Welcome to the Pyrocene

California wildfires once again remind us that the Climate Emergency is not something that happens in 2030 or 2050: the Climate Emergency is happening right now, and we are in the midst of its varied modes of contagion.

We turn to fire historian Stephen Pyne whose recently updated Fire: A Brief History is highly recommended to those who wish to understand how we arrived into an era he suggests we name the “pyrocene”.

Excerpts from an essay published during last year’s Season of Fire Siege below; images are from news accounts, with captions added by DP.

 

 

LITHIC LANDSCAPE AT FLASH POINT

 

 

CONTAGION UNMASKED WITHIN THE PYROCENE

 

 

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