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San Francisco Chronicle (September 14)

2020/ 09/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Recent research shows that warmer weather and less precipitation has more than doubled the frequency of autumn days with extreme fire danger in California. The situation is expected to worsen.” Tackling climate change would help as would better forest management, but climate change complicates thinning the forests. “The state’s fire season has grown by an estimated 75 days in recent decades,” narrowing the window then “crews can safely light fires to manage forest health.”


USA Today (September 8)

2020/ 09/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Intense heat, parched conditions and high winds fueled record-shattering wildfires and strained the electrical grid across much of California on Monday…. California has been struggling with a record-breaking fire season this year – more than 2 million acres have been torched. The days ahead look equally grim.”


LA Times (August 4)

2020/ 08/ 06 by jd in Global News

“There are growing glimmers of hope that California’s surge in coronavirus cases could be peaking—but don’t expect the pandemic-shattered economy to share much of this progress in the short term.” For the first time in three months, California’s new cases went down, decreasing 9% to 59,697 for the week.


San Francisco Chronicle (July 27)

2020/ 07/ 29 by jd in Global News

Half a year into the pandemic, a “role reversal of sorts” took places for the giants of the east and west coasts. “California passed New York with the most coronavirus cases in the United States. That grim convergence occurred as the nation reached its own dark milestone: 4 million reported cases. California, as of Sunday, has about 452,000 cases, to New York’s 412,000.” With about 425,000 cases, Florida has also passed the Big Apple.


New York Times (July 25)

2020/ 07/ 26 by jd in Global News

The U.S. recorded over 73,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. “California. South Carolina. North Dakota, Kentucky. Hawaii. Those are among the 18 states that set single-day case records in the last week, putting the country on track to breaking a national single-day record for new coronavirus cases set less than two weeks ago.”


Wall Street Journal (July 17)

2020/ 07/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Germany has a patchy record in fighting corporate crime. Volkswagen AG ’s giant emissions-cheating scandal was uncovered by California. The U.S. has imposed more money-laundering fines on troubled German lender Deutsche Bank AG than Germany has. BaFin’s decadelong blind spot for Wirecard now raises questions about the country’s ability to enforce securities rules that protect investors.”


Wall Street Journal (December 28)

2019/ 12/ 30 by jd in Global News

PG&E was a “plodding utility” virtually “wired to fail.” As a result, it “has sparked deadly fires and pipeline explosions, left millions of Californians in the dark and gone bankrupt twice in less than 15 years.”


The Economist (December 14)

2019/ 12/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Mandatory quotas for women on company boards” are gaining traction “after softer targets failed to move the needle much.” The Netherlands was the latest country to “join seven European countries (and California) in replacing the carrot of ‘please’ with the stick of ‘or else’ to increase gender diversity.”


Washington Post (July 29)

2019/ 07/ 30 by jd in Global News

“Once again America woke up to news of a mass shooting. This time, it was at a popular food festival in California and among those killed was a 6-year-old boy, Stephen Romero, who had been playing at an inflatable bounce house when he was shot in the back.” Three died and twelve were injured. “It took just one horrific shooting spree in New Zealand to prompt leaders there to tighten gun laws, including a ban on most semiautomatic weapons. And so the question persists: “Why?”


The Economist (June 22)

2019/ 06/ 24 by jd in Global News

Already “one in five Americans calls Texas or California home.” The behemoths are now “the biggest, brashest, most important states in the union, each equally convinced that it is the future.” But their vision is “heading in opposite directions, creating an experiment that reveals whether America works better as a low-tax, low-regulation place” or a “high-tax, highly regulated one.” Given Washington dysfunction, “the results will determine what sort of country America becomes almost as much as the victor of the next presidential election will.”


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