Hell on Earth: The Wildfire Pandemic

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Macmillan, Apr 28, 2009 - Nature - 288 pages
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The world is burning, and it appears that we are to blame. Devastating wildfires are increasing throughout the United States. Each year, more and more acres of the Brazilian rain forest are destroyed in ferocious blazes. Vast areas of wilderness around the world are dying, setting the stage for a human and environmental tragedy.

David L. Porter had been covering wild fires in the American Southwest for more than twelve years. The loss of his Lake Arrowhead home to a wildfire in 2003 compelled him to look more closely into why conflagrations are rising worldwide. Porter's investigation revealed a global pandemic of wildfires, which has been highlighted by the 2007 fires in Southern California.

Hell on Earth gives readers a greater awareness of the growing threat of massive wildfires and outlines the political, social, and environmental effects these blazes have on our planet. It also takes a look at what we can do at an individual level to ensure our safety---from local forest management to fire safety precautions to global initiatives. It is our responsibility to take action and protect our planet and lives from these catastrophes or become their victims. Hell on Earth is wake up call for us all.

 

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Global warming and apathy combine to make large wildfires more frequent, contends former Mountain News managing editor Porter.The author, who lost his own house in the 2003 Southern California ... Read full review

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In the past five years, the Southwest U. S., and in particular Southern California, has suffered three seasons of crisis-level wildfires; 2003 alone saw the loss of 32 lives, nearly 4,000 homes and ... Read full review

Contents

AUTHORS NOTE
11
PROLOGUE
23
DECEMBER 2002
31
Fire Kills in Many Ways 12
42
THE BRIDGE FIRE
61
THE HONORABLE ANN VENEMAN
79
A Fire Season Big Enough for Texas
116
THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
133
ONE OF OUR OWN
149
WITHOUT A CHANCE
187
THE FIRES WIND DOWN
197
HELL CONTINUED
205
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
259
NOTES
267
INDEX
281
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DAVID L. PORTER was the managing editor of the Mountain News in Lake Arrowhead, California. He specialized in covering ecological and environmental issues in rural San Bernadino County.

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