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July 15, 2019

California’s New Wildfire Plans Leaves Public with Mixed Feelings

On Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that would change the way the state pays for fire damages caused by utilities. As Reuters explained, Credit rating agency, S&P previously warned it could lower its ratings on the state’s two other major...

July 14, 2019

Alaska Burns Due to Vicious Heat Wave

By Alexandra Patel Extreme temperatures in Alaska are causing an outbreak of explosive wildfires throughout the state, with Fairbanks, Anchorage experiencing its warmest March to date, as reported recently by Our Daily Planet. Just in the week of July 3rd, more than...

June 25, 2019

Pine Forest Restoration in Missouri Pays Off Big

Millions of acres of pine woodlands used to cover a large portion of the Midwest but as humans logged these trees and suppressed natural fires, dense forests with thick leaf litter and tree species that were less fire-resistant took their place–leading to more...

May 13, 2019

CA May Go Dark On Windy Days

Bloomberg News reported yesterday that California’s largest utility, PG&E, has a plan to cut off power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season because it the main cause of wildfires last year was power lines that were knocked down by high...

May 7, 2019

One funny thing: goats to the rescue

We wrote today that wildfire season has arrived in California and towns and landowners around the state are deploying armies of goats to help them clear the underbrush. Herds of goats are becoming so popular as a means of fire prevention that some towns are holding...

May 6, 2019

Despite wet winter, 2019 wildfire season still a threat in the West

Ask just about any Californian and they will tell you that 2018’s massive wildfires are still fresh in their memory just as the 2019 fire season has officially arrived. Last week the National Interagency Fire Center put Californians on notice that they should...

March 25, 2019

CA National Guard pulled from border to help prepare for fire season

Last Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a “statewide emergency on wildfires” as a means to expedite prevention projects before the next fire season in the state. As Capital Public Radio explained, “the governor’s office says the...

March 14, 2019

Governor Inslee Campaigns on Climate Change

Governor Jay Inslee of Washington is sticking to his promise of making battling climate change the centerpiece of his campaign for President.  The Washington Post followed him on the campaign trail talking to voters in the communities in California devastated by...

January 22, 2019

Dems Slam DoD Report on Climate Risks to U.S. National Security

The government last Friday made public another report warning of the dangers that climate change poses to our nation — this one details the risks to our national security as a result of more than two-thirds of our military installations being at increased risk...