Science & Environment


National Park Service anniversary is bittersweet in face of growing perils

The service is waiving the entrance fee this month for all 408 of its national parks, monuments, and other protected sites, including iconic landmarks like the Grand Canyon.


Wildfires grow while budget to fight them is depleted

The U.S. Forest Service's annual budget for fighting wildfires is rapidly dwindling; in fact, it may run out by the end of the month: the fires, on the other hand, will keep burning.


Idaho blackened by brushfire

The 104,000-acre Beaver Creek wildfire has been appropriately described as a "beast." What most of the media is not reporting is the disaster's tie to climate change.


From California to Wisconsin, wildfire season has begun

Wisconsin, on May 14, saw its largest wildfire since 1980. Meanwhile, in California, another fire that began May 15 has blackened 3,800 acres.


Australian wildfires burning out of control

One hundred and thirty fires blazed across New South Wales, Australia's most heavily populated state, as emergency teams evacuated national parks and fought to get the flames under control.