Carl Safina on The View from Lazy Point

Monday, January 24, 2011

MacArthur fellow Carl Safina argues that environmental problems affect matters of human justice, well-being, and our prospects for peace, and looks at the ways our world is changing and how we should respond.  In The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in the Unnatural World, he takes us through the four seasons to the four points of the compass, and from the high Arctic to Antarctica, from the Caribbean to the west Pacific.


Carl Safina

Comments [12]

michael sasen from cape cod

climatic change which is causing millions year old glaciers to melt is to blame for pre-evolutionary spores being released and are interacting with ongoing conditions/forces making it possible for allthings to become more interconnected than ever before in this new age that is upon us.the only way we will ever progress is act/implement change/adapt (whatever term your most comfortable with) PROGRESSIVELY.....

Jan. 30 2011 02:17 AM
AmyI from Manhattan

Is Carl Safina working w/the Mary Robinson Foundation--Climate Justice ( Sounds like a good fit.

Jan. 25 2011 01:19 AM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

@ Hal from Crown Heights -

It is well established that the accumulation of GHGs in the atmosphere produce warmer global temperatures and subsequent changes in climate.

It also is well established that human industrial processes contributing hugely to the increasing amount of GHGs.

Certainly you can dispute the correlation between the observed/recorded increase in GHGs and the increase in the bserved/recorded human-caused production of GHGs, but you'll be sitting in the _hot_ corner with the others who deny what is empirically validated and available to all comers.

Jan. 24 2011 03:55 PM
anna from New York

Well, this is a country where even geniuses are idiots.
Can someone explain to this genius the meaning of such words, as dignity and democracy?
I started to listen to the program late. He talked about salmons and bears and then ... a giant idiotic leap to human societies which he obviously is not part of.
OK, dear genius (who apparently didn't spend a day of his life in "wonderful" American "democratic" workplace), this country isn't a democracy. The word "dignity" is unknown in the land of employment at will, 80 hour work week, etc.
Clearly, geeks shouldn't be allowed to vote, at least until they are explained the differences between demagoguery and sloganeering and analysis.

Jan. 24 2011 03:14 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I've read that when people get more educated & start to do better economically, they have fewer children even without deliberately practicing birth control. I'm not sure how that happens, exactly--maybe someone who does can tell us on a future "Please Explain" segment!

Jan. 24 2011 02:00 PM
Karen from Harlem, NYC

What does your guest say about the deployment of gigantic industrial wind turbines in (too many of the) wild, windy places of the world?

Jan. 24 2011 01:57 PM
Hal from Crown Heights

Hey! Just because the climate is changing doesn't mean there's climate change.

Jan. 24 2011 01:53 PM

How is anthropogenic CO2 melting the Martian ice caps?
It's not.
When the Sun gets warmer, we get warmer, like Mars.
Still, I see no need for gratuitous CO2 release. Why could I buy a 1900 lb. Honda in 1986, yet today's Civic is 1000 lbs. heavier. [Government crash regulations?] The less than 1 ton car is almost extinct.
And the US still bans hemp production, as a CO2 neutral diesel fuel oil.

Jan. 24 2011 01:47 PM
Amy from Manhattan

On countering people who cite cold snaps or snowy weather as disproving global climate disruption, what can we do to spread the message that "climate" does not mean weather & "global" does not mean uniform?

Jan. 24 2011 01:46 PM

Exploitation of natural resources will always take place as it has ever since humans became the dominant species on the scene. The trick is finding a way to exploit natural resources sustainably but in order to do that, many practices will have to change in the interest of conservation.

Jan. 24 2011 01:45 PM
Dan from SOHO

The medical profession uses an extract from the horseshoe crab's blue, copper-based blood called lysate to test the purity of medicines. Certain properties of the shell have also been used to speed blood clotting and to make absorbable sutures.

Jan. 24 2011 01:42 PM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Willful ignorance on economic, political or religious grounds are why Rep. Issa and other deniers/super skeptics suspend their empirical reason. Almost endless amounts of verifiable data, information, and observation cannot convince people who have a stake in maintaining the status quo and reflexively fear change.

Jan. 24 2011 01:37 PM

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