Greta has a new book coming out, published by Penguin in the autumn, as both Mark Hodgson and Vinny Burgoo spotted. Her last book was slim in content, so Penguin printed it in large letters, a few lines per page. (Nothing to do with Greta’s diminutive size or literary output, since Penguin Science did the same thing with other books on the climate crisis by Professor Chris Rapley and Visiting Professor and Microsoft Blue Sky Thinker Stephen Emmott, the reason presumably being that Penguin’s Science climate publications are aimed at people whose last extended reading material was a Noddy book.)

Greta’s new book should be longer, given that it has a hundred authors. The Guardian, in it’s puff, lists them. They are:

Abrahm Lustgarten, Adriana de Palma, Alexander Popp, Alexandra Urisman Otto, Alice Garvey, Alice Larkin, Amitav Ghosh, Ana M. Vicedo-Cabrera, Andy Purvis, Annie Lowrey, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Ayisha Siddiqa, Beth Shapiro, Beverly Law, Bill McKibben, Bjørn H. Samset, Carlos Nobre, Christian Brand, Dave Goulson, David Wallace-Wells, Derek Macfadden, Disha A. Ravi, Drew Shindell, Elin Anna Labba, Elizabeth Kolbert, Erica Chenoweth, Eugene Linden, Felipe J. Colón-González, Friederike Otto, George Monbiot, Gidon Eshel, Glen Peters, Hans-Otto Pörtner, Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Ina Maria Shikongo, Isak Stoddard, Jacqueline Patterson, Jason Hickel, Jennie C. Stephens , Jennifer A. Francis, Jennifer Soong, Jillian Anable, Joëlle Gergis, Johan Rockström, John Barrett, John Brownstein, Julia Arieira, Karin Kvale, Karl-Heinz Erb, Kate Marvel, Kate Raworth, Katharine Hayhoe, Keith W. Larson, Ketan Joshi, Kevin Anderson, Laura Verónica Muñoz, Lorraine Whitmarsh, Lucas Chancel, Margaret Atwood, Marshall Burke, Mauricio Santillana, Michael Clark, Michael Mann, Michael Oppenheimer, Michael Taylor, Mike Berners-Lee, Mitzi Jonelle Tan, Naomi Klein, Naomi Oreskes, Nathália Nascimento, Nicholas Stern, Nicki Becker, Niclas Hällström, Nina Schrank, Olúfémi O. Táíwò, Örjan Gustafsson, Paulo Ceppi, Per Espen Stoknes, Peter Brannen, Peter H. Gleick, Rebecca Wrigley, Ricarda Winkelmann, Rob Jackson, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Saleemul Huq, Samuel S. Myers, Sarah McGough, Seth Klein, Silpa Kaza, Simone Gingrich,Solomon Hsiang, Sonia Guajajara, Sonja Vermeulen, Stefan Rahmstorf, Stuart Capstick, Sunita Narain, Taikan Oki, Tamsin Edwards, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Thomas Piketty, Wanjira Mathai, Zeke Hausfather.

Three quarters of the names were unfamiliar to me, so I started researching the first ten names on the list.

Abrahm Lustgarten is an environmental reporter, with a focus at the intersection of business, climate and energy. His early investigation into the environmental and economic consequences of fracking received the George Polk award for environmental reporting, the National Press Foundation award for best energy writing, a Sigma Delta Chi award and was honored as finalist for the Goldsmith Prize. Before joining ProPublica in 2008, Lustgarten was a staff writer at Fortune. His work has appeared in Fortune,The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Wired, Salon, and Esquire, among other publications. He has a master’s in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Cornell.

Adriana de Palma is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Natural History Museum and a data scientist with a focus on understanding biodiversity responses to anthropogenic drivers of change, including both land-use change and extreme weather events. She is interested in synthesising extensive carefully-collated databases to identify, and test the efficacy of, potential management practices and policy decisions at different scales to mitigate the impacts of global change on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Alexander Popp is a Senior Scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and coordinates the development of the global land-use model ‘Model of Agricultural Production and its Impacts on the Environment’ (MAgPIE), which over the last years has evolved into one of the world’s leading integrated global land and water use modelling systems. He is ranked by Web of Science among the 1% most influential scientists in the world [and] was listed among the World’s forty most influential climate scientists on the Reuters Climate Hot-List.

