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PG&E Enters Guilty Plea For Starting 2018 CA Fires, Will Pay Out $13.5 B to Victims

PG&E Enters Guilty Plea For Starting 2018 CA Fires, Will Pay Out $13.5 B to Victims

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has agreed to plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully starting the Camp Fire, according to court documents filed in California on Monday, CNN reported and the company has said it will not appeal. 

Why This Matters:  California and the company agreed to financial terms last Friday under which PG&E agreed to overhaul their board of directors, and now the legal settlement is done as well.

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Regrowth Seen in Australia’s Burned Forests

Regrowth Seen in Australia’s Burned Forests

In 2019 and 2020, about 20% of Australia’s burned during the country’s unprecedented wildfires. A proportion, that The Guardian noted, scientists believe is unprecedented globally. In fact, ancient forests that have previously survived geographic upheavals were feared to have been irrevocably damaged. However, new insight from ecologists in Australia is showing that many of these […]

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One Talented Kid:  The Winner of the 2020 World Wildlife Day Global Youth Art Contest

One Talented Kid: The Winner of the 2020 World Wildlife Day Global Youth Art Contest

Australian youth artist Tiarn Garland, 15, is the winner of the World Wildlife Day 2020 International Youth Art Contest, which was co-sponsored by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Secretariat, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).  Titled “Here today….but tomorrow?”, Tiarn’s work depicts a […]

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Wildfires Increasingly Threaten Drinking Water

Wildfires Increasingly Threaten Drinking Water

As climate change lengthens wildfire season, government officials are being faced with a growing threat: ash and fire debris contaminating public drinking water supplies. As the Colorado Sun explained, “Forests, grasslands and other areas that supply drinking water to hundreds of millions of people are increasingly vulnerable to fire due in large part to hotter, […]

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Honoring Australia’s Wildfire Heroes

Honoring Australia’s Wildfire Heroes

When disasters like Australia’s devastating brush fires ensue, it truly takes a community (and in this case, a nation) to grapple with the losses and begin to rebuild. There have been countless heroes who have risked–and even given–their lives so that others might be safe. The Daily Mail wrote a great roundup of Oz fire […]

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Koala Populations Devastated by Fire, Dogs Helping to Save Them

Koala Populations Devastated by Fire, Dogs Helping to Save Them

A historic bush fire has torn through the eastern Australia coast, killing at least four people according to The Washington Post, and now hundreds of Australia’s most iconic symbol — koala bears — are also feared dead.   But now, CNN reports that non-profits like the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are using dogs trained to find koalas in the wild to rescue them.

Why This Matters:  For Australians, this is a national tragedy, and it painfully demonstrates the link between climate change and biodiversity loss. 

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CA Wildfires Continue to Blaze, Leaving a Wake of Fear and Anxiety

CA Wildfires Continue to Blaze, Leaving a Wake of Fear and Anxiety

Firefighters in California are racing to contain fast-moving wildfires as powerful Diablo and Santa Ana winds sweep across the northern and southern parts of the state.

Why This Matters: THIS IS NOT NORMAL.

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A Year After Paradise, Identical Conditions Spark More Wildfires in California

A Year After Paradise, Identical Conditions Spark More Wildfires in California

A year after the deadly Camp Fire that killed 85 people in Northern California and destroyed an entire town, dry and hot conditions are creating a perfect storm for more wildfires.

Why This Matters: See where active fires are burning and whether PG&E’s planned outages are doing anything to prevent them.

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Lawmakers Begin to Value Indigenous Knowledge of Ecosystems

Lawmakers Begin to Value Indigenous Knowledge of Ecosystems

The risk of wildfires in California and across much of the West is an escalating problem during the summers and dry fall season. Unfortunately, measures to prevent these fires (like the PG&E blackout fiasco last week) haven’t been very effective and have left officials scrambling for solutions. Although we’ve known that Native tribes have managed […]

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Bolsonaro Sends in the Troops to Fight Amazon Fires

Bolsonaro Sends in the Troops to Fight Amazon Fires

After threats of trade retaliation from the EU, ridicule at the G7, and even pressure from the Pope, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has made the unexpected move of deploying troops to help fight the devastating fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. As CNN explained, “Brazil’s space research center (INPE) said this week that the country has […]

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Wildfires in Siberia Force Government To Declare An Emergency

Wildfires in Siberia Force Government To Declare An Emergency

Wildfires raging across Siberia this year have reached historic levels — It is estimated that the fires released 300 megatonnes of carbon dioxide in July, the most since satellite records began around two decades ago. In response, the government declared a state of emergency for five regions of Siberia — with the “acrid smoke” impacting both small settlements and “major cities in Western Siberia and the Altai region as well as the Urals such as Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg,” and even disrupting air travel. 

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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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