Environment

The Commonality Between Two Meltdowns

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorSep 1, 2009 1:39 PM

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This brilliant post by environmental historian Steve Pyne might be the first time that anyone has compared wildfire to Wall Street:

Like economic transactions, fire is not a substance but a reaction "“ an exchange. It takes its character from its context. It synthesizes its surroundings. Its power derives from the power to propagate. To control fire, you control its setting, and you control wild fire by substituting tame fire.

H/T: Resilience Science

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