Governor Proposes $536 Million To Fight 2021 California Wildfire Season

Governor Proposes $536 Million To Fight 2021 California Wildfire Season

As California’s wildfire season approaches, Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing $536 million in emergency and other funding to combat and prevent fires this year. The plan invests in additional firefighters, fuel breaks around vulnerable communities, and wildfire response capacity.  

Why This Matters: California’s 2020 fire season burned a record-breaking 4.2 million acres and experts say that severe drought may make this season even more destructive.

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Due To Extended Drought, This Year’s Fire Season Could Be Worse Than Last

Due To Extended Drought, This Year’s Fire Season Could Be Worse Than Last

Last year’s wildfire season was exceptionally bad — more than 4.2 million acres burned in California alone in 2020. Experts suspect that this year could also bring severe wildfires, given that 40% of the West is being classified as being in “extreme” to “exceptional” drought. 

Why this Matters:  The West has had seasons of drought throughout its history, but with climate change and a boom in population growth, an increase in water demand could make the West even drier as we confront the reality of climate change.

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Will the Summer Be Endless by 2100?

Will the Summer Be Endless by 2100?

By Natasha Lasky, A new study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters suggests that global warming will drastically alter the seasons, and may cause summers to last at least six months in the Northern Hemisphere by the end of this century.  Meanwhile, winter could last less than two months, with the spring and autumn seasons […]

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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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The Lancet’s Diagnosis: Climate Change Is Bad For Your Health click button

The Lancet’s Diagnosis: Climate Change Is Bad For Your Health

The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change represent converging crises, according to The Lancet, one of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals in the world.  This year’s edition of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change drives home the point that it is impacting everyone.

Why This Matters: Rising seas and rising temperatures are public health issues. More extreme heat worldwide means that people with pre-existing conditions, people who work outdoors, and the elderly all face a higher risk of heat-related death.

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Women Face Worse Health Risks From Climate Change Than Men

Women Face Worse Health Risks From Climate Change Than Men

Climate change is a public health issue, and an analysis of 130 studies finds that women face worse health risks from climate impacts. Carbon Brief has mapped out the analysis, showing how climate change affects the health of women and men around the world. 

Why This Matters: The myriad of ways climate change is already reshaping our world won’t impact everyone equally.

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