With nearly 1 million homes at risk, Washington is losing the wildfire fight

Many forests are growing more combustible by the year because of climate change and a century of misguided fire suppression, as well as too little prescribed fire and thinning of forests.

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Colorado wildfire grows into largest in state history

Left vulnerable by dry conditions, more than 430,000 acres have burned so far in what has been one of the worst years ever for wildfires in the state.

Wildfire smoke in US exposes millions to hazardous pollution

Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm.


Nearly half of the U.S. is in drought. It may get worse

The most widespread drought in the continental United States since 2013 covers more than 45 percent of the Lower 48 states, federal scientists said.

Environmentalists and dam operators, at war for years, start making peace

Facing a climate crisis, environmental groups and industry agree to work together to bolster hydropower while reducing harm from dams.

What impacts do the West Coast wildfires have on crops?

In the wake of weeks of poor air quality, grape and cannabis growers are trying to assess the impacts—to product quality as well as to human health—of ash and smoke on their crops.

Farmworkers forced to put harvest over health during wildfires

Farmworkers sometimes work in hazardous smoke conditions, with few breaks and few protections. With many facing precarious employment and unsteady immigration situations, they can't easily demand better working conditions.
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Will pandemic-era voters support public transit?

Through ballot measures this November, some U.S. voters will decide if they're willing to pay more taxes for public transportation after COVID-19.


Wildfires in Oregon and California collide with climate change denialism and conspiracy theories

Over Labor Day weekend, a powerful windstorm swept across the hot, drought-stricken Oregon landscape, sparking an outbreak of destructive and deadly wildfires. In the traumatic days that followed, something else destructive began spreading wildly: conspiracy theories.


It’s his land. Now a Canadian company gets to take it

Federal regulators have given a Canadian oil company the power to seize property from Oregon landowners for a gas pipeline that will help … Canada.

What made this a record fire season? It started with lightning

An unusual confluence of weather conditions sent nearly 14,000 bolts of lightning into the dry, hot forests of Northern California in August. But that was only the beginning.

Wildfires may pose drinking water safety issues

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past. Those houses that burn are full of material that creates toxic residues and fumes, like plastic.


After wildfires stop burning, a danger in the drinking water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

Fires and storms push demand for emergency shelter to a new high

The Red Cross has provided more nights of shelter to Americans this year than at any point on record, a sign of the widening human toll of climate change.

Western wildfires have now burned an area bigger than New Jersey

Weather conditions and a huge backlog of management issues have led to the worst fire season on record—and it’s not over yet.
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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

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America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

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