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While the economic toll of 2020's wildfires is still not known, the US has experienced huge increases in billion-dollar weather disasters in the past four decades due to climate change (AP Photo/Noah Berger).
Billion-Dollar Disasters Are More Frequent Than Ever in the US—Wildfires Are Only Part of That Toll

Wildfires in the West will have an enormous financial toll, but they are part of a more worrying trend of huge financial losses tied to extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Helicopters battling Bighorn Fire
Arizona Officials Leave Wildfires’ Long-Term Impact on Air Quality in the Hands of the EPA

Wildfire smoke isn't just bad for the environment — it also carries fine particles that cause respiratory and other health problems.

In this June 8, 2020, file photo, Rodney Ott, owner of The Loft, makes mixed drinks from behind the bar for patrons as he reopens fully for the first time amid the coronavirus outbreak in downtown Flint, Mich.
Bars Are Giant Petri Dishes for COVID-19. That’s Why States Are Closing Them Down Again.

Many large outbreaks of COVID-19 have been tied directly to bars. An Orlando, Florida, bar has been linked to as many as 150 cases and more than 130 infections have been tied to a single bar in East Lansing, Michigan.

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
Why NBA Players Can Get Tested for Coronavirus But You Can’t

A Los Angeles man whose wife died of coronavirus is now in quarantine with symptoms. He still cannot get a test.