Adventures in Cold

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With the whole world talking about climate change and global warming, arctic biologist Bill Streever is looking the other way. He’s thinking about the cold.

Cold ice caps, cold tundra, cold lips, cold lungs. He’s looking back at cold explorers, men who died of cold.

He’s looking around at animals that thrive and survive in the cold. Frogs that become frogsicles, and hop again in spring. All things cold.

A warming climate may make cold itself an endangered species.

This hour, On Point: Igloos, permafrost, absolute zero and one man’s relentless pursuit of the cold.

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Bill Streever joins us from Anchorage, Alaska. A biologist, he chairs the North Slope Science Initiative's Science Technical Advisory Panel. He started out as a commercial diver in harbors and oilfields in Maine, the Gulf of Mexico, and the South China Sea. His new book is "Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places."

Browse and read excerpts from the book.


Songlist: Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow (Frank Zappa); Hey Ya (Outkast); Antarctica (The Weepies)

This program aired on July 24, 2009.


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