"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blamed “environmental radicals” for the California wildfires that have killed at least 77 people, saying they stop forest management practices that could have prevented the fires."
"A decade ago, the U.S. mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels, leading to industrial-scale deforestation — and a huge spike in carbon emissions."
"Amid scrutiny stemming from fresh revelations of rampant discrimination, bullying, retaliation and sexual misconduct at the U.S. Forest Service, the agency’s new chief pledged Thursday that she will “do everything in my power to put us on a path to no harassment.”"
"When people think of potential solutions to global warming, they tend to visualize technologies like solar panels or electric cars. A new study published on Wednesday, however, found that better management of forests, grasslands and soils in the United States could offset as much as 21 percent of the country’s annual greenhouse gas emissions."
"Eight more bodies were recovered from the ashes of the catastrophic Camp Fire on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 56 — nearly twice as deadly as the next worst wildfire in California history."
"The Camp Fire has claimed 48 lives and 8,800 structures in Northern California, officials said Tuesday."
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"The death toll from wildfires ravaging both ends of California has risen to at least 31 after the remains of several more people were found Sunday."
"PARADISE, Calif. — Tens of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes Thursday as a destructive wildfire continued to grow in Butte County, prompting more evacuations orders throughout the day. The fire, called the Camp Fire, has destroyed several hundred structures -- including homes and businesses -- in Paradise, is threatening 15,000 other structures and has injured multiple people."
"The Trump administration endorsed burning trees and other biomass to produce energy on Thursday, vowing to promote a practice some scientists have declared more environmentally devastating than coal-fired power."