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Wildfires in the West

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Wildfires in the West

In 2006, wildfires burned seven million acres in the West, the equivalent area of five of the country's largest national parks.

In Nevada, Fires Follow Rain

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In Nevada, Fires Follow Rain

In a desert state like Nevada, heavy rains promote plant growth but can lead to more wildfires.

In Montana, Fires Follow Drought

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In Montana, Fires Follow Drought

In a forested state like Montana, hotter and drier years leave forests more susceptible to large wildfires.

Can Rain Cause More Fire?

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Can Rain Cause More Fire?

Volatile precipitation patterns, with heavy rains followed by drought, can lead to ideal conditions for wildfires in some states.

Small Modular Reactors: How Do They Measure Up?

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Small Modular Reactors: How Do They Measure Up?

A graphic comparing the output of small modular reactors to conventional nuclear power reactors.

Interactive: Small Modular Reactors - Safe and Cheaper?

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Interactive: Small Modular Reactors - Safe and Cheaper?

For decades, some nuclear engineers have been pushing an alternate technology that they claim could address all the concerns of conventional nuclear reactors. Called Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), these plants,would be inherently cheaper to build and safer to operate than conventional plants.

My Chernobyl

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My Chernobyl

In November 1995 Climate Central's Shari Bell (then with CNN), traveled to Chernobyl in the Ukrainian republic, as part of the CNN team reporting on the lingering effects of the disaster nearly a decade after the explosion.

The Age of Man: A New Geologic Epoch

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The Age of Man: A New Geologic Epoch

Recent human activity is having such a significant environmental impact on the planet that we may be entering a new geologic epoch, known as the Anthropocene.