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    Greece’s police and fire service have launched an investigation after at least 15 fires broke out in just 48 hours in the Evros border area with Turkey. The investigation comes as a massive fire raged in the Evros region on Wednesday. At least 100 firefighters, two aeroplanes, and two helicopters were sent to Melia, in...
    When the smoke from the fires on the West Coast started showing up 2,900 miles away outside my window in New York City, that was the moment I realized we are living in an actual dystopia. I’m 42. I have lived through some shit, but nothing like this. Every single element of a dystopia is...
    Steven C. Beda September 20, 2020 2:26AM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. What is driving the wildfires that are ravaging California, Oregon and Washington? President Trump and state officials have offered sharply different views. Trump asserts that Western states haven't done enough logging and brush clearance, allowing fuels to build...
    Texas in April 2020 This is the 649th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the Sept. 12 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Ernest T. Bass writes—Lies about Plastics: “[D]id you...
    Maria Taylor said she made a “clear mistake” on her All-NBA ballot, but that hasn’t stopped critics from coming at her on social media once again. The ESPN “NBA Countdown” host left Lakers star Anthony Davis off her All-NBA ballot, but did so inadvertently, she indicated Saturday on Twitter after the media votes were made...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) — It’s not just the nearly 7,900 wildfires that have consumed more than 3.4 million acres and claimed 26 lives in California that have Arthur Gies looking online for apartments in New York. “It’s not necessarily this year of wildfires so much as the dam breaking on the realization that this is...
    Tired of hurricane and tornado warnings? Had enough pictures of skies on fire? Snuggle up, folks: Our local weather expert has the perfect forecast for you. Know that nice weather we’ve been having? It’s going to continue, meteorologist Joe Cioffi said. “What a beautiful day it is outside,” Cioffi said Saturday. “As an added bonus,...
    (CNN)It's not just the nearly 7,900 wildfires that have consumed more than 3.4 million acres and claimed 26 lives in California that have Arthur Gies looking online for apartments in New York."It's not necessarily this year of wildfires so much as the dam breaking on the realization that this is not just the new normal...
    (CNN)Firefighters are, obviously, known for fighting fires. But one is taking his job a step further -- by fighting conspiracy theories, too.This week, Michael Clark, a firefighter based in Hawaii, made a TikTok video debunking popular myths and misinformation about the wildfires spreading on the West Coast. The video is a duet, with another TikTok-er's...
    Donald Trump this week retweeted a satirical video promoting the hoax claim that 'antifa arsonists' were responsible for wildfires on the West Coast. The latest right-wing “antifa” hoax—namely, the claim that leftist arsonists have been secretly behind the wildfires that have swept the West Coast this month—is now being broadcast to millions of people. It...
    BERRY CREEK (CBS SF) — Dramatic drone images of the path of total destruction left behind by a wall of flames from the North Complex West fire that roared through several Butte County mountain communities including Berry Creek have been posted on the web. The Butte County Sheriff’s Department has enlisted the help of the...
    For weeks, millions of Californians were smothered by smoke from a record explosion of wildfires burning through grass, shrubs, conifer forests, houses and mobile home parks. Eyes watered. Lungs burned. Skies glowed orange. People suffered sore throats, headaches and chest pains. Many cloistered themselves indoors as pollution spiked to “hazardous” levels, or worse, on the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- While wildfires continue to rage in Southern California, communities outside the immediate burn areas will see modest improvements in air quality on Saturday.The South Coast Air Quality Management District still has air quality advisories in place for the Bobcat, El Dorado and Snow fires on Saturday. Those fires are burning primarily...
    Sao Paulo, Sep 18 . .- Columns of smoke from fires that are advancing uncontrollably in the Pantanal, the largest wetland on the planet that Brazil shares with Bolivia and Paraguay, arrived this Friday in the city of Sao Paulo. The sky over the most populous Brazilian metropolis was cloudy and...
    A California firefighter died this week while battling a wildfire officials said was sparked by a device used at a gender reveal party. “USDA Forest Service officials on the San Bernardino National Forest have confirmed the death of a firefighter on the El Dorado Fire. The incident took place on Thursday, September 17, 2020,” officials said...
    Three people were arrested in Oregon after allegedly setting up an illegal roadblock outside a wildfire evacuation zone. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office confirmed Joshua Smith, Travis Lucky, and Michael Meier are being cited for disorderly conduct for the incident, according to CNN. "The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will not tolerate this type of illegal...
