Today, we travel to the deserts.
Or, actually, the deserts travel to us. What happens if dust swallows up over 30% of the planet?
- Sumant Nigam: climate researcher at University of Maryland
- Morgan Gorris: PhD candidate at UC Irvine
- Christina Xu: freelance technology researcher
- Lindsay C. Stringer: researcher on land use and sustainability at the University of Leeds
- Matthew Bowker: soil ecologist at Northern Arizona University
- As air pollution gets worse, a dystopian accessory is born ← My piece on face masks mentioned in the episode!
- Twentieth-Century Climate Change over Africa: Seasonal Hydroclimate Trends and Sahara Desert Expansion
- Monitoring desertification risk through climate change and human interference using Remote sensing and GIS techniques
- The next dust bowl
- Assessment of the relative role of climate change and human activities in desertification: A review
- Sources of Asian dust and role of climate change versus desertification in Asian dust emission
- What Has Caused Desertification in China?
- Climate change, drought and desertification
- Drought-sensitivity of fine dust in the US Southwest: Implications for air quality and public health under future climate change
- Dust Storms Impacts on Air Pollution and Public Health under Hot and Dry Climate
- Coccidioidomycosis Dynamics in Relation to Climate in the Southwestern United States
- Dust in the wind: Long range transport of dust in the atmosphere and its implications for global public and ecosystem health
- Crossing the Line: Human Disease and Climate Change Across Borders
- Climate change-induced migration and violent conflict
- Desertification, Refugees and Regional Conflict in West Africa
- Governing Global Desertification
- Climate Change and Migration: Rethinking Policies for Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
- Adaptations to climate change, drought and desertification: local insights to enhance policy in southern Africa
- Adaptation to climate change and desertification: Perspectives from national policy and autonomous practice in Malawi
- Biocrust-forming mosses mitigate the impact of aridity on soil microbial communities in drylands: observational evidence from three continents
- The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent Rose
- Lenny Haywood: Evan Johnson
- Farah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh, host of Good Muslim, Bad Muslim
- John Jacob Siwa: Joseph Jones
- Juana Aguilar: Tamara Krinsky, host of Tomorrow’s World Today
- Amy Trisol: Ariela Morgenstern
Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. Special thanks this episode to the Women Audio Mission studios, Maryam Qudus, Stephanie Lopez, The Potluck Podcast studio, the Potluck Podcast Collective and Quincy Surasmith.
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Flash Forward is a critically acclaimed podcast about the future.
In each episode, host Rose Eveleth takes on a possible (or not so possible) future scenario — everything from the existence of artificial wombs, to what would happen if space pirates dragged a second moon to Earth. What would the warranty on a sex robot look like? How would diplomacy work if we couldn’t lie? Could there ever be a black market for fecal transplants? (Complicated, it wouldn’t, and yes, respectively, in case you’re curious.) By combining audio drama and deep reporting, Flash Forward gives listeners an original and unique window into the future, how likely different scenarios might be, and how to prepare for what might come.