Forests

September 24, 2020 - 8:51 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to exempt the country’s largest national forest from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas, a move conservation groups denounced Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, under which the Forest Service falls,...
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The sun rises on the community of Blue River, Ore., early Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, two weeks after the devastating Holiday Farm Fire swept through the area east of Springfield, Ore. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
September 22, 2020 - 11:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lack of firefighting resources in the hours after it was sparked allowed a fast-moving wildfire to make an unprecedented run through Southern California mountains and eventually find fuel in old-growth trees to become one of Los Angeles County's largest fires ever, an official...
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In this photo provided by the United Nations, Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, speaks in a pre-recorded message played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. Headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (Rick Bajornas/UN via AP)
September 22, 2020 - 12:25 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defended his administration’s record protecting the Amazon rainforest, telling the United Nations’ virtual meeting of global leaders on Tuesday that his country has been wrongly portrayed as an environmental villain. Bolsonaro's critics were...
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A woman watches as the Bobcat Fire burns in Juniper Hill, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
September 21, 2020 - 11:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday and was one of more than two dozen major fires burning across California. Five of the largest wildfires in state history are currently...
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Patty Galbraith with her father-in-law James Galbraith Sr., evacuate their dogs as the family gets ready to leave their home near Longview Road as the Bobcat fire approaches in Juniper Hills, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Sarah Reingewirtz/The Orange County Register via AP)
September 18, 2020 - 10:00 pm
JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The death of a firefighter on the lines of a wildfire east of Los Angeles was under investigation Friday as another blaze to the north burned homes in a small community on the edge of the Mojave Desert. The death occurred Thursday in San Bernardino National Forest as...
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FILE -- In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo clouds of smoke are pictured over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Government stimulus programs to pull the world out of the coronavirus pandemic offer “a tremendous opportunity” to build a clean-energy economy, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday, calling on governments not to “invest in the past." Speaking video link from Los Angeles to the Austrian World Summit in Vienna, Schwarzenegger said that “forward-looking decisions” are needed now as trillions are being poured into rebuilding economies around the globe.A group of Greenpeace environment activists have climbed its 180-meter smokestack to spur participants in next week's global climate summit in Poland into taking decisions on limiting the use of coal.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)
September 17, 2020 - 8:55 am
VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on governments not to “throw away” economic stimulus funds by supporting fossil fuel industries that contribute to global warming. Speaking at a virtual conference on climate change, Guterres noted that countries have “a choice...
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President Donald Trump listens as California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a briefing at Sacramento McClellan Airport, in McClellan Park, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, on the western wildfires. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 14, 2020 - 11:21 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Deadly West Coast wildfires are dividing President Donald Trump and the states' Democratic leaders over how to prevent blazes from becoming more frequent and destructive, but scientists and others on the front lines say it's not as simple as blaming either climate change or the...
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he arrives at Sacramento McClellan Airport, in McClellan Park, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, for a briefing on wildfires. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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September 14, 2020 - 8:02 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the smell of California wildfires in the air, President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role in historic West Coast infernos and renewed his unfounded claim that failure to rake forest floors and clear...
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FILE - Smoke from wildfires fills the sky over Pasadena, Calif., in this view looking east down Colorado Boulevard in a Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 file photo. The fires consuming the forests of California and Oregon and darkening the skies over San Francisco and Portland are also damaging an economy already struggling with the coronavirus outbreak. In the communities where they are raging, wildfires are destroying property, running up huge losses for property insurers and putting a strain on economic activity that could linger for a year or more. (AP Photo/John Antczak, File)
September 14, 2020 - 4:24 pm
The fires consuming the forests of California and Oregon and darkening the skies over San Francisco and Portland are also damaging a regional economy already singed by the coronavirus outbreak. Wildfires are destroying property, running up huge losses for property insurers and putting a strain on...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2020, file photo, provided by the California National Guard, dozens of people are evacuated to safety on a Cal Guard Chinook, after the Creek Fire in central California left them stranded. A weekend wildfire east of Fresno exploded so fast that it trapped hundreds of holiday campers who were airlifted to safety in a dramatic rescue that strained the limits of two California National Guard helicopters. (California National Guard via AP, File)
September 10, 2020 - 9:53 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When it comes to California wildfires, it now takes days, not decades, to produce what had been seen as a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Last weekend, a fire burning in California’s Sierra National Forest exploded in size, trapping hundreds of Labor Day holiday campers who...
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