World Fire is the story of how fire and humans have coevolved, like the bonded strands of a DNA molecule. The prevalence of humans is largely attributable to their control over fire, and the distribution and characteristics of fire have become deeply dependent on humans. The two are inseparable, and together they have repeatedly remade the landscape. Author Stephen Pyne surveys the emerging geography of global fire, exploring fire in order to learn more about history. Contrary to popular belief, there is probably a lot less fire on the planet today than when Columbus sailed, and through a global sampling of major fire situations, Pyne follows fire into the contemporary world of unsettled ecology, where there is too much fire in the wrong places and, thanks to unwarranted fire suppression, too little fire in the right places. Obsessive fire control has become itself a disordering process, and in much of the world it is the control of fire that is out of control. Pyne looks at the future of this elemental force and argues that eliminating it will not save the planet from destruction but will only abolish the regenerative powers that it once implemented.
Pyne considers the evolution of fire in such diverse regions as Australia, Africa, Brazil, Sweden, Greece, Iberia, Russia, and India and then ponders Antarctica, the land without fire. As he examines changing techniques for and attitudes toward fire control, Pyne challenges our concepts of naturre and wilderness and explains why the study and management of fire have tremendous environmental, cultural, and political implications.
Foreword by William Cronon Preface to the 1997 Paperback Edition SMOKE REPORT The New World Order on Fire SIZE-UP Firestick History; or, How to Set the World on Fire HOTSPOTTING Fire Flume (Australia) Veld Fire (South Africa) Queimada Para Limpeza (Brazil) Svedjebruk (Sweden) Greek Fire (Greece) La Nueva Reconquista (Iberia) Red Skies of Irkutsk (Russia) Nataraja (India) White Darkness (Antarctica) CONTROL American Fire - Initial Attac: The U.S. Forest Service Fights Fire - Coldtrailing Wilderness Fire - Vestal Fires and Virgin Lands - The SUmmer We Let Wild Fire Loose Intermix Fire - The Fire This Time - Nouvelle Southwest MOP-UP Consumed by Either Fire or Fire AFTER THE LAST SMOKE Flame and Fortune Notes and Additional Reading Index Illustration sources and credits
Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books (Paperback)
For Ages: 22+ years old
For Grades: 17+
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: UNIV OF WASHINGTON PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.75
Weight (kg): 0.56