IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER… starting with our most recent show
Big Storms Rolling In November 25, 2020 – Record-smashing hurricanes and typhoons landed all over the world this month. During a pandemic. The untold story of the new mega-storms, ugly possibilities, and new science. Guest: scientist Pinaki Chakraborty from Okinawa Japan. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Pella Thiel: The Collapse of Meaning November 18, 2020 – Oxford scientist Michael Clark: emissions from current food production alone will push us over the climate cliff. It is new science, but there is something we can do. But we know climate change is just part of our planet-wrecking. For the really big picture we go to another environmental hero from Sweden: Pella Thiel. I know many of you are struggling to keep going, or ducking into home shelters as the virus washes over everything. Outside, the natural world is in crisis too. Below the election and health headlines, strange and violent storms, floods, fires and heat continue., even if we try to ignore the climate emergency. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Ultimate Threat: Climate Vs. Terawatts of Solar November 11, 2020 – With political turmoil and a raging pandemic, why talk about climate change? Aside extreme weather popping up all over the world, Professor James Renwick says climate change is THE big threat for all humanity. As an organizer of the upcoming Intergovernmental Report on climate science, with a distinguished career, Renwick must be heard. Then a world expert on solar technology, Dr. Pierre Verlinden agrees we are on the road to climate disaster. He explains the way forward to new clean energy – enough to power the planet. Welcome to Radio Ecoshock. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Tim Garrett: The Physics of Clouds & Collapse (replay) November 4, 2020 – A full length interview with Professor Tim Garrett, University of Utah. Clouds, Arctic pollution, & climate change. Energy, wealth & collapse. The life-cycle of civilizations and the electricity of brains. A wide-ranging interview, a classic big picture show, as we await election results in America and hope to survive the new wave of Coronavirus. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Climate, Pandemic and Human Extinction October 28, 2020 – Did pandemic lockdowns and the move to online life at least help us cut our climate-killing emissions? From Beijing, new science led by our guest Dr. Zhu Liu provides unexpected answers. Then Canadian scientist Megan Kirchmeier-Young explains extreme rains and floods are popping up all over. But first: can climate change drive humans to extinction? The past speaks to the future with Prof. Pasquale Raia from Italy. Three international guests this week on Radio Ecoshock. The image for this week’s show, called “Fish Wife” is from American painter Kevin Paulsen. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Hurricanes and Arctic Fires: A World Slipping Away Unnoticed October 21, 2020 – We investigate zombie fires in the Arctic with Dr. Jessica McCarty, and the new wave of hurricanes as Alex Harris of the Miami Herald interviews Rutgers scientist Dr. Jennifer Francis. Buried under the surge of COVID sickness and death in the northern hemisphere, and the dire circus of the American election, real climate news shows nature as we need it – is slipping away. Half the corals of Australia announced dead. A vast swamp of Brazil burned over. Ice vanishing at the Poles and it’s all just blips on our news radar, gone in seconds. Radio Ecoshock doggedly continues to cover the big shift on this planet. This is real news we need today.
