Watch Live: Neil deGrasse Tyson to Host Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate About the Future of Earth's Water

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 11:55AM
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 11:55AM
Watch Live: Neil deGrasse Tyson to Host Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate About the Future of Earth's Water
Between Young Ones and Mad Max, the new sci-fi post-apocalyptic landscape seems to be a drought-riddled, arid desert. As is often the case in science fiction, this may reflect real-life anxieties, as devastating drought is becoming a real danger in many parts of the world. Now, your friendly neighborhood astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will host this year's panel to memorialize the late and great Isaac Asimov, who passed away in April of 1992, and the subject will be water, water and more water. 

"Earth is the only place in our solar system with liquid water on its surface. Even though water makes up only 0.03 percent of the Earth's total mass, it covers 70 percent of the planet's surface. Where did this water come from? Why is it mostly in liquid form? How much of it is drinkable and how vulnerable is this valuable resource? Will we ever run out? Will wars of the future be fought over access to it? Will future generations harness water from space? Is water essential to all life in the universe-or just to life on Earth?"

So not only will the panelists explore whether Earth could become a Fury Road-esque dystopia, but they will also discuss whether our search for extraterrestrial life is based on a faulty assumption. Astrobiologists tend to search for "life as we know it" by searching for exoplanets that may be host to liquid water, but one would think that there could be alien life, or even alien intelligence, that wouldn't look anything like we would predict and may not need water to subsist.

Given by the American Museum of Natural History, the panel will feature experts such as chief NASA scientist Ellen Stofan, planetary astronomer Heidi Hammel, hydrologist Tess Russo, geologist Kathryn Sullivan, and retired Air Force general Charles Wald.

The panel begins tonight at 7pm ET, and you can watch the live stream of the event here.
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