Media and interviews



Professor Gudni Elisson interviews Michael E. Mann about his research in general, the ideological attacks on the hockey stick graph, the disinformation campain by the denial industry and the nature of true scientific skepticism. How do we explain the scientific consensus and how should we talk to those who deny the evidence and approach the topic from an ideological standpoint?


Professor Gudni Elisson interviews Stefan Rahmstorf  about his research on global sea level rise, the role of plantary waves in the atmosphere in relation to extreme weather events and the weakening of the Gulf Stream System in the North Atlantic. He also discusses the scientific consensus and the role of the denial industry in establishing doubt. Finally Rahmstorf talks about the role of the Paris Agreement in 2015, why we need to aim higher if we want to keep global temperature increase well below 2°C, and the catastrophic problems we will be faced with if we fail to do so.

Þóra Arnórsdóttir interviews climatologist Michael E. Mann on the scientific consensus, global warming denialism, and the future threats we are facing. The interview was aired on November 18th, 2013, at RUV, Iceland’s National Television Station. Please click the photo to access the interview.



Þóra Arnórsdóttir interviews climatologist Stefan Rahmstorf on the climate crisis and the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report. The interview was aired on October 8th, 2013, at RUV, Iceland’s National Television Station. Please click the photo to access the interview.



Professor Gudni Elisson interviews Mike Berners-Lee. Mike is the author of How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything (2010) and with Duncan Clark he wrote The Burning Question: We can’t burn half the world’s oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit? (2013).



Karen Pinkus, professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Cornell University is a member of the Advisory Board of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and a member of the Atkinson Center Climate Change Focus Group. Karen has published widely in Italian culture, literary theory, cinema, visual theory, and environmental theory.



Erick Fernandes is an Adviser on Agriculture, Forestry & Climate Change at the World Bank and Co-Led the Bank’s Global Expert Team for Adaptation to Climate Change (GET-CCA). Erick is from a Kenya and grew up in the arid lands of northern Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. He holds a PhD in Soil Science from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining the Bank he was an International Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University with research and teaching programs on tropical agroecosystems, hydrosheds, and natural resources. He served as the Global Coordinator of the GEF-UNDP-CGIAR program on Alternatives to Slash and Burn Agriculture (ASB) and was a Principle Investigator in the NASA-sponsored, Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere (LBA-Eco) program.

Gavin Schmidt began his career at NASA GISS in 1996, and is now Director. His primary area of research is the development and evaluation of computer simulations of the Earth’s climate, and is particularly interested in how they can be used to inform decision-making. Schmidt received a doctorate in applied mathematics from University College London in 1994. In addition to more than 100 published, peer-reviewed articles, he is the co-author of Climate Change: Picturing the Science (W.W. Norton, 2009), a collaboration between climate scientists and photographers. In 2011, he was awarded the inaugural American Geophysical Union Climate Communications Prize.

Kevin Anderson is professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. Anderson recently finished a two-year position as director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK’s leading academic climate change research organisation. Kevin’s work makes clear that there is now little to no chance of maintaining the rise in global mean surface temperature at below 2C, despite repeated high-level statements to the contrary. Moreover, it demonstrates how avoiding even a 4C rise demands a radical reframing of both the climate change agenda and the economic characterisation of contemporary society.

Erik Conway is a historian of science and technology residing in Pasadena, CA, currently employed by the California Institute of Technology. He studies and documents the history of space exploration, and examines the intersections of space science, Earth science, and technological change. Conway has co-authored two books with Naomi Oreskes on climate change, the Merchants of Doubt (2010), concerning the deliberate misrepresentation of climate change by a few high-level scientists, and The Collapse of ‘Western’ Civilization (2014), a science-based work of fiction that gives a critique of our present time from a future perspective.

Francis Dobbs is the Head of the World Bank Film Unit in Washington, DC. He is a British citizen who worked in UK television and independent film production before moving to the World Bank Group media division 25 years ago. At the World Bank he ran a small production unit producing a variety of videos on development issues and television documentary co-productions, before joining Connect4Climate to undertake communications projects on climate change and climate action.

Radio (in Icelandic)

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