“We are the generation that is likely to witness the destruction of our Earth.” So says Dr Joëlle Gergis, the award-winning climate scientist from Australian National University. In the Guardian newspaper October 15, Gergis continues “Soon we will be facing 50C summer temperatures in our southern capital cities, longer and hotter bushfire seasons, and more punishing droughts. We will be increasingly forced to shelter in our homes as dangerous heat and oppressive smoke become regular features of the Australian summer. Looking back from this future, the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020 will feel like a luxury holiday.” Meanwhile, the largest wildfires ever recorded in both California and Colorado continue to burn. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Petro-masculinity, Climate & Authoritarian Desire October 14, 2020 – Women leaders control the COVID-19 pandemic better than nations led by men. Would that be true of climate action too? Welcome to petro-masculinity, and the renewed call for woman power with Cara Daggett and Jennie C. Stephens. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Worse Than What You Heard October 7, 2020 – Even during the pandemic, strange heat waves roil the sea and set the Poles to melt. 5.9 degrees C. of warming by 2100 – and 8 foot sea level rise! From the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research new science with Professor Ricarda Winkelmann. From the University of Bern Switzerland, a new understanding of marine heat waves with Dr. Christine Laufkotter. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
When the Weird Becomes Harder September 30, 2020 – Even during the pandemic, 2020 offers more wildfires, strong storms, heat waves, low sea ice and melting glaciers. NCAR Distinguished Scholar Kevin Trenberth and from the UK, Professor Mike Benton, two scientists at the top of their game, explain how we got here and where this goes. We cover it all from ice to ocean heat waves to mass extinction. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
The Arctic Has Entered A New Climate State September 23, 2020 – Ice is rapidly disappearing from both Poles. Two polar ice experts report latest science. From the U.S. National Center For Atmospheric Research in Colorado, Arctic scientist Laura Landrum: in 2020, the Arctic has reached a new climate state. Thomas Slater from Leeds University UK reports ice loss from glaciers has surpassed the worst case scenarios. Manhattan-size chunks falling away, other ice shelves shatter in unnatural heat and warmed-up seas. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
SPECIAL: Burning of the West! September 16, 2020 – Up to a million evacuate as the Western States burned with unbearable heat and fire. David Wallace-Wells, journalist and author of “The Uninhabitable Earth” is hot on the fires in California and Oregon. From San Francisco climate scientist Zeke Hausfather on his poisoned orange skies, fire fears, and how we can steer away from a worse catastrophe in climate change. Both interviews are loaded with facts and perspectives only in the Radio Ecoshock climate emergency broadcast. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Surviving in the Age of Extreme Heat September 12, 2020 – Get my new e-book “Surviving in the Age of Extreme Heat” Make a PayPal donation of $7.95 (use the PayPal button on any page.) I will see your donation and email you within 24 hours with your copy of the book as a .pdf file. Most computers already have an Adobe pdf. reader loaded. If not, you can get a free Reader software from Adobe here. WHAT’S IN IT? The book is over 150 pages of transcripts from the best scientists, authors and experts on extreme heat. It covers everything from the ways heat can kill, what you can do, and what to expect as climate change unfolds. These are the key interviews from the Radio Ecoshock show, with an introduction by Alex Smith and a final chapter on ideas for surviving when high heat strikes. All the links to original source documents are there for you to follow up. This book helps anyone understand the greatest and most deadly danger from climate change. Students, activists, journalists, and any human on the planet can use this searchable source. You can copy parts of the book for your blogs, Tweets, articles or posts (but do not copy the whole book, or sell any part of it for commercial use). None of this important information was taught when you went to school. Now with the West burning, and heat records set all over the world, heat itself is becoming a number one killer in the world. Everyone needs this information. Please pass on news about this book to everyone you know.
Hot News With Alan Weisman September 9, 2020 – We talk with Alan Weisman author of the global best sellers “The World Without Us” and “Countdown”. But first news you may have missed. During the pandemic, while millions wonder where the rent or mortgage payment will come from – all of it played out on a stage of extreme weather! Over the decades, climate change has been building. In the northern hemisphere summer of 2020 it showed up as heat and flames. Radio Ecoshock covers the heat this week, and next. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Climate Emergency During Pandemic September 2, 2020 – “Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency” – new book with guest Mark Lynas. Was the frightening weather of summer 2020 partly due to shutting down our cars, ships, and planes? UK scientist Chris Smith with new findings and a doorway to save ourselves during these wrenching changes. Spot music “With Peace In Our Hearts” new from Eliza Gilkyson. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Best of Radio Ecoshock Shows, Summer 2020 July 1, 2020 – Summer replay shows posted HERE.
