Are the Oregon wildfires a view into the future?

"Until a few days ago it was looking like the tamer wildfire projections were closest to reality."

Matt Cooper-Oregon • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes

Wildfires aren't always wild. Many of the most expensive and damaging fires happen in suburban areas, and nearly all blazes in these zones are started by humans.

Jennifer Balch, Associate Professor of Geography and Director, Earth Lab, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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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


Wildfires can leave toxic drinking water behind – here's how to protect the public

Two environmental engineers say governments need to do more to protect people from possible water contamination after wildfires.

Caitlin R. Proctor, Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellow, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~9 min

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Climate change and forest management have both fueled today's epic Western wildfires

Debating whether climate change or forest management has caused the devastating wildfires in California, Washington and Oregon is a false choice.

Steven C. Beda, Assistant Professor of History, University of Oregon • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~10 min

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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

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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


Smoke from wildfires can worsen COVID-19 risk, putting firefighters in even more danger

Wildfire smoke makes it harder for firefighters's bodies to fight off viruses. Social distancing is difficult in that environment, but fire crews are coming up with solutions.

Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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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

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Arctic warming: are record temperatures and fires arriving earlier than scientists predicted?

The high temperatures and wildfires of 2019 were thought to have heralded a freak summer for the Arctic. Then 2020 brought worse.

Christopher J White, Senior Lecturer in Water & Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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