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California wildfires: Trump visits state's deadliest blaze

California wildfires: Trump visits state's deadliest blaze

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has visited California to survey the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history.The Camp Fire, in northern California, has killed at least 76 people.More than 1,200 people have been reported missing, although officials say that figure could fluctuate.In the destroyed town of Paradise, Mr Trump described the scene as "sad" and reiterated his disputed claim that poor forest management was to blame."We do have to do management maintenance and we'll be working also with environmental groups. I think everyone's seen the light," he said."I don't think we'll have this again to this extent," he added.Experts have pointed to the weather, climate change and popula...
Climate change: Worries over CO2 emissions from intensifying wildfires

Climate change: Worries over CO2 emissions from intensifying wildfires

Science
Rising numbers of extreme wildfires could result in a significant increase in CO₂ emissions, scientists warn.That could mean attaining the Paris climate agreement's goal of keeping global temperature rise well below 2C could become harder, they say. Present emission-cut pledges by countries are projected to increase the average global temperature rise by more than 3C by the end of the century.That would lead to dangerous climate change impacts, experts say.These include sea level rise, drought, wildfires, among other extreme events."We can't neglect the emissions from wildfires," says Ramon Vallejo, a scientist specialising on fire ecology with the University of Barcelona. "Particularly now that we are seeing intense wildfires all around the world....
California wildfires: The best smoke masks that protect against poor air quality

California wildfires: The best smoke masks that protect against poor air quality

Health
This is a Kaiser Health News story. Toby Lewsadder stepped outside an Ace Hardware store wearing a simple one-strap dust mask. He knew it wasn’t the right defense against the wildfire smoke lingering in the air, but it was all he could find. The local hardware stores he checked Tuesday didn’t have the more substantial respirator mask that public health officials recommend to defend against the harmful wildfire smoke that is blanketing communities across the state. One pharmacy he contacted was selling surgical masks for only a quarter. “No one has them,” said Lewsadder, 41, who was visiting the state capital from Los Angeles for an IT conference. So, for now, the dust mask would have to do: “Something is better than nothing,” he said. Unfortunately, ...
California wildfires: Death toll reaches grim milestone

California wildfires: Death toll reaches grim milestone

World
The death toll in wildfires sweeping California has risen to 31, with more than 200 people still unaccounted for, officials have said.Six more people were confirmed killed in the Camp Fire in the north of the state, taking the toll there to 29.That fire now equals the deadliest on record in California - the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles.In the south, the Woolsey Fire has claimed two lives as it damaged beach resorts including Malibu.An estimated 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.With strengthening winds threatening to spread the flames, California Governor Jerry Brown has urged President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster, a move that would harness more...
Wildfires create worst air quality in San Francisco Bay Area

Wildfires create worst air quality in San Francisco Bay Area

Technology
The region has endured days of choking smoke since the fires began Sunday night and claimed at least 31 lives and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. The smoke cast a dull haze over San Francisco's scenic skyline, and poor visibility has led to numerous flight delays and cancellations at the city's airport. Air quality in most of the region Thursday and Friday was as bad as smog-choked Beijing, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. "We have unprecedented levels of smoke and particles in the air that we normally don't see," said Ralph Borrmann, a spokesman for the district. He called it the worst air quality ever recorded in many parts of the Bay Area. Since Wednesday, about 15 percent of flights in and out of San Francisco International Airport experienced de...