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Why This Matters: September and October are the most vulnerable months for California’s wildfire season and already, the state has broken wildfire records. This fire season has also necessitated the need for military assets to rescue civilians from a climate-related disaster. The national guard could become an increasingly essential part of the wildfire response, signaling how serious the climate crisis has become–no one can say that this is some intangible threat.
The state is also stretched very thin in its resources to fight this fire:
“Existing fires are displaying extreme fire behavior, new fire starts are likely, weather conditions are worsening, and we simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire,” said Randy Moore, regional forester for the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region.
This week a new study from Oxfam revealed that the world’s richest one percent cause more than double the CO2 emissions of the poorest 50%. Experts believe that if the people who make up the richest 10%* continue to consume at this rate for the next 10 years, climate change could surpass the critical 1.5 […]
The Lincoln Project has created some of the most astutely targeted political ads in this election that go straight for Donald Trump’s jugular. They don’t mince words and bluntly convey to American voters the dangers of a second Trump presidency. So they’re exactly the people we wanted to ask about how we (the environmental community) […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer This week, four former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrators, two of whom served under Republican presidents, sharply criticized the Trump administration’s environmental policy as well as current EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler’s leadership. Among their criticism are assertions that Trump’s EPA has waged a “war on science” and that it […]
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