Shoreline and palm trees silhouetted by wildfires and smoke in the background.

While wildfires are a natural part of the ecosystem, climate change has most assuredly contributed to their intensity in recent years. One ASU professor who has found this especially disconcerting is young adult novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes, whose latest book centers around a wildfire. Here, Rhodes and Arizona state climatologist Erinanne Saffell talk about the importance of teaching younger generations about the natural world.

Base of the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia, after his statue was removed from the top. The base is covered in graffiti from racial protests.

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