Tag: Environment

Pinkerton: Of Course the California Wildfire Problem Can Be Solved—And Republicans Can Solve It

According to news reports, virtually the entire city of Paradise, CA, has been destroyed.  In the words of one now-former resident, the burnt-over town “looked like Iraq.”  Or as a fire official said even more succinctly, Paradise, once home to 27,000 people, is now “Armageddon.”   President Trump visited the devastated area on Saturday.  Of […]

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Donald Trump Joins Democrats in California in Response to Wildfires

President Donald Trump teamed up with Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom to address the wildfires in California on Saturday. The president walked through the burned out remains of Paradise, California after 90 percent of the city was lost in the fires. “I’ve never seen anything like that,” Trump said about the fires. “And […]

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California Fire: Number of Missing Soars Past 1,000 as Death Toll Hits 71

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — With the confirmed death toll at 71 and the list of unaccounted for people more than 1,000, authorities in Northern California on Friday searched for those who perished and those who survived the fiercest of wildfires ahead of a planned visit by President Donald Trump. Deputies found eight more bodies Friday, bringing […]

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Trump Says He’ll Nominate Andrew Wheeler to Head the E.P.A.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday said he intends to nominate Andrew R. Wheeler to be the permanent administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The E.P.A. has been at the center of Mr. Trump’s deregulatory […]

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John Kerry: ‘People are Going to Die’ Because Trump Left Paris Climate Accord

Former Secretary of State John Kerry claims “people are going to die” due to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the 2016 Paris climate agreement. “People are going to die because of the decision Donald Trump made,” the top Obama-era official told The Guardian in an interview released Friday. “My kids and my grandkids […]

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Northern California Wildfire: 63 Dead; Number of Missing People Hits 631

(AP) — Authorities have reported seven more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 63, while the number of missing people jumped to 631. The announcement came Thursday as authorities continued to search the devastated town of Paradise for human remains. “We have located seven additional human remains,” […]

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California’s Wildfires Don’t Have to Be So Deadly

Rescue teams are still searching through burned rubble for bodies after a massive wildfire devastated Butte County, California, last week. About 100 people are still missing. But already the Camp Fire, which continues to burn, has gone down in history as the deadliest blaze ever recorded in the state, during […]

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Part of the Answer to Climate Change May Be America’s Trees and Dirt, Scientists Say

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — When people think of potential solutions to global warming, they tend to visualize technologies like solar panels or electric cars. A new study published on Wednesday, however, found that better management of forests, grasslands […]

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High Stakes, Entrenched Interests And The Trump Rollback Of Environmental Regulations

By Julie Appleby, Senior Correspondent at Kaiser Health News. Before joining KHN, Julie spent 10 years covering the health industry and policy at USA TODAY. She also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times in London and the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California. She serves on […]

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California Fires: 83% of Santa Monica Mountains federal parkland burned by Woolsey Fire

In addition to destroying hundreds of homes and claiming human lives, the Woolsey Fire that began last Thursday burned 83% of federal park land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, per Cal Fire. So far, the fire has burned at least 435 homes, and blazed through some 96,314 acres. LAFD says the blaze […]

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Northern California Wildfire Deadliest in State History After Death Toll Hits 42

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have reported 13 more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California that destroyed a town, bringing the total death toll so far to 42 and making it the deadliest wildfire in recorded state history. The dead have been found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or […]

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Fact Check: Trump’s Misleading Claims About California’s Fire ‘Mismanagement’

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. As Californians were fleeing the huge wildfires that have left both ends of the state ablaze, President Trump took to Twitter over the weekend, blaming the infernos on forest management and threatening to withhold federal […]

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L.A. County Fire Chief Blames Woolsey Fire on ‘Extreme Climate Change’

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby on Monday appeared to blame climate change for the deadly Woolsey fire in Southern California and pushed back against President Donald Trump’s criticism of state officials, who he claimed were responsible for the fast-spreading blaze. LA Co. fire chief on President Trump’s tweet blaming only “forest management” for Calif. wildfires: “We’re in extreme climate change […]

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Jerry Brown Blames Climate Change for California Wildfires

California Gov. Jerry Brown blamed climate change Sunday for the California wildfires, despite a complete lack of evidence — a day after President Donald Trump was widely criticized for blaming poor forest management. According to the Associated Press, Brown, described as an “evangelist” for climate change, also blamed climate change deniers for the deadly fires, […]

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A Democrat Ran on Climate Change in a Republican Stronghold—and Won

If Sean Casten had talked about climate change once during his campaign, that would have been more than most Democrats running for Congress. But Casten didn’t talk about climate change just once, or even merely ten or twenty times, as he sought to flip Illinois 6th Congressional District from red […]

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California Fire: Hearses Stand By as Relatives Search for Over 100 Missing Loved Ones

(AP) — With hearses standing by, crews stepped up the search for bodies in the smoking ruins of Paradise, and relatives desperately looked for more than 100 missing loved ones, as wind-whipped wildfires raged Sunday on both ends of the state. The statewide death toll stood at 25 and appeared certain to rise. At least […]

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Did Fossil Fuel Firms Completely Dominate Climate Change Issues on the 2018 Ballot?

Lambert here: No! Although they tried. By Eve Andrews, who writes Ask Umbra, Grist’s civic advice vertical. Originally published at Grist. Midterm elections are overwhelming and filled with wild questions: Who made these districts? Are people really going to vote for candidates who have been indicted for federal crimes? What […]

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Watch—Reporter Comes Face to Face with Terrifying ‘Firenado’ in Malibu

Karen Foshay, a KCET-TV journalist reporting on the Woosley Fire blazing through parts of Southern California, came face to face Friday evening with a “firenado,” calling the encounter among the most “terrifying” events she has ever experienced. “Let’s get out of here,” someone is heard urging as the firenado formed along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, […]

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***Live Updates*** Wildfires Blaze Across Parts of California

A wildfire blazing so quickly that firefighters couldn’t hope to stop it quadrupled in size Friday after destroying several thousand buildings and leveling much of a Northern California town of nearly 30,000 people, according to state authorities. Law enforcement officials confirm at least five people were found dead in vehicles torched by wildfire flames. A wind-driven wildfire […]

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Judge Blocks the Disputed Keystone XL Pipeline in a Setback for Trump’s Energy Agenda

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — A federal judge late Thursday blocked construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the Trump administration “simply discarded” the effect the project would have on climate change. The ruling by Judge […]

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