Entries by Fernando Casillas Bernal

Federal shutdown has halted training, other wildfire prep — and it could get worse

10 January 2019 Published by https://www.bnd.com/ USA – Washington – Training has been halted for thousands of western firefighters. The U.S. Forest Service can’t award contracts for needed equipment. In forests across the West, no federal employees are doing work to reduce dry “fuel” that feeds catastrophic blazes. These are some of the impacts of […]

The shape of a perfect storm: Saving lives by predicting firestorms

09 January 2019 Published by https://phys.org/ AUSTRALIA – Firestorms are a nightmare for emergency services and anyone in their path. They occur when a bushfire meets a ‘perfect storm’ of environmental conditions and creates a thunderstorm. Dr. Rachel Badlan and Associate Professor Jason Sharples are part of a team of experts from UNSW Canberra and […]

MDAs Urged to Form Fire Control Committees

09 January 2019 Published by https://allafrica.com/ GHANA – Baayiri — The Upper West Regional Command of the Ghana National Fire Service has called on the various municipal and district assemblies (MDAs) in the region to set up bushfire control sub-committees to regulate the burning of vegetation as mandated by the PNDC Law 229 of 1990. […]

Forest fire insurance costs soar

08 January 2019 Published by https://www.cnbc.com/ USA/GERMANY – MUNICH, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Forest fires caused by climate change are costing insurers more than ever, with the deadly fire that ravaged northern California the single most expensive natural disaster in 2018, Munich Re said in its catastrophe report on Tuesday. The California wildfire that devastated […]

Report: Human influence led to more extreme forest fires in B.C. in 2017

08 January 2019 Published by https://www.pulpandpapercanada.com/ CANADA – The federal government’s environmental arm has completed a study that indicates human influence on the climate played a major role in the extreme 2017 wildfire season in British Columbia. Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists recently published “Earth’s Future,” which indicates human activity substantially increased the risk […]

Restoration Work A Test for Carbon Farming

08 January 2019 Published by https://www.coastalreview.org/ CANADA – HYDE COUNTY – On a June day more than 10 years ago, a lightning strike ignited a fire on private land adjacent to Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Dried crisp by drainage and drought, the deep layer of peat under the farm fields soon began to burn, […]

Monarch butterfly numbers plummet 86 percent in California

07 January 2019 Published by https://www.independentmail.com/ USA – CAMARILLO, Calif. – The number of monarch butterflies turning up at California’s overwintering sites has dropped by about 86 percent compared with only a year ago, according to the Xerces Society, which organizes a yearly count of the iconic creatures. That’s bad news for a species whose numbers have […]