The Carbon Age: How Life’s Core Element Has Become Civilization’s Greatest Threat

August 01, 2008

Carbon has always been seen as the ubiquitous building block of life, necessary to the rise of living organisms. But since the start of the industrial age, carbon has contributed to the destruction of the ozone layer. Today on Focus, we're joined by journalist Eric Roston, author of The Carbon Age. He'll talk about the ways humans have used carbon throughout history and how it's only now, at the brink of catastrophe, that we are beginning to recognize the effects it has had on our environment.

Guest: Eric Roston (journalist; former Science Policy and Technology Writer for Time; author of The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat)