The Great Simplification #8- Peter Ward: “Oceans – What’s the Worst that Can Happen?”

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The Great Simplification

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Date of Publication: February 23

Year of Publication: 2022

Publisher: The Great Simplification

Author(s): Nate Hagens

In this episode, we meet with author and paleobiologist Peter Ward.

Ward helps us catalogue the various risks facing Earth’s oceans, how the Atlantic Ocean’s currents are slowing due to warming, what happened in Earth’s history when ocean currents stopped, and why a reduction in elephant poaching is contributing to the destruction of coral reefs.

About Peter Ward

Peter Ward is a Professor of Biology and Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. He is author of over a dozen books on Earth’s natural history including On Methuselah’s Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions; Under a Green Sky; and The Medea Hypothesis, 2009, (listed by the New York Times as one of the “100 most important ideas of 2009”). Ward gave a TED talk in 2008 about mass extinctions.

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