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Mangum Fire burning in the Kaibab National Forest Photo: Kaibab NF via Twitter
With relative humidity as low as 5% (wow), strong winds, temps over 100 degrees in places like Phoenix, and little rain recently, the desert Southwest is facing the “perfect” conditions for wildfires and they are getting them.The Washington Post reports that “wildfires are raging” in the region and a rash of brush fires has broken out in southern California on Monday, causing evacuations, and that follows numerous fires over last weekend near Phoenix and Tuscon. Against the backdrop of these fires was a courtroom in San Francisco yesterday, where the CEO of PG&E pled guilty to each of the 81 individual counts of criminal manslaughter against the company for the deaths of the Camp Fire in 2018.
Why This Matters: PG&E is to blame for the Camp Fire and its CEO did what he should in standing up in Court — this is what it means to be accountable. But, when it comes to the latest round of fires and those in the future, and even the conditions that made the Camp Fire so deadly, the responsibility is on all of us. Climate change is not just uncomfortable and inconvenient. It is deadly, and too often those who can least impact it are the ones who suffer the most from it. Like the coronavirus victims as the disease rages in Arizona right now.
The Judge: “TK Huff, 71, face-down in his yard, having crawled 10 feet from his wheelchair. David Young, 69, who crashed his minivan into a tree while evacuating, only to burn alive with two pets in the cargo area. Rose Farrell, 99, next to her wheelchair on the front porch. Three generations of Heffern women — Ishka, 20, Christina, 40, Matilde, 68 — in their bathtub. Barbara Coulson, 71, and her sister Shirley Haley, 67, their arms wrapped around each other at their home on Heavenly Place.”
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A study published yesterday in the journal Nature suggests that revitalizing ecosystems in a global, holistic way could be an immensely effective way to heal the Earth’s climate. In particular, forests, wetlands, and grasslands would benefit most from restoration — protecting just 30% of these priority areas could save […]
Why This Matters: As President Trump bleeds money from the military to build the border wall (which fortunately a federal court just put on hold), climate change — a real emergency for the military — goes unaddressed.
Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom enacted an executive order committing California to conserve 30% of its land and waters by 2030. This order compels California’s Natural Resource Agency to work with other state agencies to establish the California Biodiversity Collaborative which will then work with Native American tribes and other stakeholders to create a […]
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