Highly recommended and fascinating discussion about the shifting state of Planet Earth and Alien Planets with Adam Frank, physicist, astronomer, and writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges for On Contact.
“For a civilization to destroy itself through nuclear war, it has to have certain emotional characteristics,” Frank said. “You can imagine certain civilizations saying, ‘I’m not building those [nuclear weapons]. Those are crazy.’ But climate change, you can’t get away from. If you build a civilization, you’re using huge amounts of energy. The energy feeds back on the planet, and you’re going to push yourself into a kind of Anthropocene. It’s probably universal.”