America Adapts - The Climate Change Podcast
About This Show
A rapidly changing climate leaves no choice but for humanity to adapt. On the America Adapts podcast, we explore the challenges presented by adapting to climate change and the approaches that the field's best minds believe are already working. Join climate change adaptation expert Doug Parsons as he talks with scientists, policymakers, planners and journalists about the choices we face and the people who make them. America Adapts - your voice to talk adaptation!
Most Recent Episode
De-Extinction, Climate Change and the Future of Conservation: A Podcast with author M.R. O’Connor.
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In episode 15, Doug Parsons speaks with M.R. O’Connor, author of the book, “Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things.” De-extinction is exactly what you think it is: bringing back extinct species using modern technology. Think Jurassic Park, but looking at more recent extinctions like the Passenger Pigeon, Wooly Mammoth and the Tasmanian Tiger. Our conversation, much like the book, is more than that though, we talk about environmental justice, ethics and the history of conservation biology. Each chapter in the book covers a different species and the massive efforts we take to ensure their survival: these include a Tanzanian Spray Toad, the Florida Panther, Southwest pupfish, all the way to efforts to resurrect the Passenger Pigeon. We talk about the amazing and tragic history of the Passenger Pigeon and one scientist's efforts at bringing this species back into our lives. Is it Frankenstein meets conservation? We dig into many of the topics from the book but we also talk about their relevance to climate change and adaptation. Is it any more or less ethical to translocate a living species, impacted by climate change, than it is to bring back an extinct species. In addition, Maura talks about how journalism can and should be about covering ideas, not just historic events. We discuss the pitfalls of conservationists emphasizing the intrinsic value of biodiversity, versus its cultural or even utilitarian value. We also discuss the legal implications of de-extinction: what if a resurrected species preyed upon an existing endangered species? What would this mean for the Endangered Species Act? Maura also talks about what inspired her to write this story and the amazing journey learning about these species and the fascinating cast of characters that she included in the book. We also talk about climate change adaptation having the ability to frame conservation in a new light, to tackle old problems like habitat dest