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Feedback Loops and Climate Catastrophe, or... the Story of the Baseball Bloodbath

Feedback Loops and Climate Catastrophe, or... the Story of the Baseball Bloodbath

Update: 2021-06-09
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Did you ever think a baseball melee could effectively explain nuanced topics like cybernetics and systems dynamics? This episode examines the fascinating world of positive feedback loops, which play an outsized role in the not-so-positive phenomena of climate change, biodiversity loss, and political polarization. In addition to basebrawls, you’ll hear how these feedback loops produce a variety of outcomes, from the mundane (e.g., restaurant acoustics and family squabbles) to the horrendous (e.g., ecosystem annihilation and nuclear meltdowns). To ensure safety, none of the podcast hosts were allowed to bring baseball bats into the recording studio. Beth Sawin, co-founder and co-director of Climate Interactive, joins the program to explain how reinforcing feedback loops can catalyze social and environmental transformations.

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Feedback Loops and Climate Catastrophe, or... the Story of the Baseball Bloodbath

Feedback Loops and Climate Catastrophe, or... the Story of the Baseball Bloodbath

Post Carbon Institute: Sustainability, Climate, Collapse, and Dark Humor