PFAS in Protective Gear Put Firefighters at Risk of Cancer 

PFAS in Protective Gear Put Firefighters at Risk of Cancer 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has required PFAS, cancer-causing chemicals used in manufacturing, in firefighting gear for years despite cancer being the leading killer of firefighters. An extensive investigative two-part story by E&E News’ Ariel Wittenberg reveals not only the dangers of current equipment standards but the lengths the NFPA has gone to hide them.

Why This Matters: A study of 30,000 firefighters from 2010 to 2015 found that firefighters have an increased risk of many different cancers including: leukemia, malignant mesothelioma, bladder and prostate cancers, lung cancer, brain cancer, and digestive and oral cancers.

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One Cool Thing: Redwoods In California Beginning To Come Back After Fire

One Cool Thing: Redwoods In California Beginning To Come Back After Fire

A professor at San Jose State University sparked a wave of optimism when late last fall he posted photos of redwood trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Big Basin Redwoods State Park beginning to show new growth just three months after fires devastated the area.  The scientist, Dustin Mulvaney, snapped photos of the trees’ […]

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As Colorado River Dries, New Questions about Water Management Arise

As Colorado River Dries, New Questions about Water Management Arise

For twenty years, conditions across the Colorado River Basin have worsened as temperatures rose due to climate change.  In 2020, unrelenting heat and super dry conditions left the soil extremely parched, rivers and streams running low, and reservoirs in the region well below capacity.

Why this Matters: Research suggests that the river could lose 1/4 of its flow by 2050 as the climate continues to heat up.

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: The World On Fire

Top Ten Stories of 2020: The World On Fire

This year will be remembered for literally turning the sky red — wildfires in California were so severe that they cast a red pall across large areas of the state — and the photos were the most vivid sign yet that climate change is not some future apocalypse, but is already upon us.

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Fires Destroyed Millions of California’s Most Iconic Trees

Fires Destroyed Millions of California’s Most Iconic Trees

The New York Times interactive published a look back at the 2020 fire season in California and its devastating impact on three iconic tree species — the coastal redwood, the giant sequoia, and the Joshua tree.  Thousands of them — some of which were hundreds or even thousands of years old — burned in the […]

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Hundreds of CA’s Giant Sequoias Destroyed By Wildfires

Hundreds of CA’s Giant Sequoias Destroyed By Wildfires

Hundreds of giant sequoia trees were killed in the Castle Fire in California, according to experts. Despite being naturally resistant to fire, sequoias, the world’s most massive trees, the intensity of recent wildfires has done more damage than the trees can handle.

Why This Matters: The fiery death of these trees is a canary in a coal mine.

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