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as we see in Hawaii pregnant eight months now, and we talked to him two days ago, but they had no idea it would perceive the disastrous effects. He’s hopeful they’re OK based on where they live, but he’s not sure because the power has been out near Lehina and communication has been really tough. I mean, I think a big question that a lot of people have is just how the fatality count could be so devastating. You work with our climate desk and I know that you have covered a lot of fires. Do we know what it was about? These fires specifically that made them so dangerous and so deadly? Yeah, I mean wind was certainly a big part of it. It was at least 60 miles per hour, and that’s what can cause a wildfire to move so quickly. The trade winds are a normal part of Hawaii, but in this case Hurricane Dora was passing south of the islands and that created a big difference in air pressure, which led to those high winds. I mean certainly the fires with big fatalities in the western U.S, like the campfire in California in 2018. Those also had really dangerous winds. But then the other factor is what’s there to burn, and Maui does have landscapes that are very flammable. Right I mean many of us learning this week that wildfires are not uncommon in Hawaii. So where does the greatest risk come from then? Yet these are naturally drier sides of the island and the land has changed quite a bit in some places because it was converted into fields like for sugar cane and pineapples. I talked to clay Traernich, who is an ecosystem specialist at the University of Hawaii Manoa, and he says you know as. Agriculture has shrunk. Those former fields have been overrun by invasive grasses. When I’m talking grasslands, I’m not talking about kind of like mehy prairie. This is like waste to overhead tropical grasses which can obtain amazing amounts of biomass, and so when they burn they burn really explosively. That’s a big risk, especially as climate change makes it hotter and drier. So if Hawaii is going to reduce that risk, dealing with those fuels is going to be he. Lauren Summer from NPR’s climate desk reporting from Mallie Lauren thank you, oh. Florida is the first state to approve videos made by prager you kids for use in public schools. The content is geared toward conservative values. It includes videos animated in a way that is appealing to kids. As Carrie Sheridan from Member States SHNWSF reports, teachers can now use it as they see fit. Prager. U is not an accredited university. It presents itself as educational, but it’s primarily an online media organization. Prager, you kids produces these catchy short videos. Here’s an intro to one of them. Prague. You kids is dedicated to teaching what most schools aren’t our American values, history and blessings. In another video, slavery has portrayed is just something normal for its time. It even shows a recreation of Frederick Douglas, who escaped slavery and became an abolitionist in the s. There was no real movement anywhere in the world to abolish slavery before the American founding. Slavery was part of life all over the world. It was America that began the conversation that ended, but the video ignores that Denmark, Britain and France had already outlawed the trading of slaves, while slavery continued here. According to Vice news, two of the main funders of Prager you are fracking industry billionaires Dan and Ferris Wilkes. And Prager, You kids has a video questioning the origin of climate change. In this one, a new narrator sets up a conversation between a girl and her parents. But when her anxiety gets high and she tells them that fossil fuels will soon lead to a climate disaster, they challenge her with some thought-provoking questions they encourage. Her to consider how the planet has been warming and cooling since prehistoric times long before carbon emissions were a factor can she explained that the science of greenhouse gas emissions. Doesn’t come up in this video. Jessica Wright, vice President of the Florida freedom to read project says the videos have elements that are accurate, but sometimes they mix in opinions and skip over important facts. I think that a lot of educators who have a traditional education background or they’ve been in the profession for a long time. They’re going to be able to recognize in those materials that Praeger use representing we would refer to as a logical fallacy, meaning the material that you’re reading or listening to might sound like it makes sense. But if you are educated on that topic, you would know that they came to a conclusion that’s not based on fact. Wright says Florida’s endorsement of Prager you kids means this content could easily make its way into classrooms because it’s free easily accessible and teachers don’t have to ask permission. But in the state of Florida where proud to stand for education not indoctrination in our schools.