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Fires As A Call To Action — Thoughts From A City Under Siege

September 14th, 2020 | by Joe Wachunas

I’ll never forget when the fires first woke me up. It was 2017, and a dumb local teenager threw a firework into a tinder box of dry trees and plants, and in a blink of an eye the beloved Columbia River Gorge was on fire and the City of Portland was covered in smoke for days on end

2020 Fire Season & COVID-19 Not A Match Made In Heaven

May 13th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

The inevitable collision of wildfires and COVID-19 keeps me up at night. Not in an abstract sense, but more in a requires-allergy-meds-to-sleep type of way. Too many people are suffering already due to COVID-19, and the quickly approaching wildfire season, worsened by climate change, is going to make things so much worse

As California Forests Heat Up, Birds Are Flocking To Higher Ground

February 25th, 2020 | by Nexus Media

Forests are critical to slowing climate change because they soak up huge amounts of heat-trapping carbon dioxide. Birds help keep forests healthy by eating insects that spread tree-killing diseases. Birds also scatter seeds that give rise to new trees. If birds leave, the forests could be in trouble

Record Loss Of Global Tree Cover In 2016, Driven By Forest Fires

October 31st, 2017 | by James Ayre

The record loss of global tree cover in 2016 — totaling around 297,000 square kilometers (114,672 square miles) and representing a rise of 51% on 2015 — was driven partly by increasingly common wildfires driven by rising temperatures and drought, according to the Global Forest Watch (GFW) which utilized data provided by the University of Maryland

Siberia Is On Fire

June 30th, 2017 | by James Ayre

In keeping with the theme established by the events of recent years, Siberia has once again caught fire. As it stands, this summer's wildfires in Siberia have already burned through around 133,000 acres — mostly in southern Siberia, near Lake Baikal

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