Google Autofill: Are Climate Scientists…?

by Miles Traer

Over the course of our show, we’ve recorded quite a few interviews covering climate change, from abrupt climate shifts, to sea level rise, to the link between climate and human conflict, to how food systems are responding to warmer temperatures, to climate change on other planets… the list goes on.  But one thing we haven’t done?  We haven’t tackled the most queried questions on Google about climate scientists themselves.  Yep, that’s right. It’s time for another installation of Miles attempts to answer Google Autofill’s questions.  Using Google, I typed “are climate scientists” followed by every letter of the alphabet and tried to answer the resulting auto-completed question.  This time around, I had a little help from some amazing climate scientists (and contributors to our show) Katharine Hayhoe and Kaustubh Thirumalai: Continue reading

Ecocriticism & the collision of environment and faith

Literary ecocritic George Handley discusses how literature ranging from sacred texts like the Bible to Charles Dickens to Twilight shape our perceptions of environmental morality.  He also discusses the influences of the Mormon faith on his environmental ethics, and why he feels “a Christian obligation to listen very carefully to science,” including climate change, evolution, and geologic time.

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What Would Jesus Do (about climate change)?

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe discusses her Christianity in the context of her academic career… and her marriage to a one time climate skeptic.  She also reflects on whether or not the Anthropocene might have begun with Adam & Eve’s exodus from the Garden of Eden.

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Western religion and the environment

Brent Sockness discusses his work studying Western religious thought, the religious overtones within the environmental movement, and the often overlooked role religion might play in the Anthropocene.

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