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Wildfire & Salience
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Climate change-fueled wildfires have become a regular occurrence in the United States, with minority communities disproportionately affected by their impact. These communities often lack the resources and information needed to prepare for and respond to wildfires, as well as face barriers to receiving aid after the fire has occurred. In response, various organizations and initiatives are working to address these disparities and advocate for policy changes to address systemic inequalities.

New York Times, December 2020

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Summer 2018

Wildfires are a natural occurrence and play an important role in maintaining ecological balance in many regions. However, in recent years, wildfires have become more frequent and intense due to climate change and human activity. This has led to increasing losses of homes, lives, and resources, and calls for action to address the underlying causes and find ways to mitigate the impacts of these fires.

August 14, 2018

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Heatwaves have become more frequent and intense in many parts of the world, with significant impacts on human health, infrastructure, and ecosystems. These events are expected to become even more severe due to climate change, exacerbating existing social and environmental inequalities. This article explores the complex challenges posed by heatwaves and the need for interdisciplinary approaches to address them.

June 20, 2018

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We’re six months away from one of the most consequential midterm elections in modern history, and Americans are fed up with Congress. Politicians have gotten a bad rap throughout history, but today’s legislators are setting record lows in approval ratings and public trust. What gives? Why do they disappoint us so often? Are they really ignoring our needs and demands, or are we misunderstanding the challenges they face?

In this episode, Sarah Anderson shows that it’s a little of both: politicians don’t listen to all constituents equally, but they also can’t just snap their fingers and fulfill our wishes.

May 15, 2018


In a polarized political climate, it can be difficult for policymakers to find common ground on many issues. This article explores the challenges and potential benefits of bipartisanship in US politics, particularly in the context of environmental policy. The article argues that bipartisan cooperation may be essential for addressing complex challenges such as climate change, but notes that such cooperation can be difficult to achieve in practice.

February 23, 2018

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.This article explores the causes and consequences of wildfire in the western United States, which has become an increasingly frequent and destructive occurrence in recent years. The article highlights the complex interplay of factors that contribute to wildfires, including climate change, land use practices, and firefighting strategies. It also discusses the challenges of managing and preventing wildfires, and the need for interdisciplinary approaches to address this pressing issue.

August 24, 2017

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This article discusses the potential impact of the Trump administration's proposed changes to US climate policy, particularly with respect to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The article argues that while the administration may seek to dismantle some of the EPA's key regulations and programs, it will face significant legal and political challenges in doing so. The article also highlights the role of states and cities in climate action, and the potential for continued progress at the local level despite federal policy changes.

November 21, 2016

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This article explores the role of interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing environmental challenges, such as climate change. It highlights the benefits of bringing together experts from diverse fields to develop innovative solutions and to share knowledge and perspectives. The article also features examples of successful interdisciplinary collaborations, including the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara.

May 24, 2016

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