Uncovering patterns in California’s blazing wildfires

A study of trends in wildfire occurrence over the past 30 years shows that environmental, climatic, and human-related factors can point out regions with high fire probabilities.
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Mapping climate vulnerability

As part of the yearlong reporting project "Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia," InvestigateWest commissioned a set of maps that provide digital windows into vulnerabilities spanning Washington and Oregon that are likely to worsen with climate change.


German forest decline hits record levels

Bark beetles are the main driver of spruce tree deaths in the country. But this was exacerbated by a dry summer.

2014 Yellowknife wildfires saw higher ER rates for Indigenous people: study

Researchers suggest lack of access to care, inadequate housing and systemic racism may have played a role in health outcomes in Inuit and Dene communities during record-breaking wildfire season

Climate change: 5 places where global warming is a security risk

As the U.N. Security Council meets to discuss growing threats from a heating planet, here are some places where storms, wildfires and drought are fuelling security risks.

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California's iconic redwoods threatened by climate change

The wildfires that ravaged California last year were record-breaking. More than four million acres burned and scorched the state’s magnificent redwoods.

How 2014's smoky NWT summer affected our health

The NWT's extreme 2014 wildfire season saw big shifts in the number of people seeking help for conditions like asthma and pneumonia. A study examined the data.

Water could make Michigan a climate refuge. Are we prepared?

What may it take to prepare the Great Lakes region for the future climatologists say we can expect?

Smoke is alive says new wildfire study

A University of Idaho professor finds harmful microbes in smoke not only survive but travel hundreds of miles in host clouds

California's rainfall is at historic lows. That spells trouble for wildfires and farms

There's a race on in California, and each day matters: the precipitation during winter that fuels the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada and fills groundwater supplies has been slow to start, and faltering at best.


Countries must ramp up climate pledges by 80 percent to hit key Paris target, study finds

The pledges countries made to reduce emissions as part of the Paris agreement are woefully inadequate, and the world must nearly double its greenhouse gas-cutting goals to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.


Gabriel Popkin: Invasive insects and diseases are killing our forests

America wasn’t ready for the pandemic. And it isn’t ready for the next contagion to strike our woodlands.

California’s rainy season now starts a month later than it used to

Scientists say the delay in the start of the rain has prolonged the state's wildfire season and exacerbated water shortages.


One year since Australia's devastating wildfires, anger grows at climate change 'inaction'

Not long after Jack Egan's home burned down during Australia's "Black Summer" wildfires a year ago, he made a life-changing decision. At 60, Egan quit his job so he could spend his days campaigning for stronger action on climate change.

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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