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Firefight in Sonoma County reaches second week as flames force thousands to evacuate.

Firefight in Sonoma County reaches second week as flames force thousands to evacuate

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Climate

Photos: Smoke from Wine Country fires traveled as far as Mexico.

Wind carried smoke from the Wine Country fires as far as Mexico, over 550 miles south of the North Bay. 

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Editorial

California burns: Where is the president?

Editorial: California burns: Where’s the president?

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Toxics

California fires leave 31 dead, a vast landscape charred, and a sky full of soot.

SONOMA, Calif. — Some of the worst wildfires ever to tear through California have killed 31 people and torched a vast area of the state’s north this week, but the reach of the blazes is spreading dramatically further by the day, as thick plumes of smoke blow through population centers across the Bay Area.

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Energy

Beijing philanthropist commits $1.5 billion to conservation.

This Saturday, Oct. 14, in Monaco, He Qiaonv will announce the first step in a $1.5 billion plan that may represent the largest-ever personal philanthropic commitment to wildlife conservation. 

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Toxics

Napa fires make San Francisco air worse than Beijing, causing a run on masks.

NAPA, Calif. — Home Depot is sold out of face masks, people sleeping in shelters have bandanas tied around their faces and residents even 50 miles away from the fires in northern California find themselves coughing and hacking as smoke and haze blanket the area.

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Toxics

Air pollution kills half a million people in Europe, EU agency reports.

In 41 European countries, 534,471 premature deaths in 2014 can be linked to air pollution, the European Environment Agency (EEA) reported. Within the 28 countries of the European Union, that figure is 502,351.

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Climate

In cities, it's the smoke, not the fire, that will get you.

NO ONE KNOWS what sparked the violent fires ablaze in the hills of California wine country. In the last five days, the flames have torched more than 160,000 acres across Napa and Sonoma counties, reducing parts of Santa Rosa to piles of cinder and ash and leaving more than 20 dead and hundreds missing. And far from the white-hot embers of destruction, residents from San Francisco to Sacramento to Fresno have been waking up this week to choking fumes, commuting to work under skies tinged orange with dust and soot.

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Why is London's air so toxic?

Take a deep breath, London.

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NASA

California fires making more pollution than a year of traffic.

There’s enough wildfire activity in California and Nevada to blanket both much of both states with a layer of smoke in the coming days.

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Toxics

Trump’s pro-coal agenda is a blow for clean air efforts at Texas' Big Bend park.

Big Bend national park is Texas at its most cinematic, with soaring, jagged forest peaks looming over vast desert lowlands, at once haughty and humble, prickly and pretty. It is also among the most remote places in the state.

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Opinion

Don’t penalize farmers for Delhi’s air pollution.

As farmers seek monetary help, and have openly flouted the ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on burning of paddy straw, a direct confrontation between the agitating farmers and the government is on the anvil.

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Climate

'Shocking' spike in Hunter Valley's coal-linked air pollution fails to prompt action.

'Shocking' spike in Hunter Valley's coal-linked air pollution fails to prompt action

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