Locus Focus on 10/15/12
AIR: THE RESTLESS SHAPER OF THE WORLD - An Interview with William Bryant Logan
We are dependent on air to sustain us, but rarely do we reflect on this fluid, boundless and unpredictable element of our planet. How do birds fly and why do they often fly in V formation? How do tornados form? How far can winds carry dust? Why is weather so difficult to predict? What is the impact of poisonous gases that may come from our cozy, new furniture? How does pollen help palynologists establish the rhythm of the ice ages? On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with author William Bryant Logan about the intricacies and mysteries of the air we breathe.
William Bryant Logan, author of Air: The Restless Shaper of the World, is a certified arborist and president of Urban Arborists, Inc., a Brooklyn-based tree company. Logan is an award-winning natural history writer and environmental columnist. He is on faculty at the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture and is the author of Oak and Dirt, the latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary. The same filmmakers are currently planning a documentary made from Air. He lives in New York City.