Tuesday: The state’s unemployment system has been overwhelmed. Officials are trying to fix it. Also: A wildfire update.
The engineering and land management that enabled the state’s tremendous growth have left it more vulnerable to climate shocks — and those shocks are getting worse.
The wildfires raging on the West Coast are an all but inescapable crisis around the country, with at least 27 people dead in three states, and smoke haze reaching as far as New York City.
Tuesday: Although the governor and the president were polite, they disagreed about the reality of climate change.
Firefighters were facing unpredictable wind gusts and drier weather on Monday, conditions that threaten to give new strength to raging wildfires.
From his ranch, the former California governor is experiencing the same smoky air wafting through much of the state. “We are causing this,” he declared in an interview.
Prisoners are more vulnerable than ever to the twin crises of the pandemic and a historic wildfire season.
A president who has mocked climate change and pushed policies that accelerate it is set to be briefed on the scorched earth and ash-filled skies that experts say are the predictable result.
In Oregon, where more than 1 million acres have burned, fires have destroyed entire towns and forced 40,000 residents to evacuate.
The mayor of Portland declared a state of emergency as fires burned toward the city. California and Washington State are battling growing fires, too.
With at least 15 dead, hundreds of thousands were under evacuation orders as fires ravaged the West Coast.
If climate change was a somewhat abstract notion a decade ago, today it is all too real for Californians fleeing wildfires and smothered in a blanket of smoke, the worst year of fires on record.