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Last day in Paradise: the untold story of how a fire swallowed a town

A bucolic community was reduced to ash by a new kind of wildfire – the deadliest in California’s history. Survivors recall that horrible day — William Goggia awoke to a poisonous orange atmosphere so thick with smoke he couldn’t see the sun. It was 8am on Thursday 8 November. He heard the piercing metallic clang …

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The new abnormal: why fires like Paradise will happen again and again

Of the traumatic consequences of climate change, scientists consider increasingly ferocious wildfires to be one of the most starkly apparent — Ruth McLarty, an experienced surgeon, was fairly certain she was about to die in a particularly grisly way. Surrounded by a hellish inferno of burning trees and cars, McLarty reasoned the flames would engulf …

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Trump’s disbelief won’t stop dangerous climate change

Republican platform is not only at odds with science but potentially US voters in 2020 — “I don’t believe it,” said Donald Trump when asked about the fourth national climate assessment, authored by 13 government agencies and hundreds of the US’s top climate scientists. His administration had tried to hide the report, publishing it on …

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Communities of Color Are More Vulnerable to Wildfires

Affluent white people are more likely to live in fire-prone areas, but race and socioeconomic vulnerability can put minority communities at greater risk, a new study finds — Minority and disadvantaged communities tend to be hit much harder than affluent neighborhoods by natural disasters—this fact is well documented. For example, New Orleans’s economically disadvantaged 9th …

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California wildfires: rains hamper searchers as ash turns to paste

More than 800 volunteers search for human remains, with 560 people still unaccounted for in Camp fire — Volunteers searching for human remains in the wake of the wildfire that destroyed the California city of Paradise were delayed in their work on Friday, when a downpour turned ash from the fire into a thick paste, …

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A ferryboat and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are obscured due to smoke and haze from wildfires

California wildfire smoke spreads to New York, 3,000 miles away

Haze envelopes Washington DC and other east coast cities and Arnold Schwarzenegger visits firefighters in California — The US east coast has been provided a firsthand reminder of the deadly California wildfires after smoke swept across the country and caused a haze to envelop the eastern seaboard, including Washington DC and New York City. Hazy …

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California fires: death toll rises to 79 as winds threaten efforts to control blaze

Strong winds expected to hamper progress for crews battling Camp fire, which is still only 55% contained 10 days after it started — Strong winds on Sunday were expected to hamper progress for crews battling California wildfires which have now claimed at least 79 lives. Gusts of up to 50mph were threatening efforts to control …

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a firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the camp fire

Trump blames California wildfires on forest mismanagement again

Day before a visit to the state, president says climate change may contribute ‘a little bit’ to devastation — Donald Trump has again blamed California’s wildfires on mismanagement of forests, reiterating the criticism on the eve of a visit to the most devastated area of the state. Fox News asked Trump if he thought climate …

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‘Raining hell down’: 11 dead as brutal California wildfires burn on

Fires in north and south described as some of the most extreme ever seen as number of fatalities feared to rise — Under a white plume of smoke and grey hazy skies, officials from Los Angeles and Ventura counties announced on Saturday that two people had died in the historically destructive Woolsey fire. That took …

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California’s response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy

California’s Democratic leaders are determined to fight the climate change that’s ravaging their state   — In America today, it’s rare to see political leaders respond to a threat with an appropriate evidence-based policy solution. At the national level, more often we see actions that aggravate existing problems or create new ones. California – the …

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