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

An army of firefighters with a larger aerial arsenal at their disposal held made some gains Saturday on devastating wildfires ravaging Wine Country, but a rising death toll offered clear reminder of the peril that still grips the region.

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

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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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Puerto Ricans pump drinking water from hazardous-waste: report.

Puerto Ricans pump drinking water from hazardous-waste: report

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How the 1% are preparing for the apocalypse.

Say "doomsday bunker" and most people would imagine a concrete room filled with cots and canned goods.

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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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Editorial

The misery in Puerto Rico is completely unacceptable.

IT HAS been three weeks since Hurricane Maria made devastating landfall in Puerto Rico. Three weeks — and 84 percent of the population is still without power. Only 63 percent has access to clean water, and just 60 percent of wastewater treatment plants are working. Food supplies are spotty, the health-care system is in crisis and people are dying. The death toll has risen to 45.

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Abandoning Puerto Rico would be an impeachable offense.

By Eugene Robinson Opinion writer October 12 at 7:31 PM

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Trump lies as global warming’s victims die.

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

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Climate

Members of Congress want a federal audit of the official Puerto Rico death toll.

Two Democratic members of Congress on Thursday requested an audit of the death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, amid concerns that the government is undercounting the number of victims.

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California’s wildfires aren’t “natural” — humans made them worse at every step.

Raging infernos in California are burning through shrub land and neighborhoods this week while inching perilously closer to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Disasters make 14 million people homeless each year.

Eight of the ten countries with the highest levels of displacement and housing loss are in South and Southeast Asia

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Climate change threat to rich and poor alike.

OCTOBER 13 — From Miami and Puerto Rico to Barbuda and Havana, the devastation of this year’s hurricane season across Latin America and the Caribbean serves as a reminder that the impacts of climate change know no borders.

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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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Climate

Poll: Americans blame wild weather on global warming.

WASHINGTON — After hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria blitzed the nation, most Americans think weather disasters are getting more severe and see global warming’s fingerprints.

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Hurricane Ophelia is on course to strike Ireland and the UK early next week.

Well, this is weird.

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