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Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Dr. Melanie Mayes shares the alarm and urgency of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells in this episode of Books Sandwiched In. She explains how the author brings stark realities of our future climate into terrifying focus—the fragility of our situation and the myriad ways that our ability to survive is endangered by the climate we are creating.

Wallace-Wells is a national fellow at the New America foundation and a columnist and deputy editor at New York magazine. He was previously the deputy editor of The Paris Review.

Mayes is a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory researching, among other topics, the part of the carbon cycle that takes place in soils.

Music credit: "Three Stories" by Blue Dot Sessions, CC BY-NC 4.0

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Melissa Brenneman

Melissa listens to hours of podcasts on most days. She started the habit with the intention of taking long walks, but podcasts proved to be more addicting than exercise. She records, edits and mixes podcasts for the library.
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Alan May

Alan May works as a reference librarian at Lawson McGhee Library. In his spare time, he reads and writes poetry. May's most recent books are Dead Letters (2008) and More Unknowns (2014). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, New Orleans Review, Plume, and others.