In this episode I speak to Simon Lamb who produced the documentary Thin Ice about the science behind climate change. Simon has a PHD in Geology from Cambridge University, was at Oxford University for 22 years, and currently teaches geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington. He’s been involved in a large number of science documentaries including a few BBC series, and has written the books Devil in the Mountain and Earth Story.
The “Thin Ice” film was released in 2013, and the team is currently running a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to fund the editing required to broadcast the film on US public television. You can find that campaign HERE.
In this episode we discuss:
- Simon’s motivation to make a film about climate change
- Why the public should hear about climate change science directly from the scientists who are studying it
- The various branches of science involved in climate change research.
- What is causing climate change
- How the “carbon cycle” works
- Whether reducing or eliminating our carbon emissions is enough to solve climate change
- How the greenhouse effect works (in detail!)
- The effects of climate change on people living in the Arctic
- How scientists in Antarctica are studying thousands of years of history of the earth’s atmosphere
- How humans would try to cope with the effects of significant climate change
- How we may be able to burn fossil fuels without causing climate change
- Why water mills (tidal power) may be a more viable energy source than wind mills
- The promise and drawbacks of nuclear power and fusion
- What individuals can do to improve the climate change situation
- What Simon is doing next and his favorite books.
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