California locked in grips of intense heat wave and high wildfire risks

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California’s heat wave that began Tuesday looks more intense and longer-lasting than expected, potentially pushing it into all-time record territory.Why it matters: Up to two weeks of record-breaking heat is on tap across much of California, Oregon and portions of Nevada.Already, damaging wildfires have broken out, and the heat itself will be “life-threatening,” according to the National Weather Service.Zoom in: The Thompson Fire in Oroville, fueled by 100-degree-plus temperatures and strong winds, burned homes overnight.Zoom out: Human-caused climate change, largely from burning fossil…

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