Pandemics & Infernos, Presidents & Precedents

September 16, 2020
DESCRIPTION: Join Andy Revkin of Columbia’s Earth Institute live with Laura Helmuth, the editor-in-chief of Scientific American, which has endorsed a presidential candidate, Joe Biden, for the first time in its 175-year history. We explore this tumultuous year of superimposed, interrelated health, environmental and societal crises and calamities in which science is a pivotal guide - and political target.

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Also joining the discussion are climate experts Kerry Emanuel of MIT and Adam Sobel of Columbia's Earth Institute; the microbiologist Rita Colwell of the University of Maryland, who led the National Science Foundation in a term spanning the Clinton and Bush presidencies; and Helen Ingram, professor emerita in political science & planning at U.C. Irvine.