Dear Point of Inquiry Listeners and Forum Participants,
For my next hosted episode of Point of Inquiry, to be recorded this Sunday—roughly two days from now—I’ll be hosting Andrew Revkin, the prominent blogger of the New York Times’ Dot Earth blog, http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/, science and environment reporter for the Times from 1995 until last year, and now a Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.
Revkin has covered a multitude of science-related topics during his career, ranging from climate change and energy to politics and science in the Bush administration. But he has also traveled the globe covering numerous natural disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, and beyond. At a time when we’ve seen two devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, one thing I want to discuss with Revkin is why human societies, and even wealthy countries, seem to have such a hard time preparing for and protecting against these types of extreme risks. We’ll also inquire about which kinds of natural disasters most threaten the U.S., and why we’re not doing much of anything to increase our resiliency to them.
You might think of the intended show as a kind of real life version of the movie 2012.
But the conversation will be much more wide ranging, and I’d be very interested to hear what else you folks think I ought to be asking of Andy Revkin….so please pose any questions in the next two days, so that I can read them before the interview is recorded. And thanks!