Today’s quick hits, Oct. 21, 2022

Wildfires erased emissions progress: The record-breaking 2020 wildfire season in California released nearly twice as many tons of greenhouse gases as were prevented during two decades of carbon dioxide reductions in the state, say researchers. (Los Angeles Times)

More food fraud charges: Two more Minneapolis-area residents were accused of fraudulently claiming to feed low-income children during the pandemic, part of the alleged $250 million “Feeding Our Future” conspiracy. (Department of Justice)

Bird flu slows: Losses to highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic flocks have slowed during October, totaling 830,000 birds through Wednesday, compared to 6.15 million in September. (USDA)

Climate is biggest threat: On the list of the 10 greatest challenges to food security in the world, “climate is one through five,” said Cary Fowler, U.S. special envoy for global food security, urging greater attention to crop adaptation. (Devex)