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U.S. is formally out of the Paris climate agreement

Nov 4, 2020
Slowing climate change and adapting to it requires cross-border cooperation, even though many costs will be local.
Greenpeace activists painted "No coal no Trump" on the side of a coal ship leaving Texas in 2017 after Trump said he would pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
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Farmers need to adapt crops to climate change to stay profitable, experts say

Oct 20, 2020
Climate change has arrived in American agriculture, and it could cause profits to drop 30% over the next 30 to 50 years.
Workers harvest zucchini on a farm in Florida City, Florida, in April. Climate change is shifting which crops farmers can grow — and when they can grow them.
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Thanks to a good harvest and high prices, farmers are feeling optimistic

Oct 8, 2020
According to a Purdue University survey, they're feeling more positive than they have since the pandemic began.
Farm laborers harvest crops in Greenfield, California while wearing personal protective gear.
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Smoke damage to grapes is the latest blow to California wine industry

Oct 6, 2020
A glut of grapes on the market, the pandemic and fires that damaged or destroyed wineries. Now, grapes tainted by smoke may be unusable.
“It was difficult this year, and it’s going to be even harder next year,” says Enrique Lopez, who employs up to 100 people to harvest grapes.
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In California, big business is preventing "good fire"

Sep 21, 2020
With the largest wildfires in history ablaze, advocates say its time to fight fire with fire.
A firefighter walks over burning embers from the Bobcat Fire in Southern California.
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A new law will allow some California inmates who fight wildfires to have their records expunged

Sep 16, 2020
A new law clears the way for some offenders to become EMTs, and eventually firefighters, after they're released.
Inmate firefighters arrive at the scene of a fire in Whitewater, California, in August.
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As wildfires continue, air quality impacts farmworkers — masks requirements vary

Sep 15, 2020
California has regulations, but it's been hard to get PPE to workers in the fields. There's no federal standard.
Cars drive below an orange sky filled with wildfire smoke in Concord, California, on Sept. 9.
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For 2 California volunteer firefighters, the losses hit home

Sep 14, 2020
Fire decimates the neighborhood where they both grew up.
Brandon North and Becca Brown-Dehner grieve the loss of their two family homes at Spanish Flat Mobile Villa in Napa County, California.
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Insurance companies face their own risks as wildfires continue

Sep 10, 2020
Climate change and regulated rates are making it harder for insurance companies to do business at a time when fire risk is growing.
A firefighter douses flames as they push toward homes during the Creek Fire in Madera County, California, on Sept. 7.
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