Forest thinning and prescribed burns leave less fuel to burn.
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After another devastating wildfire year in the West, the Biden administration has a plan to ramp up forest thinning and prescribed burns. Two foresters explain why these projects are so important.
Residents had to be rescued as Hurricane Ida flooded coastal Louisiana in August 2021.
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A hurricane that wreaked havoc from Louisiana to New York City, the Texas freeze and devastating western wildfires topped NOAA’s list of billion-dollar disasters in 2021.
Tools for a prescribed burn conducted in the Sierra Nevada in November 2019.
Two forest researchers whose own communities were threatened by fires in 2021 explain how historic policies left forests at high risk of megafires.
A sedated coyote about to be released with a tracking collar in greater Los Angeles.
Biologists capture and collar coyotes in urban Los Angeles in order to study the effectiveness of ‘hazing’ as a wildlife management tool.
Fires that affect populated areas raise different safety and public health issues than wildfires.
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Two fire researchers argue that recent fires in Northern and Southern California show why health and social equity need to be part of fire preparedness.
Many California wildfires spread from structure to structure, fed by the winds.
The dry, hot, downslope Santa Ana winds of Southern California fan late fall wildfires that have largely traveled through – and are fueled by – homes and other structures.
Can California update its building codes to minimize fire damage?
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There are well-understood ways to minimize the risk of fire spreading through housing – if only developers, homeowners and officials took heed.
Do we need a new word for the feeling of guilt one gets from watering plants during a drought?
A scientist dips her toe into a new form of group-based performance art: devising new words to describe new feelings and phenomena of a rapidly changing world.
Scientists need to get comfortable with dealing with people and their feelings.
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Scientists need to be comfortable dealing with subjective views, rather than empirical data, and people’s feelings to make progress in addressing climate change.
Storms coming? El Niño is projected to lead to much-needed rain in California next year.
El Niño is expected to bring heavy rains to drought-stricken California, but more rain alone won’t solve the West’s water crisis.
More land than water: almond trees account for 10% of the state’s water reserves, according to some estimates.
California is blessed with so much agricultural land that no matter how much the state conserves or produces, there will also be an economic incentive to consume more water.