Environmental Health

Smoke from Fires Blankets Mexico City

Dozens of fires in and around Mexico City     MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s education ministry cancelled schools in the capital and surrounding areas for Thursday due to a siege of air pollution. Weather conditions at the end of ...

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Environmentalists Call for Revision of New Mexico Forest Project

Project would cover over 200 square miles in the Sacramento Mountains     By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists say the U.S. government must go back to the drawing board or risk violating federal laws ...

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New Strategy Aims to Save Sagebrush in Western States

Plan includes triage system with limited resources     By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released a plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species, ...

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Boy Scout Ranch Focuses in Wildfire Recovery as Season Nears

Historic ranch near Cimarron is rebuilding following a devastating wildfire     By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tucked away in the foothills of the southern Rockies, the Philmont Scout Ranch has become a holy grail, ...

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Cancer-Causing Chemical Taints Water after California Wildfire

Drinking water in Paradise contaminated with benzene     PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation’s worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, ...

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Shawnee Forest Sees Burning of 10,000 Acres

Prescribed burn to maintain vegetation     CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service for the first time in recent history oversaw the burning of more than 10,000 acres this year in southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest. Fire management ...

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Clearing Forests: No Simple Solution to California Wildfires

State must step up its use of forest management     By STEVE SCHOONOVER Chico Enterprise-Record CHICO, Calif. (AP) — With nearly 40 million people living in California and development spreading into once-wild regions, some of the state’s best tools ...

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California Wildfires: Seeking Solutions to a Wicked Problem

1 in 12 homes are at high risk     By LAUREN GUSTUS The Sacramento Bee SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — More than 2.7 million Californians live in areas that are at very high risk for wildfires, according to our analysis ...

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