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Satellite view of California's wildfires and smoke. NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image on October 09, 2017. Photo: NASA

How Science Can Help Us Better Prepare for Wildfires: Insights from a NASA Scientist

, senior climate scientist

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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Climate Change Goes to Court

, president

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 >

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US Withdrawal from UNESCO Will Undermine Collaboration on Science and Culture

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

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 >

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After a major hurricane there is an urgent need to rebuild the infrastructure needed for clean water and sewers. The EPA has a critical role to play in that effort. Here flooding is shown in Carolina, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria. Photo: Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos/USDA (Flickr)

The EPA’s Crucial and Unsung Role in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

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 >

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