Not long after the New York Times referred to Nathan Currier's largest and most important composition as 'mostly pseudoscientific,' he started to become directly engaged in a wide variety of scientific endeavors and in the tireless pursuit of higher scientific understanding. Currier, a frequently awarded classical composer, has since then served as Senior Climate Advisor 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, now numbering more than 6,000. He has spoken on climate change at UNICEF headquarters at the United Nations, Columbia University, and New York University, among many others. Only weeks after joining Gore's organization, Currier began what has been a central focus of his scientific interest ever since, when he wrote an open letter to Gore about the potential for methane to play a key role in controlling near-term climate. There was public notice, including in a front cover story in Newsweek, when Gore's subsequent book, Our Choice, exhibited a noticeable shift in the attention it gave to methane. Currier was a guest panelist for the first of Gore's “24 Hours of Reality” events, viewed by some 8 million live streaming, appearing on a panel with senior scientists like Drew Shindell of NASA. 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 also a founding member of the London-based AMEG (Arctic Methane Emergency Group), which has twice presented before the UK Parliament and been featured at the BBC.
The score of Currier's 'pseudoscientific' Gaian Variations is currently 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.
Currier has been a tireless 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 helps to extend Gaia theory through comparing the different geologic regimes of Mars and Earth, with the former's lack of Earth-style tectonic plates helping to highlight the role that water, and life, play in the tectonics of our home, underscoring 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. She quoted from the paper before her own concluding summation of Gaia theory. It was the last time that founders Lovelock and Margulis would be together, as well as the last writing by Lowman: Paul Lowman died less than a year later, and Lynn Margulis died suddenly two months following him.
Currier has engaged in vigorous discussions on geoengineering, limiting himself, for the time being, to raising penetrating questions: for marine cloud brightening (MCB), Currier recently posed questions for originator John Latham and engineer Stephen Salter about potential entanglement of MCB with CLAW effects (i.e., impacts of phytoplankton-generated dimethylsulfide on clouds). Scott Elliot of Los Alamos National Laboratory, developer of the most sophisticated marine ecodynamics/biogeochemistry model (COSIM), and colleagues at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, are currently working on further developing models that can hopefully help to address these questions in the coming years.