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"It's a war": California turns to new, high-tech helicopters to battle wildfires

As the world suffers from unseasonal rains and cyclones, sporadic wildfires lasting days, reducing assets worth billions to ashes, extreme weather events have become a crucial component @anuproy05  reports #GreenFinancing  #RBI 

If you have stepped outside, you have noticed the blanket of smoke and haze lingering above the Valley floor as a result of the Windy and KNP Complexwildfires.

The risk is here — now — but there is no suggestion that population booms in these areas are going to stop, even as the climate changes and wildfires become more volatile.

From western wildfires to east coast flooding, climate change is wreaking havoc on American homes. How are climate change victims trying to protect themselves and their homes? Watch the full documentary here:

'It's a war': California turns to new, high-tech helicopters to battle wildfires@BillWhitakerCBS  @60Minutes  - @CBSNews )

Improved night vision technology has revived night firefighting; most agencies halted night flying after a mid-air collision in the 1970s. But there’s an advantage to fighting wildfires at night: fires usually die down after dark.

The Chinook is the biggest helicopter to ever fight wildfires at night. The helicopter has a specially-designed tank, which is computer-operated to open at precise GPS points. And at night there’s an added advantage: the fire usually dies down.

“These fires get so large that there aren’t enough firefighters, aren’t enough airplanes, helicopters, bulldozers,” says Orange County Fire Chief Brian Fennessy about the strain this year’s wildfires have put on firefighters.

As wildfires rage across the West, residents and firefighters alike are anxiously waiting for Mother Nature to lend a helping hand. Fortunately for some, relief is on the way, while for others, the danger will remain high:

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'Firefighters are being completely outpaced by the flames and the fire.' Our special correspondent @AlexCrawfordSky  reports from Bodrum in Turkey where wildfires are burning out of control. Read more here:

I just want kids to be safe — from COVID, from gunfire, from wildfires and floods, from hunger and homelessness. Why the hell is this controversial?

The Trump administration has rejected California's request for a disaster declaration for six destructive wildfires, including a massive central California wildfire that has become the single largest in state history

California has warmed approximately 3°F over the last century according to the EPA. If you think that's why wildfires have been more damaging this year, rather than our idiot policymakers letting tinder build up for decades, it's because you want to be deceived.

A half million people in Oregon evacuate as wildfires rage. Over 3 million acres in California burned. The western sky is red. An 800-mile derecho destroyed towns in Iowa. The Arctic topped 100 degrees. The Green New Deal has been called "expensive." Compared to what?

THANK YOU to the 28,000+ Firefighters and other First Responders who are battling wildfires across California, Oregon, and Washington. I have approved 37 Stafford Act Declarations, including Fire Management Grants to support their brave work. We are with them all the way!

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A massive hurricane... bloodshed in Kenosha... a deadly pandemic... wildfires... economic pain... a political convention... enemies emboldened... allies more distant... distinct challenges... combined crises... a dangerous moment.. a demand that we all organize, act, and vote.

Every time I’ve been to Australia I’ve fallen more in love with the people & wildlife. Join me & support relief efforts for the devastating effects of the wildfires. The @shawnfoundation  & I are making donations to @RedCrossAU , NSW Rural Fire Service & SA Country Fire Service.

The temperature in Siberia is 100 degrees, wildfires are raging there and sea ice is melting. In the midst of all the other crises we face, we cannot forget climate change. We must transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Now!

What does the future look like if we do not get our act together? Look at Australia burning before our eyes. Look at the unprecedented wildfires in California. Look at the increasing number of climate refugees around the world. A Green New Deal is our moral responsibility.

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