Tyler Volk


On his book CO2 Rising: The World’s Greatest Environmental Challenge

Cover Interview of December 04, 2008

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Essential facts every Earth citizen should know.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“When you go to a doctor and the doctor gives you information about your body, the doctor makes a crucial assumption: Even though you are not a medical expert you do know the basics about how your body’s organs work.  The heart pumps blood, the lungs pump air, the brain thinks, the liver filters.  But I have found that few possess the equivalent level of understanding about the “organs” of the planetary physiology and the globe-connecting metabolic pathways that go in and out, to and fro, among the oceans, soils, air, and all living things.”

On the second:

“There are difficult issues that go beyond any debate, say, about a few wind turbines offshore of Cape Cod.  What would massive deployment look like for new kinds of energy?  [...] Can a new paradigm for economic wealth be set in place by 2050?”