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Thinking about the mass extinction report this week, and was reminded by a friend of an @onthemedia piece from a few yrs ago detailing the astonishing amount of plastic and junk we've accumulated -- + the words that could/should describe our era:
@onthemedia If we think about the Earth thousands of years from now, you can imagine the narratives embedded in the strata… all the coke cans, the layers of plastic bags, all the chicken bones… and what it would say about our civilization #AnthopoceneWorkingGroup
@onthemedia Maybe Anthropocene is the right word. Or, maybe Plasticene? @kunktation also spoke to @otmbrooke about how maybe the word “Capitalocene” is most appropriate. It’s such a good segment, highly recommend.
@onthemedia @kunktation @OTMBrooke News coverage as far back as 1912 linked coal to global warming, reporting that it tended “to make the air a more effective blanket for the earth and to raise its temperature.”
@onthemedia @kunktation @OTMBrooke So what’s happened since then? Last year we spoke w/ @Revkin for a 30-yr retrospective on climate change coverage. 1988 had a historical heat wave coupled with headlines about the greenhouse effect. The idea of global warming became front page news. wnycstudios.org/story/30-years…
@onthemedia @kunktation @OTMBrooke @Revkin **That segment has INCREDIBLE ARCHIVAL TAPE, if you're into that kind of thing**
@onthemedia @kunktation @OTMBrooke @Revkin To stay on the history, check out this interview about a blockbuster investigative series from @insideclimate in '15. Reporter Neela Banerjee explains how the team discovered oil giant Exxon led climate change research before funding climate denial groups. wnycstudios.org/story/climate-…
@onthemedia @kunktation @OTMBrooke @Revkin @insideclimate The “infrastructure of doubt” would last decades. But wait. There’s more. There’s always more. Here’s Bob Garfield's contentious interview with an Exxon spokesperson:
@onthemedia @kunktation @OTMBrooke @Revkin @insideclimate And I'll just wrap up with this episode on how science fiction is exploring the reality of our changing planet... and @RobGMacfarlane on new language to describe it
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