Fort McMurray Podcast Trifecta


The ever most consummate Nick, at continues his epic and so very well crafted series, today with ‘Exponential Interdependencies: Climate Change, International Security, and DMHA‘:

This podcast also features a debuts a new segment called, “Situational Awareness,” in which Paul Beckwith from the University of Ottawa, Laboratory for Paleoclimatology, briefs the devastating Fort McMurray fire disaster in Canada, rapid arctic changes, and the international security implications of what he is describing as a global climate emergency—with possibility of a catastrophic Blue Ocean Event in a summer in a very near future, within a growing context of Disaster Bingo“‘.

This is a feature program, with a main guest.  As he introduces:  ‘In a broad discussion with, Center President and Co-Founder Francesco Femia describes the evolution of the organization, its broad coalition of defense, security, and foreign policy advisors, as well as trends in the MENA, Asia Pacific, and Arctic regions. Mr. Femia also details the stress on international capabilities brought by multiple, cascading disasters that he describes in a newly-released documentary he appears in, Age of Consequences.’

It is my great honor, to part of Nick’s redoubled efforts to broaden his very well crafted show, with shorts as end caps to each episode, adding to the already rich weave.  I discuss the Fort McMurray fire disaster in the context of the energy extraction industries sure collision with clear cutting and rapid climate change.  It is sui generis.

By all means, listen the entire show, but if you must hasten, my segment starts at the 48:27 mark here.  Ep. 6: Francesco Femia, May 12, 2016 – Exponential Interdependencies.  About 22:23 long.
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As though I never said it before, Alex Smith EcoShock Radio is a favorite, and I am featured on his most recent show.  As he writes:   ‘Paul Beckwith On the Paper by Hansen et al

The scientist who warned the U.S. Congress about dangerous climate change in 1988 is back. Dr. James Hansen, who recently retired as head of NASA’s Goddard Institute, says we’re going to be hit much sooner and harder than we’ve been told by mainstream science.

‘Hansen says the two degree Centigrade upper limit to human-induced global warming, as agreed at the Paris climate summit in December 2015 – is not just unsafe. It is plainly very dangerous for humans and all life as we know it.

James Hansen and more than a dozen other world scientists published a monumental 66 page scientific paper in March. The full title is: “Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 o C global warming could be dangerous”. Find the abstract (very informative) here, or read the full text version here.’

By all means here also, listen the whole show, but if you must hurry, my segment starts at the 34:45 mark, here: Dark Climate: Now & Coming.  About 12:15 long.  Thank you Alex!!
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Lastly, super blogger Robin Westenra of SeeMoreRocks kind, interviewed me on his podcast, here:  ‘Paul Beckwith on the fires at Port McMurray‘.  He spoke ‘with Paul to get a catch-up with the fires at Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta, Canada and the melting ice at the North Pole. We also touch on the Southern Hemisphere‘.


About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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