Fireworks banned due to heat in parts of western US

July 1, 2021 by  
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The U.S. has long prized personal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of sparkly stuff to set on fire come the Fourth of July. But this year,  fire  chiefs in some cities across the West Coast are saying no to fireworks. Excessively hot and dry conditions plus amateur pyrotechnics equals a terrifying  wildfire  season for western states. Fireworks have started major wildfires in the past, including the 2017 Eagle Creek fire outside Portland, which was started by a 15-year-old boy and burned 50,000 acres. A 2020 gender reveal party in California started a wildfire that killed a firefighter. Related: Wildfires have burned 2.3M acres across California this year Portland , Oregon, broke heat records last Monday with a sizzling 116 degrees. In response, the Portland Fire Department has prohibited all fireworks until further notice. Fire departments in nearby Tualatin, Oregon, have banned fireworks through July 9. “If we don’t take this proactive step now, I fear the consequences could be devastating,” said Portland fire chief Sara Boone in a statement. “It is not easy to make a decision like this so close to our national  holiday , but as fire chief I feel I have a higher responsibility to sometimes make unpopular decisions during unprecedented times to protect life, property and the environment.” City officials in Yreka,  California , which is only thirty miles from the currently raging Lava Fire, have also banned fireworks until further notice. Some Utah, Washington and Montana towns have banned private fireworks this year. Steamboat Springs, Colorado, canceled its official public fireworks show. Clark County, in southwest Washington state, banned the sale and use of fireworks from June 29 through midnight on the Fourth of July. “We recognize that this decision will cause some hardship to some residents’ celebration plans as well as businesses and non-profit organizations that sell fireworks,” said Eileen Quiring O’Brien, the county council chair, according to KATU. “We empathize with all who are affected, but we must follow county codes. They are in place to protect the welfare and  safety  of Clark County residents.” Via The Guardian Lead image via Pixabay

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Fireworks banned due to heat in parts of western US

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The U.S. has long prized personal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of sparkly stuff to set on fire come the Fourth of July. But this year,  fire  chiefs in some cities across the West Coast are saying no to fireworks. Excessively hot and dry conditions plus amateur pyrotechnics equals a terrifying  wildfire  season for western states. Fireworks have started major wildfires in the past, including the 2017 Eagle Creek fire outside Portland, which was started by a 15-year-old boy and burned 50,000 acres. A 2020 gender reveal party in California started a wildfire that killed a firefighter. Related: Wildfires have burned 2.3M acres across California this year Portland , Oregon, broke heat records last Monday with a sizzling 116 degrees. In response, the Portland Fire Department has prohibited all fireworks until further notice. Fire departments in nearby Tualatin, Oregon, have banned fireworks through July 9. “If we don’t take this proactive step now, I fear the consequences could be devastating,” said Portland fire chief Sara Boone in a statement. “It is not easy to make a decision like this so close to our national  holiday , but as fire chief I feel I have a higher responsibility to sometimes make unpopular decisions during unprecedented times to protect life, property and the environment.” City officials in Yreka,  California , which is only thirty miles from the currently raging Lava Fire, have also banned fireworks until further notice. Some Utah, Washington and Montana towns have banned private fireworks this year. Steamboat Springs, Colorado, canceled its official public fireworks show. Clark County, in southwest Washington state, banned the sale and use of fireworks from June 29 through midnight on the Fourth of July. “We recognize that this decision will cause some hardship to some residents’ celebration plans as well as businesses and non-profit organizations that sell fireworks,” said Eileen Quiring O’Brien, the county council chair, according to KATU. “We empathize with all who are affected, but we must follow county codes. They are in place to protect the welfare and  safety  of Clark County residents.” Via The Guardian Lead image via Pixabay

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Chipotle, Patagonia and 10 more irresistible green videos from 2013

December 31, 2013 by  
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Now that the fourth quarter is winding down, you can finally catch up on all the viral videos you missed in 2013. They're work-related, really.

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Google and Citibank Invest in World’s Largest Wind Farm

May 27, 2011 by  
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Google and Citibank are investing $55 million apiece in the Alta Wind Energy Center , a new wind farm in California. Parts of the Alta project are already completed and producing power.

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Sea Shepherd Harassment Limited Japan’s Whaling Negotiation Flexibility: Wikileaks

January 4, 2011 by  
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This particular leaked cable from Wikileaks hits strangely close to home: The activities of Sea Shepherd are of course the subject of the Animal Planet series Whale Wars , the fourth season of which begins this summer. Image: AnimalPlanetStore.com

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Climate Confidence Monitor 2010

October 29, 2010 by  
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This fourth annual survey of 15,000 people across 15 countries revealed that most believe the business community must take a larger role in addressing climate change. As in past years, emerging markets perceived climate investment to be a path to prosperity and job creation

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California Tops ACEEE State Rankings for a Fourth Year

October 13, 2010 by  
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California again leads the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual list of the states that do the most to advance energy efficiency, but Massachusetts is closing in on the Golden State and its four-year claim to the top spot.

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Philips’ new LED light bulb to make incandescent bulbs obsolete

May 13, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: 12W LED bulb to replace conventional incandescent light bulbs We are well aware of the energy-sucking incandescent bulbs and are found looking for its greener replacement every now and then. Philips brings us the perfect substitute, the 12-watt EnduraLED. The world’s first replacement for the commonly used 60 watt incandescent recently unveiled by the company consumes only 20% of the energy.

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Infrastructure 2010: Investment Imperative

April 15, 2010 by  
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This study, the fourth of an annual series, looks at global trends in infrastructure and for the first time provides an indepth examination of water issues.  

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