News can be a poison sometimes. Newspaper owners learned years ago that people buy frightening headlines. The motto of TV news: if it bleeds, it leads. The most horrific stories get top billing.

We all need to turn away from time to time, to those we love, to amazing Nature, and the trivia that convinces us for another day.

Lately, the climate news is too shocking even for Radio Ecoshock. In the last two weeks, I’ve been rebuilding myself, and listeners, with back-stop nourishment. We had programs on your food security, and how to be the change you desire.

Meanwhile, I’ve looked for a way to communicate the probability of catastrophe, without knocking out our will to live, and our activism.


Thomas Homer-Dixon
Presentation to the UK Parliament’s Peak Oil & Gas Subgroup May 6 2009

Q and A session at UK Parliament presentation

PowerPoint Presentation

All from this site:
(and thanks to Ecoshock listener Chris from for tipping me off to this speech!)

Phil England and Climate Radio

Hope shows up in the most improbably places. In the last half of this program, after an overview of our predicament, we’ll explore how the economic crash may delay the worst of climate disruption. Isn’t that twist? We may get time to save the ecosphere, due to our incompetence and criminality.

Hang in, as Phil England of Climate Radio arrives with experts calling for a planned economic contraction to save the remains of the natural world. He’ll interview Tim Helweg-Larsen, Director of the Public Interest Research Centre at

Phil has a regular program on Radiance FM in London, UK. That’s in our second half hour, along with a little black depression humor, called the “Global Meltdown Darby”.

Before that, you’ll hear an overview of climate and Peak Oil, from Professor Thomas Homer-Dixon. I’ve prepared a digest of his new presentation to a Committee in the British Parliament. It’s crammed with science and analysis from his new book “Carbon Shift”, including a re-think of how we can respond, given the near bankruptcy of governments and financial institutions.

But first….

The Horrible Climate News



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The Global Meltdown Darby performed by the Irish poet known as “Grassy Knoll”.

The Thomas-Homer Dixon piece contained a clip from the new movie trailer “Steam Bath” with action man Val Kilmer. Find the trailer here:

We also played a clip from “The End of the Age of Oil” by David Rovics

Find all our past Radio Ecoshock programs at our web site.

Alex Smith
your host.
Radio Ecoshock