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Wildfire Smoke Puts at Risk the Health of Americans Living far From the Flames

October 27, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Wildfires and Public Health

People in Western Australia continue to battle more than 60 wildfires raging across the region. They've left unprecedented destruction in their wake, creeping close to Sydney and burning homes. Yet the damage doesn’t end there. Even people living far from the flames may suffer.[read more]

USDA: Climate Change Will Double Area Burned in Wildfires By 2050

April 5, 2013 by Joseph Romm

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Wildfires in the U.S. will be at least twice as destructive by 2050, burning around 20 million acres nationwide each year, according to a federal report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.[read more]

Climate Change: Historic Drought Projected to Persist, Worsened by Thin Western Snowpack

February 24, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Without repeated, significant bouts of heavy snow and rain in the remaining days of winter, a large part of the country will face serious water supply shortages this spring and summer, when temperatures are hotter and average precipitation is normally low.[read more]

Nielsen-Gammon vs the New Normal

September 14, 2011 by Michael Tobis

John Nielsen-Gammon, our Texas State climatologist came up with this scary image that most of you have seen, and that everyone in Texas ought to take a good long look at. I was one of the first to reproduce it, but I've seen in lots of places since, and with good reason.[read more]

Global Warming and Wildfires: Senate Hearing Today at 3.

September 24, 2007 by Joseph Romm

Global warming makes wildfires more likely and more destructive — an amplifying climate feedback that releases more carbon into the atmosphere. The full committee of the Senate for Energy and Natural Resources is having a hearing on the subject today. You can get live video here — click on Live Webcast.I’m looking forward to this hearing...[read more]