In his latest book, retired UC Davis physics/atmospheric science professor Tom Cahill imagines an asteroid slamming into the Earth. He has it strike far from Davis, but the city is wiped out by a huge flood anyway, as is most of the world by an ensuing ice age. This sets the stage for a tale about climate change, and how survivors adapt.
On the current “Davisville,” Cahill discusses “Ark: Asteroid Impact,” plus some of his work studying the health threat of airborne particles from various sources — including the World Trade Center in the weeks after it was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, and on an ongoing basis from railroads and freeways. Turns out that Davis, bisected by Interstate 80 and a Union Pacific railroad mainline, has a fortunate location.
“Davisville,” hosted by Bill Buchanan, airs on KDRT, 95.7 FM, at 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 a.m. Saturdays. The interview with Cahill debuted Monday and will be broadcast through March 30. It is also available in the KDRT archives at http://www.kdrt.org/node/11818.