Wildfire smoke’s effects are getting worse

The far-reaching effects of wildfires and wildfire smoke are a growing problem, researchers say. Climate change is the "straw that broke the camel's back."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~11 min

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After a record 22 billion-dollar disasters in 2020, it's time to overhaul US disaster policy – here's how

NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.

Deb Niemeier, Clark Distinguished Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~11 min

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After a record 22 billion-dollar disasters in 2020, it's time to make US disaster policy more effective and equitable – here's how

NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.

Deb Niemeier, Clark Distinguished Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~11 min

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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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Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020

Many storms, heatwaves, fires and droughts slipped under the radar this year.

Wilson Chan, PhD Researcher in Drought Risk, University of Reading • conversation
Dec. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Tool predicts which forests will regrow on their own

A new mapping tool will help forest managers figure out where forests will regenerate on their own—and where they need assistance.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~5 min

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Forest fires really do benefit spotted owls

Contrary to current perceptions and forest management strategies, wildfires may actually benefit populations of spotted owls.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~6 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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Wildfire smoke changes dramatically as it ages, and that matters for downwind air quality – here's what we learned flying through smoke plumes

Thousands of chemical compounds in wildfire smoke are interacting with each other and sunlight as the smoke travels. For people downwind, it can become more toxic over time.

Brett B. Palm, Postdoctoral Researcher in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Washington • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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