SUMMARY: Carbon Footprint of Superheroes

Which superhero has the best carbon footprint? Well, it depends on the assumptions and estimates:

The “best” carbon footprint probably belongs to Superman or Swamp Thing. Superman’s footprint is equal to zero. Swamp Thing might actually have a negative carbon footprint;  he’s taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Continue reading SUMMARY: Carbon Footprint of Superheroes

The Odd Natural History of San Francisco

In a talk for the California Historical Society, I discuss San Francisco’s hidden nature. Despite my best efforts to remain informative, funny, and surprising, things go off the rails and get slightly uncomfortable (you’ll know what I mean when you get there). From the gold rush to the bay itself to our delicious food, I uncover the hidden geological history responsible for it all.

The Largest Mass Poisoning In History

In the mid-1980s, a small problem began to surface in a relatively obscure corner of the world. In 1994, just about a decade later, the World Health Organization published a statement that this little problem had developed into “the largest mass poisoning of a population in history.” On today’s show, we speak to the doctors, epidemiologists, and geologists who helped hunt down the origin of this tragic event. Join us as we venture through the human body and through geologic time to uncover the twists and turns and remarkable coincidences responsible for this ongoing epidemic.

This story was originally published in 2013 on the Generation Anthropocene podcast.

Generation Anthropocene is back!

The Generation Anthropocene podcast has returned for its 5th year!!! We’ve been collecting a lot of great interviews and our student producers have been working on some incredible stories that we will be releasing every Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks (at least). You can find all of the latest and greatest Generation Anthropocene news at our newly redesigned website.

Our latest season begins with an interview with Jonathan Foley, the Museum Director for the California Academy of Sciences. He talks to host Mike Osborne about science education and outreach, with added emphasis on the relationship between science and politics in a “post-truth” world.