Alexandra Urisman Otto is a Swedish journalist She was born in 1986. After completing a degree in Master of Laws at Lund University, she realized that practicing law would be too square, and that she needed a more creative career. Today she combines a life with young children and working as a journalist at Dagens Nyheter, where one of her tasks is to write about climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Alice Garvey is a PhD candidate based in the Sustainability Research Institute who previously worked at the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), modelling industrial emissions mitigation scenarios and carrying out a review of industrial decarbonisation policies to help inform the 6th Carbon Budget recommendations of the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

Alice Larkin is Head of the School of Engineering and a Professor in Climate Science & Energy Policy. Alice trained as an astrophysicist at the University of Leeds, did her PhD in climate modelling at Imperial College, joining the interdisciplinary Tyndall Centre to research conflicts between climate change and aviation.She was the lead Manchester investigator on a large consortium project funded by the EPSRC entitled ‘Shipping in Changing Climates’. She was also PI on a large EPSRC consortium project on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus and a Co-I on the UKERC project RACER.

Amitav Ghosh is an Indian writer, best known for his English language historical fiction. He has also written non-fiction works discussing topics such as colonialism and climate change. Ghosh famously withdrew his novel The Glass Palace from consideration for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, where it was awarded the best novel in the Eurasian section, citing his objections to the term “commonwealth” and the unfairness of the English language requirement specified in the rules. He lives in New York.

Ana M. Vicedo-Cabrera is head of a research group investigating epidemiology and climate change at the university of Bern. She has published 106 papers, including five in March, 2022, including “Comparison of weather station and climate reanalysis data for modelling temperature-related mortality” and “Suicides and ambient temperature in Switzerland: A nationwide time-series analysis.”

Andy Purvis leads the PREDICTS project (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems), which aims to model globally how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human pressures and to use these models to project potential biodiversity futures under alternative scenarios of socioeconomic development. PREDICTS estimates the Biodiversity Intactness Index, the first indicator available on the Natural History Museum’s Biodiversity Trends Explorer. He was a Coordinating Lead Author on the first IPBES Global Assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and scientific advisor on Sir David Attenborough’s documentary, “Extinction: The Facts”. Other research interests include phylogenetic comparative methods and macroevolution, often using macroperforate planktonic foraminifera as a model system.

Annie Lowrey is an American journalist who writes on politics and economic policy for The Atlantic.[3] Previously, Lowrey covered economic policy for the New York Times and prior to that was the Moneybox columnist for Slate. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English and American Literature. She is married to Ezra Klein, the co-founder of Vox and currently a columnist and podcast host at the New York Times.

That’s six scientists, (five of whom are into modelling, and one of whom synthesises carefully-collated data bases) three journalists, none of them with any relevant scientific qualifications, and a writer of historical novels. I know there are proper climate scientists among the other ninety, such as Marvel, Mann, Hayhoe, and Nonny-no. (Sorry, that’s just my spellcheck playing up.) But still, it doesn’t promise to be either a bunch of laughs or much of an insight into complex chaotic systems. Perhaps Ed Hawkins will draw us a nice rainbow on the cover.

(And if anyone would like to continue the research in the comments, we might well succeed in compiling the list of the hundred most boring people in the universe).

20 Comments

  1. Capstick: mashup of Capstone and Dipstick? The noblest of humanity and (informal) the somewhat less so.

    cf Psalm 118:22 for the first and its many references in the NT. The noblest rejected by the experts of the day.

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  2. Not so much a Who’s Who of climate change as a Why’s Why. Are they hoping Greta’s kudos will rub off or is it the other way around?

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  3. Geoff: Perhaps quantity not quality. I think seven of them are in my Catastrophe Narrative archive, cross-check in the Index of Quotees at the end of the file I sent you some while back. Gleick should ensure an ethical backbone to the work 0: Amazing that Lew and Cook haven’t got a slot.

