Join us for a conversation between David Grinspoon (author of Earth in Human Hands) and David Biello (author of The Unnatural World). Chuck Nice will moderate.
Dr. David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author, as well as a frequent advisor to NASA on space exploration strategy. In 2013 he was appointed as the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress, where he studied the human impact on Earth and organized a public symposium on the Longevity of Human Civilization. Grinspoon's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Scientific American, Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. He lectures widely, and appears frequently on television, radio, and podcasts, including as a frequent guest on StarTalk Radio and host of the new spinoff StarTalk All Stars.
David Biello (@dbiello) is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999 -- long enough to be cynical but not long enough to be entirely depressed. He is currently the science curator for TED and a contributing editor at Scientific American. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and serves as the host and writer for the PBS documentary series Beyond the Light Switch and The Ethanol Effect. He lives with his family near a Superfund site in Brooklyn.
For the first time in Earth's history, our planet is experiencing a confluence of rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. Climate change is only the most visible of the modifications we've made--up until this point, inadvertently--to the planet. And our current behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures.
A Science Friday and Smithsonian Magazine Best Science Book of the Year
With the historical perspective of The Song of the Dodo and the urgency of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, a brilliant young environmental journalist argues that we must innovate and adapt to save planet Earth.