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Investigate West: Nearly 1 million Washington homes are at risk from wildfires; here’s why we’re not winning the fire fight

Intentional burning of underbrush and dead trees – “prescribed fire” to those who practice it – is increasingly regarded as the key tool in making combustible forests fire-resistant and heading off “megafires.” But the technique is rarely used in the West, and prescribed fire rates actually decreased in the Northwest over the past two decades, one study showed.

U.N.: Climate change means more weather disasters every year

In the wake of heat waves, global warming, forest fires, storms, droughts and a rising number of hurricanes, the U.N. weather agency warned Tuesday that the number of people who need international humanitarian help could rise 50% by 2030 compared to the 108 million who needed it worldwide in 2018.

Firefighters overtaken by flames in California mountains

Helicopters rescued more people from wildfires Tuesday as flames chewed through bone-dry California after a scorching Labor Day weekend that saw a dramatic airlift of more than 200 people and ended with the state's largest utility cutting power to 172,000 customers to try to prevent more blazes.

Trump’s EPA dumps methane emissions rule for oil, gas fields

HARRISBURG, Pa. — President Donald Trump's administration is undoing Obama-era rules designed to limit potent greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania.

Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan aims to reframe debate

Joe Biden released a $2 trillion plan Tuesday aimed at combating climate change and spurring economic growth in part by overhauling America’s energy industry, with a proposal to achieve entirely carbon pollution-free power by 2035.

Ohio State University soil professor gets World Food Prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – A soil scientist whose research led to improved food production and a better understanding of how atmospheric carbon can be held in the soil to help combat climate change was named this year’s recipient of the World Food Prize on Thursday.

SFCC grad Kevin Robinson pursues degree after travel experience changes him

After traveling to the Balkans and witnessing a man dying on the sidewalk, Kevin Robinson shifted his focus to fighting global climate change, and his journey has only just begun after graduating from Spokane Falls Community College. Even before taking on the position as student body President, his peer said Robinson has been a leader on campus, spearheading the effort to establish the Environmental Club.

Sue Lani Madsen: Inslee should be more open about using pandemic to meet his climate change goals

Gov. Jay Inslee, the presidential candidate, talked of nothing but climate change. Inslee, the candidate for a third term as Washington’s governor, has of necessity been talking nothing but COVID-19 for the past two months. He tied the two together while a panelist at a virtual town hall live-streamed at berniesanders.com on May 13. The event was titled “Saving Our Planet from the Existential Threat of Climate Change,” and fellow panelist Varshini Prakash, executive director of the Sunrise Movement, had just discussed the Green New Deal. Inslee was up next.