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Forest Fires

Women Acing "Men's" Work: Wildfire by Mary Pauline Lowry

Melanie Bishop | Posted 11.16.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

On the heels of a 2015 fire season that burned 8.8 million acres--more acreage than in any year in the past decade, it seems appropriate to review Mary Lowry's novel Wildfire, offering a rare window into the world of wildland firefighters--hotshots. Lowry worked on the Pike Hotshot Crew.

Indonesia Is on Fire. Here's How Goldman Sachs Responded

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 11.08.2015 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

The idea behind these sustainable finance policies is that they're supposed to drive positive change in the industries that are hungry for bank loans or underwriting services. But in Goldman Sachs' case, its policies actually lag those of their customers.

Presidents Obama and Widodo Meet as Indonesia Fires Continue to Burn

Dr. Nigel Sizer | Posted 10.26.2015 | Green
Dr. Nigel Sizer

Sadly, land fires in Indonesia do not occur naturally. They are largely the result of a history of destructive land management, poor law enforcement, and inadequate preparation.

Obama to Host President of World's Biggest Climate Backslider

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 10.26.2015 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

When Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits Washington this week, President Obama will be playing host to a world leader whose government is seemingly doing everything it can to launch itself as quickly as possible into the top ranks of climate polluters.

Here's How To Beat The Heat -- Fight Forest Fires With Fire

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

Thanks to the brutal fires raging in states like Washington and California, 2015 will go down as one of the most destructive years from wildfires. Co...

A Drive in the Woods: The Appalachian Trail by Rent-a-Car

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The Appalachian Trail is back in the news these days. Some of us have indelible memories of our experiences on the trail. Here's my tale of tracing the entire length of it, years back, in, uh, a rented Geo Prizm.

Forest Service Says Massive Wildfires Are Burning Through Its Budget

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service projects that the cost of fighting wildfires could rise to $1.8 billion in the next decade, reflecting fire sea...

Why We All Need to Learn the Word 'Anthropogenic'

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

The wettest rainforest in the continental United States had gone up in flames and the smoke was so thick, so blanketing, that you could see it miles away.

Man Started Utah Wildfire To 'Signal For Help,' Police Say

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 04.23.2015 | Crime

A man who allegedly started a brush fire in Utah that claimed up to 40 acres of old growth trees did it to signal for help, police said Wednesday. ...

We Live With Forest Fires

Jason A. Atkinson | Posted 04.28.2015 | Green
Jason A. Atkinson

Even though this was a big one, it pales in comparison to the fire in Northwest Oregon in 1933, where fishing and timber are inseparable. Both resources must be nurtured, harvested, managed and passed on.

Drones Pose Threat To Firefighters, Wildfire Managers Say

AP | By KEITH RIDLER | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off, wildfire managers ...

At Least 6 Major Wildfires Keeping Firefighters Busy In California

AP | Posted 10.03.2014 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of federal, state and local firefighters were feverishly attacking at least six major wildfires in central and far no...

'Unprecedented' Wildfires Burning In Canada

Climate Central | Brian Kahn | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green

This article originally appeared on Climate Central. For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada’s ...

Going Up in Smoke: Why You Should Care About Indonesia's Fires

David Fogarty | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
David Fogarty

While the fires in Indonesia might seem far away for many people, they are everyone's problem. Many of the blazes are on deep peat lands, producing huge plumes of smoke and large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are stoking climate change.

The Costs of California's Bellwether Drought: What Can We Expect?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

The costs of drought vary widely from sector to sector, and often include things that are hard to measure or to quantify. It is difficult to report on drought costs in a comprehensive or consistent way. And until a drought ends, it is impossible to know the ultimate costs.

This 1970s Smokey Bear PSA Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty

The friendly, trustworthy bear that reminds you to put out campfires just pulled a fast one on us -- and we're spooked. In fact, after watching this 1...

Report: Rising Number Of U.S. Homes At Risk From Wildfires

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

By Laura Zuckerman Oct 10 (Reuters) - The number of homes at risk from wildfires in western U.S. states jumped 62 percent in the past ...

This 'Water On Steroids' Is The Only Thing Between This Hand And A Blowtorch

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.26.2013 | Technology

When someone tells Peter Cordani that it can't be done, that's when he just gets started. Cordani is the inventor of FireIce, a fire retardant cap...

Lessons From An Inferno

Ted Harro | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Ted Harro

Many of us read with sadness about the deaths of 19 members of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting team earlier this summer. Despite thei...

Firefighter Killed Battling Wildfires In Oregon

Reuters | Posted 10.03.2013 | Green

(Adds Hammack's age, governor visit) By Teresa Carson PORTLAND, Ore. - Aug 2 (Reuters) - A firefighter killed while bat...

Why Is the 'Tinderbox West' the New Normal?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Arizona a few weeks ago, 19 highly skilled firefighters were killed by a fire in what the New York Times called "Deadly New Normal: A Tinderbox West."

Congress Fiddles While the Western States Burn

Michael Winship | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Our stalwart U.S. Congress, aided and abetted by government bureaucracy, is cutting Western firefighters' lifeline much as it did when members of the House initially balked at aid for sick and dying 9/11 first responders.

Putting the Disaster in Natural Disasters: Why Many Choose to Live in Harm's Way

David Ropeik | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
David Ropeik

As extreme weather events seem to be increasing around the world, changes consistent with the kinds of things climate change is predicted to cause, ma...

Global Warning

Donna Henes | Posted 09.09.2013 | Green
Donna Henes

2010 was the hottest year ever recorded. And 2013 is revving up to take the all-time high record. The amazing thing to me is that despite decades of warnings about the grave repercussions of the greenhouse effect, people are still surprised when it gets so hot.

Red, White, & Waterless

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 09.09.2013 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Indeed, a number of studies show that Lake Mead, the source of water for the Lake, has lost more than half of its volume over the past three decades. So what do we do about this? Traditional Native American rain dances perhaps?