AQ: Australian Quarterly

Embracing the Complexity of Bushfire in the Pyrocene


The Earth has been on fire for 400 million years. Fire is a part of our cuisine, our language, our psyche, and our culture, but it does not mean that our relationsh­ip with the phenomenon is fixed. In fact, the changes wrought by our own developmen­t and industry have changed our relationsh­ip with fire. It's not simply that climate-change is shifting the carbon cycle, or that our population­s and land use have altered the interface between fire and humans…it's more complicate­d than that.

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