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Conference: Impact Of Climate Change On What Gets Built Where And How

A tanker flies over Wrights Lake while battling the Caldor Fire in Eldorado National Forest, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.
Noah Berger / Associated Press
A tanker flies over Wrights Lake while battling the Caldor Fire in Eldorado National Forest, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.
A five-part local conference starting Wednesday, to discuss risks of wildfires in our region and climate change.

Firefighters are finally gaining control of the Caldor fire near Lake Tahoe, one of the mega-fires that have plagued Northern California this summer. Climatologists say these hotter, bigger fires and the droughts that fuel them are directly linked to climate change.

On Wednesday, the San Diego/Tijuana District of the Urban Land Institute begins a series of meetings covering how our region can respond to the increased risk of wildfires and other aspects of climate change. The 2021 Resilience Symposium: Water & Fire conference will take on issues surrounding what gets built where, and how a changing climate will determine future development. The conference includes five events that are scheduled this month and in October and November. The first and third events are virtual, while the other three are in person.

As part of the KPBS Climate Desk Coverage, executive director of the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance, and master of ceremonies of the symposium, Billy Grayson joined KPBS Midday Edition to talk about how climate change impacts development in the San Diego/Tijuana region, and what subjects will be discussed during the series of meetings.