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Rules To Save The Climate

 

Delegates gathered in Poland this December for COP24, the 24th annual UN Conference of the Parties of the UN Climate Treaty, to hammer out the rules for the Paris Climate Agreement. From COP24 Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists spoke about how many countries called for increased action to fight climate change, while the US and a few others discounted the science-based warnings and talked up coal. COP25 will be in Chile.

 

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Delegates gathered in Poland this December for COP24, the 24th annual UN Conference of the Parties of the UN Climate Treaty, to hammer out the rules for the Paris Climate Agreement. From COP24 Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists spoke about how many countries called for increased action to fight climate change, while the US and a few others discounted the science-based warnings and talked up coal. COP25 will be in Chile.

Creating The Earth And Moon

 

UC Davis Professor and 2018 MacArthur Fellow Sarah Stewart studies the origins of the Earth and Moon. She theorizes that the Moon and the present Earth actually came from the same vaporized cloud of rock after a gigantic celestial collision.

 

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Meet Deb Haaland, Native American Congresswoman

 

New Mexico is sending a Native American woman to Capitol Hill. Deb Haaland campaigned on climate change and will be one of the first two Native American women to go to Congress, both elected as Democrats in 2018. Rep, Haaland discusses her environmental priorities for the new Democratic-majority House.

 

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Smeagull The Seagull: A True Story

 

Smeagull the Seagull comes to the house near the shore every day. He knocks when he’s hungry and the people who live there feed him. Those humans are Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender, and his wife and illustrator Valerie Elaine Pettis. Mark reads their new children’s book about what happens when we pay attention to the animals on the other side of our sliding glass doors.

 

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Trump Climate Change Report

 

The latest National Climate Assessment brings the most serious warning yet about the impacts of a rapidly warming world, but the Trump White House downplayed the findings of its own agencies as it continues to roll back climate regulations. Former President Obama’s Science and Technology Adviser John Holdren discusses the report and the options for the new Democratic majority in the House to push climate policy.

 

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Climate Dangers of Palm Oil

 

The palm oil industry is booming in Indonesia, but it’s led to the destruction of carbon-rich, tropical peatlands. Scientists say the cultivation of this crop has resulted in a net increase in carbon emissions, despite hopes for biodiesel to become a carbon-friendly replacement for fossil fuels. ProPublica Reporter Abrahm Lustgarten discusses how the biodiesel industry created an environmental nightmare.

 

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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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Solar Powered Ship

 

The world’s largest solar powered boat made history by circumnavigating the globe. The ship is now busy in the Atlantic collecting data about the Gulf Stream.

 

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Cape Wind in Doubt

 

Wind turbines in the Irish Sea. The United States has yet to establish offshore wind, but countries in Europe have taken the plunge (photo: Andy Dingley)

 

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Rules To Save The Climate

Delegates gathered in Poland this December for COP24, the 24th annual UN Conference of the Parties of the UN Climate Treaty, to hammer out the rules for the Paris Climate Agreement. From COP24 Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists spoke about how many countries called for increased action to fight climate change, while the US and a few others discounted the science-based warnings and talked up coal. COP25 will be in Chile.

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Most Republicans Believe In Climate Change

A recent poll shows that nearly 80% of Americans believe that the planet’s climate is changing, including a majority of Republicans. But only a third believe urgent action is needed immediately. Director of Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, Tony MacDonald breaks down how Americans are changing their thinking about climate change.

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Creating The Earth And Moon

UC Davis Professor and 2018 MacArthur Fellow Sarah Stewart studies the origins of the Earth and Moon. She theorizes that the Moon and the present Earth actually came from the same vaporized cloud of rock after a gigantic celestial collision.

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This Week’s Show
December 14, 2018
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Rules To Save The Climate

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Delegates gathered in Poland this December for COP24, the 24th annual UN Conference of the Parties of the UN Climate Treaty, to hammer out the rules for the Paris Climate Agreement. From COP24 Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists spoke about how many countries called for increased action to fight climate change, while the US and a few others discounted the science-based warnings and talked up coal. COP25 will be in Chile.

Beyond The Headlines

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Peter Dykstra talks about new ways to bring sails back to shipping and remarks on the beginning of the end for the hybrid plug-in, the Chevy Volt. Then, he looks back 50 years, when the “Earthrise” photo was taken by the crew of the Apollo 8 mission on Christmas Eve as they became the first people to ever orbit the moon.

Climate Action Off Track

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The Climate Action Tracker analysis group keeps tabs on countries’ progress towards meeting the Paris Agreement goals. Its latest findings suggest that just two countries, The Gambia and Morocco, currently have policies that are on-target for 1.5 degrees. The Climate Action Tracker’s Yvonne Deng discusses which countries’ pledges are insufficient, and how India is taking a low-carbon path compatible with 2 degrees. Also, Morocco’s former Environment Minister Hakima El Haite explains how her nation emerged as a climate leader.

Most Republicans Believe In Climate Change

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A recent poll shows that nearly 80% of Americans believe that the planet’s climate is changing, including a majority of Republicans. But only a third believe urgent action is needed immediately. Director of Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, Tony MacDonald breaks down how Americans are changing their thinking about climate change.

Creating The Earth And Moon

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UC Davis Professor and 2018 MacArthur Fellow Sarah Stewart studies the origins of the Earth and Moon. She theorizes that the Moon and the present Earth actually came from the same vaporized cloud of rock after a gigantic celestial collision.


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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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