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The Very High Costs of Climate Risk

Published: 
Mon, 02/04/2019 - 4:59pm

Before the catastrophic Camp Fire destroyed Paradise, Calif., the Pacific Gas and Electric Company was worth more than $25 billion. Now its C.E.O. has stepped down and the company, which provides natural gas and electricity to 16 million people in California, has filed for bankruptcy as it confronts billions of dollars in potential liability claims following recent wildfires. It is perhaps not the first bankruptcy in which the changing climate played a role, but it is almost certainly the largest. And no doubt, it won’t be the last.

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Climate change will be deadlier, more destructive and costlier for California than previously believed, state warns

Published: 
Mon, 08/27/2018 - 11:45am

Heat waves will grow more severe and persistent, shortening the lives of thousands of Californians. Wildfires will burn more of the state’s forests. The ocean will rise higher and faster, exposing California to billions in damage along the coast.

These are some of the threats California will face from climate change in coming decades, according to a new statewide assessment released Monday by the California Natural Resources Agency.

The projections come as Californians contend with destructive wildfires, brutal heat spells and record ocean temperatures that scientists say have the fingerprints of global warming.

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As climate warms, fire-ravaged Sweden gets a taste of California

Published: 
Tue, 08/07/2018 - 4:42pm

A wildfire sparked, and then another, until more than 50 blazes were burning across the landscape.

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A forecast of record-breaking heat and dry wind sparks brush fire worries across the state

Published: 
Thu, 07/05/2018 - 1:17pm

Record-breaking heat and gusty winds expected by the weekend will prime California’s brush-covered hills and valleys for fast-moving wildfires even as crews currently battle two large blazes in the northern half of the state.

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For PG&E, cutting power could prevent fires and save lives — and costs

Published: 
Mon, 06/25/2018 - 6:10pm

Maggie Leavitt loves living in the mountainous backcountry of San Diego County. She could do, however, without the blackouts.