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As Canada wildfires rage, faculty experts examine the ramifications

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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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