SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education
Can FIRE's Free Expression Crusade Work Off Campus?
The organization is pursuing a rebranding as an advocate for free expression off-campus. Supporters cheer its pledge to support free debate; detractors argue the group is advancing conservative complaints about "wokeness."
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Bronx Fire Shows the Perils and Politics of Home Heating
by Rebecca Wright
Landlords and tenants have long fought over the benefits and costs of heat, with municipal codes serving as the referee. This month's deadly fire shows the consequences of regulatory neglect.
SOURCE: New York Magazine
Fire Historian Stephen Pyne: "A Fire Age is Upon Us"
"The Pyrocene is not just a metaphor: Whatever we decide to call it, a fire age is upon us. Our fire behavior made the problem and will have to unmake it."
SOURCE: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
FIRE Open Letter to the University of Mississippi, 12/18/2020
The nonpartisan Foundation for Individual Rights in Education asks University of Mississippi Chancellor Glenn Boyce to reevaluate the decision to end Professor Garrett Felber's employment, raising the possibility that the decision was related to Felber's criticism of the university.
SOURCE: Made By History at The Washington Post
Scapegoating Antifa for Starting Wildfires Distracts from the Real Causes
by Steven C. Beda
The idea of left-wing radicals starting wildfires in the Pacific Northwest dates back to timber companies blaming the Industrial Workers of the World for blazes as a way to discredit demands for workers' power through unions.
Two Contagions, One Opportunity to Reboot our Approach
by Steve Pyne
Outbursts of megafires resemble emerging diseases because they are typically the outcome of broken biotas – a ruinous interaction between people and nature that unhinges the old checks and balances.
The History of Fire: An interview with Stephen Pyne
by Matthew Crawford
"Fire is a creation of the living world, but we have defined it as a phenomenon for physics and chemistry...we’ve mostly ignored the ideas and institutions that shape the social half of the equation."
Searching for El Dorado: The Colonial Fantasy of the Amazon
by Ed Simon
There is a direct ideological thread that runs from the early explorers of the Caribbean and South America and the current environmental catastrophe unfolding in the Brazilian rainforest as fire burns its way across the length of a land which was once called paradise.
Environmentalists Have Been Warning About Amazon Fires for Decades.
The climate change that TIME in the 1980s warned might be possible has already come to pass, and the damage it causes is starkly plain.
Winter Isn’t Coming. Prepare for the Pyrocene.
by Steve Pyne
What does a full-blown fire age look like? We’re about to find out.
What the East Needs to Learn from the West about Devastating Fires
by Stephen J. Pyne
For decades it was convenient to treat those outbreaks as a freak of nature. No more.
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