Tag Archives: California wildfires

102 Million Trees Died in California’s Drought

The ECOreport reposts a story about drought & warming temperatures, 102 Million trees died in California’s Drought

Press Release from USDA Office of Communications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California’s drought stricken forests. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years.
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San Diego’s Solar Community Responds To SDG&E

The ECOreport looks into how the San Diego Solar Community responds to SDG&E’s appeal of the state’s decision to not change the Net Metering rate

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere were about 150 of them, chanting “We will fight corporate greed.” “how do you spell corporate greed?: SDG&E” and “Solar Power is What We need.”  Some wore t-shirts boasting of affiliations to environmental groups like the Sierra Club or San Diego 350.org. Others were from local installers like Sullivan Solar Power, Stellar Solar, or SolarCity.  The  principal speaker was County Supervisor Dianne Jacob,  who has long championed rooftop solar. They were outside San Diego Gas & Electric’s corporate headquarters, in response to the utility’s appeal of the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision to leave the current Net Energy Metering (NEM) program in place. The San Diego Solar Community responds to SDG&E.

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The Background Ozone Issue

77% of the ozone in parts of Northern California & Nevada is background ozone, leaving little room for local ozone production. The Background Ozone Issue.

Originally Published by Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech

Levels of “background ozone” — ozone pollution present in a region but not originating from local, human-produced sources — are high enough in Northern California and Nevada that they leave little room for local ozone production under proposed stricter U.S. ground-level ozone standards, finds a new NASA-led study.

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A Chance To Reform US Wildfire Management

2015 was one of the worst wildfire seasons in a decade but, as this article from UC Davis suggests now there is a Chance To Reform US Wildfire Management

Originally Published on UC Davis

By Kat Kerlin

With nearly 9 million acres burned this year across the nation, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most destructive wildfire seasons yet in a decade strung with devastating fire seasons. And with drought and climate change, wildfires are only predicted to get worse.

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The Climate Revolution We set In Motion

Ray Grigg argues that the record temperatures, drought & wildfires across the West Coast this summer are all part of The climate revolution we set in motion

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Ray Grig

Wildfires are ripping across California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska during this summer of 2015, the result of unprecedented droughts and record temperatures. Millions of hectares are being burned along with hundreds of homes. Fire-fighting costs are multiplying, the economic damage is soaring and the environmental consequences are foreboding.

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Drought & Climate Change in The Sierra Nevada

As California’s wildfires increasingly go into higher elevations, a team of researchers led by UC Davis study Drought & Climate Change In The Sierra Nevada

Originally Published on UC Davis

By Pat Bailey

Wildfires in California’s fabled Sierra Nevada mountain range are increasingly burning high-elevation forests, which historically have seldom burned, reports a team of researchers led by the John Muir Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Davis.

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Fire at World’s End

A double-hitter from Tom Dispatch.com: first an overall description of the wildfires that are plaguing the West Coast, then Subhankar Banerjee’s report on Fire at World’s End.

Tomgram: Subhankar Banerjee, Fire at World’s End

Normally, Americans love breaking records. (“We’re number one! We’re number one!”) But the latest records to come out of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration should make anyone’s heart sink. Here’s how the World Meteorological Society put the news in a recent press release: “The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January to June 2015, as well as for the month of June, was the hottest such period on record.” June itself was a global record-setter for warmth, as had been May and March in this thermometer-busting year, and February might also have squeaked into the number-one spot in recorded history. If so, four of the six months of this year were uniquely, grimly warm. And batten down the hatches since this is now officially an El Niño year in which surface water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean are heating up significantly, possibly to historic levels, and global weather and storm patterns could be affected in major ways.

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BC’s fire situation appears to be improving

By Roy Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though the number of active wildfires increased to 240, of which 17 are classified as “active fires of note,”the province was no longer covered by smoke. Port Hardy’s evacuation order has been rescinded. There was rain in some of the most critical areas last night and today. Aside from Whistler, which is still “5” (moderate), the province’s Air Quality Health Index has dropped to 2’s and 3’s. BC’s fire situation appears to be improving.

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The Fires – Is This Climate Change?

The ECOreport looks at the drought and wildfires, now stretching from California to Alaska,  and asks: the fires – Is this Climate Change?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, a brownish haze clings to the Olympic Peninsula’s shore.  There are reports of ash raining from the sky in Vancouver, Salt Spring Island and Nanaimo.  The sun was a reddish-brown color in Qualicum Beach. There are severe wildfires along the West Coast, from Alaska to California. There may be more than drought behind the fires: Is this Climate Change?

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