First Major Wildfire Breaks Out in California, Though COVID Complicates Evacuation Process for Thousands

First Major Wildfire Breaks Out in California, Though COVID Complicates Evacuation Process for Thousands

The first major wildfire of the season has struck Southern California forcing thousands of residents to evacuate during a time where the COVID-19 pandemic has made evacuation shelters a dangerous place where the virus can spread. As AP reported, the Apple Fire in Riverside County, among several wildfires across California, had consumed more than 41 […]

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Strong Winds, Arid Weather Fueling Fires in CA, AZ, and NV

Strong Winds, Arid Weather Fueling Fires in CA, AZ, and NV

With relative humidity as low as 5% (wow), strong winds, temps over 100 degrees in places like Phoenix, and little rain recently, the desert Southwest is facing the “perfect” conditions for wildfires and they are getting them. Against the backdrop of these fires was a courtroom in San Francisco yesterday, where the CEO of PG&E pled guilty to each of the 81 individual counts of criminal manslaughter against the company for the deaths of the Camp Fire in 2018.

Why This Matters:  PG&E is to blame for the Camp Fire and its CEO did what he should in standing up in Court — this is what it means to be accountable.

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Climate Change Raises CA Wildfire Risk In the Midst of Pandemic

Climate Change Raises CA Wildfire Risk In the Midst of Pandemic

According to a new analysis by Stanford University, climate change has doubled the number of extreme-risk days for California wildfires. As Scientific American explained that researchers found that temperatures rose about 1.8° F statewide while precipitation dropped 30% since 1980. That doubled the number of autumn days—when fire risk is highest—with extreme conditions for the ignition […]

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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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