Bootleg Fire Sparks Fire Tornadoes, Sends Smoke Clouds to East Coast

Bootleg Fire Sparks Fire Tornadoes, Sends Smoke Clouds to East Coast

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Bootleg fire in Southern Oregon has grown so large and so hot that it’s creating its own weather. You read that right; the Bootleg fire is disrupting wind patterns, causing fire to spread faster, and has even caused its own lightning. This development has presented an additional hardship for […]

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Wildfires Leave Local Communities Balancing Safety with Business

Wildfires Leave Local Communities Balancing Safety with Business

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Unprecedented wildfires should cause alarm everywhere, but the fires are burning up more than trees for some communities. They’re burning up a way of life. Each year, National Forests are closing earlier and earlier in the season, leaving communities that rely on tourism and the draw of nature high and dry. […]

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Click to Climate: EPA’s Data Tracker is Back

Click to Climate: EPA’s Data Tracker is Back

After a four-year hiatus under the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Change Indicators website is back in action. The public portal includes data on 54 indicators including sea-level rise, Great Lakes ice cover, heat waves, river flooding, and residential energy use.

Why This Matters: People are experiencing the impacts of climate change in their everyday lives, from hotter temperatures to more intense wildfire seasons.

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Government Forecast Finds Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. Experiencing Drought

Government Forecast Finds Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. Experiencing Drought

A new government climate forecast found that nearly two-thirds of the continental U.S. is in a moderate to exceptional drought that is expected to grow more severe over the coming months. 74 million people will likely experience the most significant spring drought since 2013.

Why This Matters: Experts say these conditions may be here to stay. In January, water experts announced that the entire American west is experiencing a “forever drought” that exacerbates wildfires, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, and more.

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2020 Breaks Another Record: Most Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

2020 Breaks Another Record: Most Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

We know it was the hottest year on record (tied for the top spot with 2016), that the 2010’s were the hottest decade on record, and that the last 6 years have been the hottest ever.  Now this grim total:  in 2020 there were 22 weather and climate disasters.

Why This Matters:  Climate change is getting more and more expensive each year.

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Climate’s Fingerprints on Our Weather in 2020 and Beyond

Climate’s Fingerprints on Our Weather in 2020 and Beyond

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, we can look back on it as a year of extremes when it came to weather, and scientists are predicting that 2021 will likely be the same. They are now increasingly confident of the impact of human-caused climate change on extreme weather.

Why this Matters: More intense and more chaotic weather directly impacts human health and daily life.

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