Climate Change, Wildfires, Life on Venus: Your Monday Evening Briefing

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(Want to get this newsletter in your inbox? Here’s the sign-up.)Good evening. Here’s the latest.Image Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times1. A campaign clash over climate change.President Trump arrived in California in a smoky haze today and promptly blamed the wildfires ravaging the West Coast not on climate change but on the failure by states to properly manage their forests. Above, Mr. Trump arriving at the Sacramento McClellan Airport today. By contrast, his opponent in the November election, former Vice President Joe Biden, directly connected the blazes that have displaced thousands of people to climate change. In a speech in Delaware, he called Mr. Trump a “climate arsonist.”Firefighting teams faced unpredictable wind gusts and drier weather today, conditions that threatened to strengthen already dire wildfires that have burned more than five million acres, destroyed scores of homes and left at least 26 people dead.To the global scientific community, the ash-filled skies are the tragic, but predictable, result of accelerating climate change. Federal government scientists predicted two years ago that greenhouse gas emissions could triple the frequency of severe fires across the Western states.[embedded content]ImageCredit…PLANET-C Project Team/JAXA2. New signs of …

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