When many in California talk about this year’s wildfires, they describe the color — the apocalyptic, ominous, red-orange glow in the sky.
The state’s current wildfires have seen two and a half million acres already burned.
Climate change has made conditions ripe for fires: Temperatures are higher and the landscape drier. But the destruction has also become more acute because of the number of homes that are built on the wildland-urban interface — where development meets wild vegetation.
The pressures of California’s population have meant that towns are encouraged to build in high-risk areas. And when a development is ravaged by a fire, it is often rebuilt, starting the cycle of destruction over again.
Today, we explore the practice of building houses in fire zones and the role insurance companies could play in disrupting this cycle.
Guest: Christopher Flavelle, who covers the impact of global warming on people, governments and industries for The New York Times.
For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily
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