Stephen J Pyne
Emeritus Professor, Arizona State University

Stephen J Pyne is an emeritus professor at Arizona State University. His latest book is Fire: A Brief History (2nd revised edition, 2019).

Written by Stephen J Pyne

A firefighter battling the King Fire in Fresh Pond, California, on 17 September 2014. Photo by Noah Berger/Reuters

Essay/
Deep time
The planet is burning

Wild, feral and fossil-fuelled, fire lights up the globe. Is it time to declare that humans have created a Pyrocene?

Stephen J Pyne

A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on 26 July 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty

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Earth science and climate
The fire age

We can melt ice sheets and cook landscapes. When humans made fire, they made themselves and their planet too

Stephen J Pyne

Firefighters battle the Wallow Fire, the second largest wildfire in Arizona’s history. As of 10 June 2011, the fire had consumed 409,000 acres of forest. Photo EPA/Rick D’Elia/Corbis

Essay/
Ecology and environmental sciences
Burning like a mountain

Fire has come roaring back into America’s West after a century of attempted extirpation. Can our land take the wild heat?

Stephen J Pyne

On the Antarctic Plateau. Photo by Graham Denyer/Australian Antarctic Division

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Architecture
The ice inferno

Without night or day, and the sun spinning slowly in a cold sky. Could you stand the mental hypothermia?

Stephen J Pyne