I’m a woman who fought wildfires for 7 years. Climate change is absolutely making them worse. Warmer climate is creating the perfect conditions for long wildfire seasons in the U.S. West.


I’m a woman who fought wildfires for 7 years. Climate change is absolutely making them worse. Warmer climate is creating the perfect conditions for long wildfire seasons in the U.S. West.
  1. I’m a woman who fought wildfires for 7 years. Climate change is absolutely making them worse. Warmer climate is creating the perfect conditions for long wildfire seasons in the U.S. West.
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    By Anastasia Selby  14 September 2017(Vox) – The mundane days all run together. But those days when I was genuinely unsure if I would make it to the end of my shift intact are the ones that stand out.I remember fighting a fire on the Angeles National Forest in 2002. Our crew flew onto a ridge in a helicopter. The rotor wash, or wind created by the helicopter blades, flung orange embers into the unburned vegetation — the “green.” Immediately, it started burning.We jumped out of the heli…
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By Anastasia Selby  14 September 2017

(Vox) – The mundane days all run together. But those days when I was genuinely unsure if I would make it to the end of my shift intact are the ones that stand out.

I remember fighting a fire on the Angeles National Forest in 2002. Our crew flew onto a ridge in a helicopter. The rotor wash, or wind created by the helicopter blades, flung orange embers into the unburned vegetation — the “green.” Immediately, it started burning.

We jumped out of the helicopter, ran underneath the fire and started digging. The goal was to quickly create a line free of any vegetation that could burn, called a fireline, which we used to stop fires from growing. Digging fireline is grueling; I often lost myself in the sound of chainsaws and rhythm of my tool hitting the dirt and ignored my physical pain.

Some of us had to run deep into the green and find embers or put out new small fires before they began burning out of control. There were full minutes when I thought, this may be it. We may not make it.

I worked as a woman wildland firefighter for seven years in the 2000s. And so I’ve been watching the smoky footage on my computer of the fires burning across the West this last month with great unease. Take the La Tuna Fire, which ignited on September 1. It was one of the largest fires Los Angeles has ever seen and burned more than 7,000 acres before it was contained. And it’s the kind of fire…

The full moon rises over flames of the Alamo fire on a hilltop off Highway 166 east of Santa Maria, California, U.S., 7 July 2017. Photo: Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Dept / REUTERS
  1. Why the last snow on Earth may be red – ”Snow-dwelling microbes increase glacier melt directly in a bio-geophysical feed

    Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    10.07 / 19:47 desdemonadespair.net
    By Alan Burdick21 September 2017(The New Yorker) – Every spring, in alpine regions around the world, one of Earth’s tiniest migrations takes place. The migrants are single-celled green algae; they are kin to seaweed, but instead of living in the sea they live in snow. (Snow weed, maybe?) They spend the winter deep in the snowpack, atop last summer’s snow, as dormant cysts. In the spring, they wake and swim up through the trickle of snowmelt to the surface, dividing and photosynthesizing as …
  2. Trump administration ordered to enforce methane restrictions launched under President Obama

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    10.07 / 19:47 desdemonadespair.net
    By Evan Halper6 October 2017(The Los Angeles Times) – The Trump administration is not giving up on its effort to block Obama-era restrictions on the release of potent methane emissions at oil and gas drilling operations on public land, even after a federal judge ruled its suspension of the restrictions was illegal.The court ruling came Wednesday at the behest of California and other states, which charged the administration is required by law to enforce the new rules intended to cut the r…
  3. New climate risk classification created to account for potential “existential” threats – Researchers identify a one-in-2

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    10.07 / 19:47 desdemonadespair.net
    14 September 2017 (Scripps) – A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories “catastrophic” and “unknown” to characterize the range of threats posed by rapid global warming. Researchers propose that unknown risks imply existential threats to the survival of humanity.These categories describe two low-probability but statistically significant scenarios that could play out by century’s end, in a new study by Veerabhadran Ramanathan…
  4. I’m a woman who fought wildfires for 7 years. Climate change is absolutely making them worse. Warmer climate is creating

    Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    10.07 / 19:47 desdemonadespair.net
    By Anastasia Selby  14 September 2017(Vox) – The mundane days all run together. But those days when I was genuinely unsure if I would make it to the end of my shift intact are the ones that stand out.I remember fighting a fire on the Angeles National Forest in 2002. Our crew flew onto a ridge in a helicopter. The rotor wash, or wind created by the helicopter blades, flung orange embers into the unburned vegetation — the “green.” Immediately, it started burning.We jumped out of the heli…
  5. Health advocates threaten lawsuit against firm importing asbestos to U.S. [The Pump Handle]

    Scienceblogs.com - Environment
    10.07 / 19:31 scienceblogs.com
    OxyChem imports about 300,000 pounds of asbestos annually. Health groups allege the company failed to report to EPA their significant use of…
  6. Live Updates: Follow PETA’s On-Site Work Saving Terrified Animals in Puerto Rico

