Edward Struzik

Edward Struzik

Edward Struzik has been writing about scientific and environmental issues for more than 30 years. A fellow at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, his numerous accolades include the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal, awarded for outstanding contributions to the understanding of science. In 1996 he was awarded the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and spent a year at Harvard and MIT researching environment, evolutionary biology, and politics with E.O. Wilson, Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin. His 2015 book, Future Arctic, focuses on the effects of climate change in the Canadian Arctic and the impacts they will have on rest of the world. His other books include Arctic Icons, The Big Thaw, and Northwest Passage. He is an active speaker and lecturer, and his work as a regular contributor to Yale Environment 360 covers topics such as the effects of climate change and fossil fuel extraction on northern ecosystems and their inhabitants. He is on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, a citizens’ organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well-being of northern Canada and its peoples. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Fort McMurray Fire | Courtesy of RCMP Fort McMurray

A Gripping Narrative on the New Reality of Wildfire

Photos from the book Firestorm, now available in paperback, offer a glimpse into the new reality of wildfire.

Today’s headlines reveal a new reality of devastating megafires in places like Greenland, Central Africa, and California. Massive wildfires loom as costly, deadly threats—and demand radical new approaches to forests, wildfires, and our relationship with the natural world.

Now, award-wrinning journalist and explorer Edward Struzik delivers an update of his 2017 title FirestormStruzik confronts the new reality of wildfire, offering a deftly woven tale of science, economics, politics, and human determination. He visits scorched earth from Alaska to Maine, and introduces the scientists, firefighters, and resource managers making the case for a different approach to managing wildfire in the 21st century.

The photos below offer a glimpse into some of the stories that Struzik shares in Firestorm. 

Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future

How Wildfires Will Shape Our Future — Ed Struzik Interview

A podcast interview with Ed Struzik, author of Firestorm: How Wildfires Will Shape Our Future

As flames continue to engulf Southern California, it's clear we need a radically different approach to managing wildfires in this age of growing megafires. No longer can wildfires be treated as avoidable events because the risks and dangers are becoming too great and costly. As Firestorm author Ed Struzik details in our latest Infinite Earth Radio podcast episode, we must learn how to make ourselves more resilient to wildfires. How exactly? Give it a listen below to find out.

The Infinite Earth Radio podcast is a weekly podcast produced by Skeo in association with the Local Government Commission.

Check out our entire series of podcasts on urban resilience topics HERE

Island Press | Photo by Edward Struzik

#ForewordFriday: Wildfire and Water Edition

From “California Wildfires Rip Through Parched Land,” to “Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate in Southern France,” to “Devastating Wildfire Can Be Seen from Space,” news headlines around the world reveal a new reality of devastating megafires....

From “California Wildfires Rip Through Parched Land,” to “Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate in Southern France,” to “Devastating Wildfire Can Be Seen from Space,” news headlines around the world reveal a new reality of devastating megafires. This summer, California’s Detwiler Fire burned over 80,000 acres and crept uncomfortably close to Yosemite National Park. In Canada, military aircrafts were called in to battle flames that ravaged British Columbia and forced the evacuation of nearly 40,000 people. Megafires like these loom as costly and potentially deadly threats—and insist on a radical new way of thinking about forests, wildfires, and our relationship to the natural world.

In Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future, journalist and explorer Edward Struzik offers a page-turning examination of wildfires in the age of climate change. With verity and heart, it points to the ways that we, and the wilder inhabitants of our forests, might yet flourish in an age of megafires.

Check out an excerpt from the book below, and pick up the e-book for just $7.99 this month only.