This year, the annual migration of monarch butterflies was just 3 million, down from 60 million the year before. New York Times contributor Jim Robbins talks about why some experts are worried that the migratory pattern could be on the brink of collapse. His article, “The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear,” was in the Sunday Review on November 24.
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.
Industrial hygienist and chemist Monona Rossol discusses a study showing that rich people and poor people have different toxic substances in their bodies. She's the author of Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia Is Making Lab Rats of Us All.
You love the planet and your gadgets, so how do you find a balance?
The Retro Report documentary team takes us back to 1978, when residents of Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York got some shocking news about the disposal of toxic chemicals in their community: In the 1940s and 50s, Hooker Chemical company had dumped 21,800 tons of toxic waste in the canal. Thirty-five years later, J. P. Olsen, producer for Retro Report, reports on what he found when he went back to the community.
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.
Park managers across America are grappling with the question of how much technology to integrate into national parks. They’re considering everything from coded signs that park-goers can scan with their smartphones to access information about the parks, to weather updates via text message. Samantha Brown is a host on the Travel Channel. She explains the possible technologies being integrated into national parks and the push back park managers are seeing as the great outdoors flirts with the digital age.