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What Specific Costs and Risks Do We Face from Climate Change

A new US government report finds that climate change is already increasing risks to health, the economy, and ecosystems across the United States. These risks are expected to grow in the coming decades — Today, scientists released a new report documenting the growing risks that climate change poses for communities across the United States. The …

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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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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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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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Summer rainfall declines ‘primary driver’ of surge in US wildfires

Sharp declines in summer rainfall could be a “primary driver” of the record-breaking wildfires ripping across the western US, research shows — Using satellite data, the study finds that there have been “previously unnoted” declines in summer rainfall across close to a third of forests in the western US over the past four decades. These …

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Wildfires

The devastation caused by wildfires is self-evident – but their impact is greater and more wide-ranging than you might think… — This year, the number of wildfires in Europe has increased. In California, the Mendocino complex wildfire is the largest in its history. Research continues to reveal the extent of health problems arising because of …

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Guest Post: How the 2018 California Wildfires are a Product of Climate Change

Although a trifecta of factors (high winds, extended periods of drought, and above-average temperatures) is being blamed for starting the fires and allowing them to expand at unprecedented and unstoppable rates, the rise in average temperatures is the root cause for the blazes — As reports of deadly wildfires tearing through California grow, it’s apparent …

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Factcheck: How global warming has increased US wildfires

In the midst of record or near-record heatwaves across the northern hemisphere this summer, deadly wildfires have swept through many regions, such as the western US, Europe and Siberia. This has focused a great deal of public attention on the role that climate change plays in wildfires — Recently, some commentators have tried to dismiss …

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The era of megafires: the crisis facing California and what will happen next

Three scientists explain the unprecedented danger facing the western US and call for new solutions to a growing threat — California is no stranger to fire. The temperate winters and reliably dry summers that make the Golden state such an attractive place to live are the same conditions that make this region among the most …

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