University of California Cooperative Extension
FROM Yana Valachovic
Tree Deaths, Fires and the Drought The Scherpa fire raging north of Santa Barbara doubled in size overnight. It’s now 4,000 acres and growing. Pushed by strong winds, the fire is also being fueled by overgrown hillsides and canyons untouched by fire for nearly 60 years. With wildfire season upon us, forest service officials are concerned that Scherpa is just a preview of what’s to come this summer and fall. One of their major concerns is dead trees, which feed wildfires. It’s estimated that last year nearly 30 million trees died in California because of the drought and a disease called Sudden Oak Death. What other impacts will we see?
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.