The most devastating wildfires in Californian history are not only ripping through forests and communities but are also causing a wider public health crisis due to polluted air and unhealthy smoke from the burning.
As the deadliest wild-fires ever to hit California continue to rage, an estimated 31 people are known to have died, with over 200 still missing. Some 250,000 have been forced to flee their homes. As California once again reels from wildfires, many are warning that this is climate change in action.
The letter calls on Brown and the state “to become the first major fossil fuel producer to begin a managed and just transition off oil and gas production.”
The sunshine state is on fire again. But this time the south of the county is being badly hit.
The GAO concludes the Federal US Government has spent over $350 billion over the last decade paying out for extreme weather and fire events.
Later today the Trump Administration will propose ripping up climate legislation to save dirty coal jobs at the same time as California burns out of control from wildfires, made worse by climate change.
When the next hurricane or wildfire or other climate impact comes, I hope to see as many journalists barging through the halls of government demanding answers from decision-makers as we see braving the elements reporting on the front lines. That’s the #climatesilence that needs breaking.