The four-year drought hasn’t just made wildfires more frequent, it has changed the fire itself.
Jacob Ward models the critical mistake that puts aid workers at risk of infection.
Science has effectively cured the threat of death by opiate overdose — a risk that claims the lives of at least 22,000 Americans each year — with an extraordinary drug, Narcan. Trick is, Narcan is most effective at saving lives when you provide it to drug users so they can use it on one another as needed. Perfectly effective and safe to administer by anyone to anyone, Narcan is nonetheless a deeply uncomfortable subject for a country used to punishing addicts, not saving them.
Salmon had enough to contend with — crossing eight dams during their journey up and down rivers in Idaho and Washington on their 900-mile journey to spawn and to the ocean. Now deadly temperatures in a changing climate are making it almost impossible for them to survive.
On the same day the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Department of the Interior would be running an independent investigation into the Gold King Spill, boaters in Durango, Colorado celebrated the reopening of the river with mixed feelings. And no wonder, as facts about the ongoing toxic legacy of mining in Colorado emerge.
The town of Durango, Colorado, is a mecca for fishing and boating, and yet even the most casual connection to the river here means dealing with the upstream reality: the mines in this area constantly leak dangerous heavy metals into the water.
A look inside arguably the world’s best crisis-management system: ICS, which allows firefighters to arrive in a place they’ve never been and join other departments they’ve never met to fight wildfires in minutes.
Climate change is also changing the rules of engagement for fire fighters battling blazes across the American west.
Fire fighters are preparing for the unimaginable: 30,000-gallon oil tankers exploding in their towns. A look at the dangers of oil by rail, an ill-considered side effect of the fracking boom.
The traditional means of testing something like an Ebola vaccine is unacceptably unethical. The double-blind placebo trial — the gold standard of drug development — would leave at least half of study participants to die. So how will researchers get a promising new vaccine into the field?