Tag Archives: Environmental Health

California Sees More Wildfires as Drought Intensifies

Fires so far have burned nearly five times as much acreage as they did last year at this time.     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California sinks deeper into drought it already has had ...

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Grim Western Wildfire Season Starts Drier Than 2020 Record

“It’s like having gasoline out there,”     By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer As bad as last year’s record-shattering fire season was, the western U.S. starts this year’s in even worse shape. The soil in the West is record ...

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Early Wildfire Season Predicted in Drought-Stricken Nevada

“We have not seen conditions this severe in the last 20 years,”     By SCOTT SONNER Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada fire officials say the worst drought conditions the state has seen in two decades should make ...

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California Expands Drought Emergency

Emergency declaration covers 41 of 58 counties     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday expanded a drought emergency to a large swath of the nation’s most populous state while seeking ...

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Flooding from Fire-Charred Area Threatens Flagstaff

Wildfire burned 52% of watershed     FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — It’s nearly two years since a fire burned nearly 3.1 square miles (8.1 square kilometers) in hills north of Flagstaff but rows of concrete barriers and stacks of sandbags ...

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The Unknown Widespread Wildfire Contamination of Drinking Water Systems

The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.     Andrew J. Whelton, Purdue University (THE CONVERSATION) More than 58,000 fires scorched the United States last year, and 2021 is on track ...

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Giant Sequoia Still Smoldering from 2020 California Wildfire

Dryness could create a repeat of fires caused by lightning strikes     SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A giant sequoia has been found smoldering and smoking in a part of Sequoia National Park that burned in one of ...

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California Finds Hope in Resilient Redwood Forest

The entire 18,000-acre park burned hard and fast for 24 hours     By MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press Writer BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK, Calif. (AP) — Eight months after a lightning siege ignited more than 650 wildfires in Northern ...

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California Governor Declares Drought Emergency in Two Counties

State is bracing for another devastating wildfire season     By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Standing in the dry, cracked bottom of Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency Wednesday in ...

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Climate Misinformation Adapts as Extreme Weather Increases

Instead of focusing on denialism, climate misinformation is getting local     By DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Climate scientists have warned for years that a warming planet would cause more extreme storms, like the one that ...

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