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A firefighter checks homes after a mudslide that killed 23 people in Montecito, Calif., in 2018. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Evacuations ordered as heavy rain heads for California’s wildfire burn scars, raising risk of mudslides – this is what cascading climate disasters look like

Studies show climate change is raising the risk of cascading hazards that alone might not be extreme but add up to human disasters. Communities and government agencies aren’t prepared.
More than half of the top 250 U.S. colleges and universities offer legacy admissions. Paul Marotta / Getty Images

Why do colleges use legacy admissions? 5 questions answered

Elite universities have been giving special preference to children of prior graduates for more than a century. Has the time come for that practice to stop? A sociologist weighs in.
Immigrant students worry that minor school infractions could lead to deportation. Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Deportation threats for some students come from within schools

Researchers say educators told them that immigrant students are sometimes made to believe they will be deported. Why? One reason is educators didn’t want them to drag down their school’s test scores.
Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen speaks on Taiwan’s national day in early October. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Taiwan: what is China’s long-term strategy? Podcast

Plus, an extract from the Don’t Call Me Resilient podcast on the damage done when North Americans pretend to have Indigenous identity. Listen to episode 38 of The Conversation Weekly.

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