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Storm Science, HFCs, a Warming Arctic and Fracking

Storm Science, HFCs, a Warming Arctic and Fracking

Limits on HFCs, fracking fallout and Alaska and the Arctic experience warmer temps. … Read More

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Across the American West, climate change has made snow melt earlier, spring and summers hotter, and fire seasons longer. One result has been a doubling since 1970 of the number of large wildfires raging each year. And depending on the rate of future warming, the number of big wildfires in western states could increase as much as six-fold over the… Read More

Foliage Season Under Fire from Climate Change

Foliage Season Under Fire from Climate Change

Clocks aren’t the only things falling back at this time of year. The start to foliage season is also on the move, with the season starting later and later in the U.S. since 1982. Other threats from climate change could also cost states that rely on the billions from leaf peepers in lost tourism revenues and have ecological impacts that extend well … Read More

Epic Flooding Deals Colorado Drought Crippling Blow

Epic Flooding Deals Colorado Drought Crippling Blow

All it took was a 1,000-year flood to knock out — or at least significantly dampen — the drought that has been ravaging much of Colorado for at least a year and half. The Sept. 17 U.S. Drought Monitor, released Thursday, shows that nearly all of north-central Colorado is drought free, and the drought is greatly reduced in much of the rest of the … Read More

Gripping Time-Lapse of Destructive Yosemite Wildfire

Gripping Time-Lapse of Destructive Yosemite Wildfire

This series of time-lapse videos of the Rim Fire was taken by employees of Yosemite National Park. Showing the wildfire's behavior during the day and at night, the videos make the fire appear to be a living, breathing creature, and an eerily beautiful one at that. … Read More

Nearly Half of All Western Wildfire Costs Go To California

Nearly Half of All Western Wildfire Costs Go To California

With one of California’s largest-recorded wildfires still burning largely uncontained and threatening water and electricity for millions, the total bill for fighting U.S. wildfires in 2013 is now likely to soar well past $1 billion. By the time the blaze is put out, which could be weeks from now, California’s Rim Fire will likely be among the most … Read More

Yosemite Fire Example of How Droughts Amplify Wildfires

Yosemite Fire Example of How Droughts Amplify Wildfires

The massive Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California continues to grow, now ranking as the 14th largest wildfire in California’s history, having already charred nearly 150,000 acres. Officials said the fire is 15 percent contained, and nearly 3,700 personnel are attacking the blaze from the ground and the air, trying to stop it from growi… Read More

Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

With 51 large wildfires currently burning across the U.S., the nation’s firefighters have been placed on a war footing — known as “National Preparedness Level 5.” This is the first time this step has been taken since 2008, according to Wildfire Today, and it reflects the combination of high fire activity, the large amounts of firefighting resources… Read More