FROM Daniel Berlant
California's Wildfires: Reckoning and Recovery There are several human casualties so far, but major fires are still burning in Northern California, and there could be more. The Valley Fire has scorched much of Lake County and parts of Sonoma County, both North of Napa. The Butte Fire has charred Amador and Calavares Counties. Even as fires are still burning, negotiations with insurance companies are already under way. Some homeowners prepared for potential disaster by buying insurance — but others did not, and the details of insurance policies aren't always easy to understand. We update the personal cost of damage that's displaced some 20,000 people.
Drought Creating a Tinder Box in California's Forests Firefighters have already responded to 2800 wildfires since January…that's 1000 more than occur in the first six months of an average year. We hear more about firefighters' unprecedented challenge this time around -- the need to conserve water.
A Dry Winter May Mean a Bad Wildfire Season It's hot and dry in much of Southern California, and officials say it's likely to stay that way. That means fire season is already with us. Bill Patzert is climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Lab in La Canada-Flintridge. A trained firefighter, Daniel Berlant is a spokesman for Cal Fire.
Warm and Dry Spring Fans the Flames It’s early Spring, but Governor Schwarzenegger has already declared a drought in California. Dry conditions plus high temperatures plus high wind constitute the formula for brush fires raging out of control, and that’s what’s happening in Northern California .
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?