In the midst of the catastrophic wildfires of Northern California that have claimed 41 lives and either destroyed or damaged more than 5,700 buildings, I wanted to know where the cutting edge of science on this issue is today. What made the California wildfires so strong and unusually destructive? Regardless of what started the fires, what conditions allowed the fires to spread so quickly? Did climate change have anything to do with it? What are scientists currently working on that can help communities better prepare for wildfires?
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October 17, 2017 9:11 AM EDT
In the United States today, the federal government has abdicated leadership on the central challenge of our time—global climate change. Congress has failed to enact a national climate change policy, and seems more divided on the issue than ever. Given this dereliction of duty, will courts now step in to fill this void? Five recently filed suits—and some new work by climate scientists—suggest the answer could be yes. Read more >
October 13, 2017 3:24 PM EDT
The Trump Administration’s war on science has intensified with the announcement that the US is withdrawing from UNESCO, the international organization that works to promote peace & security through international cooperation on education, science and cultural programs. Read more >
October 11, 2017 12:09 PM EDT
Rarely in the news—and yet critical to response and recovery efforts after the recent major hurricanes—is the work of the Environmental Protection Agency. Read more >