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Fighting fire: Australia battles blazing bushfires in war against climate change

Smoke fills the sky near the property of middle school math teacher Margaret Huntley's sister on the outskirts of the capital city of Canberra. Bushfire smoke consists of water vapor, various-sized particles and toxic gases like nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide.

by Emily Tan and Brian Chen

February 4, 2020

26.9 million acres burned. More than 3,000 homes destroyed. 33 deaths, including nine firefighters, as of Jan. 31, according to the Crisis Coordination Center of the Australian government. And over one billion bird, mammal, and reptile deaths, according to the Australian Academy of Science. This is th...

Cattle and carbon: Why I chose to stop eating beef

An expanding animal agriculture industry leads to deforestation to open up new lands, but by cutting down on customer demand by either eliminating or minimizing personal beef consumption, the impact is twofold: forested lands are protected, combating the effects of CO2 emissions, and methane produced by cattle farming decreases.

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor

January 21, 2020

At the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit held on Sept. 23 in New York City, one speaker’s words were particularly convicting. In a YouTube video from Guardian News, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg boldly declared to world leaders, “Right here, right now, is where we draw the line...

Lights out, flames rise: As Sonoma County continues to burn, “historic” high-speed, dry wind event prompts PG&E to expand power shutoffs to reduce additional fire risk

A forecasted map of approximate regions, highlighted in orange, that may be affected by tomorrow's public safety power shutoff. The shutoff was prompted by warnings of a high-speed wind event that increases risk of damage to power lines and fire hazards.

by Kathy Fang, Arya Maheshwari, and Nicole Tian

October 28, 2019

As the Kincade fire in Sonoma County continues to burn and “extreme” weather conditions bring heightened fire risks to northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced plans yesterday to implement the third consecutive public safety power shutoff (PSPS) of the week, whi...

Fire season in full force as Sonoma fire rages on, wind event pushes smoke into Bay Area and worsens air quality

Spare the Air forecast for tomorrow's air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area

by Kathy Fang and Nicole Tian

October 27, 2019

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for additional coverage on wildfires and outages. As the Kincade fire in Sonoma County rages on, dry, gusty winds continue to push smoke from the wildfires southward, prompting Spare the Air to issue an alert warning for tomorrow in the San Francisco Bay A...

PG&E to shut off power in 17 Northern California counties in second public safety power shutoff of the month

A map of regions that will potentially be affected by the public safety power shutoff.

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) officials announced today that the utility will be moving forward with this month's second round of public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) today, turning off power to parts of 17 counties in Northern California, in response to warnings of dry, hot and windy weather...

Update: Bay Area electricity scheduled to return after second phase of PG&E outage shuts off power to some upper school students, faculty

A map of the Bay Area during the public safety power shutoff, which first hit the Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties Wednesday night, according to data released on Thursday by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2019

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for future updates. After the conclusion of a hazardous wind event, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) issued an “all clear” yesterday evening and has begun restoring power to customers across the Bay Area and the rest of northern Califo...

How to support the Northern California Camp Fire victims from campus

The sun shines a bright orange-red color due to the smoke. The Camp Fire in Butte County started in November, causing air quality issues through northern California.

by Ryan Guan, Executive News Editor

December 5, 2018

After the state's deadliest wildfire ravaged several Northern California counties last month and recovery efforts continue, several groups on campus will host fundraisers in order to assist victims. The journalism room and the office of community service director Kerry Enzensperger are accepting donations...

Wildfires devastate Mendocino County

Billows of smoke rise from a forested mountainside over the city of Ukiah in Mendocino County. The Mendocino Complex Fire, which spanned across four northern California counties, was the largest recorded complex fire in California's history.

by Eric Fang and Mark Hu

October 17, 2018

The largest wildfire in California’s history, the Mendocino Complex Fire, began last July and has officially been 100 percent contained as of Sept. 18, nearly two months after its inception. The complex, a likely byproduct of an increasingly warmer climate, is the deadly combination of two wildfires,...

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