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COVID-19

Heat, smoke, pandemic: Dangers multiply for farmworkers in 2020

The timing has been terrible for California farmworkers in 2020: wilting heat waves, wildfires spewing acrid smoke across the state and the persistent threat of COVID-19. This triple threat looms large over the lucrative fall harvest of grapes and almonds, which for some seasonal laborers is the busiest time of year, until November. Kent E.

National

Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke

Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this year’s blazes has been especially bad — thick enough

Opinion

Opinion: Wildfires – Point / Counterpoint

Point: Wildfires Prove There Is No Time for Delay in Rejecting Fossil Fuels Hannah Sohl | InsideSources.com  In southern Oregon, we have been living with the effects of climate change for years. Our summers are hotter, drier and increasingly smoky due to wildfires. Smoke has shut down performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and endangered the

Wildfires

Congress Finally Recognizes the West is Burning

Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held a hearing on wildfires effecting the Western United States. “Today’s hearing is long overdue. The West has been devastated by wildfires this fire season and Congress has sat on its hands and done nothing. Just this

National

Wildfires and hurricanes disrupt final weeks of 2020 census

Already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic and a tightened deadline, the Census Bureau must now contend with several natural disasters as wildfires and hurricanes disrupt the final weeks of the nation’s once-a-decade headcount. The fires on the West Coast forced tens of thousands of people to flee homes in California and Oregon before they could

Wildfires

Lightning storm, easterly wind: How the wildfires got so bad

It began as a stunning light show on a mid-August weekend — lightning bolts crackling in the skies over Northern and Central California, touching down in grasslands and vineyards. The National Weather Service warned that the dry lightning striking a parched landscape “could lead to new wildfire.” It turned out to be a huge understatement.

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