Climate One: World on Fire and Climate Gentrification


Wildfires have always been part of the landscape in the western states. But the size and intensity of fires over the last several years is something new.

They are being called “megafires;” wildfires covering over 100,000 acres each. The higher temperatures and lower humidity, brought on by climate change, are whipping up these hotter and bigger wildfires. And people’s lives are being upended by the flames.

In part two of the show: Concerned about climate change? One of the best things you can do is welcome taller buildings in your neighborhood. That’s because city dwellers use less energy and water than people living in the burbs or rural areas.

Are you a YIMBY or NIMBY? Are environmentalists hypocrites if they oppose efforts to use one of the biggest levers to fight climate disruption? Does urban infill drive out people of color in the name of going green?

Join us for a conversation about shaping the future of Bay Area urban life in a hot and crowded world

Why fires now? 3:35

Re-building in a fire zone 5:45

The Firefighters 6:58

Controlled burns 8:39

Climate Gentrification 15:57

Housing and Climate 18:00

Racial exclusion from L.A. housing 21:31

California housing shortage 24:30