CATEGORY: CLIMATE, COLLAPSE — 24.SEP.2014
Near-Term Climate-Driven Human Extinction—Or Not —
In the first clip, conservation biologist Guy McPherson lays out his case that runaway feedback mechanisms have already been tripped and will alter the climate so significantly that humans will be unable to survive—and we'll be toast within just a few decades. Psychologist Carolyn Baker agrees and offers tips on how to live a happy life in the meantime. ~~ In part two, environmental writer Scott K. Johnson says it ain't so, that McPherson cherry picks data and extrapolates in inappropriate ways. Podcaster KMO, an excellent deep-thinker on collapse issues, says McPherson seems to be trying to make the data fit his foregone conclusions. Just as "collapse from peak oil" has not happened as precipitously as many predicted, so neither is "collapse from climate chaos" likely to drive human extinction in our lifetimes.
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Original Show Pub Date: 17.Sep.2014
CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENT (FORESTS, CLIMATE) — 29.SEP.2014
Fires in Northern Canada a Major Event in the Life of the Earth System —
Northern Canada just experienced the worst fire season ever recorded. A Canadian scientist calls them "a major event in the life of the earth system." Soot from these fires may be a primary cause of the snow surface in Greenland turning from white to dark and dirty—i.e. a major change in albido. Marc-Andre Parisien, a research scientist for the Canadian Fire Service, talks about the characteristics of the great Boreal forest and why the fires there are such a major issue.
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Original Show Pub Date: 24.Sep.2014
CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 11.SEP.2014
The High Arctic and High Anxiety —
Alex Smith provides a review of some of the disturbing climate news in the high Arctic—trends that predict a hotter and less stable climate for all of us. Climate scientist Paul Beckwith, who is just back from the glaciers of Alaska, explains. ~~ Psychologist Susie Burke talks about mental preparation for disasters and ways to cope with eco-anxiety.
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Original Show Pub Date: 02.Sep.2014, Original story title: The High Arctic and Eco-Anxiety
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