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Connecting Western Wildfires with Climate Action Isn’t as Easy as It Should Be

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Connecting Western Wildfires with Climate Action Isn’t as Easy as It Should Be

San Francisco is smothered by wildfire smoke on September 9, 2020. Many media outlets did not make a connection between this summer’s wildfires and climate change. Photo: Christopher Michel / Flickr Many in the West have been experiencing the deadly and destructive impact of climate change firsthand, as unprecedented wildfires have burned in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.

Shannon Osaka spent two weeks indoors at her home in Seattle because of the smoke and poor air quality from nearby wildfires. “I would go outside and immediately feel it in my chest, in my lungs, in my throat,” she said.

Osaka is a reporter for the environmental news site, Grist, and she wrote an article recently titled, “Will the West’s giant fires spark a climate awakening?” LISTEN to The Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple talk with Osaka about her reporting.

Kara Holsopple: Your piece asks if these massive, destructive wildfires this season will make people more likely to want to act on climate change. But first, you say people have to know the two are connected, and that’s not necessarily intuitive.

For example, a lot was made, and rightly so, of the fact that one fire was started as a result […]

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