Hello. My name is Simon Pirani. I write here about the climate and ecological crisis; energy and energy workers; science, technology and society; history; and other things. The site also has articles by guest authors, interviews, reviews and pamphlets.
From 2011 until February 2021, I was writing here under a pseudonym, Gabriel Levy. I am no longer doing so.
I am an energy researcher and historian. My book, Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption (Pluto Press, 2018) is relevant to some themes on this site. You will find other things I have written at simonpirani.com.
People & Nature articles have been republished by the Ecologist, Open Democracy, Red Pepper, Libcom, The Pensive Quill, RS21, London Green Left, Climate and Capitalism and elsewhere. My writing on Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan has appeared in LeftEast, The Russian Reader and Russian- and Ukrainian-language sites including OpenLeft, Commons.ua and Nihilist.
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