Millions of highly skilled environmental engineers stand ready to make our continent more resilient to climate change. They restore wetlands that absorb carbon, store water, filter pollution and clean and cool waters for salmon and trout. They are recognized around the world for helping to reduce wildfire risk. Scientists have valued their environmental services at close to $179,000 per square mile annually.

Chris Jordan is mathematical biology and systems monitoring program manager at NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Emily Fairfax is an assistant professor of environmental science and resource management at Cal State Channel Islands. They wrote this for the Los Angeles Times.

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