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Wild Fires

Gratitude for Those Combating 'Firenados'

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.17.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

"Frienados" are described as the fast-moving swirls of intense flames blazing in San Diego County. The hardest-hit in the raging wildfires were San M...

Jared Gilmour

Forest Service Bought Drones To Keep Tabs On Pot Growers, Realized It Couldn't Actually Use Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Jared Gilmour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service spent $100,000 on two drones to track marijuana growers back in 2006. But because of aviation restrictions and a...

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...

New Mexico Is Drenched in Solar-Sunshine, so What's With All the Coal PNM?

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

The Public Service Company of New Mexico is taking tottering baby-steps when it comes to solar energy. PNM has a mere 1 percent of solar on its renewable energy books -- ironic when New Mexico's state flag boasts a blazing yellow sun.

Still Hurting in the Heartland

William S. Becker | Posted 02.18.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Global warming is foremost an issue about the relationship between human societies and natural systems. Climate impacts are foremost an issue about the safety and well-being of people, families and communities.

A Silver Lining in Sandy? (Part 2)

William S. Becker | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

There is no question that sustainable recovery from disasters -- particularly moving out of harm's way -- can be a slow, frustrating, arduous process. More enlightened federal funding policies and programs would make it easier and more common.

Heavy Weather: How Sandy, Other Climate Destruction Harm Middle and Lower Income Americans

Daniel J. Weiss | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Daniel J. Weiss

Sandy is only the latest extreme weather event that severely afflicted Americans over the past two years. The Center for American Progress report "Heavy Weather: How Climate Destruction Harms Middle and Lower Income Americans" analyzes the impact of the 21 most destructive extreme weather events in 2011 and 2012.

Millie and Me

Landon Jones | Posted 11.16.2012 | Green
Landon Jones

Mega-fires like Millie will become increasingly common in the years to come, as climate-change clears our forests. The men and women who fight fires in our country are the best we -- and our government -- have to offer.

It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's A Firefighter!

AP | MICHAEL R. BLOOD | Posted 10.16.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it will permit agency helicopters to attack wildfires at night in Southern California, a sig...

The Oxygen Planet Struts Its Stuff

William deBuys | Posted 09.23.2012 | Green
William deBuys

This summer's conditions may indeed be perfect for fire in the Southwest and West, but if you think of it as a "storm," perfect or otherwise -- that is, sudden, violent, and temporary -- then you don't understand what's happening in this country or on this planet.

Drought Grips Nation and Shows What Climate Change Does to Our Communities

Frances Beinecke | Posted 09.22.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The summer from hell continues to bring wave after wave of extreme weather events, and each one provides yet another example of what climate change is doing to our families and businesses.

PHOTOS: Patagonia Forest Fires Close Chile's Torres Del Paine National Park

Posted 12.30.2011 | Travel

Chilean authorities have closed Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia as a 14,000-acre wildfire continues to burn there. The park was closed ...

Jason Cherkis

Texas Firefighters Forced To Buy Their Own Gear

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In Texas, firefighters aren't just battling the wild fires raging around Austin and Houston. The state's first responders have also had ...

Can We Handle Nature's New Norm? (Part 2)

William S. Becker | Posted 11.08.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Whether or not we are ready to conclude that today's extreme weather events are linked to global climate change, it would be utterly irresponsible for us to ignore the possibility.

What Dangerous Particles Did LA Residents Breathe During The Fires?

LA Times | Bettina Boxall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Los Angeles times reports on some Californians' worst fears -- that the wildfires put something bad in the air: It was full of tiny particles -- ...

Twittering The Quake...

Huffington Post | Dan Duray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In the first hour or so following the earthquake in southern California today, details in the media about the extent of the damage were sketchy. Howe...

California Wildfires Rage: Fire Destroys Near Yosemite National Park

AP | GARANCE BURKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MARIPOSA, Calif. — Smoke had turned the sun a deep glowing red by the time Dutch tourist Trees Duipmans and her three teenage children reached a...

NYT's Front Pages Focus Away From Fires

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The NYT front page relegated the fires to the bottom of the page — almost a news blip, let alone below the fold. Er, hello? California is on fire.