Disaster Fatigue Is Real and the Coronavirus Could Make It Worse

Hurricane season has begun with a roar in the Northern Hemisphere. America’s West Coast is threatened by wildfires. Arizona is blanketed in a heat wave. Rains overwhelmed unmaintained dams in Michigan. At the same time, the world is living through a combined health, political, economic, racial, and climate crisis.

A deer flees flames as the Quail Fire burns near Winters, California on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

Wildfire Season Has Arrived In The U.S.

Over the past few months, the U.S. has been buffeted by a pandemic, protests over racist police violence, and two tropical storms. Add wildfires to the list as well, as the West prepares to start the week with tinderbox conditions.