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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bloomberg's Legacy on Climate Change

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Katherine Bagley and Maria Gallucci of Inside CLimate News talk about their new e-book “Bloomberg’s Hidden Legacy,” about how Mayor Bloomberg’s climate change policies are one of the positive legacies of his administration.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Southern Pine Beetle in New Jersey

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The New Jersey Pinelands are under attack from the southern pine beetle, as warmer temperatures (particularly in winter) have allowed the insect to spread northward. Aaron Weed, postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth, is the lead author of a paper on the effects of climate change on North American forests and has looked at the southern pine beetle's presence in New Jersey. He explains the beetle's spread and what it tells us about dangers to forests in the region. 

 

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The Takeaway

Climate Change Talks Reignite Cold War-Era Conflicts

Thursday, November 21, 2013

United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Warsaw have reopened old wounds this week. Representatives from some of the world's poorest countries staged a walk-out yesterday as the United States, the European Union, Australia and other developed nations refused to discuss payment for extreme environmental damage until after 2015. Isaac Valero, the European Union's spokesman for Climate Action, explains where the E.U. stands and what's in store going forward.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Pushes More Homeowners to Leave Flood Zones

Monday, November 18, 2013

Governor Cuomo expanded a program to de-populate the state's most vulnerable flood zones by offering buyouts to 129 homeowners in Staten Island. 

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WNYC News

Filipino New Yorkers Organize Haiyan Relief

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Filipino New Yorkers gathered Wednesday in Woodside, Queens in solidarity with the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

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The Takeaway

Science Friday's Ira Flatow on Extreme Weather One Year After Sandy

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

While the science behind climate change may still be controversial in some circles, it's come increasingly difficult to deny that the planet is growing warmer. And though scientists are cautious when it comes to cause and effect, most experts agree there is a link between climate change and storms like Hurricane Sandy. Science Friday's Ira Flatow examines the lessons learned, and the link between climate change and extreme weather. 

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The Takeaway

Ira Flatow on Extreme Weather One Year After Sandy | Britain Seeks to Stop The Publishing of Snowden's Leaks | Young Egyptians Discuss Their Country's Future

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Look at The Federal Response to Sandy | In the Face of Disaster, Would You Stay? | Britain Seeks to Prevent The Publishing of Snowden's Leaks | As U.S. Changes Foreign Policy Priorities, Will Egypt be Left Behind? | Young Egyptians Discuss Their Country's Future | Science Friday's Ira Flatow on ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

A Climate Change Roadmap

Friday, October 25, 2013

Yesterday, Brian hosted a conversation in WNYC's Greene Space, in collaboration with Marfa Dialogues/New York, on the state of climate change and the latest science and policy solutions. We play a highlight from that conversation on the different types of energy solutions, from coal to nuclear to natural gas.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: WNYC's Brian Lehrer Talks Climate Change and Survival

Friday, October 25, 2013

Watch WNYC host Brian Lehrer's historic conversation in The Greene Space with four of the country's top experts on environmental science and policy: physicist and visionary environmental scientist Amory Lovins; Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State, Richard Kauffman; Margot Anderson, Executive Director of the Energy Project for the BiPartisan Policy Center; and Guy Nordenson, structural engineer and professor of architecture appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the New York City Panel on Climate Change.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wendell Berry

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wendell Berry, poet, environmentalist, activist, and farmer, is in town to receive the Roosevelt Institute's Freedom Medal.  He discusses his life on the land and how it connects the issues that matter to him -- from the Farm Bill to climate change and coal mining.  

 

 

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WNYC News

Report: Local Temperatures May Exceed Historical Norms in 34 Years

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A new report says that average temperatures in New York will be hotter than ever, at least in recorded history, by the year 2047.

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The Takeaway

Discovering Mount Hood's Glacial Caves

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

There's a world that exists exclusively below the ice, extending thousands of feet in elevation on Mount Hood in Oregon—it's a world  ade up of three recently discovered glacial caves. Amelia Templeton is a reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting's Earthfix Project. She describes her descent into Mount Hood's glacial caves and OPB's multimedia project, "Thin Ice: Exploring Mount Hood's Glacier Caves."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jellyfish Strike Again!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Last week, Lisa-ann Gershwin, Director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services and author of Stung!, called us all the way from Tasmania to talk about jellyfish. She explained that the recent surge in the global jellyfish population is more than just a pain in the neck (or side, or leg...) for beach swimmers. As it turns out jellies also pose a serious threat to our global infrastructure.

"There have been some amazing things that jellyfish have been getting up to -- behaving very, very badly," she says.

So we weren't all that surprised to see that jellyfish are making headlines again. The New York Times reported today that, "in an episode that evokes B-grade sci-fi movie plots from the 1950s," a bloom of moon jellyfish in the Baltic Sea brought down a nuclear reactor in southeastern Sweden.

The cooling system intake pipes at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant became clogged by the otherwise innocuous animal, forcing a shut down. The plant's operator said a similar incident occurred in 2005.

The pipes have been unclogged... for now, but engineers are concerned a new jellyfish bloom could be lurking just around the corner. Cue Jaws music.

 

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The Takeaway

U.N. Panel: Humans to Blame for Climate Change

Friday, September 27, 2013

A new report written by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that climate change is not only real but that it is primarily—if not entirely—caused by humans. Coral Davenport, Energy and Environment Correspondent for the National Journal, and Raymond Schmitt, a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, worked on a previous IPCC Assessment Report and join The Takeaway to discuss the latest findings.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Climate Change Means Jellyfish and More Jellyfish

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lisa-ann Gershwin, jellyfish expert and author of Stung!, explains how warming and turbid water, lack of predators and competitors, low oxygen, and more acidic water are the conditions leading to an alarming and increasing rate of jellyfish in the oceans.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bill McKibben's Path to Environmental Activism

Monday, September 23, 2013

Bill McKibben, activist and author most recently of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activisttalks about his new book in which he recounts his personal story about his activism around a sustainable planet.

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The Takeaway

Bill McKibben on Confronting Climate Change

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The effects of climate change are growing more frequent and more aggressive. Environmentalist Bill McKibben's new book, "Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist," tells two parallel stories of what it means to confront our warming planet on both the local and global levels, from protecting a bee colony through the seasons, to fighting fossil fuels.

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The Takeaway

World Population Set to Reach 10 Billion By End of Century

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In 1960, there were 3 billion of us humans. By 2100, the world population could reach as much as 10.85 billion. That projection has some experts worried that the world won’t be able to sustain such growth. Stephen Emmott is head of Microsoft Research’s Computational Science Laboratory in Cambridge, England, and author of the new book "10 Billion." He joins The Takeaway to discuss wold over-population and how this will impact the future.

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New Jersey News

Christie Softening on Climate Change?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Nearly ten months after Sandy, Governor Christie is continuing to avoid discussions about the threat of climate change leading to more severe storms. But remarks the Governor made yesterday show he seems to be taking a softer approach.

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