Disasters

Smoke, Health Effects From California Fires Travel Across the Country

"Record setting conflagrations in California and Colorado have smothered residents of the two states with choking, stinging smoke. But the impact of that smoke is also being felt hundreds, even thousands, of miles away, and the health impacts may last for years after the flames subside."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/28/2020

"Chlorine Plant Fire Has Residents Sheltering After Hurricane"

"A fire at a Louisiana chlorine plant erupted with thick, billowing smoke Thursday after Hurricane Laura plowed through part of the country’s petrochemical corridor with storm surges and fierce wind, forcing residents around the plant to shelter in their homes."

Source: AP, 08/28/2020

White House Overrules CDC Experts To Ease Testing Guidelines

"An abrupt shift this week in government testing guidelines for Americans exposed to the novel coronavirus was directed by the White House’s coronavirus task force, alarming outside public health experts who warn the change could hasten the disease’s spread."

Source: Washington Post, 08/27/2020

"Chemical Experts Question EPA’s Approval Of Coronavirus Disinfectant"

"With great fanfare, the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday gave emergency approval to a disinfectant it said would kill the coronavirus on surfaces for up to a week. ... But health and chemical experts say the cleanser might actually harm passengers and flight attendants and do little to protect against the virus, which is mainly transmitted through the air in closed spaces."

Source: Washington Post, 08/27/2020

Laura Moves into La. With Damaging Winds, Flooding Rain and Tornadoes

"Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, early Thursday with winds of 150 mph. ... Laura is now tracking inland across western Louisiana with damaging winds.Laura is also an inland flood risk as far north and east as Arkansas and the Ohio and Tennessee valleys."

Source: Weather Channel, 08/27/2020

"Redwoods Survive Wildfire At California’s Oldest State Park"

"When a massive wildfire swept through California’s oldest state park last week it was feared many trees in a grove of old-growth redwoods, some of them 2,000 years old and among the tallest living things on Earth, may finally have succumbed. But an Associated Press reporter and photographer hiked the renowned Redwood Trail at Big Basin Redwoods State Park on Monday and confirmed most of the ancient redwoods had withstood the blaze."

Source: AP, 08/26/2020

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