Climate change makes the extinction expert toss and turn.
The biologist and paleontologist remembers “the smartest man [he’s] ever known.”
The idea that “going back to nature” will solve the climate crisis is a dangerous misconception.
Peter Ward explains how the scientific community can improve its dismal public outreach—and why he believes the problem of women in science is solving itself.
Our inability to detect other life in the universe may stem from interstellar communication problems. Then again, it may be because Earth evolution is “like Mr. Bean.”
Why Earth may be exceptional, and life exceptionally rare in the universe.
Peter Ward’s “Medea Hypothesis” suggests that all multicellular life is doomed to kill itself off in the long run. Intelligence, he says, may be the only loophole.
The economic slowdown has briefly slowed CO2 emissions. Humanity may still squeak through the climate crisis—though not without “untold misery,” says Peter Ward.
An interview with the biologist and paleontologist at the University of Washington in Seattle.