Earth Ablaze: AL Professor Mark Cochrane co-author of recent NYT Opinion

August 9, 2018
Mark Cochrane stands within the smoke in a burning peatland. "The fires smolder through the peat and spread slowly but can’t be put out by anything but flooding and end up yielding tremendous amounts of smoke," he says.

"The widespread fires this year have magnified concerns that we are locked in a worldwide pattern of conflagration that is both persistent and catastrophic." 

Communities throughout the world face an increased threat from wildfires due to a combination of factors attributed to environmental change and human behavior, argue Appalachian Laboratory faculty member Mark Cochrane and his co-authors, Don Melnick (professor of biology at Columbia University) and Mary Pearl (biologist and dean of the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York).  In "The Earth Ablaze," a recent piece for the New York Times Opinion section, Cochrane and his co-authors explore why these fires have become more intense and widespread in recent years and why the trend will likely worsen if action is not taken. 

To read the full opinion, visit the New York Time Opinion section.