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  4. The Guardian article suggests that the cast has been assembled by Thunberg herself, which I can believe, since she is a very intelligent and resourceful young lady. People like Thomas Picketty and Mike Berners-Lee don’t do favours for just anyone, I imagine. Writers like Elizabeth Kolbert, Naomi Klein and David Wallace-Wells are very influential. Lord Stern is the only old style establishment stuffed shirt that I could see. I actually think it could be quite an interesting read, if only to see a hundred different people all saying the same thing. I wonder if there’ll be any discussion or disagreement?

    ANDY
    Lew and Cook seem to have been rather sidelined in the media. Lew has been pushing his trust in science and debunking of fake news views like mad throughout the Covid crisis, but with little success it seems. Capstick and Lorraine Whitmarsh of Bath and Cardiff universities are the only two social science names I recognise. They’re associates of Adam Corner of the COIN nudgers.

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  5. surprised you had not heard of
    “Tamsin Edwards – Dr Tamsin Edwards is a climate scientist specialising in quantifying the uncertainties of climate model predictions, particularly for the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheet contributions to sea-level rise.”

    https://allmodels.plos.org/

    she popped into Bishops site years ago & seemed level headed to me.

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  6. ps – sounds like she has/had a terminal illness from last post October 31, 2021

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  7. dfhunter
    I had heard of Tamsin. I remember when she and Professor Betts commented at Bishop Hill and it seemed that the Met Office was encouraging dialogue with sceptics. The title of her blog suggests an openness to criticism too, and her indications of serious illness are quite shocking. I believe she is quite young, and I’m sure we all wish her well.

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  8. Tamsin’s battle with cancer goes back to 2017 at least:

    It didn’t stop pseudonymous ‘critics’

    Quite how evil that was shocks even at this distance. We need Elon Musk to sort this out, please.

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  9. Richard
    thanks for more info on Tamsin’s battle with cancer – hope things are better for her.

    as for the tweet “Does it mean anything to those students when the planet will collapse within the century and they’ve earned a Masters? ”

    tried to read the rest of the tweet thread but get blocked – sounded interesting if you can work out who is who ?

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  10. Geoff,

    I have been slow to register my appreciation because, after all, your article is little more than a list of names. However, I have been having so much fun looking them up that it now seems churlish of me not to acknowledge your article’s value.

    Of course, as a pastime, looking up people’s CVs will never become the internet sensation that Climate Only Connect has become, but we can’t all be globally famous influencers 🙂

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  11. John Ridgway
    I didn’t intend to quote people’s CV’s, it’s just that what people say about themselves on the internet tends to read like a CV, or a list of awards. It’s as if a certain kind of person is always looking for a new job, and of course, in getting to write 1% of Greta’s book, that’s what they’ve got.

    Once you’ve learned to appreciate lists like this, you’re ready to appreciate the even more intense pleasure to be had by going on the website of any green NGO and scrolling down the list of “Who We Are.” These things are often arranged non-hierarchically so you get a mix of balding white fogeys and bright young things of all colours and sexes. It’s just amazing how many suits sitting in an office in Seattle or Frankfurt it takes to forestall climate disaster in Africa.

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  12. df hunter
    You’re not the only one. It’s worse if you’re a user. Twitter tells you when someone likes one of your tweets, or worse, likes a reply to one of your tweets, and you’ve forgotten ever tweeting it or where or what about. Threads come up in reverse order, it’s a mess, and addictive, and takes you away rom the civilised world of blogging.

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  13. dfhunter: You didn’t respond to my question about a screenshot. Are you interested enough to put some effort into learning something here? That was the subtext. It’s fine if you’re not. I am, after all, a free service. But you didn’t ask me anything I could make sense of. The question was directed to me, right? Did I at least understand that correctly?

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  14. In my comment of 09 APR 22 AT 8:45 AM I embedded three tweets, leading to seven becoming visible to any casual reader whose browser responds in the right way to such embedding. (That’s not everyone, at least it hasn’t been in the past.) Those seven tweets were enough to communicate what I wanted to about something really serious, in my view. There was no need to click to see more in this case. Just so that’s clear. (You’re welcome to do so but there is no implied support obligation if you do. Everything relevant was lying on the surface in this case.)

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  15. Me (above): Perhaps Ed Hawkins will draw us a nice rainbow on the cover.
    Ed Hawkins on Twitter:

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