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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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