Hellfire in Alberta – The Notley Government One Year On and the Fort McMurray Wildfire (Part Three – Capitalism and the Wildfire)
- Friday, 15 July 2016
- Rob Lyon
We have seen how a complex interaction of both natural and human factors developed into the catastrophe of the Fort McMurray wildfire. There was no way this specific fire could have been predicted or prevented. One of the key factors in all of this has been human activity. The issue of historic wildfire management and suppression techniques reveals the limits imposed on us by chaotic and complex systems, and shows us the current limits of our scientific understanding and our ability to manage nature. Without complete knowledge of how a given complex system works, our actions can have unintended consequences.