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ClimatePalooza 2014





Connecting scientists, scholars, policy makers, and the public to change the way we understand and discuss climate issues.


Our resident Radio Man Jake de Grazia has provided a collection of his favorite public radio stories regarding climate change over the past few years…

In Highland Peru, a Culture Confronts Blight: In remote farms in the Andes Mountains, elevated thousands of feet above sea level, climate change is threatening a crop that is part of the region’s identity: the potato. (All Things Considered; March 3, 2008)

Climate Change and Critical Thinking: 16-year-old climate skeptic named Kristen Byrnes has set up a website and dedicated huge chunks of her time to arguing that the rise of global temperature is part of a natural cycle and not, as most climate scientists agree, caused by human action. (Radiolab; April 16, 2008)

Kid Politics: As adults battle over how climate change should be taught in school, we try an experiment. We ask Dr Roberta Johnson, the Executive Director of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, who helps develop curricula on climate change, to present the best evidence there is to a high school skeptic, a freshman named Erin Gustafson. Our question: Will Erin find any of it convincing? (This American Life; January 14, 2011)

Climate ‘Weirdness’ Throws Ecosystems: ‘Out Of Kilter’Science journalist Michael Lemonick doesn’t want to be a doomsday prophet, but he does want to be realistic about the threat of climate change. “Since I started writing about climate change all the way back in 1987, we’ve known what the cause is, we’ve known what the likely outcome is, and we’ve had time to act — and essentially we haven’t acted.” (Fresh Air; August 14, 2012)

For a town in need of jobs, going nuclear was easy call: The oil town of Eunice, N.M., welcomed a uranium enrichment plant for its steady jobs. A canister of raw uranium awaits processing at the plant, operated by the European company Urenco. (Marketplace; September 5, 2012)

Changing Views About A Changing Climate: What is the role of humans in climate change? “Call me a converted skeptic,” physicist Richard Muller wrote in an Op-Ed in the New York Times this week, describing his analysis of data from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project. Though Muller was once a notable skeptic regarding studies connecting human activity to climate change, he has now concluded that “humans are almost entirely the cause” of global warming. (Science Friday; August 3, 2012)


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