Fires, Drought and Our Role in the Destruction They Cause

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After a year with almost no rain in Southern California, almost a million people have been forced from their homes in just four days. The National Climate Data Center has reported that 43% of the country is in condition of moderate to extreme drought.  Although California's wildfires and evacuations have dominated this week's news, on the other side of the country, there's a kind of slow-motion disaster that has Georgia, Alabama and Florida competing for a dwindling supply of water. It's also hotter and drier than usual in Minnesota, the North East and the Mid-Atlantic. Is it a spell of strange weather or long-term climate change? Is it caused by global warming? Will industry, agriculture and residential development have to change to ward off future disaster?



  • Matt Kempner - Staff Writer, Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • Peter Gleick - Pacific Institute - @PeterGleick
  • Jon Gertner - contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, author of “The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future”
  • Frank Harmon - Architect
  • Steve Doyle - Past President, California Building Industry Association


Warren Olney