Bill Nye, The Science Guy, On How to Fix Climate Change

Bill Nye brought science into kids’ lives and made us laugh. He inspires memes, has his own bow tie line and has appeared on numerous television shows, including, earlier this month, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, National Geographic Channel’s Explorer series. He’s even been a guest on Dancing With the Stars. But under the stardust is a serious scientist who started life as a humble mechanical engineer at Boeing and is now on a mission to combat scientific ignorance and fight against climate change. His new book, Unstoppable: Harnessing Science To Change The World, mixes science and his trademark humor to rally a new “Greatest Generation”—ours—to solve a global climate change crisis that he believes is more threatening to our survival than World War Two.


Vive la France! Vive Paris!

In these dark days I want to express my affection for and solidarity with the people of Paris, and France. I have had a lifelong association with Paris. I lived there as a child and spent many months there on holiday with my parents and later on my own. Paris will not be defeated. But [...]

Abortion, Lonely Men, Infanticide: The Painful Legacy Of China’s One-Child Policy

China’s one-child policy was aimed at slashing the nation’s population to boost economic growth. It resulted in millions of forced sterilizations, abortions, infanticide, and marital misery.

After more than 30 years, the Central Committee of China’s Communist Party announced Thursday that it would end the rule, easily the country’s most unpopular.

Before Paris, Some Good News About Climate Change

Speaking from a café in Melbourne, Tim Flannery talks about climate change in the run-up to the Paris summit; why geo-engineering is a disastrous idea; and how he is inspired by the desire to leave a better world for his three children.

ISIS Wants to Plant Its Black Flags In Europe. Will it Succeed?

ISIS saturates the news. But few of us know much about its origins or its founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In his new book, Black Flags: The Rise of Isis, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick takes us inside the twisted mind of Zarqawi and his followers, reconstructs the hunt for Zarqawi by a female CIA agent who could have stepped right out of the movie Zero Dark Thirty, and traces the U.S. response to ISIS across several administrations, laying bare our mistakes.

The Zeppelin And Other Pathological Technologies

Starting with eyewitness accounts and in-depth analysis of the zeppelin catastrophe, Ed Regis, author of The Hindenburg Disaster and The Birth of Pathological Technology, also tells the story of other mega-projects that were inherently flawed and often dangerous but which, despite their astronomical cost, became reality.

Can “Resurrection Science” Bring Back A Neanderthal? Today’s Book Talk

Will it one day be possible to bring a woolly mammoth or a Neanderthal back to life? If so, should we? How is climate change affecting the evolution and extinction of species? These are some of the questions explored in science writer Maura O’Connor’s new book, Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction And The Precarious Future of Wild Things.

Remembering Hurricane Katrina

As Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans on August 29th 2005, singer, Charmaine Neville, niece of legendary recording artist, Aaron Neville, found herself trapped in the Lower Ninth Ward. As the flood waters rose, she took refuge on the roof of a school. But in the middle of the night, that safe haven became a nightmare when a figure appeared out of the darkness. She managed to wade to safety and began to organize relief efforts, eventually commandeering a city bus to take people to safety. Traumatised by her experiences, and ignored by the American media, she eventually confided her story exclusively to me.