wildfires

Reading between the lines with Hong Ji, PhD

The 2019-2020 Environmental Health Sciences Scholar knows fate plays best when it’s in your own hands

By Jennifer Biddle

From all outward appearances, some might describe Hong Ji’s career in epigenetics as pre-destiny. Her life seemed to follow a prescription: Brilliant microbiology student matriculating from top universities to pursue an ever-promising research career, all with the hope of illuminating the dark mysteries of some impossible-to-cure disease.

Wildfires: Protecting animals and pets

December 17, 2018

By Maddie Hunt

There’s nothing like a disaster to suddenly reveal how deeply connected we are to our environment and other living things in it. The 2018 wildfire season in California has been the most destructive and deadly ever in our state’s history. This year, some 7,500 fires have burned 1.6 million acres across California, affecting humans and animals alike.

Researchers enrolling moms in Camp Fire study

Bio-Specimen Assessment of Fire Effects (B-SAFE) Study aims to reveal how wildfires affect the health of pregnant women and their babies

 

 B-SAFE Camp Fire Study

You’re eligible to participate if:

Wildfires: When preparing for the worst is best

August 22, 2018
By Jennifer Biddle

When I moved to Sacramento last year I thought I was escaping earthquakes. For years, I lived just down the street from the Hayward Fault in North Berkeley. Our little bungalow on a hill was cute but creaky. I used to joke with my husband that if our house collapsed when The Big One hit we could buy that Airstream he always wanted.

So, it was a relief knowing my family was safe from such a calamity when we moved to Sacramento. Then wildfire season hit.

6 ways communities can prepare for wildfires

Experts say it’s not if but when the next big wildfire happens

Wildfires in California are burning bigger and hotter every year and are expected to get worse as climate change intensifies. No one can predict when a wildfire will strike but there are things individuals and communities can do to prepare for the next big one. Here’s what the experts say: