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Climate change and big tech are jeopardising the future of astronomy

Added: 24.10.2020 17:19 | 14 views | 0 comments

California's wildfires came worryingly close to burning down a treasured observatory. Sadly, fires aren't the only threat to astronomy, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

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California bracing for more wildfires

Added: 24.10.2020 6:19 | 27 views | 0 comments

Red flag warnings are in effect for much of Northern California through Tuesday.

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Colorado fires: 'It's devastating... watching my community burn'

Added: 24.10.2020 0:16 | 22 views | 0 comments

The Colorado wildfires have forced teacher CarrieAnn Fain to leave behind her dream home.

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www.theguardian.com: California wildfires: more storms feared as huge blazes burn on

Added: 23.10.2020 20:21 | 12 views | 0 comments

  • Donald Trump approves federal disaster declaration
  • Fire chief: ‘There’s potential for things to go crazy out there’

Firefighters in California prepared on Sunday for high winds and thunderstorms that threatened to spark new blazes and further spread existing fires, as officials warned capacity was stretched to levels “not seen in recent history”.
Progress was made against three massive and destructive wildfires during a calm stretch overnight on Saturday. However the The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a “red flag” warning through Monday afternoon for the drought-stricken area, meaning extreme fire conditions including high temperatures, low humidity and wind gusts up to 65mph could result in “dangerous and unpredictable fire behavior”.


Maanvi Singh and agencies contributed reporting

www.theguardian.com: ‘An impossible choice’: farmworkers pick a paycheck over health despite smoke-filled air

Added: 23.10.2020 20:21 | 14 views | 0 comments


Workers who pick our fruits and vegetables are out in the field through wildfire, pandemic, drought or storm, putting their health in jeopardy
The strawberries that Juan Reyes hand-picked had turned gray from the ash falling from the sky, yet nobody provided him and his fellow farmworkers with any protective face coverings until the next day.
As hundreds of fires burn across California, blanketing swaths of the state in smoke so thick that it muted the sun, low-wage farmworkers continued to toil in the fields, working through grueling conditions, now made even worse by the air quality.

Farm workers don't get to use Zoom to harvest our food. Ramiro sent us this photo from Salinas CA where he is currently harvesting lettuce during the wildfires, despite the air quality being "very unhealthy ."
This article was updated on 23 August 2020 to correct the number of frontline workers in California’s agriculture industry.

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www.theguardian.com: California wildfires: helicopter rescues firefighters as blaze advances – video

Added: 23.10.2020 20:21 | 11 views | 0 comments


Dramatic footage shows the moment a helicopter rescued two stranded firefighters from advancing wildfires in California. 'Had it not been for that helicopter, those firefighters would certainly have perished,' the Sonoma county sheriff, Mark Essick, said. Firefighters have been battling blazes that have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced tens of thousands to flee across the state since 15 August

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    www.theguardian.com: California wildfires: Trump declares major disaster as state braces for worsening conditions

    Added: 23.10.2020 20:21 | 12 views | 0 comments

    • Donald Trump unlocks federal aid with declaration
    • Forecasters issued a warning for Sunday morning through Monday night
    • Blazes have burned more than 900,000 acres over seven days

    Donald Trump has issued a major disaster declaration as deteriorating weather conditions threaten to spark new wildfires in California, where firefighters have been battling some of the largest wildfires on record for the past week.
    Trump’s declaration will release federal assistance for the state, with governor Gavin Newsom saying it will also help people in counties affected by the fires with crisis counselling, housing and other social services.

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    www.theguardian.com: The Californians with nowhere to go as wildfires rage – photo essay

    Added: 23.10.2020 20:21 | 24 views | 0 comments


    Tens of thousands have been forced to leave their homes to escape the flames. Photographer Rachel Bujalski meets evacuees
    At the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, Michelle and Carlos Jacinto sat in their car at the fairgrounds to eat lunch and take a break from their designated temporary evacuation center. They left their home in Forestville two nights ago, as .
    They packed up the car with their dogs, pictures and important papers. Michelle and Carlos had come to this evacuation center last year during the fires, but they said this time was different: they were required to wear masks and keep distant from other people in a gymnasium.

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