagery to its time-lapse feature, which is available to anyone who wants to see how the planet has changed since 1984. You’ll see glaciers receding, cities growing and lakes shrinking. Satellite data now ranges from 1984 to 2016 and includes more than […]

    Unprecedented ‘Super Fires’ Devastate Smoky Mountains, Death Toll Climbs to 11

    Unprecedented ‘Super Fires’ Devastate Smoky Mountains, Death Toll Climbs to 11

    Wildfires have devastated eastern Tennessee. The blaze has claimed 11 lives, forced about 14,000 people to evacuate and destroyed hundreds of buildings in Sevier County. Due to continued erratic winds, the fires are very unpredictable and more fire growth is expected. pic.twitter.com/BYd9ANQeT4 — GreatSmokyNPS (@GreatSmokyNPS) November 29, 2016 The wildfires started Sunday from the Great […]

    Record-Breaking Drought and Wildfires Plaque Southeast

    Record-Breaking Drought and Wildfires Plaque Southeast

    By Bob Henson The atmospheric spigots have been turned off across most of the U.S. over the last several weeks. According to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report from Nov. 10, more than 27 percent of the contiguous U.S. has been enveloped by at least moderate drought (categories D1 through D4). This is the largest […]

    Man-Made Global Warming Root Cause of Relentless Forest Fires

    Man-Made Global Warming Root Cause of Relentless Forest Fires

    By Paul Brown Climate change has already doubled the number of forest fires in the western U.S. since the 1980s—and it is a trend that will continue to increase, according to new research. The study says the rise in temperatures and aridity sucks the moisture out of the plants, trees, dead vegetation on the ground […]

    10 Western States Continue to Battle Wildfires

    10 Western States Continue to Battle Wildfires

    Ongoing wildfires have torched more than half a million acres in 10 western states, according to the National Fire Information Center. In Washington, where at least 16 houses have been destroyed, Gov. Jay Inslee attributed the wildfires in part to climate change. Another fire in central California has charred more than 33,000 acres while the […]

    82,000 Evacuated as ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Wildfire Shocks California

    82,000 Evacuated as ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Wildfire Shocks California

    With more than 25,000 acres still burning, firefighters managed to achieve four percent containment of the Blue Cut fire in California late Wednesday night. The blaze, which spread from a few acres to 30,000 in just 24 hours, was called a “once in a lifetime kind of fire” by the U.S. Forest Service. Sizzling temperatures, […]

    Don’t Get Burned by Misinformation About Dead Trees and Wildfire

    Don’t Get Burned by Misinformation About Dead Trees and Wildfire

    By Douglas Bevington In California, dead trees are big news. In June, the U.S. Forest Service reported that 66 million trees had died since 2010 as the state has experienced a prolonged drought. Drought stress has weakened trees’ natural defenses to native bark beetles, resulting in a pulse of tree mortality. Yet amid all of […]

    California Wildfire Triples in Size

    California Wildfire Triples in Size

    A huge wildfire burning since Friday in the Santa Clarita Valley area north of Los Angeles has tripled in size over the weekend to 33,172 acres, destroying at least 18 homes and leaving one man dead. More than 1,500 homes have been evacuated as 1,673 firefighters battle the Sand fire. A California wildfire spread across […]