Kate Marvel Has A Way With Words

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We Should Never Have Called It Earth

We should never have called it Earth. Three quarters of the planet’s surface is saltwater, and most of it does not lap at tranquil beaches for our amusement. The ocean is deep; things are lost at sea. Sometimes we throw them there: messages in bottles, the bodies of mutinous sailors, plastic bags of plastic debris. Our sewage.

She is a scientist who explains in language I understand, without dumbing it down too much, something as complex as climate change and its relationship to global warming. She is also funny. I found the blog post above after listening to her on this podcast, just to double check that she is consistently clear, profound and funny. She will be responsible for my staying tuned to this series:

– How a climate model actually works

– Why this is the good place

– Why there is so much variation in climate scientists’ predictions about global temperature increases

– Why global warming is only one piece of the much larger problem of climate change

– Why a hotter planet is more conducive to natural disasters

– The frightening differences between a world that experiences a 2°C temperature increase as opposed to a 5°C temperature increase

– Whether the threat of climate change requires solutions that break the boundaries of conventional politics

– The underlying stories that animate much of the climate debate

– Whether the planet can sustain continued economic growth

– What it means to “live morally” amid climate change

And much more…

Book recommendations:

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Annihilation by Jeff Vendermeer

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