What caused Maui's devastating fires?
On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we discuss the devastating fires in Maui.
Last Tuesday, fires fueled by a combination of strong winds and drought conditions destroyed the historic town of Lahaina. The death toll has climbed to 96 with 1,000 people still missing. Only three percent of the burned area has been searched. The fires destroyed 2,200 structures, including many culturally significant locations. Thousands of people have been displaced.
Scientists say climate change, driven by fossil fuels, has led to more frequent and more powerful extreme weather events, including deadly fires.
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