Professor Daniel Aldrich and professor Brian Helmuth examines the ramification of Canada's raging wildfires as the catastrophe resonates across disciplines, among them resilience, and climate change.
Since early May, wildfires have been raging in and around the city of Fort McMurray in Canada’s Alberta province, the country’s oil-sands capital. The latest evacuation took place on Monday: Some 8,000 workers at oil-sands facilities and camps north of the city were ordered to leave when a new fire to the west began heading north. The air quality health index had soared by then, reaching 38; the scale normally goes from 1 to 10. More than two weeks earlier, 88,000 residents had been ordered to leave their homes, and nearly 10 percent of all buildings in the area—some 2,400 out of 25,000—have been destroyed.
The catastrophe resonates across disciplines, among them resilience, and climate change. Thea Singer asked two (2) CSSH faculty experts in those areas to examine the repercussions.
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