Environment: California’s 2018 wildfires cost the US almost $150 BILLION in damages

The wildfires that ravaged the state of California back in 2018 cost the United States $148.5 billion (£110 billion) in damages, a study has revealed. Experts from China, the UK and the US calculated the fires’ financial impact at 0.7 per cent of the country’s annual GDP — with $45.9 billion lost outside of California. These … Read more

Elon Musk’s SpaceX provides Washington towns ravaged by wildfires with access to Starlink internet

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched the fifth batch of its ‘Starlink’ space internet satellites – taking the total to 300. They form a constellation of thousands of satellites, designed to provide low-cost broadband internet service from low Earth orbit. The constellation, informally known as Starlink, and under development at SpaceX’s facilities in Redmond, Washington. Its goal … Read more

Wildfires in California could mean consumers will sip smoky-tasting wine , say experts

Devastating wildfires in California could mean consumers will sip on smoky-tasting wine for years to come, according to experts who say it is permeating grapes and changing the flavor California wildfires are releasing intense smoke that is permeating grapes  Experts say that consumers can expect smoky-flavored wine for years to come Smoke is also making its … Read more

Toxic smoke and ash from West Coast wildfires could make people more susceptible to coronavirus

Over the last several weeks, record-setting wildfires – fueled by winds, dry conditions and climate change – have been ravaging the West Coast. California has borne the brunt with more than 3.2 million acres of forest and grassland burned, but devastating flames have also swept across Oregon, Washington and other nearby states. Smoke wafted into … Read more

Alessandra Ambrosio plays volleyball in a bikini on the smoke-covered beach in Malibu amid wildfires

Alessandra Ambrosio braved the smoke-covered beach of Malibu on Sunday to play a game of volleyball.  The Victoria’s Secret model, 39, chose not to stay indoors amid the wildfires crisis that has gripped the West Coast as she joined friends for a friendly match.  Ensuring all eyes would be on her, the mother-of-two stunned in … Read more

More people are leaving California than ever before due to wildfires, high costs, and politics

More people are leaving California than arriving as the state reels from devastating wildfires that only worsen by the year, power outages, poor air quality, and a burgeoning cost of living. The California dream may be fading as the idyllic oceanfront state sees warming temperatures, burning blazes, challenges in controlling the coronavirus pandemic, and sky-high … Read more

More people are leaving California than ever before due to wildfires, high costs, and politics

More people are leaving California than arriving as the state reels from devastating wildfires that only worsen by the year, power outages, poor air quality, and a burgeoning cost of living. The California dream may be fading as the idyllic oceanfront state sees warming temperatures, burning blazes, challenges in controlling the coronavirus pandemic, and sky-high … Read more

Wildfires sweeping California have caused the skies over Britain to change colour

Orange skies seen across Britain on Friday were caused by wildfires currently burning 5,000 miles away on the West Coast of America. Britons awoke to unusually orange skies on Friday, which meteorologists have confirmed were a result of the wildfires that have ripped across California, Oregon and Washington states. The fires – which have burned … Read more

Air pollution from California wildfires is more than twice what EPA says is ‘hazardous’ 

As dozens of wildfires rage across California, air pollution levels are skyrocketing. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) measures air pollution with the Air Quality Index – an AQI of 50 or below represents good air quality.  A score of between 201 and 300 is considered ‘very unhealthy,’ while anything above 300 is considered … Read more