Firebird Journal

Survival and Renewal in the Anthropocene

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Our climate’s “new normal” is abnormal

At the rate we’re going this time we’re in now, as filled with catastrophe as it is, will be referred to as “the good old days.” Mary Sweeney commenting in the NY Times We interrupt this broadcast… So there I was, making notes on the longer-term impacts of climate change, when the news started pouring […]

Beyond the Decade of Reckoning

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“I have a child who is of an age that he could live to see the year 2100. So this isn’t such a remote problem.” — David Wrathall, Oregon State University climate migration researcher You’ve probably seen a Star Wars movie where the characters scurry around without space suits on a remote desert planet. (That’s […]

Which way for the planet in the 2020s? (Part 4: Save the Amazon, save ourselves)

By the end of the 2020’s, we’ll know which way we’re headed: toward environmental oblivion or an era of global restoration (This is Part 4 of a four-part series. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.) What would a radical reversal of Brazil’s current environmental policies tell us? What could it do for us?  Brazil’s […]

We Are Still In!(Climate Fix Flop, part 3)

…the unofficial, nation-wide U.S. group “We Are Still In” set up camp at the Bonn, Germany, COP23 climate talks in a pavilion it called the “U.S. Climate Action Center”