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The Global Warming Minefield

 

These times of deadly hurricanes, firestorms and severe drought are boosted by global warming, with the prospect of unpleasant surprises ahead. And the greatest source of risk may be not so much a single tipping point but rather ‘unknown unknowns’ with the power to disrupt, like a secret minefield.

 

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These times of deadly hurricanes, firestorms and severe drought are boosted by global warming, with the prospect of unpleasant surprises ahead. And the greatest source of risk may be not so much a single tipping point but rather ‘unknown unknowns’ with the power to disrupt, like a secret minefield.

Puerto Ricans Flee Maria For Florida - Where They Can Vote

 

Much of Puerto Rico’s water and power systems are still broken after the destruction of Hurricane Maria, and while tough economic conditions on the island have stimulated migration to the mainland over the past decade, the devastation of the hurricane has turned this flow into a torrent. This climate-related migration has political implications. As thousands of Puerto Ricans head to Florida, political leaders are scrambling to appeal to these new voters. In recent presidential and statewide elections when the winning margins have been roughly 1%, Puerto Rican voters have leaned Democratic.

 

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Republicans Move to Open Arctic Refuge For Drilling

 

Fierce debate over drilling for oil in ANWR, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, is decades old. Now the possibility is closer to becoming a reality, with a rider on budget measures passed by the U.S. House and Senate.

 

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Rough Riding for Wild Horse Country

 

Tens of thousands of wild horses, or mustangs, still roam the vast, undeveloped public lands of the American West. Author David Philipps’ new book, Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang tells the story of a tough survivor that defies the efforts of cash-strapped government agencies to control it as it continues to live up to its reputation as “the one that got away.”

 

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Power Plan Sent to the Cleaners

 

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has started to rollback the Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s signature policy to curb carbon emissions from power plants. This move could help prolong the life of the coal industry, yet may be largely symbolic as analyses show the U.S. is ahead of schedule on emissions reduction goals.

 

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Ancient Trees Race to the Top

 

Trees tend to move to higher, cooler habitats in response to a warming climate. Now research on two pine tree species in the western US Great Basin that can live for thousands of years demonstrates that some species move faster than others -- and it could be thousands of years before we really know how human-caused global warming has affected these enduring trees.

 

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Hummingbirds Citizen Science Project

 

The Rufous hummingbird follows the Rocky Mountains to migrate from Alaska to Mexico (Photo: Diana Douglas for Hummingbirds at Home).

 

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Prairie Rattlesnake

 

A few months ago writer Mark Seth Lender met his first Prairie Rattlesnake up close and personal, and found the snake fascinating, and though venomous, not a threat.

 

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Bayou Community Struggles with Sinkhole

 

A huge sinkhole in the tiny swamp community of Bayou Corne is giving residents unique and unpleasant challenges. It is now approximately 20 acres in size.

 

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The Global Warming Minefield

These times of deadly hurricanes, firestorms and severe drought are boosted by global warming, with the prospect of unpleasant surprises ahead. And the greatest source of risk may be not so much a single tipping point but rather ‘unknown unknowns’ with the power to disrupt, like a secret minefield.

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Puerto Ricans Flee Maria For Florida - Where They Can Vote

Much of Puerto Rico’s water and power systems are still broken after the destruction of Hurricane Maria, and while tough economic conditions on the island have stimulated migration to the mainland over the past decade, the devastation of the hurricane has turned this flow into a torrent. This climate-related migration has political implications. As thousands of Puerto Ricans head to Florida, political leaders are scrambling to appeal to these new voters. In recent presidential and statewide elections when the winning margins have been roughly 1%, Puerto Rican voters have leaned Democratic.

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Republicans Move to Open Arctic Refuge For Drilling

Fierce debate over drilling for oil in ANWR, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, is decades old. Now the possibility is closer to becoming a reality, with a rider on budget measures passed by the U.S. House and Senate.

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This Week’s Show
October 20, 2017
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The Global Warming Minefield

listen / download
These times of deadly hurricanes, firestorms and severe drought are boosted by global warming, with the prospect of unpleasant surprises ahead. And the greatest source of risk may be not so much a single tipping point but rather ‘unknown unknowns’ with the power to disrupt, like a secret minefield.

Puerto Ricans Flee Maria For Florida - Where They Can Vote

listen / download
Much of Puerto Rico’s water and power systems are still broken after the destruction of Hurricane Maria, and while tough economic conditions on the island have stimulated migration to the mainland over the past decade, the devastation of the hurricane has turned this flow into a torrent. This climate-related migration has political implications. As thousands of Puerto Ricans head to Florida, political leaders are scrambling to appeal to these new voters. In recent presidential and statewide elections when the winning margins have been roughly 1%, Puerto Rican voters have leaned Democratic.

Republicans Move to Open Arctic Refuge For Drilling

listen / download
Fierce debate over drilling for oil in ANWR, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, is decades old. Now the possibility is closer to becoming a reality, with a rider on budget measures passed by the U.S. House and Senate.

BirdNote®: Here Come the Merlins

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The Merlin is one of the world’s smallest falcons yet it’s something of a trailblazer. Rising global temperatures are forcing species to head north, but as BirdNote®’s Mary McCann reports, these adaptive predators have begun to move south to occupy the abandoned homes of other avian migrants.

Rough Riding for Wild Horse Country

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Tens of thousands of wild horses, or mustangs, still roam the vast, undeveloped public lands of the American West. Author David Philipps’ new book, Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang tells the story of a tough survivor that defies the efforts of cash-strapped government agencies to control it as it continues to live up to its reputation as “the one that got away.”


Special Features

A River Town in Transition

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Wrangell, Alaska is a small, isolated town at the mouth of the mighty Stikine River and a former a timber capital. But since the saw mills shut down in the ‘90s, the small town has reinvented itself as a tourist destination and a commercial fishing hub. Since both of these industries are dependent on the Stikine, some locals worry that a mining development upriver could put the whole town’s livelihood at risk.
Blog Series: Alaskan River Riches

Close Encounter with a Tabular Iceberg: Mark Seth Lender
Living on Earth's Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender describes an encounter with a tabular iceberg similar (though much smaller) to the one that recently broke off of the Larsen C ice sheet.
Blog Series: Field Notes on the Cheetah's Need for Open Space


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...Ultimately, if we are going prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we are going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them...

-- President Barack Obama, November 6, 2015 on why he declined to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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