wildfires

10 Million Climate Refugees in Past Six Months: Red Cross Calls for Urgent International Help

10 Million Climate Refugees in Past Six Months: Red Cross Calls for Urgent International Help

By Jessica Corbett The world’s largest humanitarian network warned Wednesday that urgent international action is needed to address the rising risk of climate-related displacement, highlighting data that shows disasters such as storms, droughts, fires, and floods internally displaced more than 10 million people from September to February. “In just the last six months, there have […]

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    ‘Atmospheric River’ Causes Disastrous Flooding, Mudslides in California

    ‘Atmospheric River’ Causes Disastrous Flooding, Mudslides in California

    Exceptionally heavy rain caused debris flows and flash flooding that damaged as many as two dozen homes and buildings in California’s Salinas Valley on Wednesday. In Paso Robles, unhoused people living in the Salinas Riverbed are especially in danger and local officials were working to alert them to the potential 20-25-foot rise in water levels. […]

    How to Evacuate With Pets During a Natural Disaster

    How to Evacuate With Pets During a Natural Disaster

    By Daisy Simmons In a wildfire, hurricane, or other disaster, people with pets should heed the Humane Society’s advice: If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your animals either. Whether your charge is a lap dog, bird, outdoor cat, or farm animal, planning ahead for a potential evacuation can help you protect […]

    NOAA Names 2020 Second-Hottest Year on Record; NASA Says It Tied for Hottest Ever

    NOAA Names 2020 Second-Hottest Year on Record; NASA Says It Tied for Hottest Ever

    By Jeff Masters, Ph.D. Earth had its second-warmest year on record in 2020, just 0.02 degrees Celsius (0.04°F) behind the record set in 2016, and 0.98 degrees Celsius (1.76°F) above the 20th-century average, NOAA reported January 14. NASA and the European Copernicus Climate Change Service rated 2020 as tied with 2016 as the warmest year […]

    Countries Must Adapt to Climate Change Now, UN Warns

    Countries Must Adapt to Climate Change Now, UN Warns

    By Ajit Niranjan World leaders and businesses are not putting enough money into adapting to dangerous changes in the climate and must “urgently step up action,” according to a report published Thursday by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Last year was the joint-hottest year on record and disasters struck every continent. Smoke-belching wildfires burned […]

    Increase in Lightning Strikes Expected to Ignite More Wildfires

    Increase in Lightning Strikes Expected to Ignite More Wildfires

    As the planet’s temperature warms, the frequency of lightning strikes is expected to grow with it, Environmental Journal reported. Currently, lightning strikes the earth’s surface nearly eight million times a day. This number is expected to dramatically increase as global temperatures rise, according to a study published by Science. The U.S., for example, could experience […]