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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Greg Thielen: As the World Burns

At this very moment, as my pen inks this page, the entire Western United States is scorching. Death Valley recorded a high of 140 Fahrenheit.

July 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Luke Montrose: There may be dangerous components in wildfire smoke

As dozens of large fires burn, a lot of people are wondering what’s in the air they’re breathing.

July 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: The Fires This Time

A Climate View from California

July 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Living on a Sci-Fi Planet

Who could have imagined that humanity would inherit the kinds of apocalyptic powers previously left to the gods or that, when we finally noticed them, we would prove eerily unable to respond?

July 2, 2021 · 4 Comments

Daniel Johnson, Raquel Partelli Feltrin: Trees are dying of thirst in the Western drought – here’s what’s going on inside their veins

Like humans, trees need water to survive on hot, dry days, and they can survive for only short times under extreme heat and dry conditions.

June 30, 2021 · 5 Comments

Video: Ode to Desolation

Jim Henterly mans the historic fire tower on Desolation Peak, where he safeguards not only the surrounding national park lands, but the proud and passionate history of his profession.

June 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: Summer Lightning

In the morning while it’s still cool we hose down the yard, watch a red sun crest the ridge, haloed in wildfire smoke   that drifted 200 miles and stalled … Continue reading

September 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wenonah Hauter: Climate Change Unleashes “Fire and Fury” on the United States

At some point, our policymakers need to understand that these are not simply natural disasters. Their strength, severity and human toll are intensified by our addiction to fossil fuels. Weeks … Continue reading

September 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

Jessica Corbett: As Planet Rages With Fires and Storms, Ire Aimed at Murderous Climate Denialism

As Houston begins its long recovery from Hurricane Harvey, epic wildfires burn throughout the western U.S., and Irma charges toward Florida after devastating several Caribbean islands, while two other storms … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

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