Wildfires have grown larger, more intense and more unpredictable. But federal research that helps prevent and respond to them is on the chopping block.
More than 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed as the catastrophic blazes rage on.
About 70,000 residents are in danger because of a dam that may burst due to recent hurricanes.
In the coming years, climate change will increasingly dominate the domestic national security agenda.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 7.1 and was centered near a town in Puebla state about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City.
The storm, ravaging parts of the Caribbean still reeling from Hurricane Irma, is on track to hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
Dodging Miami, the storm is predicted to blow ashore Sunday in the Florida Keys and move up the state’s Gulf Coast. It has left at least 20 dead across the Caribbean.
Emergency rescue resources and shelters in Houston are overloaded as officials push to minimize the fallout from the monster storm.