Wildfires Sweep Western U.S. as Unprecedented Heat Waves Continue

Wildfires Sweep Western U.S. as Unprecedented Heat Waves Continue

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Wildfires are raging across the Western United States as the summer’s third major heatwave begins sweeping the region. Many of these fires have been burning since early June and are now snowballing, some even doubling in size in a matter of days. Officials say that firefighting teams are competing for resources, and although […]

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Extreme Heat Provokes Mass Marine Life Die-Off

Extreme Heat Provokes Mass Marine Life Die-Off

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The one-two punch of heat and drought in the Western United States and Canada isn’t just affecting people— it’s also cooking marine wildlife across the Pacific Northwest. After two weeks, climate-fueled extreme heat has killed an estimated 1 billion marine animals and threatens freshwater life as well, according to […]

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Heat Dome Death Toll Tops 500 in Pacific Northwest

Heat Dome Death Toll Tops 500 in Pacific Northwest

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Hundreds of people have now died as a result of a heatwave that scorched the Pacific Northwest (PNW) this past week. In Oregon, 63 people have died in the last seven days, and British Columbia reported 486 deaths between last Friday and Wednesday alone. As the COVID-19 Delta variant begins making […]

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Pacific Northwest Heatwave Threatens Infrastructure, Lives

Pacific Northwest Heatwave Threatens Infrastructure, Lives

In case you're wondering why we're canceling service for the day, here's what the heat is doing to our power cables. pic.twitter.com/EqbKUgCJ3K — Portland Streetcar (@PDXStreetcar) June 27, 2021 by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest took a hit from the record-breaking heatwave sweeping the region. Temperatures in Portland, OR, reached a […]

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It’s Getting Hot in Europe, Too

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer It’s not just the U.S. experiencing dangerous climate change-fueled heatwaves this week. Eastern Europe and Siberia are also experiencing temperatures that residents and infrastructure aren’t prepared to endure. This month, Moscow temperatures hit around 95 F, highs the city hasn’t experienced since 1901. Other capitals across the region like […]

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Grid Operators Urge Residents to Conserve Power Ahead of Major Heatwave

Grid Operators Urge Residents to Conserve Power Ahead of Major Heatwave

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A record-setting heatwave is brewing across much of the West, threatening to worsen the already dire drought conditions and push electric grids to the brink. California’s power grid operator is urging residents to conserve power in response to the heatwave. The California Independent System Operator is trying to avoid implementing […]

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