This Is Our Chance June 24, 2020 – The latest models point toward climate disaster – but not right away? Interview with one of the great climate modeling scientists of the world, Oxford Professor Tim Palmer. Plus: a trick in the ocean may disappoint humanity. From Columbia University and the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, Dr. Galen McKinley reveals the ocean reacts to our emissions in problematic ways. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
From Extinction to Climate Engineering June 17, 2020 – Global warming can cause an extinction-level hole in the ozone, says Dr. John Marshall from UK’s University of Southampton. From Milan, Dr. Anna Abatayo’s paper “Solar geoengineering may lead to excessive cooling and high strategic uncertainty”. Aided by Alan Robock, Alex reports 20 reasons why climate engineering may not be a good idea. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
The Third Rail: Radical Climate Change During It All June 10, 2020 – While death and disease stalk nations & protests fill the streets, Nature will rock your world. New science shows the big ice sheets of Antarctica melted six times faster than now, just a few thousand years ago. Could sea level be pushed higher in just a few years? Back from his expedition, our guest is Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge. Then to Siberia, where “zombie” fires can rise out of the winter snow, & temperatures this spring are off the charts. Eyes-in-the-sky scientist Mark Parrington from the EU Copernicus service with a surprising take on global wildfires. Ready or not, the heat, storms and rising seas are showing up this year, and every year to come. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Your Future Has Arrived June 3, 2020 – Heat beyond human tolerance has arrived in the Australian outback. From Alice Springs, physician specialist Dr. Simon Quilty with tales of wilting people, dying trees and a future gone walkabout. Hear this warning to a heating planet. And why don’t we count heat deaths, the way we count Coronavirus deaths? That makes it time for hot summer listening – from my earlier interview with Dr. Camilo Mora: “Twenty-Seven Ways a Heat Wave Can Kill You: Deadly Heat in the Era of Climate Change”.
Transfixed by news of riots, mass burials, and fear of disease another relentless force continues. On May 27 it was 98 degrees Fahrenheit, about 37 degrees C – in Montreal Canada. The average high for that time of year is 70 Fahrenheit, or 21 degrees C. The province of Quebec has Canada’s highest number of COVID-19 cases, over 50,000 people tested positive, and about 4500 deaths. Their economy has more or less closed down. Every stage has it’s backdrop. For our times, that is climate change. We may find a vaccine for the new Coronavirus. A new business landscape may form. But a hotter world is certain. Extreme weather is the new violence running behind the news.
Because of the pandemic, the United Nations has called off the world climate summit for this year. They did not even try to make it a virtual gathering – a move that should have been made years ago. Instead of diplomats, scientists, activists and media flying in from all over the world, the COP climate conference system needs to take it’s own medicine and ditch air travel. I guess we can just postpone climate action for another year. Except dealing with climate is just like the pandemic. Earlier action can save millions of lives. Each year of delay brings the on-set of calamity that much closer, becoming harder and harder to put out the fire. That is why you and I keep the climate watch on Radio Ecoshock.
COVID Infects World Nuclear Plants May 27, 2020 – Like meat packing plants, the novel Corona virus is infecting workers in nuclear power plants around the world. The danger is too high to imagine. Alex covers this new risk in a country review, with starring roles for America and Russia, the two countries among the most COVID-19 cases on Earth. Guest Grant Smith from the Environmental Working Group joins in. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Lethal Heat Warning May 20, 2020 – From the UK’s University of Exeter, Professor Tim Lenton explains the climate niche where most of humanity lives. But that zone is shifting, and billions of humans will migrate away from uninhabitable countries, mostly northward toward the Poles – not centuries but mere decades from now. Dr. Radley Horton from Columbia University warns killer heat and humidity are already popping up around the world, including the United States. Human productivity, crops, and lives are lost, with more to come in a rapidly warming world. Like the virus, the greenhouse world doesn’t care if you believe it, deny it, or postpone action. Now we are in a race to keep as much earth as we can within limits dictated by our health. Almost anyone could see the new Coronavirus boiling up in China. In a global world it was bound to come, but still most other countries did not react and prepare. Now leading scientists have another warning: extreme and deadly heat is not just the future, it is already here. Will we listen this time? Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
