Episode 99: Stephen Pyne On Humanity’s Evolving Relationship With Fire
Stephen Pyne became interested in fire as a result of 15 seasons on a fire crew, the North Rim Longshots, at Grand Canyon National Park. He has written a gamut of fire-themed books, among them national fire histories for America, Australia, Canada, Europe (including Russia), Mexico (pending), and the Earth overall, culminating in The Pyrocene: How We Created an Age of Fire, and What Happens Next. Other works include How the Canyon Became Grand, The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica, Voyager, and The Great Ages of Discovery: How Western Civilization Learned About a Wider World. Presently, he is a writer, urban farmer, and emeritus professor at Arizona State University. Stephen holds a BA in English from Stanford University, and an MA and PHD in American Civilization from the University of Texas, Austin. He is currently writing a fire history of Mexico.
- What if Bison could start fires?
- How humans created the age of fire.
- In the beginning there was lightning. (Or was it fuel?)
- When did humanity really start turning on the afterburners on fire and climate change?
- How human use of fire affects the oceans.
- Good wildfires vs bad wildfires.
- The illusion that we have control over large, intense fires.
- The wildland/urban fire relationship at the center of all fire policy and mistakes.
- Dealing with the huge fire deficit on wild landscapes.
- Read Stephen’s interview in Biohabitats Leaf Litter
- National Interagency Fire Center
- Wildfire Today: useful source of fire community news
- Joint Fire Science Program: good source of current research and link to regional fire science exchanges
Check out the entire issue of Leaf Litter, The Biohabitats newsletter:
“We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it” ~Billy Joel
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