People sit in a shallow pool of water in the riverbed of the Jialing River, a tributary of the Yangtze, in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. 

China endures ‘heat wave from hell’ with record-breaking temperatures

Climate Change

This summer, China experienced its longest heat wave on record — more than 70 consecutive days of scorching temperatures. Residents have found some relief in caves, bomb shelters and air-conditioned supermarkets, but one expert says this summer should be a “wake-up call” to do more to mitigate climate change.

Forest firefighters work on a wildfire near the town of Jubrique, in Malaga province, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. 

‘Fire flocks’ of sheep and goats get deployed to help battle forest fires in Spain

Climate Change
A fire still burns in a home destroyed by the Marshall Wildfire in Louisville, Colorado, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.

Colorado’s catastrophic winter firestorm may be a sign of more to come

A helicopter is shown flying above a wooded area with a large metal fence on one side and dropping fire retardant.

Wildfire in west Australia burns more homes in dry wind

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in a ranch amongst smoke in the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland, in Pocone, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, Aug. 28, 2020.  

Brazil’s wetlands ravaged by out-of-control wildfires

Firefighters control a spot fire near Bredbo, south of the Australian capital, Canberra, Feb. 2, 2020.

California and Australia look to Indigenous land management for fire help 

The Big Fix

As fires rage across the state of California, many are wondering how management could improve to reduce the risk in the future. Traditional fire management is being increasingly embraced in Australia, which could help inspire California.

A car is shown in the distance driving on a road and entirely surrounded by dark yellow smoke.

Thousands flee fires in Australia, navy helps evacuate the stranded

Natural disasters

Tens of thousands of holiday makers fled seaside towns on Australia’s east coast on Thursday as bushfires approached, and military ships and helicopters began rescuing thousands more trapped by the blazes.

Several people are shown standing on a beach with many holding cloth to their faces to protect from the smoke.

Thousands trapped on Australian beaches by dangerous bushfires


Thousands swarmed to beaches on Australia’s east coast Tuesday to escape fierce wildfires bearing down on several seaside towns, as the government readied naval vessels and military helicopters to aid firefighting and evacuations.

Prescribed burning in Arizona

California must learn to fight fire with prescribed fire, experts say


A century of fire suppression has turned much of the West into a tinderbox. Prescribed fire could help bring nature back into balance, but it’s currently far more common in the Southeastern US than in the West, where it’s sorely needed.

Palm trees on fire

California is living America’s dystopian future

For a growing number of novelists, climate change hints at the dark secret of the perfect place, of bad decisions that all America shares.