How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet. November 2018. After a record hot summer and a dry fall set the stage for the most destructive fires in the state’s history. In this image, the Woolsey fire burns near Los Angeles, California as seen from a suburban backyard in West Hills, an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County. With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable. But the fossil-fuel industry continues its assault on the facts.