David Gray of @CBCEyeopener in Calgary gives “polar vortex” a great ironic echo treatment here! This was intro to interview segment with me on Limbaugh, Donald Trump and other mischaracterizations of Arctic weather whiplash in the context of global warming. More on Dot Earth. I’ll be discussing the media and winter extreme weather on On the Media this weekend.


At #AAASmtg @gabrielspitzer explains how to turn taxonomy into captivating radio. One prize-winning segment:
"There’s power in the original – whether it’s a document, the mold of a famous sculpture, or the standard of a common measurement, like the kilogram.

"Scientists who name a new species keep an artifact of its origin. It’s called the holotype – the standard by which a new species (or genus or subspecies) is designated. It turns out there are a whole bunch of these locked away in secure cases in Chicago – more than 500 just for mammals. It’s like a tiny National Archives of biology.” More here.

At #AAASmtg @gabrielspitzer explains how to turn taxonomy into captivating radio. One prize-winning segment:

"There’s power in the original – whether it’s a document, the mold of a famous sculpture, or the standard of a common measurement, like the kilogram.

"Scientists who name a new species keep an artifact of its origin. It’s called the holotype – the standard by which a new species (or genus or subspecies) is designated. It turns out there are a whole bunch of these locked away in secure cases in Chicago – more than 500 just for mammals. It’s like a tiny National Archives of biology.” More here.

My contribution to NPR’s “Winter Songs” series - a riff on “Lord Franklin" - is now online. Related post. Graves of some of Lord Franklin's drew

On @EarthSky my Q&A with @Jorge_Salazar “There’s every chance the next 30-year period will be one of great innovation and collaboration around the world. It just takes a little bit of focus to get you engaged in the conversations and the actions that are needed for brighter outcome. The rest.