[Vision2020] Interview With Peter Ward Prof. of Biology U. of W. Author of "Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past..."

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 16:37:07 PDT 2011

Coast to Coast AM (locally at night on KOZE AM 950 Lewiston), now hosted
mostly by George Noory, who replaced retired Art Bell, features an odd mix
of interviews with conspiracy theorists, pseudo-scientific paranormal,
global warming denialist, or alien Earth visitation or on Mars nonsense
etc., and some credible competent scientists.  Among the competent
scientists is U of W. biologist Peter Ward, who was interviewed last night.
The interview can be listened to off the Coast to Coast AM second
website below.  Info on professor Ward's book on extinctions and global
warming mentioned in the subject heading is from Amazon.com lower down:


 Peter Ward

Peter Ward is Professor of Biology, a Professor of Earth and Space Sciences,
and Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington in
Seattle. He is Principal Investigator of the University of Washington node
of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, which involves the leadership of over 25
scientists studying the probability of finding life beyond the Earth. He is
also Senior Councilor of the Paleontological Society, and was awarded an
Affiliate Professorship at the California Institute of Technology.

Past Shows:
Planetary Science / Vet Health
June 1, 2011
Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and
What They Can Tell Us About Our Future [Hardcover]
Peter D. Ward<http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&field-author=Peter%20D.%20Ward>

Popular science writer and paleontologist Ward presents breaking news about
the link between past mass extinctions and global warming. Disarmingly
engaging, Ward combines tales of his own punishing fieldwork with a piquant
history of the controversies that have dogged scientists seeking the cause
of the "mother of all extinctions" in the Permian period. This provides the
foundation for a stunning discovery: evidence of past greenhouse
extinctions. As Ward carefully parses the data and its implications, he
observes, "the key to climate change seems to be both the level and the rate
at which carbon dioxide rises in the atmosphere," no matter its source. Ward
also illuminates the symbiosis between ocean currents and climate change,
then explains why, as the northern ice cap melts, it is likely that the
Atlantic conveyor current system will be altered, thus accelerating climate
change. Ward asserts that humankind has flourished during a remarkable
period of climatic stability and notes how tragic it will be if our carbon
habit brings this boon to a catastrophic end. An important addition to the
necessary literature of global warming. *Donna Seaman*
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