The global rise of large-scale, intense and devastating wildfires is the subject of a new book by award-winning photojournalist Michael Kodas, who spoke with SEJournal's book editor about what makes these new fires so different, what role climate change plays and how he joined firefighters amid the flames.
Planning & Growth
"Breakneck construction has unearthed a toxic legacy, coating playgrounds and backyards with dangerous levels of lead dust".
"In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity."
"MIAMI — One of the first sea-level rise maps Broadway Harewood saw was a few years back, when climate activists gathered in his neighborhood to talk about how global warming would affect people in less-affluent South Florida communities."
"A conservation plan puts science ahead of politics."
"The Senate is set to roll back another Obama-era environment rule this week. Senators on Monday will begin the process of repealing a Bureau of Land Management rule to reorganize the government’s land planning and management guidelines."
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"The Environmental Protection Agency has a murky future in the Trump administration. Hours before the President promised in his address to Congress 'to promote clean air and clear water,' he signed an executive order to roll back an Obama-era EPA clean water rule. Whatever happens to the EPA, this might be a good time to reflect on its legacy, especially in urban spaces. Though environmentalism conjures 'America the Beautiful' images of purple mountains and unspoiled wilderness, much of the EPA’s heaviest lifting in rescuing this nation from its own filth happened in cities."
"Over several decades in the past century, city populations swelled as Americans moved away from rural forests. Now the forests are moving farther away from Americans."