Under the heading "Resilience," Dot Earth blog author Andrew Rivkin has assembled a compendium of "Burning Issues Confronting California," in his quest to cover changes in policies and strategies on how our country's most fireprone regions cope with the reality of wildfire.
According to Rivkin, a long-time Times journalist and a Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University's Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, he is "in the middle of writing a longer piece on proposed strategies for 'living with fire' in regions like southern California - which are inherently prone to fire and face a growing hazard under trends linked to global warming."
His post weaves together informed opinion, policy debate, compelling videos, and a re-imagining of the wildfire safety icon, Smokey Bear. Among the videos is NFPA's own short piece starring recently-retired Forest Service researcher Dr. Jack Cohen, showing how you can help your home survive a wildfire.
Unlike many opinion blogs, the 50+ comments you can read there are by and large thoughtful and worth reviewing. I look forward to more from Rivkin on this important topic.