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Indie-journalist and author of “The End of Ice” Dahr Jamail covers the climate threats and how to cope – with host Alex Smith. From the Arctic to the Amazon to middle America we globe-trot through the latest science and what it means for our common future. Don’t miss this.
“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.”
– John Muir quote, from Dahr Jamail’s book “The End of Ice”
Weather extremes and uncommon danger erupting are around this warming world. We need a tough investigative climate journalist. Enter former war correspondent, indie-journalist and author Dahr Jamail. His latest book “The End of Ice” is the talk of the planet. From the Pacific Northwest, we welcome Dahr Jamail to Radio Ecoshock.
Dahr Jamail posts at truthout.org, appears often on Democracy Now! TV, and just released the new book “The End of Ice, Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption”. It’s a good read, and important, and of course Dahr includes 18 pages of notes to his sources. You can connect with Dahr Jamail at http://dahrjamail.net/
When George Bush, or was it Dick Cheney, ordered the invasion of Iraq – the U.S. sent big name journalists there to send back approved reports from carefully guarded compounds. As an American, Dahr Jamail tells us why he made the dangerous journey to become an unembedded reporter during the Iraq occupation. After his book about Iraq “Beyond the Green Zone“, the BP’s Deep Water Horizon spill in 2010 tipped him toward his other long-standing interest – environmental reporting.
Dahr said “The reporting in this [new] book has turned out to be far more difficult to deal with than the years I spent reporting from war-torn Iraq”. During the course of writing it, what he found tipped him toward personal depression. During the interview we talk about that, and all through the interview he gives tips on how he manages to cope with knowing the threats we all face. The book contains excellent black and white photos of Alaska and glaciers and important guests in his book, taken by Dahr Jamail. They remind me of the work of Ansel Adams.
Dahr Jamail publishes regular articles published at truthout.org. These serve as an index to the latest news and science about climate disruption. Truthout.org was founded after 911, and survives as reader-supported media. Dahr latest piece is “What Would It Mean to Deeply Accept That We’re in Planetary Crisis?” written with Barbara Cecil. His climate dispatch articles provide all the links to original sources in his reporting. He really shows how to publish using online media.