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Investors Ignored PG&E Warning About Disasters

PG&E Corp. told investors repeatedly that weather-related disasters were a risk, but many didn’t pay enough attention until the company was on the brink of bankruptcy. The company included warnings in its regulatory filings and offering prospectuses citing how disasters …

Report: Fire-Resistant Homes Don’t Have to Cost a Fortune

Homes in wildfire-prone areas around the U.S. could be built to better withstand blazes without increasing the cost of construction, according to a new report. The research released Tuesday was sponsored in part by the insurance industry and marks the …

Technology Shapes Insurers’ Wildfire Response

As wildfires raged this month in California, insurance claims experts at Travelers sat in a command center 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) away in Connecticut, monitoring screens showing satellite images, photos from airplane flyovers and social media posts describing what was …

Incoming Governors More Likely to Face Natural Disasters

Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it’s a topic that receives less attention on the campaign trail and in their speeches that could determine their …

Fires, Flooding, Record Cold Expected for Thanksgiving Holiday

Fires and flooding on the West Coast, record cold and gusty winds on the East Coast. Brace yourself for Thanksgiving week, 2018. Northern California could get as much as 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain, according to forecasters. The good …

Nevada Course Preps Students to Investigate Wildfires

After a wildfire burns swaths of land, someone has to investigate the clues left behind to determine the fire’s cause and, possibly, prevent another one. A hands-on class offered near a northern Nevada airport teaches participants how to do it. …

Many Undetected Wildfires Occur in Florida

A new study from Florida State University researchers indicates that common satellite imaging technologies have vastly underestimated the number of fires in Florida. Their report, published in collaboration with researchers from the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, challenges …

Climate Change-Driven Wildfires Reshape West

Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether …

Meteorologists Aid Wildfire Fight by Keeping Crews Informed

As they sit at their screens in a small office outside Pendleton, a group of meteorologists can already tell what the rest of the population is soon going to find out the hard way: it’s another smoky day in Oregon. …

Drones Help Fight Fires After Dark

Kale Casey almost can’t believe what a metal bird 5 feet long, weighing 44 pounds with wings spanning 10 feet, can do to help fight a wildfire. “For eight hours a night, without getting tired, without needing a meal … …