Satellite image of smoke from the Camp and Woolsey fires on Nov. 9, 2018. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory President Donald Trump’s recent comments blaming forest managers for catastrophic California wildfires have been met with outrage and ridicule from the wildland fire and forestry community. Not only were these remarks insensitive to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in California – […]

Black water cascaded down Cameron Falls in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta after a 2018 wildfire denuded the landscape. Credit: Kaleigh Watson, Author provided During the record-breaking 2018 fire season, the typically clear waters of Cameron Falls in Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta flowed black. But it […]

The smoke has drifted far, all the way to Colorado, Texas and beyond Wildfire smoke enshrouds large portions of California and Oregon, as seen by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Sunday, July 29, 2018. (Source: NASA Worldview) Since I began this blog in 2013, I’ve seen a lot of satellite imagery […]

PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES “We’re subsidizing people living out in sprawling, more vulnerable areas outside cities.” BUILT WELL, A city should provide a bulwark against disaster. Fundamentally, all cities are fortresses. Or at least they should be. If a city is a fortress, where’s the wall? The edges of North American cities […]