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How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet

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Mon, 11/19/2018 - 5:35pm

Thirty years ago, this magazine published “The End of Nature,” a long article about what we then called the greenhouse effect. I was in my twenties when I wrote it, and out on an intellectual limb: climate science was still young.

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‘Insane’ California Air Topped World Health Standard by 60 Times

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Tue, 11/20/2018 - 2:55pm

California’s air exceeded world health standards by 60 times last week, and conditions on Monday continued to top safe thresholds with the deadliest blaze ever in the state is about 65 percent contained.

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Twice? PG&E alerts state regulators of second power line failure near Camp Fire mystery ‘second start’

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Mon, 11/19/2018 - 3:26pm

A senior PG&E official alerted state regulators late Friday that one of the utility’s distribution lines suffered a power outage about 15 minutes after the deadly Camp Fire roared to life on the morning of Nov. 8.

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California fires bring upheaval to utilities as they face massive liabilities

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Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:54pm

The worst fires in recorded California history promise to reshape the state’s utilities as Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison face billions of dollars in potential liabilities and growing calls to overhaul their systems to better prevent wildfires.

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Northern California fire brings worst air quality in the world to residents hundreds of miles away

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Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:51pm

Smoke from the Camp fire — California’s deadliest wildfire in recorded history — has poured into communities hundreds of miles away, filling the sky with dangerous particles, grayish hues and a bitter odor. The smoke has also dropped temperatures as much as 10 degrees because the haze is blotting out the sun.