    The region’s break from smoky weather proved to be a brief one, and Bay Area residents must return to using caution in dirty air again this weekend, officials said Friday. The area’s 31st Spare the Air alert this year was announced Friday, and it is in effect for Saturday. The alert by the Bay Area...
    BRASÍLIA – President Jair Bolsonaro said late on Wednesday Brazil was being “disproportionately” criticized for fires in the Amazon rainforest and Pantanal wetlands, at a time when many places around the world were seeing a surge in blazes. The number of fires in the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, likely hit a 10-year high in...
    New York (CNN Business)Joe Rogan, reportedly the highest paid podcast host in the world, has apologized for spreading misinformation to his millions of listeners about the West Coast fires during a recent episode. "I need to make an apology and a retraction," Rogan said in a video posted on his Instagram on Friday. "I said...
    Podcast host Joe Rogan issued an apology on Friday afternoon, after he spread a debunked report about forest fires being started in Oregon by “left-wing people.” The host of The Joe Rogan Experience made his initial comments about the false conspiracy theory, which gained traction on social media, Thursday — claiming that in Oregon “they’ve arrested...
    BRASÍLIA – President Jair Bolsonaro said late on Wednesday Brazil was being “disproportionately” criticized for fires in the Amazon rainforest and Pantanal wetlands, at a time when many places around the world were seeing a surge in blazes. The number of fires in the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, likely hit a 10-year high in...
    Nikole Hannah-Jones, the founder of the New York Times’ 1619 Project, responded to President Donald Trump’s criticism of her work by accusing him of “trying to stoke racial division.” In response to Trump’s criticism and his announcement of a new ‘1776 commission’, Hannah-Jones said on CNN Friday, “The 1619 Project is really about giving us the...
    Wildfires in the Western states of California, Oregon and Washington continued to burn Friday, with millions of acres already scorched. But some relief appeared to be on the way. In Oregon, a top fire protection official said several of the fires had been “taken off the map,” meaning they could be downgraded. According to OPB...
    By KATHERYN HOUGHTON, Kaiser Health News SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (AP) — When researchers arrived in this town tucked in the Northern Rockies three years ago, they could still smell the smoke a day after it cleared from devastating wildfires. Their plan was to chart how long it took for people to recover from living for...
    A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Maps of recent wildfires in the Pacific Northwest show the fires...
            by James Anderson and Matthew Brown  Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old...
    Getty Joe Rogan enters the Cctagon during UFC 225. Podcaster, comedian and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan has issued an apology after making a comment about “left-wing people” purposely setting fires in Portland, Oregon. The popular podcaster spoke with writer and political commentator Douglas Murray during episode No. 1538 of the Joe Rogan...
    (CNN)Three people in Multnomah County, Oregon, are accused of setting up an illegal roadblock north of the Riverside Fire evacuation zone this week.The Sheriff's Office says Joshua Smith, Travis Lucky and Michael Meier are being cited for disorderly conduct after allegedly blocking an intersection east of Corbett. It is unclear why the three men set...
    Red fire retardant blankets burned residences and vehicles in the aftermath of the Almeda fire in Talent, Oregon, U.S., September 14, 2020.Adrees Latif | Reuters The U.S. is about halfway through the 2020 wildfire season, but historic blazes in California, Oregon and Washington have already decimated millions of acres, destroyed entire communities and caused what...
    By ANEURIN CANHAM-CLYNE of Capital News Service The high-altitude smoke that hung over much of the East Coast this week dissipated with Thursday’s arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Sally and a cold front, but the fires in California and other western states are still burning and the smoke may come back. According to National...
    As wildfires rip through the Pacific states, environmentalists and liberal politicians are blaming man-caused global warming. But the particular severity of this year’s fires may be traced to a different cause: arson. There’s evidence of criminal human activity causing forest fires. Over a dozen people have been charged recently with setting western wildfires. Domingo Lopez Jr. may be...
    Medical experts worry that the raging wildfires in California and other western states could worsen the coronavirus pandemic, The Hill reported on Friday. Wildfire smoke, which can weaken the immune system and cause respiratory illnesses, has made air quality in parts of the country the worst in the world. Exposure to pollution can cause coughing,...
    x Vimeo Video I thought that President Trump might lay off the climate denial on his recent trip to California while fires across the West were still burning and bodies were still being recovered. I thought wrong. When Trump was being politely pushed to acknowledge that climate change is part of the...
