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Where Will We Go? Let’s Talk About How Climate Change Is Driving Human Migration

Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

With wildfires continuing to rage in California (and as droughts, floods and other extreme weather routinely wreak damage throughout the nation and world), climate change is not a hypothetical challenge of the future. It is an issue right now.

As ProPublica reporter Elizabeth Weil recently explained, the fires are the result of not only climate change but years of misguided policy decisions.

ProPublica reporter Abrahm Lustgarten, with The New York Times Magazine and support from the Pulitzer Center, also examined how the warming of the planet — with nearly one-fifth of the world expected to become an unlivable hot zone by 2070 — is beginning to force a new American migration. In other parts of the world, including communities in Central America, the climate migration has begun.

Join the Pulitzer Center and ProPublica for a conversation with Weil, Lustgarten and Baruch College geographer Bryan Jones, moderated by ProPublica Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg, on the impacts of climate change on California, the nation and the world. We will discuss the factors behind the megafires in the West, scientific forecasts for climate migration in the U.S. and beyond, and solutions for preventing further devastation. We’ll also take your questions.

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