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The Potential and Pitfalls of Climate Migration

As more Americans are displaced by wildfires, flooding, erosion, and other climate risks, safer regions should prepare for a wave of migration.

March 26, 2024 - The Atlantic

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How Climate Change Drives Bigger Wildfires

In many places, climate change is creating ideal conditions for fires to grow larger and more destructive.

March 25, 2024 - USA Today

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Texas Faces Higher Wildfire Risks

Climate change is causing more destructive wildfires, prompting home insurers to reconsider coverage in the state.

March 6, 2024 - The New York Times

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Oregon Town Seeks Funding for Ambitious Resilience Plan

Like other rural communities, Grants Pass is eager to access federal funding aimed at sustainability initiatives, but faces challenges when it comes to meeting grant requirements.

February 18, 2024 - The Daily Yonder

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Report: 25 Percent of Americans Live With Poor Air Quality

Fires and extreme heat are generating more harmful particulate matter.

February 18, 2024 - Health Day

Aerial view of flooded homes in coastal area of Florida after Hurricane Ian.

A Guide for Managed Retreat

Many communities at increased risk of flooding and wildfires will need to relocate. Here’s how local and regional governments can prepare.

January 22, 2024 - Route Fifty

Wildfire approaching stucco house with red tile roof.

Home Insurance Increasingly Unaffordable or Inaccessible

Homeowners in places at risk for wildfires and other disasters find it harder than ever to secure an affordable insurance policy as companies leave some states altogether.

January 10, 2024 - High Country News

Palm trees on Santa Barbara beach against the red glow of a wildfire

Urban Design for Addressing Climate Resilience

Cities around the world are finding ways to protect their residents and infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather and natural disasters.

October 13, 2023 - Architecture Daily

Night view of wildfire burning near residential area in California

Wildfire Exposure More Than Doubled Since 2000

More intense and widespread fires caused by climate change and changing air temperature are threatening more existing communities.

July 6, 2023 - Source NM

Palm trees on Santa Barbara beach against the red glow of a wildfire

California Considers Climate Resiliency Bond for 2024 Ballot

The proposed state general obligation bond would address the need to protect communities and natural resources from the impacts of climate change.

July 3, 2023 - California Local

Male cyclists wearing helmet, sunglasses, and N95 mask stands with arms crossed in front of his bike

Wildfire Smoke Takes Toll on Bike Commuters

How can people on bikes protect their lungs from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke?

June 30, 2023 - Momentum Magazine

Aerial view of New York City including Empire State Building blanketed in orange wildfire smoke

How Responsible Is Climate Change for Increased Wildfires?

“Nearly all” since 2001, according to a new study on California wildfires by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

June 15, 2023 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Wildfire threatening hillside homes in Yucaipa, California

Home Insurers Are Fleeing California

Homeowners in the state are finding it increasingly difficult to secure insurance policies thanks to the growing risks of wildfire, drought, and other climate threats.

June 7, 2023 - Curbed

Aerial view of scorched forest area in Round Mountain, central Texas

As Central Texas Population Grows, So Does Fire Risk

Sprawl in and around Austin is contributing to growing wildfire risks, and local officials worry about a lack of public awareness of the issue.

June 1, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Paradise, California

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Fire Safety in California

A proposed development near the site of the devastating Camp Fire highlights the growing tension between building badly needed housing and protecting communities from heightened wildfire risk.

December 6, 2022 - Next City

Orange hazy sky over San Francisco during wildfires

Wildfires Second-Largest Source of Emissions in California

New research quantifies the impact of wildfires on California’s air quality, indicating that bigger and more frequent fires contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.

October 21, 2022 - Yahoo News

Fire burning on hillside behind house in Azusa, California

California Needs More Housing—But Where?

The state’s housing shortage is complicated by the growing number of places threatened by wildfires.

October 13, 2022 - CALmatters

Aerial view of Flagstaff, Arizona at sunset

Where Floods Follow Wildfires

Neighborhoods not previously at risk of flooding face new challenges as burn scars from recent fires leave them vulnerable to floods.

September 14, 2022 - Arizona Public Radio

Louisiana Flooding

$7.3 Billion Federal Resilience Funding Program Announced

The Biden administration announced guidance for $7.3 billion in funding under the PROTECT Formula Program at the end of July.

August 4, 2022 - Federal Highway Administration

Goats grazing in a California field

How Goats Aid in Wildfire Prevention

Grazing goats can quickly and effectively clear steep or hard-to-reach hillsides of invasive, fire-fueling vegetation.

June 10, 2022 - National Geographic

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