Wildfire Smoke “Airpocalypse” in Siberia Grounds Flights, Threatens Human Health

Wildfire Smoke “Airpocalypse” in Siberia Grounds Flights, Threatens Human Health

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Devastating wildfires in the world’s coldest region have led scientists to declare an “airpocalypse.” Siberia is being plagued by toxic fumes and wildfire smoke so thick that flights were suspended last week due to low visibility. 3.7 million acres of Northeastern Siberia have been destroyed, and with no end in sight, experts are […]

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Biden Raises Firefighter Pay, Plans for Wildfires With Western Governors

Biden Raises Firefighter Pay, Plans for Wildfires With Western Governors

On Wednesday, President Biden convened a virtual meeting with governors from Western states to discuss ways to withstand this year’s devastating wildfire season (which is already very much underway in California).  In this meeting, Biden introduced a short-term pay raise for federal firefighters, alongside other longer-term improvements for wildfire prevention and risk mitigation efforts, setting […]

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Wine is Getting Tipsier as Climate Reaches Tipping Point

Wine is Getting Tipsier as Climate Reaches Tipping Point

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Wine Wednesdays are about to get a bit wilder. But while rising alcohol content in your favorite wines might sound like a good time, it could be a symptom of a growing problem in wine country. Rising temperatures mean higher sugar content in grapes, which translates to wines well over 14.5% alcohol by volume. […]

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European Arctic Faces Early Wildfire Season, Zombie Fires

European Arctic Faces Early Wildfire Season, Zombie Fires

Record hot temperatures are wreaking havoc in northern Europe as wildfires spark in Siberia. Some experts say that this early fire season is the continuance of the 2020 season and that some “zombie fires” were never truly put out. Last week, 1.7 million Siberian residents were put under severe “black sky” air quality warnings due to smoke from nearby wildfires. 

Why This Matters: The Arctic is warming two to three times faster than the rest of the world. 

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Listen To This: Reaching Back to the New Deal for the American Jobs Plan’s Climate Corps

Listen To This: Reaching Back to the New Deal for the American Jobs Plan’s Climate Corps

National Public Radio (NPR) did a terrific story on the climate corps to provide jobs for young people that the administration proposed in the American Jobs Plan.  The proposal provides for $10 billion to launch “The Civilian Climate Corps,” to address the threat of climate change by strengthening protections on public lands.

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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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