- Susan Quinn, ELEANOR AND HICK & Naomi Oreskes, THE COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
- Overpopulation: Ecological Elephant In The Room?
- Naomi Oreskes, THE COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION & Dr. James Hansen, STORMS OF MY GRANDCHILDREN
- Paul Ehrlich, HOPE ON EARTH & Ryan Mitchell, TINY HOUSE LIVING
- Elizabeth Kolbert, THE SIXTH EXTINCTION & Annalee Newitz, SCATTER, ADAPT AND REMEMBER
- Boris Fishman, A REPLACEMENT LIFE & John Cushman, KEYSTONE AND BEYOND
- John Cushman of Inside Climate News: Keystone XL Pipeline
- Ruth Thomas-Suh, REJECT, Herbert Thomas, THE SHAME RESPONSE TO REJECTION & John Cushman on KXL
- Alan Weisman, COUNTDOWN
- David Bollier on The Commons: GREEN GOVERNANCE & VIRAL SPIRAL
- Richard Heinberg, SNAKE OIL & Bill McKibben, OIL AND HONEY
- Brian Fagan, THE ATTACKING OCEAN & Christine Shearer, KIVALINA
- Menno Schilthuizen, DARWIN COMES TO TOWN & George Kourounis, ANGRY PLANET
- Paolo Bacigalupe (encore), Susan Rockefeller, MISSION OF MERMAIDS & Jason Chin, ISLAND
- Barbara Kingsolver, FLIGHT BEHAVIOR & James Howard Kunstler TOO MUCH MAGIC
- Richard Zacks, ISLAND OF VICE & Stan Cox, LOSING OUR COOL
- Jonathan Koomey, COLD CASH, COOL CLIMATE & Philip Warburg, HARVEST THE WIND
- Philip Warburg, HARVEST THE WIND
- William deBuys, A GREAT ARIDNESS & Dave Gardner, GROWTHBUSTERS
- Will Potter, GREEN IS THE NEW RED & David Gessner, MY GREEN MANIFESTO
- John Elder Robison, BE DIFFERENT & Tony Sorgi, The New Earth Archive
- Amy Seidl, FINDING HIGHER GROUND & Matthew Stein, WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
- Jim Motavalli, HIGH VOLTAGE & James Hoggan, CLIMATE COVER-UP
- John Michael Greer, APOCALYPSE NOT & Richard Heinberg, THE END OF GROWTH
- James Workman, HEART OF DRYNESS & Christine Shearer, KIVALINA
Then, adventurer and documentarian George Kourounis travels the planet to witness the impact of climate change. He tells us about the revival of his TV series Angry Planet (KCET and LINK TV.)
The world observes Earth Day each year on April 22. Itâ€™s the day we celebrate the environment that gives us life and sustenance.
However, we may find little to celebrate and much to grieve, as the Trump administration tries to undo fifty years of environmental protection and more than a hundred years of conservation.
Public lands are being sold off to the highest bidder, clean air and water regulations are under attack, wildlife protections are being undone, and our coastal waters are being threatened by oil and gas development.
But there are some things to celebrate. In spite of the overall toll that human activity is taking on the health of ecosystems around the planet, there are some species that are thriving within the human built environment.
Evolutionary biologist Menno Schuilthuizen has been studying the endless diversity of life since he was a little boy collecting bugs in his backyard in the Netherlands. That backyard is long gone now, replaced by an urban jungle that surprisingly may be even more biodiverse than the Dutch countryside. And thatâ€™s a phenomenon heâ€™s observed all over the world.
As cities take up more of our planet, many animal species are evolving to adapt. Like mosquitos on the London Underground who only bite humans. Or coyotes who find plenty of prey in our urban parks. Or, even giant catfish dining on pigeons. And, as a big mammal species ourselves, we may be evolving as urban animals, too.
Schilthuizen explores this development in his fascinating new book Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution.
SchulthuizenÂ is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist based at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands and holds a chair in evolution at Leiden University. In addition to Darwin Comes To Town, heâ€™s the author of three other popular science books, including Nature’s Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds, and Beasts Tell Us About Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ourselves.
Canadian explorer and storm chaser George Kourounis traveled the globe as the host of the Angry Planet TV series. In its 49 episodes, he got up close with the most violent and spectacular forces on Earth, from tornadoes to hurricanes to volcanoes and more.
Now heâ€™s back with a revival, this time reporting back from the front lines of climate change. As the planet heats up, natural disasters are becoming more frequent and severe. In a call to action for change, the new series of Angry Planet asks the human race to step up and make a difference. It premiered on April 4 on KCET and Link TV. The episodes are being rolled out online, where you can see the first one, “Rising Oceans.”
Writer’s Voice Book Pick of the week:Â The Nature Loverâ€™s Quotation Book: An Inspired Collection For Hiking, Camping and the Great Outdoors (Hatherleigh Press)