Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes

Wildfires aren't always wild. Many of the most expensive and damaging fires happen in suburban areas, and nearly all blazes in these zones are started by humans.

Jennifer Balch, Associate Professor of Geography and Director, Earth Lab, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change development wildfires wildfire-fighting suburbs fireworks us-west prescribed-burning

Climate change and forest management have both fueled today's epic Western wildfires

Debating whether climate change or forest management has caused the devastating wildfires in California, Washington and Oregon is a false choice.

Steven C. Beda, Assistant Professor of History, University of Oregon • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: climate-change donald-trump wildfire forests california us-history wildfire-fighting oregon logging forest-management washington-state us-west endangered-species-act timber-industry us-forest-service

The green gig economy: precarious workers are on the frontline of climate change fight

During California's deadliest wildfire season, 2,000 prison inmates fought the flames on USD$1 a day.

Benjamin Neimark, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University • conversation
April 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: labour greenwash capitalism green-jobs voluntary-work gig-economy labour-exploitation tree-planting unpaid-labour wildfire-fighting

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