What the photos of wildfires and smoke don't show you

The West will need “good fire” — controlled, managed fire that balances the ecosystem — to stave off deadly, out-of-control fire. We need to know what that looks like.
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Judge OKs nearly $25 billion for PG&E fire victims, insurers

The settlement comes in the aftermath of catastrophic Northern California wildfires that sent the nation's largest utility into a financial morass.


Chico’s post Camp Fire world: Car crashes, frayed nerves and bare-knuckle politics

Chico saw its population swell by 19,000 due to the Camp Fire last November, mainly refugees from Paradise, Concow and Magalia. Now, the Butte County city is struggling with the effects of that new population.

Trump responds to tragedy with cruelty

His tweet about California's wildfires wasn't just wrong. It was heartless.

Carr fire: California blaze kills 3 more

The raging wildfire doubled in size between Thursday and Friday and threatened thousands of buildings.

California burning: Life among the wildfires

People used to roll their eyes at my gloomy talk of climate change. Then the big blaze came.


New normal? We hope not

If you ventured outside for a breath of fresh air earlier this week, unfortunately, there was none. If this is what Gov. Jerry Brown refers to as the “new normal”

‘It burns and it keeps burning’: Scenes from Southern California’s wildfires

Wildfires have burned more than 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Fighting them were professionals and homeowners with garden hoses.
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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