From 7pm until 8pm

Stephen J Pyne coined the term Pyrocene in 2015 to describe a Fire Age as comparable to the Ice Ages. The central idea revolves around the human use of fire from the dawn of civilization to today when burning fossil fuels causes climate change. These rapid changes in our climate have led to severe drought, longer fire seasons, bigger fires, and forest land conversion. We see the destruction from mega forest fires from Australia to the Amazon, Scandinavia to Southern Europe, and in North America. 

We will discuss the effects of forest fires in the ecosystem, prescribed burning, fire prevention and detection, fire weather, and more complex issues such as adequate funding at the national level to manage forest fires under a changing climate. Should Smokey Bear replace his fire-fighting shovel with a drip torch used in prescribed burning? How are New Hampshire forests different from those in California or Montana?

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92821776872

Meeting ID: 928 2177 6872