A New Series: The AGU Interviews

January 19, 2015

As our series of interviews at last month’s American Geophysical Fall Meeting unfolded, I knew that what we were recording was something more than just news, but rather a historically significant documentation of a watershed transition – the scientific community’s sense of growing urgency, dread, and dire warning, about climate shifts, at a moment when the hinge of history is swinging to a broad recognition by the global populace.
I’m not going to let this material sit on my Hard drive.
Tomorrow, I’ll post my first This is Not Cool video on the event, for Yale Climate Connections, and you’ll see that here as well.

In addition, since we conducted long interviews, there is far more material than can be contained in short 5 or 10 minute collages – I’ll be posting as well minimally edited versions of the conversations – which include some of the most significant global players in the investigation, from various fields.  This is going to extend over months.

Today, I’m starting with Part one of our chat with Eric Rignot of NASA – one of the most highly credible, sober, and respected voices in the glaciological community.  I had done a quick interview with Rignot on the AGU floor in 2012, and noted that he was cautious, conservative, not willing to make categorical statements.
In last month’s interview, the there was a much greater sense of urgency.

I’ll follow with the additional portions of the current interview over the coming week.

Below, significant video following Rignot’s most recent paper from spring of 2014, generally known as the “holy shit moment” of Antarctic ice.

Here, my impromptu interview on the Moscone Center floor from 2012.

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6 Responses to “A New Series: The AGU Interviews”


  1. I’m also starting with my video releases. I just released my teaser video about who we interviewed. And with any luck I’ll be uploading my first video somewhere next week.

    Looking forward to what you have planned, Peter. 🙂

  2. redskylite Says:

    Interesting interview and it’s great to hear from someone who loves their job, in a world where so many unfortunately do not.


  3. […] Glaciologist Eric Rignot interviewed by John Cook at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2014. This is part of a continuing series aimed at bringing those interviews to a wider audience. […]


  4. […] If you’ve missed the other segments of our interview with Glaciologist Eric Rignot – do not, repeat, do not, miss this one. […]


  5. […] If you’ve missed the other segments of our interview with Glaciologist Eric Rignot – do not, repeat, do not, miss this one. […]


  6. […] If you’ve missed the other segments of our interview with Glaciologist Eric Rignot – do not, repeat, do not, miss this one. […]


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