[Flash Forward] EARTH: The Desert Creep

EARTH: The Desert Creep

19/03/2019 by Rose Eveleth

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Today, we travel to the deserts. Or, actually, the deserts travel to us. What happens if dust swallows up over 30% of the planet?

→ → → Background reading, source material and other links here ← ← ←

As air pollution gets worse, a dystopian accessory is born ← My piece on face masks mentioned in the episode!
Guests: Sumant Nigam: climate researcher at University of Maryland Morgan Gorris: PhD candidate at UC Irvine Christina Xu: freelance technology researcher Lindsay C. Stringer: researcher on land use and sustainability at the University of Leeds Matthew Bowker: soil ecologist at Northern Arizona University
Actors: The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent Rose Lenny Haywood: Evan Johnson Farah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh, host of Good Muslim, Bad Muslim John Jacob Siwa: Joseph Jones Juana Aguilar: Tamara Krinsky, host of Tomorrow’s World Today Amy Trisol: Ariela Morgenstern
Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.
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Listen Date: 2019-05-03


  • Another terrifying global warming episode after the relatively cheerful magnetic polar flip one
  • Learning about the biocrust was fascinating and I hope the research makes it to success in the field soon
  • I had read about Valley Fever long ago in the days when I was mainlining longform.org
  • Is Amy Trisol a reference to the Trisolarian desert in The Three Body Problem?
  • The extent of desert expansion – Gobi and Sahara is seriously scary.
  • I should look for the Chinese straw protection method and see if it can be replicated in our gardens and fields.


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