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.

bbcnews
Jan. 8, 2021 ~5 min

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COVID-19 crisis in Los Angeles: Why activating 'crisis standards of care' is crucial for overwhelmed hospitals

States and hospitals are starting to declare 'crisis standards of care' as the pandemic floods their ERs. The orders have consequences – both good and bad, as a medical ethicist explains.

Maria Howard, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Gonzaga University • conversation
Jan. 6, 2021 ~8 min

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How curators transferred Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks' archives to escape wildfires

The curator at UC Merced describes the evacuation and shows a selection of photographs from the 110-year history of the park.

Emily Lin, Head of Digital Curation and Scholarship, UC Merced, University of California, Merced • conversation
Dec. 23, 2020 ~7 min

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Wildfire smoke may spread infectious disease

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

bbcnews
Dec. 18, 2020 ~4 min

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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.

bbcnews
Dec. 2, 2020 ~7 min

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We’ll see more fire seasons like 2020 - here’s a strategy for managing our nation’s flammable landscapes

A fire scientists offers a six-point strategy for preventing wildfires and living safely in flammable landscapes.

Jennifer Balch, Associate Professor of Geography and Director, Earth Lab, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~8 min

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Oil field operations likely triggered earthquakes in California a few miles from the San Andreas Fault

California was thought to be an exception, a place where oil field operations and tectonic faults apparently coexisted without much problem. Not any more.

Thomas H. Goebel, Assistant Professor, University of Memphis • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Giant 'toothed' birds flew over Antarctica 40 million to 50 million years ago

Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.

Peter A. Kloess, Doctoral Candidate, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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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?

bbcnews
Oct. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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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

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