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The Takeaway

Are We Causing the Next Mass Extinction?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vast changes in the ecosystem have caused five mass extinctions throughout history. The New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert argues that humans are causing the sixth.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Personal Environmentalism

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To kick off our Earth Day family meeting, we want to hear what environmentalism means to you. Are you constantly conflicted by your energy use? What do you do personally to try to help - or at least not harm - the environment? What fears do you have for the future and what trade-offs do you make?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bring Back the Oysters

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Billion Oyster Project is restoring oyster beds to New York Harbor. Billion Oyster Project Director Pete Malinowski, also aquaculture program director at the New York Harbor School, and his students, Beni Nedrick and Erin Nolan, explain why it's beneficial for the health of the waterways, marine life and how the shellfish might protect coastal areas from future storm surges.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's It Like Where You're From?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

If the whole world doesn't get on board to curb emissions, the negative effects of climate change may overwhelm the earth anyway. After all, global warming knows no international boundaries. We want to hear from immigrants - how is climate change addressed in your home country? Or is it development at any cost?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask a Climatologist

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Katharine Mach, co-director of science for the IPCC Working Group II based out of the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, is a scientist who worked on the latest IPCC report. She answers your questions about the earth and humans' vulnerability to climate change, what's already happened, will happen in the future and how we might fix this mess. Plus, anything else you've ever wanted to ask a climate scientist.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Climate Crisis Can Be Solved

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In the wake of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's climate report, Steven A. Cohen, executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, talks about the complexities of climate change and the solutions offered in the report, and offers his (optimistic) thoughts on how the world will adapt to a warming planet.

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Specials

Adapting To Climate Change

Monday, April 07, 2014

No matter what you believe about climate change, there seems to be many more extreme weather events occurring more frequently. These natural disasters upset lives and destroy property, leading to escalating clean-up and reconstruction costs. "Adapting To Climate Change" explores the plans that engineers, scientists, government officials, business leaders, NGOs, and community groups around the world are making to deal with future catastrophic events and shifting weather patterns.

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On The Media

Correcting False Balance

Friday, April 04, 2014

This week the UK Parliament released a report that recommended ways to improve communicating climate change to the public, criticizing the media in particular for promoting false balance. Bob talks with Bob Ward of the London School of Economics about the report and the chief offender.

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The Takeaway

Climate Change Means Profits for Some, Meaningful Action for Few

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the impacts of a changing environment are here to stay. The panel concluded that global warming is real, it's affecting every continent, and time is of the essence.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | April 01, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Wisconsin has long been heralded as a place ahead of its time when it comes to environmentalism. But all that might change...Could an American who was convicted decades ago for spying for Israel be a key bargaining chip in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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The Takeaway

Water Shortages Spark Fights Over Access to H2O

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The U.S. is experiencing an increasing frequency of water supply problems—from dry conditions in California to strong drought conditions in Texas. David Sedlak, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center and author of "Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource," looks back at the history of this most precious resource. Two water-rights lawyers, Sarah Klahn, and Stuart Somach, show us how droughts play out in the courtroom. 

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Transportation Nation

As PATH Stations Close for Weekend Work, Ferry Service Opens...For Now

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Journal Square and World Trade Center PATH stations will be closed for most weekends in 2014 so the Port Authority can conduct Sandy work and upgrades to the rail line. But starting this weekend, there will be another option across the Hudson...at least for the next six weeks.

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WNYC News

The Glaciers of Patagonia, Inside a Gallery

Saturday, March 15, 2014

German photographer Frank Thiel brings Patagonia's dramatic glaciers to New York City.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Glaciers

Friday, March 14, 2014

During the last ice age, glaciers covered the entire northern part of our continent, shaping mountains and carving valleys. Today, most of the earth's glaciers are found in Antarctica and Greenland, but there are glaciers on every continent, including Africa, most commonly above the snow line. Tim Creyts, a glaciologist with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Earth Institute, Columbia University, explains what glaciers are, how they move and sculpt the landscape, and how climate change is affecting glaciers around the world.

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Radiolab

Polar Bear Flip-Flop: People Hated, Then Loved These Photos. What Changed?

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Norbert Rosing /National Geographic/Getty

This couldn't be.

A 1,200 pound male polar bear (especially when it's autumn and he hasn't eaten for four months) doesn't make play-dates with an animal from another species. He doesn't arrive every afternoon to cuddle, nuzzle, hug and roll around ...

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Radiolab

Trees On The Move As Temperature Zones Shift 3.8 Feet A Day

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

You are a snail. You are a plant. You like where you are. The temperature's right. It suits you.

Robert Krulwich/NPR

But then, gradually, over the years, it gets warmer. Not every day, of course, but on more and more days, the temperature climbs to ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

It's Cold Outside, but the Planet's Still Heating Up

Friday, February 07, 2014

A look at the wacky weather we've been experiencing in the larger context of climate change. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Booming Business of Global Warming

Monday, February 03, 2014

McKenzie Funk looks into how some entrepreneurs and even some nations stand to benefit from a changing climate. In Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming, Funk traveled to two dozen countries to profile entrepreneurs who see a potential windfall from drought, floods, and melting ice caps.

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The Takeaway

The Costs of Climate Change

Monday, January 06, 2014

Taxes sounded worse than environmental catastrophe in the politics of 2010, but ironically one of the more persuasive arguments that climate change is real—persuasive especially to anti-tax conservatives—is how changing, unpredictable and severe weather is increasingly exacting a tax on all aspects of life in America. Gary Yohe, professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University, explores the hidden costs of climate change.

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WNYC News

Why White Christmases in New York Really Are Just Dreams

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Irving Berlin grew up in New York. So what was he talking about when he wrote, years later, of a snow-covered Christmas “just like the ones I used to know?" Have years of climate change and development worn away the luster that Manhattan used to have every December 25th?

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