Tag Archives: Environmental Health

Spring Forecast: Drought Worsens for Much of U.S.

Expanding drought with a drier than normal April, May and June     BY SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer With nearly two-thirds of the United States abnormally dry or worse, the government’s spring forecast offers little hope for relief, especially ...

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Bill to Create Fund to Fight Wildfires Passes Washington State House

$125M towards response, restoration, and resilience     By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to create a dedicated fund to prevent and fight wildfires in Washington easily passed the state House of Representatives on ...

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California Likely Faces a Critically Dry Year

The state’s largest surface water reservoir, was at 50% of capacity     By JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — California will likely face a critically dry year with much less runoff from the Sierra Nevada snowpack than ...

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California Storm Raises Risk of Debris Flow in Burn Areas

2,800 households told to evacuate in Santa Cruz County     By JOHN ANTCZAK and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A potent atmospheric river barreled ashore in Northern California, bringing downpours that threaten to unleash destructive ...

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New Mexico Lawmakers Consider Prescribed Fire Measure

Clarifying liability and creating certification for private landowners     SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s energy and natural resources agency is putting its support behind legislation that it says would clear the way for more prescribed fires as ...

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11 Prescribed Burns Planned Around Lake Tahoe

Removing excess vegetation and slash piles     RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service and its partners plan nearly a dozen prescribed fire operations around Lake Tahoe this week to help clear out underbrush that can fuel wildfires. ...

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Wildfires Produced Up to Half of Pollution in U.S. West

Study underscores growing public health threat     By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming ...

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Water Content of California’s Early Winter Snowpack Lagging

Fall 2020 has been extremely dry     By JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The amount of water in California’s mountain snowpack is only about half of average for early winter, a state Department of Water Resources ...

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Flying into Plumes: Studying Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire smoke is far more complex and dynamic than meets the eye     Brett B. Palm University of Washington (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The year ...

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Groups Blast President’s Logging Plan Aimed at Reducing Wildfires

Rules fast-track projects to benefit logging, grazing and mining     By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Conservation groups are blasting a Trump administration decision officials said will reduce wildfires by streamlining environmental reviews of timber salvage ...

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