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Extreme rainfall events have severely damaged the adobe church at Tumacácori National Historic Park in Arizona. Photo: NPS

How Will the National Park Service Protect America’s Heritage from Climate Change?

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

The National Park Service has released an ambitious new strategy to manage the nation’s cultural resources in a rapidly changing climate. Read more >

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Photo: US Department of Agriculture/CC BY (Flickr)

Wildfires and Climate Change: Current Policies Fail to Limit Wildfire Risks

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Worsening wildfire seasons are outstripping the capacity of federal agencies to respond. Read more >

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The Sherpa Fire burns near Exxon Mobil's Las Flores oil refining facility on June 17, 2016. Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via EPA

As 2016 Wildfire Season Heats Up, Western States Wonder Who’ll Provide Relief: La Niña or Congress?

, senior climate scientist

Over the past few decades, climate change has driven an inexorable trend of higher summer temperatures across the West—a trend that is expected to continue for years to come. This year, some states may see relief if the El Niño pattern shifts rapidly to La Niña—and if Congress passes legislation that provides sufficient resources to manage wildfire risk effectively. Read more >

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I’ve Seen Fire and I’ve Seen Rain: Floods, Wildfires, and Another Monthly Global Warming Record

, climate scientist

April was another whopper of a record-breaker: It was 1.11ºC (just about 2ºF) above the average April temperature for 1951-1980. This new record is 0.24ºC (0.43ºF) higher than the previous April one, set in 2010. Read more >

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New Forest Service Report Tallies the Steeply Rising Costs of Fighting Wildfires

, lead economist and climate policy manager

We’re in peak fire season and, sadly, early predictions for a high-risk season are coming true. The National Interagency Fire Center’s predictions for August show continuing above normal fire risks for the western U.S. and Alaska. Today the Forest Service released a new report showing that firefighting costs now consume over 50 percent of their annual budget, and could get up to two thirds of their budget by 2025, up from 16 percent a decade ago. The good news is that there are multiple bipartisan efforts underway in Congress to deliver a fix for the budget woes outlined in the report. Now we just need to see strong legislation enacted. Read more >

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