COVID Brazil: Disaster Unfolds May 13, 2020 – In these early days of the Brazilian virus onslaught, we hear direct from Sao Paulo with Gustavo Ribeiro, Editor of The Brazilian Report. Then we talk with Tenney Naumer, an American experienced in health and finance – who lived in Brazil for 14 years. The pandemic is becoming a mirror of the U.S., complete with a President in denial. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Famine Follows Pandemic May 6, 2020 – David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme warns the Security Council: a famine of “Biblical proportions” is developing in the 2020 pandemic. Then California author Richard Heinberg works through the fragile food chain and resilient action. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Two Crises on a Small Planet April 29, 2020 – While many of us are stuck at home, U.S. Geological Survey reports finds extreme flooding will double every five years. You hear study author Sean Vitousek. Remember when nuclear fusion was the answer? Or blocking out the sun? Our first guest Professor Duncan McLaren explains why technical delusions are so dangerous. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Anxiety and the Flight to Safe Living April 22, 2020 – Did you feel a sense of dread about the way things were going, even before the Corona virus pandemic? Five years ago when clinical psychologist Margaret Klein Salamon claimed a climate emergency she was called alarmist and extreme. Now cities and countries all over the world call a climate emergency. Margaret has a new book on how to overcome eco-anxiety. Forget the year 2100 – new science shows ocean systems begin to die off during this decade, with land ecology soon after. Dr. Alex Pigot joins from London to explain this major paper published in the journal Nature. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
COVID and Climate Together: Grief and Truth April 15, 2020 – Even as pandemic deaths in Europe and the United State appear to be cresting, we are already seeing extreme weather. Australian researcher David Spratt, author of Code Red, explains threats from simultaneous pandemic and climate change. From Detroit, food organizer Malik Yakini reports from an African American community in grief, hope, and a wave of new interest in local food. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Coronavirus: Five reports from the ground April 8, 2020 – Personal reports from non-profit radio hosts & volunteers: Maria Gilardin from TUC Radio San Francisco; from Australia, Vivien Langford, producer of Beyond Zero Emissions; soil scientist Jackie Heinyl, a volunteer for Red Cross emergencies – the view from Pennsylvania; from the UK, radio and podcast host Greg Moffitt; and Chicago radio producer Dale Lehman. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Coronavirus: What can you do and how can it end? April 1, 2020 – Popular UK nurse teacher Dr. John Campbell’s tips. Scientist Paul Beckwith says Canada blundered into disaster, and clearing air could release 25 years worth of warming – this spring or summer. I’m Alex Smith. Here we go. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Growing Out of This Horrible Crisis March 25, 2020 – I have just one message for you now: it is not too late to prepare to feed yourself, those you love, and maybe even your community. We need to produce local food, and food in your yard or balcony, right now. Buy seeds. I will explain basic steps and possibilities in this whirl-wind of days. Then we go to my classic interview with the original urban homesteader, Jules Dervaes, and my chat with Marjory Wildcraft, founder of Grow Your Own Groceries. She tells us how to survive a crisis, even in a dark apartment! Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
The Hardest of Times Under the Black Coronavirus March 18, 2020 – How long to self isolate during the Corona virus? – new science from John Hopkins. For this crisis, Alex calls tear out your lawn and grow food. You may need it. Interview with Professor Jos Lelieveld of Max Planck Institute on the other pandemic every year: air pollution kills millions. Could the big shutdown bring more heat this spring? Special guest Eliza Gilkyson on her new album “2020” – music for this time! There is a way out, but it is not the way we came. We start the show with a clip from her song “In the Name of the Lord”. I speak with Eliza later this hour, and end with another song from this inspiring artist. We talk about getting though the hardest of times. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Corona Virus – With Dr. John Campbell March 11, 2020 – Dr. John Campbell, UK teacher of nurses and YouTube guide explains how the novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) hurts us, who and how many. What medical science and experience can tell us as we enter uncharted territory both economic and social. Plus 1918 Epidemic survivor with a warning, and new music by David Rovics: Corona Virus Climate Catastrophe Fascist Empire 2020 Blues Massacree”. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Corona Climate Collapse – and The Sequel March 4, 2020 – As we struggle with disease, crash & climate disaster: what next? UK activist Shaun Chamberlin on new film “The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilization?” Then: stop worrying about the Arctic methane bomb, says scientist Michael Dyonisius. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
