Tag Archives: Environmental Health

Bureau of Land Management to Fund 11,000 Miles of Fuel Breaks

Strategic project in six states     PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometers) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort ...

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As Forests Burn, Drinking Water is at Risk

Post-fire runoff can introduce pollutants   Boats are pulled ashore as smoke and wildfires rage behind Lake Conjola, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Thousands of tourists fled Australia’s wildfire-ravaged ea

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Oregon Legislature Considers Sweeping Wildfire Plan

Expanding resources and thinning forests     Oregon lawmakers are looking at several bills that could change the way the state fights wildfires, and how it tries to prevent them. The Legislature convenes in Salem on Monday. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports ...

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Fires Set Stage for Irreversible Forest Losses in Australia

Government officials are drawing up plans to reseed burned areas     By MATTHEW BROWN and CHRISTINA LARSON Associated Press Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered ...

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Judge Threatens to Force PG&E to Hire More Tree Trimmers

PG&E asserted it’s unrealistic to ensure all trees are maintained     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threatened to force Pacific Gas & Electric to hire more tree trimmers to ...

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Australia Firefighters Save World’s Only Rare Dinosaur Trees

“These pines outlived the dinosaurs,”     By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said ...

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Australian Wildfire Smoke Stokes Health Fears

Hospital admissions have increased in the smoke-affected cities     By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Fire alarms have been sounding in high-rise buildings across downtown Sydney and Melbourne as dense smoke from distant wildfires confuse electronic ...

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Massachusetts Sets Record Number of Prescribed Burns

All burns were on lands open to the public     BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts wildlife officials have carried out a record number of controlled burns in the state this year. During 2019, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife ...

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Property Owners Resist Thinning Forests to Reduce California’s Wildfire Risk

Privacy valued over safety     By MATTHEW BROWN and CHRISTINA LARSON Associated Press SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (AP) — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush ...

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The Costs of Post-Disaster Cleanup

Cleanup after natural disasters overwhelms communities     (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Sybil Derrible, University of Illinois at Chicago; Juyeong Choi, Florida State University, and Nazli Yesiller, California ...

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