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A wildfire burns in San Bernardino County Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Statistics from the National Interagency Fire Center show more than 9.2 million acres have been charred by wildfire so far this year. Colorado, California, Idaho and several Western states saw more land burned in 2012 than the previous year.
Raging wildfires, extreme heat, water shortages, rising seas — all problems that are expected to worsen as the effects of climate change take hold. But rather than just wait for disaster to strike, the city of San Diego has started taking action.
Last week, a group of climate scientists, insurance experts, real estate developers and city planners met to discuss how to better prepare for the challenges their city may face. The two-day workshop was organized by Ceres, a non-profit group that focuses on getting businesses and investors to think about climate change.
Cynthia McHale, director of the insurance program at Ceres, joins the show with more.