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Firestorm

How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future

by Edward Struzik

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publisher: Island Press
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For two months in the spring of 2016, the world watched as wildfire ravaged the town of Fort McMurray. Firefighters named the fire “the Beast.” It seemed to be alive with destructive energy, and they hoped never to see anything like it again. Yet it’s not a stretch to imagine we will all soon live in a world in which fires like the Beast are commonplace. In Firestorm, Edward Struzik confronts this new reality, offering a deftly woven tale of science, economics, politics, and human determination. It’s possible for us to flourish in the coming age of megafires – but it will take a radical new approach that requires acknowledging that fires are no longer avoidable. Living with fire also means, Struzik reveals, that we must better understand how the surprising, far-reaching impacts of these massive fires will linger long after the smoke eventually clears.

About the Author

Edward Struzik

Edward Struzik has been writing about scientific and environmental issues for more than 30 years. A fellow at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, his numerous accolades include the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal, awarded for outstanding contributions to the understanding of science. In 1996 he was awarded the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and spent a year at Harvard and MIT researching environment, evolutionary biology, and politics with E.O. Wilson, Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin. His 2015 book, Future Arctic, focuses on the effects of climate change in the Canadian Arctic and the impacts they will have on rest of the world. His other books include Arctic Icons, The Big Thaw, and Northwest Passage. He is an active speaker and lecturer, and his work as a regular contributor to Yale Environment 360 covers topics such as the effects of climate change and fossil fuel extraction on northern ecosystems and their inhabitants. He is on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, a citizens’ organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well-being of northern Canada and its peoples. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Edward Struzik is an award-winning writer and photographer. A fellow at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen University in Kingston, his numerous accolades include the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal, awarded for outstanding contributions to the understanding of science. He is also the author of Future Arctic: Field Notes from a World on Edge. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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"Combining personal insights with keen investigative-journalistic skills, Struzik presents a comprehensive and compelling overview of the future of wildfire management."

— Booklist

"Searing."

— High Country News

"Powerful and thought-provoking, Firestorm expertly frames emerging wildfire trends and future challenges. Offering a timely, insightful view of our changing wildfire paradigm, this book is a must-read for students of fire as well as anyone interested in understanding, preparing for, and acting on the ways wildfire will impact our communities."   

— Dr. Thomas Zimmerman, President, International Association of Wildland Fire

"Struzik delivers a powerful message that will appeal to environmentally minded readers and students of climate change."

— Kirkus

Combining personal insights with keen investigative-journalistic skills, Struzik presents a comprehensive and compelling overview of the future of wildfire management.

— Booklist

"An essential and crackling good read on the new reality of megafires...a new kind of prophetic non-fiction...Firestorm belongs in both depth and timeliness next to Elizabeth Kolbert's fascinating and grim account of the forces eroding biological diversity in The Sixth Extinction."

— Tyee

"Firestorm reads at times like an exhilarating novel but it is neither flippant nor alarmist...The book is a clear-eyed vision, expertly and compellingly told, of what's ahead as the climate warms...a fascinating page-turner."

— Edmonton Journal

"An extraordinarily timely volume and one that should grace the shelves of every community and academic library in the country as a vital addition."

— Midwest Book Review

"As greater and more destructive fires become the norm, this narrative should be required reading."

— Library Journal

"Struzik's compelling narrative combines personal stories, photographs, history, and interviews with scientists, government officials, and the public. What emerges is a portrait of the intricacies of the forest management practices, settlement patterns, economic motivators, and political pressures that lead up to and influence decisions during these wildfires...Struzik warns readers of the bleak reality that may lie ahead if we continue 'business as usual,'…[but] does not forfeit hope...The decisions and policies we make now, as a nation and as a global community, will have a profound influence on what our world looks like in the future."

— Science

"A new wildlife paradigm is emerging in North America's boreal forests...Edward Struzik's deft account interweaves reportage, science and policy to show how fires that are normally key to ecological resilience are growing bigger and faster, thawing permafrost, degrading watersheds and disrupting habitats of species from grizzly bears to fungi."

— Nature

"A crackling good read on why and how megafires are burning bigger, hotter, faster and wilder through North America’s forests. Science reporting so close to the ground that you can feel the heat." 

— Andrew Nikiforuk, journalist and author of Slick Water and Energy of Slaves

"Firestorm paints a comprehensive picture of the changes taking place in the boreal forest and how wildfires are reshaping Alberta...Struzik masterfully weaves together interviews with dozens of wildfire researchers and management experts."

— Alberta Views

"Struzik...cover[s] over a century of scorched earth where science, business, and politics have collided over and over again to produce ever-shifting policies of containment and prevention. Not just a remarkable history, the book also speculates about future where humans might not eradicate megafires, but thrive nonetheless."

— Omnivoracious: The Amazon Book Review

"A fascinating and much-need account of a new, fiercer era of forest fire. Struzik is a sure guide as we set out on an uncertain path through the smoky woods and beyond."

— David George Haskell, author of The Songs of Trees and The Forest Unseen. Professor, University of the South

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