Episode 64 – Halloween – Aliens and Bigfoot

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In this spooooky Halloween episode, we’re talking aliens and Sasquatch.

Olivia takes us through a study of the rise and fall of faraway alien civilizations, and what they can teach us about our understanding of climate scenarios here on Earth.

Then, Elise explores the story of Bigfoot and other favorite cryptids around the world. Will certain parts of the world start to have more Bigfoot sightings as the climate continues to change?

Other topics include breaking your cape in a haunted house, Mario-inspired costume ideas, and seeking a friend for the end of the world.

Story #1: Alien Civilizations (Olivia)

Image of a galaxy via Pexels

The Anthropocene Generalized: Evolution of Exo-Civilizations and Their Planetary Feedback, published in Astrobiology Volume 18 Issue 5, May 1 2018
How Do Aliens Solve Climate Change?, by Adam Frank for The Atlantic, May 2018

Story #2: Bigfoot and other Cryptids (Elise)

via Pexels

She wrote a Bigfoot book for kids. It was no small feat, NPR, Oct 2022
Will climate change kill Bigfoot?, The Outline, Oct 2019
Bigfoot study highlights habitat modelling flaws, Nature, July 2009
Why Do So Many People Still Want to Believe in Bigfoot?, Smithsonian Magazine, Sept 2018
Is global warming forcing Bigfoot to move north?, Scientific American, Nov 2018

The Dump

We’re reading (well, listening to) Hank Green books and What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman. We’re definitely going to do a book club someday for Adam Frank’s book Light of the Stars. We’re listening on Libby, and you can find our Bookshop page below.

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Ep. 66 – Myths, Part 2: The Overpopulation Myth World Is Burning

This week we're going deep on a controversial topic: human population growth. We talk about the roots of the overpopulation myth, the truths we can glean from it, and the scary ways that both eco-fascists and seemingly centrist figures have joined the population conversation. We take a closer look at the ways we talk about consumption and give tips on how to talk to your social circle when they bring up population fears. Because we don't have to live our lives from the scarcity-minded "lifeboat ethics" perspective! But a climate-just future will take work from all of us. Related episodes: Ep. 62 – Kings, Potatoes, and Pulling Patagonias Ep. 10 – Movements – Hetch Hetchy Valley and Sunrise Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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