Fire: How Climate Change is Altering our Attitudes to Wildfires
Fire has made us who we are, having a major impact on human evolution, but how will we deal with it in the future? With Andrew Scott, Jennifer Balch and David Bowman.
As fire risks change due to climate change, how should we deal with fire to protect human health and property without compromising the integrity of our environment? Bridget Kendall asks the geologist Andrew Scott, the fire ecologist Jennifer Balch and the biologist David Bowman.
(Photo: A fire tornado in California, USA. Credit: Getty Images)
David Bowman is Professor of Environmental Change Biology at the University of Tasmania in Australia. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Adjunct Professor at the School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University and Adjunct Professor at the School of Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne. He believes that to truly understand fire and manage it, you have to be able to see it in its totality, which includes the moral dimension of fire, and politics and gender. David Bowman also argues that going back to ancient Aboriginal fire practices could be part of the solution to deal with wildfires today.