Firebird Journal

Survival and Renewal in the Anthropocene

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Monopolies, volatility, famine and war

How Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian grain shipments exposes cracks in the global food distribution system  “If we do not feed people, we feed conflict.” — Antonio Guterres, U.N. Secretary General       Since early April, U.N. authorities and others have warned of an imminent food crisis in East Africa and the Middle East. With Russia’s naval […]

Can the Ukrainian war become the inflection point for climate action?

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” — Yogi Berra You’d think everybody would be sick of this stuff by now. Resource wars, dictators, armies, death and general mayhem — haven’t we had enough? Apparently not. As the war in Ukraine proves, human derangement yet abides in some quarters. But perhaps not for […]

On Petrostates, War and Ticking Climate Clocks

In the early 1990s, I was invited to give a talk at a conference on “ecological design” at Cooper Union College in New York City. There, in the main auditorium, the assembled conferees listened to an address by a representative of the British Petroleum Company, which had recently rebranded itself as “BP…Beyond Petroleum.” The spokesperson, […]