My World's on Fire

By Colleen Hagerty

Expanding your understanding of disasters every week

Expanding your understanding of disasters every week

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In the know

Four years ago, I covered a wave of teacher strikes that were breaking out across the country, largely in response to low salaries and poor working conditions. With admin permission, I joined a number of the Facebook groups teachers were using to plan their a…

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My July's on fire

Hi members!I’ve heard a number of you did not receive this email in June, and I apologize for that. Unfortunately, this newsletter platform has been having some technical issues, and I’m doing my best to figure out a way forward that ensures you receive all t…

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The signal emerging from the noise

A members-only MWOF edition


Keeping it 100

Last week, this newsletter hit its 100th edition. A fraction of you have received every one of those in your inboxes (and maybe even read them all!), and I am unbelievably grateful for your continued support. I’m also thrilled that so many people have discove…


Go your own way

Note: We’re going to do one of my favorite things today and get into the disaster-bureaucracy weeds. So, if you’re unfamiliar with the basics of emergency management, I highly recommend checking out this edition about what emergency managers do and the local/…


Listen and learn

Hello from New Jersey, where I'm currently doing some solutions journalism reporting (if you don’t know what solutions journalism is, here’s a quick intro). I'll have plenty more to share with you about this trip in the coming weeks, but for now, a little pos…


But not a drop to drink

This story is part of Covering Climate Now’s Food & Water joint coverage week. More on that below!Andrew Whelton is a professor of civil, environmental, and ecological engineering at Purdue University with a focus on water infrastructure and disasters. In…


Pencil me in

A quick one for you this week, as I decided to shake up my schedule a bit and give you a My World's on Fire double-whammy next week: First up, on Tuesday, June 28th at 5pm Pacific , I'll be hosting this month's Twitter Space with Monica Sanders. She is an exp…


By any other name

If you’ve been following the floods in Montana, wildfires in New Mexico, or heat waves all across the US, you might have come across the phrase “climate disaster.” It’s become the go-to term for a number of media outlets and politicians alike, a sort of catch…


Don't sleep on it

Talking about holdover/sleeper/zombie fires


School's out for the summer

Tyler dreams of traveling — Amsterdam ranks high on his list.Angelina designs animated cartoons during free moments, a passion she hopes could one day become a career.Grace has seen the ability nurses have to brighten someone’s day and hopes to pay that kindn…


The cost of doing nothing

This week, I’ve been attending the International Association of Wildland Fire's "Climate & Fire" conference. One of the first panels I watched featured Dr. Crystal Kolden, a pyrogeographer at the University of California, Merced. I've referenced her work …


Taking care of business

One of my favorite parts of writing this newsletter is getting to revisit voices you've heard from in the past, as it's something I rarely get to do in my work for other outlets. The time I spend speaking with people tends to offer a window into just a sliver…

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Is this thing on?

A Twitter chat with Taylor Kate Brown


What disasters have to do with reproductive rights

Note: Today's newsletter discusses pregnancy, abortion, and sexual violence. I generally try to stay away from breaking news in this newsletter for a number of reasons, but as I weighed topics for this week, I kept coming back to the Supreme Court draft decis…


Extra, extra! Read all about it!

Part two


Demystifying prescribed burns

A special edition in collaboration with The Planet You Save


Don't stop me now

Somehow, another year of MWOF is officially in the books.As about 10% of you might remember, the first edition of this newsletter made it to your inboxes two years ago this month.“My hope in creating this newsletter,” I wrote at the time, “Is to take a small …


Where do we GLO from here

As I mentioned last week, April marks two years since I started this newsletter (shout out to members for keeping it coming). A special anniversary edition is in the works, but I first wanted to continue revisiting some of the voices you've heard from over th…


500 episodes later

Just about this time last year, I spoke with Scott Gabriel Knowles about reaching a milestone with his COVIDCalls program. Started in the early weeks of the pandemic, Knowles invites guests from around the world with different kinds of expertise, experiences,…