The Biggest Risks Scientists See February 26, 2020 – Future Earth project reveals five top risks seen by world’s top scientists. The front-line threats outlined by Nobel-prize-winning scientist Diana Liverman from the University of Arizona. Then Dr. John Wiens on a shocking study: “One-Third of Plant and Animal Species Could be Gone in 50 Years”. How many of nature’s creations will survive by 2070? It is up to us. Alex reports on the warmest winter on record and threats to world food. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Preparing as Corona Virus CORVID-19 Goes Global February 19, 2020 – Sampling growing public fear and official pessimism, Alex reveals his best sources and tips on the novel Corona Virus (CORVID-19). Then Dr. Mark England reports half of Arctic warming comes from CFCs. Scientist Xiao Yang: rivers are not freezing over and why that matters. New song from Eliza Gilkyson. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Exploring Darkness by Land and Sea February 12, 2020 – Dr. Kerry Bowman comes from the front lines. He was quarantined in the Toronto SAARS outbreak. In the Congo, Kerry found endangered apes traded to Asia. Bowman was the only Canadian in the Amazon able to report out the great fires of 2019. Then: why are dead zones growing in the ocean? UK expert Sabine Lengger joins us to explore the dark life in the sea. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Ocean Heat Warning! February 5, 2020 – Super-scientist Kevin Trenberth on record ocean warming: impacts now and for centuries to come. Then from Stockholm, Jean-Baptiste Jouffray reports on The Blue Acceleration – the rush to colonize the high seas. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Climate Denial In The Face Of The Fire January 29, 2020 – Fire burns toward Australia’s Capital, from @erstkate. How did Australia deny it all along? Marc Hudson studied that for his Doctorate. Then indie energy journalist Nick Cunningham: why fracking is just blowing natural gas straight up, warming us even more. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
The Climate Mobilization Transition US Workshop January 22, 2020 – Famous nature film-maker David Attenborough says “The climate crisis has come.” But what can we do? How can we push our community into real action? Rebecca Harris, Organizing Director for The Climate Mobilization and activist Laura Berry explain step-by-step how to get your community to declare a Climate Emergency and more in this webinar, hosted by Don Hall from Transition US. The Transition Town movement in America has joined The Climate Mobilization for this insider presentation of how to move forward. Over a thousand local governments, joined by nine countries and the European Union have already declared a Climate Emergency. This must go world-wide. Here we learn how. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Nate Hagens: The Collision January 15, 2020 – Is climate change just a symptom? Dr. Nate Hagens says we need a change of cultural purpose, away from money – but that can’t happen until we pass through a financial “recalibration” and emergency. Humans need to stimulate our primitive brains without wrecking the planet. The author of “Reality 101”, Hagens has the big picture diagnosis and a start on the cure. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Disaster in the Making: Cascading Tipping Points & Permafrost January 8, 2020 – Top European scientists warn tipping points could cascade toward absolute climate disaster. Prof. Tim Lenton from U of Exeter. Permafrost expert Susan Natali from Woods Hole explains CO2 pouring out from the WINTER Arctic. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
Climate: Good News And Bad January 1, 2020 – From Yale, Narashimha Rao says basic quality of life for all does NOT require a new burst of carbon into the atmosphere. Brilliant young scientist Zhenzhong Zeng reports growing wind is a bonus for wind power plus startling green news from China. Heather McTeer Toney joins us on the 100% Clean Economy Act and mothers stepping in on climate change. As we enter the new decade, southern Australia is still on fire after battling emergencies right through the holidays. Closer to my home in Canada, half way through winter I have not shoveled my driveway, snow is so low. Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)
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