#25 Addressing the Other Leg of Climate Change, 1st Panel

The understanding that we can restore weather and climate systems by protecting and restoring the living surface of the Earth is an idea whose time has come.  In these final two episodes in this Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series, we’ll hear discussions of how this understanding is beginning to guide our response to climate change, from grassroots to international levels.

In this first of the two panels, I met with three  friends from previous episodes who have had a big influence on how I think about our relation to water, life, and climate: 

Professor Millan Millan, mesometeorologist

Li An Phoa, founder of Drinkable Rivers

John D. Liu, filmmaker and ecologist

Here are the linked references for the three of Millan’s papers that I said in the discussion I’d include here in the show notes.

Millán, M. M. et al (2005). Climatic Feedbacks and Desertification: The Mediterranean Model, Journal of Climate, 18(5), 684-701.

Millán, Millán. (2014). Extreme hydrometeorological events and climate change predictions in Europe. Journal of Hydrology 518 (2014) 206-224. Journal of Hydrology. 518. 206-224.

Pausas, J.G., & Millán, M.M. (2019). Greening and Browning in a Climate Change Hotspot: The Mediterranean Basin. BioScience.


#20 Paul Cereghino Part 1: Ecosystem Guild and Restoration Camping

In this episode in the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series, we explore one of the great challenges on our way back to harmony:  humans.  Through the lens of his Ecosystem Guild and Restoration Camping project in western Washington State, Paul Cereghino and I discuss some of the interhuman and intergroup complexities of grassroots ecological restoration efforts. Continue reading “#20 Paul Cereghino Part 1: Ecosystem Guild and Restoration Camping”

#18 Neal Spackman; The Business of Restoring the Earth

In this episode, we continue the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series with Neal Spackman, ecological restoration designer, regenerative entrepreneur, and bold visionary. In previous episodes in this series, we’ve heard how agriculture and development having long been destroying ecology and hydrology, directly causing desertification and disruptions of weather and climate systems, and leading to the fall of empires. As cofounder and former director of the Al Baydha project in Saudi Arabia and as Founder and CEO of Regenerative Resources Corporation, Neal Spackman is working to change that ancient dynamic. His projects restore ecological function to desertified and degraded landscapes in a way that also integrates the restoration of the area’s economy, hydrology, and atmospheric interactions. Continue reading “#18 Neal Spackman; The Business of Restoring the Earth”