As First Residents Return to Paradise, Study Shows Cali Forest Fires Have Increased 800%

As First Residents Return to Paradise, Study Shows Cali Forest Fires Have Increased 800%

A study just published in the Journal Earth’s Future found that as a result of California’s increasingly long and dry summers caused by climate change, the state overall has experienced in the last 50 years a 500% increase in the amount of land burned in fires.  While non-forest areas have not experienced a huge increase in fires in those areas, forested areas have seen an 800% increase in areas that have burned. 

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California’s New Wildfire Plans Leaves Public with Mixed Feelings

California’s New Wildfire Plans Leaves Public with Mixed Feelings

On Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that would change the way the state pays for fire damages caused by utilities. As Reuters explained, Credit rating agency, S&P previously warned it could lower its ratings on the state’s two other major investor-owned power providers, Edison International’s Southern California Edison and Sempra Energy’s San […]

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Two Quakes Shake SoCal Over 4th of July, is the Big One Next?

Two Quakes Shake SoCal Over 4th of July, is the Big One Next?

As the Huffington Post wrote this past weekend, “California was hit by back-to-back earthquakes over the Fourth of July holiday. On Thursday, a 6.4 magnitude quake struck near a small, rural town in Southern California called Ridgecrest, about 150 miles from Los Angeles. The next day, a larger 7.1 magnitude temblor hit the same area […]

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Ocean News to Note This 4th of July Holiday

Ocean News to Note This 4th of July Holiday

As Weather.com reported, unusually warm temperatures combined with seasonal low tides have literally roasted California mussels in their shells in a mass die-off that could have larger implications on the local marine ecosystem. At the same time, this July 4th weekend a record number of sharks have been spotted off the coast of Cape Cod […]

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Future of Fighting Fires in CA May Be Big Data

Future of Fighting Fires in CA May Be Big Data

The firefighting community in Los Angeles has spent the last 18 months testing a program developed by the WiFire Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center that can predict in real time where active fires will spread next, which is particularly important in dense urban areas. The New York Times reported on a new computer program, known as FireMap that “pulls together real-time information about topography, flammable materials and weather conditions, among other variables, from giant government data sets and on-the-ground sensors” and then those maps can be sent electronically to incident commanders on the ground so that they can appropriately deploy firefighting resources.

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Record Number of Grey Whales Washing Up on West Coast Beaches

Record Number of Grey Whales Washing Up on West Coast Beaches

An alarming spike of grey whale deaths along the US West Coast has prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to declare the deaths an “unusual mortality event.” This designation means that the deaths required greater scrutiny and allocation of more resources to determine the cause. As the Independent reported, “at least 70 dead grey […]

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