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speaking at the United Nations, 2018 (excerpt)

Currier gave a 45 minute presentation on climate and energy policy at the February, 2018, United Nations Youth Assembly.

speaking at the United Nations, 2018 (excerpt)

Currier gave a 45 minute presentation on climate and energy policy at the February, 2018, United Nations Youth Assembly.

at MIT Press

Nathan Currier co-authored Paul Lowman's chapter in this book: Lowman was the first geologist hired by NASA and the initiator of comparative planetology. A direct link to the Lowman-Currier chapter, Life's Tectonics, is below.

performing at the piano, his own From the Grotto, Mvt. 1 (excerpt)

This is the first movement of the piano sonata From the Grotto, and is titled Theory of the Enlightenment (from afar). From a New World Records recording.

Huffington Post articles

Currier wrote for several years, mostly on methane-related subjects and other near-term climate concerns, for the Huffington Post.

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Classical Music in the Anthropocene, a research paper

This is a scholarly article which was published in the Ecomusicology Newsletter, April, 2014.

Orchard Circle: on the nightmarish evening Trump was elected president, the Berlin Philharmonic's principals play 17 American composers in NYC, woven together by Currier to depict the catastrophe of 'Weimar America.'

Initially intended to be a new music series focusing on the "middle ground" of new music, it became a single intense event, featuring principals from the Berlin Philharmonic performing on the night of the 2016 election.

Life's Tectonics, Lowman & Currier

Life's impact on our planet might extend even to the very movements of the plates themselves.

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standard composer website

This is a more normal composer's website for Currier, with a bio, works list, audio samples, etc.

A Gaia theory learning site

This is the educational section of the Gaian Variations site, containing a series of web pages providing an online introduction to Gaia theory.

speaking as panelist for Al Gore's first 24 Hours of Reality annual event

Gore created an internet-based event followed by 8.5 million online, with presentations coming globally from all 24 time zones, interlaced with guest panelists. Back in New York and just before Gore's final presentation that rounded it out, this is an excerpt from a panel on the state of Greenland, in which Currier was one of the panelists.

Hildegard's Symphony, Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Mvt. 1 (excerpt)

Premiered in 2012 by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, with Marie-Pierre Langlamet as harp soloist and conducted by Cesar Ivan Lara, this is the opening of the forty minute symphony. The first movement is titled Of Moisture and Greenness.

performing at the piano, his own From the Grotto, Mvt. 3

The third movement of the sonata is titled On the Loss of Family and Related Species

Gaian Variations, a large oratorio about the Earth system, for chorus, orchestra and soloists

Gaia Theory - the idea the our planet self-regulates, somewhat like a single superorganism - is the focus of Currier's largest composition, and, after lengthy litigation, this website is dedicated to that work and to its terminated premiere.

Possum Wakes from Playing Dead, video vignette

This piece for cello and harp was premiered in Berlin by Marie-Pierre Langlamet and Matias de Oliviera Pinto in 2008, and here the opening is realized as a brief film sequence. The full piece can be heard at Currier's composer website above. The work fits in well with the material behind Chimeras and Consciousness, which can be read about at left, at the MIT Press website, and which explores the emergence of the collective sensory system of life and the evolution of consciousness.

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1250: a group focused on near-term climate organized by Currier

This is the website for 1250, a small climate group initiated by Nathan Currier with members like renowned sea-ice scientist Peter Wadhams, Distinguished Professor, Cambridge University, and Stephen Salter, inventor of modern wave energy.

performing at the piano, his own From the Grotto, Mvt. 5 (excerpt)

Performed by Currier, this is an excerpt from the last movement of his piano sonata, subtitled A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, suggesting the roots in the Enlightenment of our understanding and misunderstanding of Nature. From the New World Records recording.

Shortly after the New York Times referred to his largest work as 'mostly pseudoscientific,' Currier became engaged in a variety of endeavors to create broader public understanding of Earth System science. Currier has served as Senior Climate Adviser and methane specialist for Public Policy Virginia, has been a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project since its beginning, and has spoken on climate change at the United Nations headquarters, at UNICEF headquarters at the United Nations, at Columbia University, New York University and many others. Shortly after joining Gore's organization, Currier began what has been a central focus of his scientific interests since, concerning the potential for methane and the other shorter-lived climate forcers to play a leading role in controlling near-term warming and attenuating Arctic warming for the coming few decades. Currier was a guest panelist for the first of Gore's “24 Hours of Reality” events, viewed by some 8 million live streaming. Starting in 2011, he began writing on methane and other climate issues for the Huffington Post. He founded the climate group 1250now, focused on methane and near-term climate, and was a founding member of the London-based Arctic Methane Emergency Group, which twice presented before the UK Parliament.

The score of Currier's 'pseudoscientific' oratorio was on display for a year at the London Museum of Science, part of an exhibition on Lovelock and Gaia theory organized by their Climate Changing Programme. This website is devoted to showcasing the interrelationships between Currier's mixture of musical creativity and his pursuit of Nature, in particular a deeper and wider understanding of the implications of a changing climate.

Looming Atmospheres, a collaborative 'painting-film' created with painter Suzan Woodruff (excerpt)

This is the opening from a "moving painting" collaboration between Nathan Currier and artist Suzan Woodruff. Woodruff was filmed while working on a single painting, Visitation. Currier then created a film sequence and "choreographed" a key part of his Gaian Variations with it.

performing at the piano, his own From the Grotto, Mvt. 2 (excerpt)

Performed by Currier, this is an excerpt from the second movement of his piano sonata, subtitled A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, suggesting the roots in the Enlightenment of our understanding and misunderstanding of Nature.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-currier
Saving the Arctic Ice: Greenpeace, Greenwashing and Geoengineering, 2

This is part two of the two-part piece on the arctic crisis.

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More information about From the Grotto

Further material about the thinking behind the piece is available here, the online program booklet from New World Records.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-currier
HuffPost piece on Superstorm Sandy

This piece by Nathan Currier was published even before Sandy hit - perhaps its title influenced the subsequent Bloomberg News cover title, published a few days later, which helped make climate an issue in the last days before the 2012 election.

performing at the piano, his own From the Grotto, Mvt. 4

Performed by Currier, this is the fourth movement of his piano sonata, subtitled A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, suggesting the roots in the Enlightenment of our understanding and misunderstanding of Nature. In this case, a minuet and dirge play together throughout the movement.

A Sambuca Sonata, excerpt

From a recording on the Chandos label, this is the first movement of the trio, for flute viola and harp.

In 2013, Currier had a number of meetings with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and his staff regarding methane policy. Whitehouse - among the U.S. senators most deeply involved with climate policy, and among those who worked closely with the Obama administration - chaired a Senate committee hearing on methane emissions (Environment & Public Works, November, 2013) a few months later. Soon afterward, Obama released his administration's methane strategy paper for the President's Climate Action Plan.

Currier has been an advocate for broader understanding and recognition of Gaia theory, or Earth System science. He co-authored Life's Tectonics (a chapter of the book Chimeras and Consciousness, MIT Press, 2011) with NASA scientist Paul D. Lowman, which takes a 'comparative planetology' viewpoint. Recent data from Mars has helped confirm its lack of Earth-style tectonics, highlighting in turn the role that water, and hence life, have likely played in the tectonics of our home - helping to yet again underscore how, as Vladimir Vernadsky asserted, "Life is a geological force."