Peter Brannen Peter Brannen (@peterbrannen1) is an award-winning science journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Wired, Aeon, The Boston Globe, Slate and The Guardian among other publications. His book, The Ends of the World, about the five major mass extinctions in Earth’s history. Peter is a 2018 Scripps Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder, was a 2015 journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center at Duke University, and a 2011 Ocean Science Journalism Fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA. Peter got his start as a reporter for the Vineyard Gazette in Edgartown, MA. Peter is particularly interested in ocean science, deep time, astrobiology and the carbon cycle. You can listen right here on iTunes In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:
  • Why climate change isn’t new but is accelerating
  • The history of mass extinctions on Earth
  • When 90% of species on the planet died off and what caused it
  • The problem with public perception of climate change
  • How species evolve and climate shifts cause adaptations
  • What life was like during the Ice Ages
  • Why we may be headed towards a mass extinction
  • Would humanity survive another Ice Age
  • Why whales are so darn big
  • The reason we need to all act now
  • Why global warming is a likely Fermi Paradox solution
  • The truth about evolution and it’s origins
  • Why the dinosaurs were the dominant lifeform for 135M years
  • What happens to the Earth without humans
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