Climate Change: How Do We Know?

The Earth's climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives.


Global Temperature Rise

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.


Frost-free Season (and Growing Season) will Lengthen

.The length of the frost-free season (and the corresponding growing season) has been increasing nationally since the 1980s, with the largest increases occurring in the western United States, affecting ecosystems and agriculture. Across the United States, the growing season is projected to continue to lengthen.

Breaking News: Minutes after power is cut, fire in California starts

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Southern California Edison said it re-energized a 16,000-volt power line minutes before the Maria Fire erupted nearby last week and quickly swelled to 14 square miles.

The company said in a statement that it had no information about the actual cause of the fire, which broke out Thursday west of Los Angeles, but noted the site is within its service territory.

SCE said it had re-energized the line 13 minutes before the blaze erupted on a nearby hillside. It added that it would "cooperate with the appropriate investigative agencies if asked to do so."

The Maria Fire in Ventura county, which remains zero contained, threatens about 1,800 homes and other buildings, and prompted evacuation orders for nearly 11,000 people.


Fires Out of Control in California

Northern California Kincade Fire evacuations expand to 90,000 residents amid 'historic' wind e

A mandatory evacuation order stemming from the Kincade Fire in Northern California expanded from 50,000 to 90,000 residents Saturday night as the state’s largest utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), planned to shut off power for an estimated 2.35 million residents over fears that high winds and low humidity would spread the blaze.

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Raging Fires in California

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