Climate change: 2020 in a dead heat for world's warmest year

Satellite data shows that 2020 and 2016 are essentially tied as the hottest years since records began.

Jan. 8, 2021 ~5 min

Wildfire smoke may spread infectious disease

Smoke from wildfires could be a surprising new route for the spread of microbes, experts believe.

Dec. 18, 2020 ~4 min

Climate change: 2020 set to be one of the three warmest years on record

Provisional figures indicate that 2020 will be one of the hottest in a record dating back to 1850.

Dec. 2, 2020 ~7 min

US West Coast fires: Is Trump right to blame forest management?

Is poor management of forests to blame for deadly fires in the United States?

Oct. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Restoring California's forests to reduce wildfire risks will take time, billions of dollars and a broad commitment

Restoring western forests – thinning out small trees and dead wood – is an important strategy for reducing the risk of massive wildfires. But these projects aren't fast, easy or cheap.

Martha Conklin, Professor of Engineering, University of California, Merced • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~10 min

California and Oregon 2020 wildfires in maps, graphics and images

A visual guide to the wildfires ravaging California, Oregon and other western states.

By The Visual and Data Journalism Team • bbcnews
Sept. 17, 2020 ~8 min

California wildfires: why a gender-reveal party got the blame, but shouldn't have

It's comforting to blame California's wildfires on human stupidity. But this hides a very uncomfortable truth.

Doug Specht, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, University of Westminster • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

US wildfires fuelled by climate change, California governor says

The fires raging in three states show that the climate debate "is over", California's governor says.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 12, 2020 ~6 min

Coping with Western wildfires: 5 essential reads

How climate change and other human actions have combined to create conditions for explosive wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state.

Jennifer Weeks, Environment + Energy Editor, The Conversation • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Wildfires burn through record area in California as blazes continue to spread

The fires have burned through more than two million acres in California so far this year, fire officials say.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 7, 2020 ~4 min