A new AI model that maps moisture levels in fine detail across 12 western states opens the door for better wildfire predictions.
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The US faces a high risk of hurricanes and other disasters this year that could leave thousands of people in need of shelter. COVID-19 will make those disasters more dangerous to manage.
May 5, 2020 • ~9 min
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The pandemic has exposed how vulnerable we are to unexpected climate shocks.
April 16, 2020 • ~5 min
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Wildfire smoke makes it harder for firefighters' bodies to fight off viral invaders. But firefighting conditions make the usual protective measures nearly impossible.
April 15, 2020 • ~7 min
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"We can't attribute single fire events to climate change. But the trends in large fire events... are consistent with expected trends in a warming climate."
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Worsening wildfires in California are part of a long-term trend "toward more wildfires that burn larger areas and cause more damage," says Andrew Plantinga.
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Even in extreme wildfires, thinning and prescribed burns to reduce the number of small trees and shrubs can pay off in the long run, a new study shows.
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"These cats could be the canary in the coal mine, letting us know what might happen if more people are exposed to these types of wildfires."
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