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Golden State On Fire: The Science, Law, and Policy of Wildfire in California

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Large-scale wildfires have become increasingly common in California, displacing thousands, destroying homes, blanketing much of the state in unhealthy smoke, and disrupting the lives of millions. Wildfires have also become a high-profile issue in politics, the subject of debates between Governor Newsom and President Trump. This panel will provide a deep dive into the science behind increased wildfires in California, the role of climate change in those fires, and what legal and policy changes might be needed to reduce the harms of wildfire and help the state adapt to a hotter, drier and more combustible world.


Scott Stephens, Professor, UC Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Patrick Gonzalez, Associate Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and Principal Climate Change Scientist, U.S. National Park Service

Eric Biber, Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law


Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law

The Dean’s Office will email the Zoom link for the Berkeley Law community on the morning of November 23.


Monday, November 23, 2020
12:50 pm - 2:00 pm




Dean’s Office, Berkeley Law

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