Announcing My Next Point of Inquiry Guest: Eli Kintisch

By Chris Mooney | April 1, 2010 1:33 pm

kintisch_eli_mugOver at the Point of Inquiry forums, I’ve just started a thread inviting listeners to pose questions for the author of Hack the Planet: Science’s Best Hope–Or Worst Nightmare–for Averting Climate Catastrophe.

Kintisch is a reporter for Science magazine, and has also written for Slate, Discover, MIT Technology Review and The New Republic. He has worked as Washington correspondent for the Forward and science reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2005 he won the Space Journalism prize for a series on private spaceflight. His new book, Hack the Planet, will be available April 19, and was just excerpted by Wired online.

So head on over to the forums to ask your questions, or post them in the comments below….

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Announcements, Global Warming

Comments (4)

  1. Guy

    Software hacks are most often used provide a quick fix to crisis, but they tend to hide the underlying problem from view. What often happens is that once a hack is in place, nobody continues working on a long term solution. Eventually, the underlying problem gets worse, and you find yourself back in a crisis again. The hack no longer works and you have no clue how to fix it. How could hacking the planet be any different?

  2. Elena Strange

    Software hacks are often also a quick-fix that’s maybe not as ideal and elegant as you would like but perfectly serviceable, even in the long run. Solutions don’t have to be perfect.

  3. Dark Tent

    Off topic, but what’s with all the CRAP that loads on this site?

    I mean, I’ve got a pretty fast connection and it still seems to take FOREVER!

    A note to whoever is doing the web development: there are ways of reducing the load time (especially by reducing image size and resolution), but i suspect the main reason has to do with the other sites that are being visited at startup.

    A word to the wise; When sites take this long to load, I’m inclined to just click away and go elsewhere.


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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.


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