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    10.07 / 19:11 peta.org
    Just weeks after Hurricane Irma crippled islands throughout the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico—and PETA is on the ground, helping to save animals. The post Live Updates: Follow PETA’s On-Site Work Saving Terrified Animals in Puerto Rico appeared first on PET…
  7. Brazil government reduces forest protections in Pará, rewards squatters for illegal occupation

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    10.07 / 17:19 desdemonadespair.net
    By Cleide Carvalho25 September 2017 SÃO PAULO (O Globo) – [Translation by Google] The government bill that reduces the National Forest (Flona) of Jamanxim, in Pará, should benefit grileiros who deforested and occupied at least 44 thousand hectares of land that should be protected. The area - larger than the city of Curitiba and home to 1.8 million people - was cleared over a period of eight years between 2008 and 2016. The project is designed to regularize the situation of former squatters …
  8. A year after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti’s children still incredibly vulnerable to disasters – UNICEF

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    10.07 / 17:19 desdemonadespair.net
    5 October 2017 (United Nations) – One year has passed since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southwest Haiti – leaving terrible destruction in its wake – but children and adolescents on the island still remain highly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and extreme weather events, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.“Hundreds of thousands of children had their lives turned upside down by Hurricane Matthew,” said Marc Vincent, the head of the UNICEF country off…
  9. Weather extremes, fossil fuel pollution cost US $240 billion – “The evidence is undeniable: the more fossil fuels we bur

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    10.07 / 16:46 desdemonadespair.net
    By Alister Doyle27 September 2017OSLO (Reuters) – Weather extremes and air pollution from burning fossil fuels cost the United States $240 billion a year in the past decade, according to a report [pdf] on Wednesday that urged President Donald Trump to do more to combat climate change.This year is likely to be the most expensive on record with an estimated $300 billion in losses from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and a spate of wildfires in western states in the past two months, it s…
  10. As oceans warm, whales face new dangers – “We haven’t seen this level of mortality in right whales since we stopped whal

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    10.07 / 16:46 desdemonadespair.net
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  11. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center Community Programs

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    10.07 / 12:39 bctv.org
    Please click to enlarge the image below to see the Nolde Forest EEC November & December Community Programs attached.  Program fliers available at the …
  12. Advocates to EPA: Do Your Job or We'll Sue

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    10.07 / 12:39 bctv.org
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A coalition of environmental and health groups has put the Environmental Protection Agency on notice that it needs to implement more protective clean air standards…
  13. VIDEO: An encounter with Norwegian wolves

    Speisa.com - Environment
    10.07 / 05:16 speisa.com
    In this video, the BBC has traveled to Norway to meet a pack of…
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    Scienceblogs.com - Environment
    10.07 / 05:15 scienceblogs.com
    And now for something completely different: a man with a stoat through his head. Nonono, not that. Instead, a thing from the garden: It is, or so I understand, a truffle. Or rather two. I found them while mowing the front lawn on Sunday. This was somewhat unexpected. And indeed, I might not even…
  15. Texas Tech Event to Tackle the Ethics of Using Animals

    Peta.org - Environment
    10.07 / 05:06 peta.org
    As part of a national speaking tour that has already landed at Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell universities, Hanh Nguyen of peta2, PETA’s youth division, will present a lecture at ... The post Texas Tech Event to Tackle the Ethics of Using Animals appeared first on…
  16. UNT Event to Tackle the Ethics of Using Animals

    Peta.org - Environment
    10.07 / 05:06 peta.org
    As part of a national speaking tour that has already landed at Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell universities, Hanh Nguyen of peta2, PETA’s youth division, will present a lecture at ... The post UNT Event to Tackle the Ethics of Using Animals appeared first on…
  17. Urgent! Cruel and Criminal to Willfully Abandon Animals During Tropical Storm

    Peta.org - Environment
    10.07 / 05:06 peta.org
    With Tropical Storm Nate expected to make landfall late Saturday night into Sunday morning as a hurricane, animals will die badly if abandoned during any evacuations that may occur. ... The post Urgent! Cruel and Criminal to Willfully Abandon Animals During Tropical Storm appeared first on…
  18. Dade City’s Wild Things Faces Lawsuit Over Fraudulent Fundraising

    Peta.org - Environment
    10.07 / 05:06 peta.org
    Following a yearlong investigation sparked by a PETA complaint, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services filed a lawsuit on October 2 against Dade City’s Wild Things (DCWT)—a ... The post Dade City’s Wild Things Faces Lawsuit Over Fraudulent Fundraising appeared first on P…
  19. Dade City’s Wild Things Faces Lawsuit Over Fraudulent Fundraising

    Peta.org - Environment
    10.07 / 05:06 peta.org
    After a PETA complaint, state authorities have filed suit to shut down the roadside zoo's fundraising efforts. The post Dade City’s Wild Things Faces Lawsuit Over Fraudulent Fundraising appeared first on…
  20. 4 Ways Companies Are Helping the Environment

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    10.07 / 05:06 greenlivingguy.com
    Many of the world’s top organizations are investing billions of dollars into environmentally sound processes and procedures. The consumer climate has changed, and customers are switching to green products. Buyers are paying closer attention to what they purchase and how… Read More 4 Ways Companies Are Helping…