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Last Year’s Wine Country Fires in California Leave Homeowners Struggling

Construction crews have already put up the frame on Cheri Sharp’s new house, but she still questions whether rebuilding was the right choice after California’s most destructive wildfire took her old home in wine country nearly a year ago. She’s …

Germany Wildfire Southwest of Berlin Detonates Buried WWII Ammunition

Firefighters struggled Friday to tame a wildfire southwest of Berlin but had to maneuver carefully as the blaze set off old World War II ammunition that is still buried in the forests around the German capital. Flames forced the evacuation …

Extreme Weather Risk Grows as Warming Earth Disrupts High-Altitude Winds: Study

Scorching summer heatwaves and downpours are set to become more extreme in the northern hemisphere as global warming makes weather patterns linger longer in the same place, scientists said on Monday. They said there was a risk of “extreme extremes” …

California’s Plan for PG&E Bonds to Cover Fire Damages in Final Stages

California is finalizing the details of a plan that could let PG&E Corp. issue bonds to cover potential damages from wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes last year. The details are still being worked out, and a proposal may be …

Dry Fall And Worsening Drought in Oregon Portends Wildfires

A climate prediction report issued by the National Weather Service says Oregon will remain hot, dry and smoky well into autumn this year. The Statesman Journal reported that forecast in the report released last week means that the state’s existing …

Changes in California Fire-Liability Law Looking Less Likely

California utilities won’t get a break from lawmakers who were weighing changes to state liability laws that expose the companies to billions in potential damages from last year’s wildfires. Lawmakers don’t have enough time to study and pass a bill …

Global Insured Catastrophe Losses Decline to $20 Billion in H1: Swiss Re

Global insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters during the first half of 2018 were US$20 billion, down from US$30 billion in H1 2017, according to Swiss Re Institute’s latest sigma study. On the other hand, during the first …

2018 Wildfire Season Outpacing 2017

This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. Examining the Risk in French Gulch and Redding Less than a year ago, California was ablaze with some of the most catastrophic fires the United States has seen. Over 10 …

July’s Droughts, Wildfires, Floods Caused Billions in Global Economic Losses: Aon

Many countries across the globe saw worsening in drought-related and wildfire conditions during July, which have led to hundreds of deaths and created a significant financial impact – particularly in the agriculture, forestry, water management and fisheries industries. This was …

Portugal Battles Wildfire as Intense Heat Wave Continues Across Europe

Emergency services in Portugal continued their fight Monday against a major, four-day wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. The Civil Protection Agency said 44 people required medical assistance as the blaze passed by …