Environmental Health

Wet Winter Reduces Drought Conditions in California

Large portion of state is free from dryness     By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a matter of weeks, a very wet winter has greatly reduced drought conditions that have plagued California. A series of ...

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Critics Ask Why PG&E Was Slow on Wildfire Safety

Why has utility waited so long to act?     By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. is promising to spend more than $2 billion this year to improve wildfire prevention after its ...

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Storms Bring California’s Sierra Snowpack to Normal

Snowpack was 100 percent of average to date     By RICH PEDRONCELLI, Associated Press PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — January storms raised the vital Sierra Nevada snowpack to normal for this time of year, an important development for California’s ...

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PG&E Bankruptcy Won’t End Wildfires

What’s next for utility?     By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big corporations forced into bankruptcy by liability lawsuits often take the offending product off the market and try to move on. That’s what happened with ...

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Oregon Governor Searches for Ways to Stem Wildfires

“We have to re-examine how we fight fire,”     By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The federal government needs to send more resources to do more forest thinning on public lands in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown ...

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California Seeks Faster Forestry Approvals in Wildfire Fight

State environmental laws called into question     By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildland managers said Tuesday that they want to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to slow wildfires that have devastated communities ...

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Poll: Disasters Influence Thinking on Climate Change

Poll looks at extreme weather in the past five years     By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, HANNAH FINGERHUT and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to their views on climate change, Americans are looking at natural disasters ...

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Government Shutdown Taking Toll on Wildfire Preparations

The pain of the four-week-long shutdown is having a ripple effect     By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year’s fire ...

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California Storms Bring Fear of Devastating Mudslides

Threat to areas that were swept by flames in recent years     LOS ANGELES (AP) — A year after a mudslide swept through a fire-devastated California town, killing 21 people, residents of hundreds homes in burn areas were told ...

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California Town Launches ‘Goat Fund Me’ to Prevent Wildfires

Some 200 goats can munch on an acre of overgrown brush daily     NEVADA CITY, Calif. (AP) — The threat of catastrophic wildfires has driven a California town to launch a “Goat Fund Me” campaign to bring herds of ...

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