    Shannon Osaka September 18, 2020 11:34AM (UTC) This post originally appeared on Grist. Grist is a nonprofit news agency working toward a planet that doesn't burn and a future that doesn't suck. Sign up to receive Grist's top stories in your inbox. 2020 has been such a bizarre year, it's given rise to...
    (CNN)With rain finally arriving in parts of the West Coast, fire officials hope the forecast will help them gain ground on the deadly wildfires that forced thousands to evacuate this week.Much of the rain will drop over the west slopes of the Cascade Mountains, exactly where Oregon Department of Forestry fire chief Doug Grafe would...
    KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — Police on the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday resumed relocating migrants rendered homeless when fires ravaged the country's largest refugee camp amid a local COVID-19 outbreak. Of the 5,000 people moved to a new army-built camp on the island, 135 so far have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials...
    KARA TEPE – Police on the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday resumed relocating migrants rendered homeless when fires ravaged the country's largest refugee camp amid a local COVID-19 outbreak. Of the 5,000 people moved to a new army-built camp on the island, 135 so far have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said. More...
    By Brad Brooks MOLALLA, Sept. 17 (.) – With their resources strained, thousands of exhausted firefighters battled by air and ground on Thursday to slow the advance of the deadly wildfires sweeping the western United States, where a senator said parts Oregon seem bombed. Dozens of fires have burned about 1.3...
    Cincinnati Bengals rookie Joe Burrow connected with C.J. Uzomah in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night for his first career touchdown pass. The quarterback, in his second career NFL start, found Uzomah for the 23-yard score and kept the game close in the quarter against the Browns in Cleveland. LIONS' MATTHEW...
    Ongoing forest fires in California are mostly a function of poor forest management, particularly insufficient controlled burns to clear away accumulated fuelwood, explained Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and author of False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet, offering his remarks on...
    The West is ablaze, and it’s sparking a political debate over whether poor forest management or warming temperatures is what’s making the fires so devastating. The reality, however, is that both are contributing to the massive blazes in the West. “It’s not all climate change. It’s not all forest maintenance,” said Eric Sprague, vice president...
    Yosemite National Park is closing at least through the weekend because of the hazardous air quality caused by wildfires that continue to rage along the West Coast. In a statement, officials announced the California park was closed to all visitors and vehicles as of 5 p.m. Thursday, and would likely remain closed through the weekend...
    At a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining on Wednesday on the destructive wildfires in the western United States and what can be done to mitigate future destruction, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said, despite claims on the left, that poor forest management, not climate change, is to blame. After...
    Texas deputies reportedly got gift cards for using force New York is set to become the latest city to let restaurants add a COVID-19 fee to your bill Justin Thomas fires 65 at receptive Winged Foot to lead U.S. Open © Provided by Golf Channel MAMARONECK, N.Y. – This wasn't the kind of fun...
    By SARA CLINE, Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters have made “significant progress” in containing the wildfires in Oregon, but officials warned Thursday the next 24 hours of weather could play a critical part in suppressing or spreading flames. Storms Thursday evening will bring much needed moisture in Oregon, but the rain...
    Podcast host Joe Rogan pushed a debunked claim that “left-wing” activists were lighting forests ablaze in Oregon on his show Thursday — giving credence to a conspiracy theory that has spread virally on social media. “I actually love Portland,” Rogan began, before alluding to the months of unrest and protest against racial injustice that followed the...
    The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 2:50 p.m. PORTLAND, Ore. — The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch Thursday for areas in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon, including parts of counties that were just devastated by major wildfires. Clackamas County, south of Portland, and Jackson...
    By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As wildfires raged through Oregon, staff at fish hatcheries around the state raced to try to save – or prematurely release – millions of chinook salmon, steelhead and trout being raised in captivity to preserve fragile fish species, state officials said Thursday. About 450,000 fish perished...
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KABC) -- With fires scorching the West Coast, air quality has been a concern.The Bobcat Fire burning above Sierra Madre blew smoke across Los Angeles County, forcing residents indoors. And with other wildfires across the West Coast smoke is reaching as far as New York, according to the National Weather Service."We have...