Not long after the New York Times referred to the libretto of Nathan Currier's largest and most important composition as 'mostly pseudoscientific,' Currier started to become directly engaged in a wide variety of scientific endeavors and in the tireless pursuit of greater public understanding of Earth System science. Currier, a frequently awarded classical composer, has since then served as Senior Climate Adviser and methane specialist for Public Policy Virginia, and has been a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project since its early days, ranking among its top presenters. He has spoken on climate change at UNICEF headquarters at the United Nations, Columbia University, and New York University, among many others. Shortly after joining Gore's organization, Currier began what has been a central focus of his scientific interest ever since, concerning the potential for methane and other short-lived climate forcers to play a key role in controlling near-term climate and attenuating Arctic warming. Currier was a guest panelist for the first of Gore's “24 Hours of Reality” events, viewed by some 8 million live streaming. Since 2011, Currier has been writing on methane and climate issues for the Huffington Post. He founded the climate group 1250, focused on methane and near-term climate, and was a founding member of the London-based AMEG (Arctic Methane Emergency Group), which has twice presented before the UK Parliament.
The score of Currier's 'pseudoscientific' Gaian Variations recently was put on display for a full year at one of the world's premiere science museums, The London Museum of Science, part of an exhibition organized by their Climate Changing Programme. This website is devoted to showcasing the interrelationships between Currier's mixture of unabated musical creativity and his pursuit of higher scientific integrity, in particular a deeper and wider understanding of the implications of our changing climate.
In 2013, Currier had a number of meetings with Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) and his staff regarding methane policy. Whitehouse, among those most deeply involved with climate policy in the United States Senate, and among those working most closely with the Obama administration, chaired a Senate committee hearing several months later on methane emissions (Environment & Public Works, November, 2013). Four months afterward the Obama administration released a methane strategy paper for the President's Climate Action Plan.
Outside of his work on climate issues, Currier has been an advocate for broader understanding and recognition of Gaia theory. Currier co-authored Life's Tectonics (a chapter of the book Chimeras and Consciousness, MIT Press, 2011), with NASA scientist Paul D. Lowman, which extends Gaian thinking through a 'comparative planetology' viewpoint. Recent data from Mars has helped confirm that planet's lack of Earth-style tectonics, highlighting in turn the role that water, and hence life, have likely played in the tectonics of our home, and helping to yet again underscore how, as Vladimir Vernadsky asserted, "Life is a geological force." The paper was cited at length before publication, when Lynn Margulis, its editor, was keynote speaker for a celebration of the 50th year of NASA's exobiology program.