California’s new normal: How the climate crisis is fueling wildfires and changing life in the Golden State
The orange glow from wildfires in the evening sky is a new way of life in the Golden State.
A lightning siege of over 12,000 strikes in 10 days ignited over 600 wildfires. Two of which have exploded into two of the top three largest wildfires in California history. More than 1 million acres have already burned. That is an area five times the size of New York City.
Vast forests of dead trees have become tinderboxes, the result of years of warming temperatures, droughts and beetle-infestations. Daily, millions of people across the state wake up to red-flag warnings that signal conditions ripe for fire danger.
Summer temperatures are rising well above-average. In some cases, like in Death Valley last week, to a sweltering 130 degrees Fahrenheit — the hottest temperature recorded in the world since 1913…
Building Cyber Resilience Post-COVID-19
The COVID-19 crisis accelerated the need for digital transformation for many companies, as communication and collaboration became even more important for employees working from home. As enterprises rapidly pivoted to increase their digital footprint and ramp up a remote workforce, they faced increasing security challenges for protecting enterprise networks, devices and data. Unmanaged devices, shadow IT and rapidly deployed remote access networks introduced larger attack surfaces for cyber criminals, making securing the enterprise even more difficult for CSOs and their teams…
Afghanistan: Flash floods leave dozens dead north of Kabul
At least 70 people have been killed and hundreds of houses destroyed by flash floods in northern Afghanistan, local officials said Wednesday.
Torrential rains hit the country’s Parwan Province, north of Kabul, overnight, causing the flash flooding, according to a statement from the Ministry of Disaster Management. The floods swept away men, women and children and destroyed 300 homes, according to ministry spokesman Tamim Azimi.
Several children were among the dead and at least 90 people were injured. Casualties could still rise as rescue teams look for people buried under hundreds of destroyed homes, said a spokesperson for Parwan province Wahida Shahkar…