They’re the deadliest wildfires the United States has seen in more than a century. Cutting through the Hawaiian island of Maui, the fires started on August 8 and have killed more than 100 people. But with about 1,000 people still missing, the death toll is expected to rise. Among the destroyed areas is Lahaina, a historic town that served as the Kingdom of Hawaii’s capital in the 1800s. Wildfire experts and ecologists say factors related to climate change – high winds and drought – and other man-made changes to Hawaii’s landscape caused the fires. Such conditions could lead to similar disasters, so how will Hawaii protect its heritage for the future?
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- Kaniela Ing (@KanielaIng), national director of Green New Deal Network and co-founder of Our Hawaii
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