The Pyrocene: How We Created an Age of Fire, and What Happens Next

The Pyrocene: How We Created an Age of Fire, and What Happens Next

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  • Stephen J. Pyne
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • 5.5" x 8.25"

A provocative rethinking of how humans and fire have evolved together over time—and our responsibility to reorient this relationship before it’s too late. The Pyrocene tells the story of what happened when a fire-wielding species, humanity, met an especially fire-receptive time in Earth's history. Since terrestrial life first appeared, flames have flourished. Over the past two million years, however, one genus gained the ability to manipulate fire, swiftly remaking both itself and eventually the world. We developed small guts and big heads by cooking food; we climbed the food chain by cooking landscapes; now we have become a geologic force by cooking the planet.