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Ohio State climate scientist the focus of new documentary 'Canary'

Lonnie Thompson

This episode originally aired on Sept. 6, 2023.

A new documentary, “Canary,” chronicles the pioneering climate work of Ohio State’s Lonnie Thompson.

He began extracting polar ice cores from tropical mountaintops in the 1970s.

The frozen cylinders provide a climatological record stretching back thousands of years and provide direct evidence of global warming. He’s been called a real-life Indiana Jones.

Thompson, along with his wife, climate scientist Ellen Moseley Thompson, lead research at The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University.

We have a discussion about the work that’s been done and what work remains to be completed.



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