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Peter Ward

Biography:

Peter Ward is Professor of Biology, a Professor of Earth and Space Sciences, and Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is Principal Investigator of the University of Washington node of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, which involves the leadership of over 25 scientists studying the probability of finding life beyond the Earth. He is also Senior Councilor of the Paleontological Society, and was awarded an Affiliate Professorship at the California Institute of Technology.

Past Shows:

Planetary Change

Since his PhD in 1976, Peter Ward has published more than 140 scientific papers dealing with paleontological, zoological, and astronomical topics. He discussed the state of the planet including climate change, melting ice caps, asteroid impact, dying oceans and mass extinction. First hour guest, civilian intelligence analyst and psychotherapist in New York City, Robert Morningstar, talked about World UFO Day, and UFOs that buzzed the Apollo astronauts. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Art Bell: Somewhere in Time

Art Bell: Somewhere in Time returned to 5/2/01 when Prof. Peter Ward discussed how climate change is not only real, but may result in the next ice age. ... More »

Host: Art Bell - Somewhere In Time

Planetary Science / Vet Health Issues

In the first half, Professor Peter Ward discussed his studies of planetary science, Earth, and its turbulent changes, as well as alien worlds. As sea level rises, this creates higher temperatures as the oceans expand. In the latter half of the show, nurse Joyce Riley shared an update on the health problems of Gulf War vets. A lot of US soldiers in Iraq were exposed to emissions from a sulfur mine, and troops in both Afghanistan & Iraq lived near burn pits used to dispose of items like electronics and military equipment. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Gulf Oil Spill & Climate Change

Filling in for George, Art Bell was joined by Professor Peter Ward for a discussion on how the Gulf oil spill ties in with sudden climate change. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Big Pharma Secrets

Ian Punnett was joined by former pharmaceutical executive Dr. John Virapen, who revealed the underhanded methods used by big pharma to get drugs approved and to rake in massive profits. In the first hour, professor of biology, Peter Ward, discussed the news about methane coming from the Gulf Oil spill. Also, dietary expert John Robbins talked about the need to move away from a lifestyle centered around commercialism. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

BP Oil Spill & Our Rising Seas

Prof. Peter Ward (book link) joined Ian Punnett for a discussion on how the BP oil spill in the Gulf will impact the delicate ecosystems of the world's oceans, and potentially trigger a series of events, including global sea level rise, that could devastate our planet In the first half-hour, sports conspiracy expert Brian Tuohy commented on the bad referee call that denied U.S. victory against Slovenia in the World Cup finals. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

Oil Spill & Energy Alternatives

Professor of Biology, Peter Ward, and ecological biologist David Blume talked about the impact of BP's oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. In the first hour, investigative journalist Peter Lance reported on the Times Square terrorist. Last hour guest, paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren offered techniques in how to experience ghostly phenomena. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Extinctions & Climate Change

Live from Manila, Art Bell returned for a discussion with Prof. Peter Ward about his latest work on mass extinctions and the self destructive nature of our planet, as well as the possibility for life in our solar system and beyond. Saturn's moon Titan may harbor life, he said, but it's so cold there that life forms might be silicon rather carbon-based, and move at an extremely slow pace. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Earth: Extinctions & Climate

Appearing during the first three hours, Prof. Peter Ward, the author of Under a Green Sky, discussed his latest work on hydrogen sulfide extinctions, and how we are creating the circumstances for extinctions in the future. His research has connected past mass extinctions and global warming. Greenhouse gases and the melting of the ice-caps could create a dangerous situation where the ocean currents stop circulating. The stagnation of the oceans' waters would lead to the thriving of a type of bacteria that produces hydrogen sulfide. Killing off life in the ocean and sending toxic gases into the atmosphere, hydrogen sulfide could actually turn the sky green, he noted. The coast off of Namibia is a hydrogen sulfide "hot spot" and the eruptions can be seen in this NASA satellite photo. Curiously, it has been found that hydrogen sulfide can have startling medical benefits, putting injured people into a kind of suspended animation until they can be treated. For more on hydrogen sul ... More »

Host: George Noory

Greenhouse Extinctions

Professor of Earth and Space Sciences and Astrobiologist for NASA, Peter Ward (Book Link) discussed his vision of the end of the world based on past mass extinctions. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Climate & Extinction

Investigator for the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Prof. Peter Ward discussed his new book, Out of Thin Air, which shows how fluctuating oxygen levels have contributed to mass extinctions and evolutionary changes over millions of years. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Searching for Alien Life

Peter Ward, an investigator for the NASA Astrobiology Institute, discussed his new book Life as We Do Not Know It, which ponders the possible existence of alien life. Ward believes that scientists need to expand their classifications of what constitutes "life" and include such forms as viruses. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Extinctions & Climate Change

Prof. Peter Ward, the author of Gorgon, shared his research into mass extinctions and climate change. A "Great Dying" took place 250 million years ago, he said, that was brought about by global warming. Volcanic events in Siberia added more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, making the temperature hotter but reducing the oxygen. The air became so thin during this time, that it would be like trying to breathe at a height of 17,000 ft., and he estimated that 90% of species died out. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Rare Earth Hypothesis

Paleontologist Peter Ward, the co-author of Rare Earth, discussed the hypothesis that complex life forms, such as our own, are relatively uncommon in the universe. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

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