Fires Set Stage for Irreversible Forest Losses in Australia

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more freque...
Photo of a helicopter and wildfires burning in Australia

Australia Sending Aid to Wildfire Towns as Death Toll Rises

PERTH, Australia — Australia deployed military ships and aircraft Wednesday to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that have left at least 17 people dead nationwide and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers fleeing to the shoreline. “I...
Photo of a helicopter dropping water on the Getty Fire

Anger Rises as PG&E Imposes More Blackouts

SANTA ROSA — Frustration and anger mounted across Northern California as Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. began another round of fire-prevention blackouts Tuesday that could leave millions of people without electricity, some for five days or longer. The shu...
Photo of PG&E employee replacing power poles damaged by a wildfire

Report: PG&E Ignored Repairs on Aging Power Lines

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric, which is blamed for some of California's deadliest recent fires, knew for years that dozens of its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat but avoided replacing or repairing them, it was reported Wednesday. ...