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A sign is seen near Taylor Creek along Highway 89 as residents remain evacuated due to the Caldor Fire on Sept. 4. Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

More than 24,000 camping reservations out of 3.2 million have been canceled across the United States this year because of wildfires, AP reports.

The big picture: The recent uptick of national park and forest closures, due in large part to a wave of intense wildfires, coincide with a post-pandemic boom in the number of people engaging in outdoor activities.

  • All national forests in California are closed in an effort to curb blazes, including the Caldor Fire.
  • Several national forests in Arizona closed in June as a result of wildfires in the region, according to AP.

What they're saying: “It’s very, very quiet around here, which is eerie,” Clare Shirley, owner of Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, said, per AP.

  • "We’re definitely missing out on a big chunk of our peak season," she added.

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This year's extreme weather is a preview of even more turbulent times that will bedevil us for at least the span of a 30-year mortgage.

Why it matters: Extreme weather events are the clearest way we're feeling climate change in our daily lives, and they will reshape where and how we live, work and play.

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Mapping repression in China's Xinjiang region

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A sweeping new report released today by an Australian research organization reveals new details about how the Chinese Communist Party — and specifically who within the party — is carrying out its campaign of repression in Xinjiang.

Why it matters: Uncovering the actual offices and individuals implementing the Chinese government's genocide and forced labor policies in Xinjiang can bring accountability and help international companies delink supply chains in compliance with U.S. and EU forced labor laws.

Report: U.S. Latinos near 50% homeownership rate

Real estate broker Alex Betances sits in front of a home in Reading, Pa. Photo: Ryan McFadden/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Image

Latinos increased their homeownership rate to nearly 50% in 2020, according to a report from a group monitoring U.S. Hispanic wealth creation.

Why it matters: The Hispanic Wealth Project found that the homeownership rate grew despite the lack of diversified financial assets among Latinos and around 15% who still live below the federal poverty line ($26,500 for a family of four).

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