Daniel Botkin was featured on the EconTalk podcast for November 26, 2007. In the interview he says some really neat things about nature.

Most species have evolved and adapted to change and depend on change, so assuming steady state goes against their needs.

He’s referring to more than just climate change. In some forests the vegetation has adapted to fires. When we stop allowing fires to control wilderness, we actually destroy nature. Daniel illustrates that our perception of what nature should be often influences what we do to nature.

The whole EconTalk Library of podcasts feature Russ Roberts and a guest. Many guests are economists who specialize in a particular field. The podcasts run are around an hour, so set some time aside for economics and give them listen.