California heat wave prompts power shutdowns, fire danger

More than 50,000 California utility customers are without power because of a fall heat wave that has brought another round of extreme wildfire danger.
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Phoenix to break record for most 100-degree days in calendar year

The unrelenting and unprecedented heat that scorched Phoenix all summer, setting countless records, has carried over into the fall. Now it is poised to set another blistering milestone: the most 100-degree days ever observed in a calendar year.


California thought it could delay climate disaster. Now millions of acres are burning

The nation’s most populous state now seems incapable of protecting itself from a global catastrophe.

Tropical storms can sometimes ‘supercharge’ the hurricanes that follow

In 2018, a tropical storm teamed up with a heat wave to strengthen a hurricane—a storm-fueling scenario that might happen more often as the planet warms.

New Mexico mystery: Why are so many birds dropping dead?

Scientists say that the wildfires in the West combined with drought and record heat waves could be triggering one of the Southwest’s largest migratory bird die-offs in recent decades.

A climate reckoning in wildfire-stricken California

If climate change was a somewhat abstract notion a decade ago, today it is all too real for Californians fleeing wildfires and smothered in a blanket of smoke, the worst year of fires on record.

Much of the American West is on fire, illustrating the dangers of a climate of extremes

Seventy wildfires are charring parts of a half-dozen states from coastal California to the Rocky Mountains as smoke turns the sky red and dread dominates.

Northernmost Russian town is epicenter in unprecedented Arctic heatwave

Average temperatures in Dikson were more than 5°C above normal this summer.
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California heat wave breaks records as Creek Fire and other wildfires grow

Sunday will be one of the hottest days in recent memory across much of California, the day after scorching temperatures set scores of records and intensified destructive wildfires erupting in the state.


Video: As Covid-19 hinders city efforts to protect residents from the heat, community groups step in

In Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, volunteers in the "cool streets" program invent ways to throw shade on the ground and mist in the air to beat the heat.


The 'fire paradox': Study suggests ways we fight northern wildfires could be increasing fire risk

Researchers found that many communities are surrounded by older, more flammable forests and fire suppression policies may be to blame.


They know how to prevent megafires. Why won't anybody listen?

This is a story about frustration, about watching the West burn when you fully understand why it’s burning — and understand why it did not need to be this bad.

California’s disasters are a warning - climate change is here

The state's heat waves, blackouts, and fires - amid a pandemic - offer a warning of our fossil-fuel future.


California expresses frustration as blackouts enter 4th day

The agency that manages the state’s electric grid says rolling blackouts are needed to balance supply and demand. But the governor said regulators were not prepared.

Wildfires have destroyed more than 60,000 acres across three states and are spreading rapidly

Firefighters across three states are battling wildfires that have destroyed more than 60,000 acres in the US West.
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