How a PG&E contractor with a sketchy past made millions after California’s deadliest fire

PG&E overlooked a contractor’s involvement in illicit dumping before hiring it to clean up after the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history. PG&E later accused the vendor of fraud for bribing employees and overcharging for services.
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Siberian fires have released a record amount of carbon

The wildfire crisis in Siberia continues unabated. This year’s blazes have smashed records, including the northernmost fires on record and the highest total of Siberian carbon emissions. If you want to know what a climate emergency looks like, this is it.

I was in charge of Mt. Rushmore. Trump’s plan for fireworks there is a terrible idea

The fireworks were canceled a decade ago to mitigate risks that have only gotten worse. Bringing them back now is irresponsible.

PG&E, troubled California utility, emerges from bankruptcy

The company, which has a new board and chief executive, said it had put $5.4 billion and its stock in a trust for victims of wildfires started by its equipment.

The Arctic heat wave: Why it’s so damn hot in the Arctic right now

Siberia’s triple-digit heat wave and wildfires are a glimpse into the future of the Arctic.

Oppressive heat approaches U.S. in early July as wildfires burn through Arizona

A potentially historic heat wave is expected to hit more than two-thirds of the continental U.S. in the first several weeks of July, according to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center.

Historic Arctic heat wave roasts Siberia

Wildfires are spreading. The mosquitoes are ravenous. People are shielding their windows from the midnight sun with foil and blankets.

What a 100-degree day in Siberia, above the Arctic Circle, really means

The record-setting high is much more than a quick spike for the Russian Arctic, where months of extreme heat may have dangerous consequences.

Why COVID-19 will end up harming the environment

Even though the air has been cleaner as a result of the global lockdowns, a more polluted future has been brewing while we weren’t looking.

Why the Arctic is warming so fast, and why that’s so alarming

When permafrost thaws, sea ice disappears, and wildfires rage in the north, the consequences extend to the rest of the world.

The fire prophet: Dolors Armenteras on saving the Amazon and fighting misogyny in science

One of the 50 most influential women scientists in fire studies, Dolors Armenteras is also a pioneer in Colombia in monitoring biodiversity using satellite data.


Paul Bodnar, Tamara Grbusic: Your climate disaster tax bill is growing

The federal government’s spending on calamities related to global warming is a rapidly rising fiscal threat.

Fighting forest fires with fire: Pyrotechnics and flaming Ping-Pong balls

Kevin Parkinson, a wildfire operations officer in Alberta, ignites slow-burning forest fires with a special kind of ammunition — thousands of tiny fireballs shot from the air.
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Our annual summer reading list, 2020 edition

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Coronavirus is creating a crisis of energy insecurity

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