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Friday, January 20, 2012

You may think that the best solution to cutting down on climate change is recycling or discouraging people from driving SUV’s, but Gernot Wagner argues that the only solutions to climate change are collective, economic decisions. We’ll take a look at Saturday’s South Carolina Primary and the tightening Republican race for President. A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at a Mayan Maize God Statue. Plus, our latest Please Explain is the first in a series about saving the world, starting with a look at the world’s water supply.

How Smart Economics Can Save the World

Gernot Wagner, economist at the Environmental Defense Fund explains why the things individuals do—buying local produce, eating less meat, bringing reusable bags to the grocery store—won’t end up making much of a difference in halting global warming. Instead he argues that economics will. In But Will The Planet Notice: How Smart Economics Can Save the World he puts the onus for curbing global climate change on smarter economics, not science, politics, or activism.

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Primary Politics in the Palmetto State

On Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry ended his presidential bid and endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, less than 48 hours before the South Carolina primary. Adam Beam, who covers politics for The State, talks about the unsettled primary race in the Palmetto State and why polls are showing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney neck-and-neck with Gingrich.

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Please Explain: How to Save the World—The Global Water Supply

We're kicking off a series of Please Explains on how to save the world—ways to approach complex global problems such as climate change, food supply, garbage disposal, population control, and violence. Today's topic is how to protect the world's water supply. Upmanu Lall, Director of the Columbia Water Center, and Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project and National Geographic Freshwater Fellow join us to discuss the state of fresh water around the globe.

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Things We Learned This Week

The Lopate Show's week, in review.

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