Fire & Ice Pt II with Charles Wohlforth, Author, and Dr. Erin Pettit, Glaciologist.
Charles Wohlforth’s books include The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change which won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and more recently The Fate of Nature: Rediscovering Our Ability to Rescue the Earth. Charles and Baruch discuss the significance of ice in forming the Earth’s surface, and to humanity.
• The Charles Wohlforth interview in the podcast is half of the full interview. Hear the full Charles Wohlforth interview here.
Dr. Erin Pettit, Glaciologist of Oregon State University, just back from Antarctica, talks about a particular ice shelf she’s been monitoring for many years, and how it is changing, as well as describing what’s happening to a glacier on Washington’s Mt. Baker. Dr. Pettit is the founder of Inspiring Girls Expeditions which brings girls from all backgrounds on expeditions.
While there are still some folks who refuse to accept that human activity contributes to climate/atmospheric change, it’s clear that human activity of dumping chemicals and fumes into the atmosphere does have an effect. It is also clear that the climate of the Earth is changing. Glaciers, which have provided water to many societies for thousands of years, are melting away. What will happen when the glaciers are gone?