Healy Hamilton, the director of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Informatics at the California Academy of Sciences, talks with freelance science journalist Mark Hertsgaard about his latest book titled Hot: The Next 50 Years on Earth.
Dr. Healy Hamilton heads the Center for Biodiversity Research and Information at the California Academy of Sciences, and serves as adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at San Francisco State University. Her interests range from researching the effects of climate change on biodiversity to the evolution and conservation of cetaceans and seahorses. Among her latest expeditions was a trip to New Caledonia to find seahorses, pipehorses, and pipefish for genetic analysis.
Mark Hertsgaard has published seven books that have been translated into 16 languages, including, ‘Bravehearts: Whistleblowing in the Age of Snowden.’ He has reported from 25 countries on politics, culture, and the environment for outlets including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Le Monde, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where he is the environment correspondent.
Journalist Mark Hertsgaard argues the United States is the only advanced industrial nation that continues to debate the actuality of climate change. Though climate deniers only represent a minority of the country, Hertsgaard says their megaphone is large. He compares them to the tobacco industry lobbyists who denied smoking caused cancer.