Friday, December 4, 2020

Tag: wildfires

Despite what the logging industry says, cutting down trees isn’t stopping...

Oregon’s timber industry has promoted the idea that private, logged lands are less prone to wildfires, but science doesn’t support that.

‘Sadistic and depraved’: Trump rejects California request for federal disaster aid...

“That a sitting president—of any party—would deny their own citizens help during their time of greatest need, amid literal hellfire raining down on American cities, is beyond shameful.”

Retirement fund for many California firefighters battling wildfires puts money in...

By continuing to hold fossil fuel investments, the logic goes, CalPERS may be taking some of that money and using it to add fuel to the wildfires of tomorrow.

The climate flames come for us all

This month’s western megafires have burned millions of acres and upended countless lives. It’s a sign of things to come if we don’t start to listen and act.

As the west goes up in flames, Trump couldn’t care less

Like the coronavirus, the dire consequences of climate change – coupled with Trump’s utter malfeasance – offer unambiguous proof that he couldn’t care less about the public good.

‘A human tragedy’: Wildfires reveal California’s reliance on incarcerated firefighters

Lay bare the state’s reliance on prison labor to control its ever-growing wildfire season with an exploitative system many have called slave labor.

Wildfires can reduce biodiversity—can biodiversity be used to reduce wildfires?

A biodiversity experiment in Australia showed animal species can help reduce flammable leaf litter by 24 percent.

Buried in mud: Wildfires threaten North American water supplies

Flash floods and water contamination after large-scale wildfires are emerging as real hazards in Australia and many other places, threatening drinking water, ecosystems, infrastructures and recreational activities.

Australia wildfire coverage is long on koalas, short on causes

Though coverage of the Australian fires was slow to take off, it’s begun to capture more international attention, while highlighting the effects of climate change.

We need publicly owned utilities

California’s wildfires and blackouts show the dangers of entrusting our power to for-profit corporations.

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Trump backs Senate GOP’s pay freeze for federal workers while giving the rich a...

“In the context of budgetary constraints and the recent, pandemic-related impacts on non-Federal labor markets, the Administration supports the policy in the bill to maintain for 2021 the current level of Federal civilian employee pay.”

‘Bye-bye, Betsy DeVos. You won’t be missed,’ says Sanders as billionaire education secretary attacks...

“What do you call a billionaire who registered a $40 million, 164-foot yacht in the Cayman Islands to avoid $2.4 million in U.S. taxes, while undermining public schools? The worst Education Secretary in the history of America.”

Former police officers sentenced to prison for framing innocent man

“These officers shattered the victims’ lives and dishonored the Honolulu Police Department. This community deserved so much better from these officers.”

Critics smell ‘economic sabotage’ as McConnell unveils COVID plan with $0 for unemployment boost,...

"As the Covid crisis only grows more deadly, this disgraceful proposal puts the lives of everyday Americans at even greater risk."

Eisenhower’s ghost haunts Biden’s foreign policy team

The most serious challenge facing President-elect Biden's foreign policy team, which is not a threat from a hostile country, but the corruption of U.S. policy by powerful corporate interests, is the "unwarranted influence" of the Military-Industrial Complex.