California wildfires are mostly preventable

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California wildfires are mostly preventable

Reporters and elected officials often talk about the wildfires raging in California as if they are natural disasters. They aren’t.

A new analysis in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Wildland Fire, reported by The Mercury News, found that humans caused 95 percent of all wildfires in California since 1910. Lightning strikes caused only 5 percent, mostly just in the rural northeastern corner of the state…


Engineers speak out on seismic resilience and water

Engineers call for fresh thinking about New Zealand’s seismic and water challenges, in a report released today.

Engineering a Better New Zealand sets out an expert engineering vision for a healthier, more prosperous New Zealand – and the steps we must take together to get there. It’s the first in a series of thought leadership reports from Engineering New Zealand.

Engineering New Zealand President Dean Kimpton says community resilience sits at the heart of this vision.

“We must deliver a more resilient and sustainable New Zealand that can thrive in the face of climate change, natural disasters and the effects of growing urbanisation. We need to aspire to more than being experts in post-event fixes…

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