climate change

04/14/2014 - A steady stream of reports on the deterioration of the environment is issued. There is a brief flurry of media coverage. The corporate-funded climate change deniers make counter claims. We wake briefly to the crisis then most of us lapse into a couch potato stupor. Neoliberal dogma and an almost mystical belief in capitalism makes almost certain that little will be done to avert coming calamities. Charades called climate summits offer nothing more than photo ops of smiling world leaders and vacuous press releases. We blithely turn our heads away from reality.

Adapting to Climate Change

Apr 10, 2014

04/17/2014 -No matter what you believe about climate change, we can all agree that extreme weather events -- tornadoes, hurri canes, fires, droughts -- are occurring more frequently. These massive natural disasters upset lives and devastate property.  The costs of clean-up and reconstruction are enormous. 

 

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report at the end of March.

The panel, established by the United Nations, continues to point to the vast majority of scientific research indicating human activity is a primary driver of our warming global climate.

In Montana, research suggests a future with lower mountain snowpack, hotter drier summers, and more severe wildfires.

Montanans are getting accustomed to smoky summers, as our fire seasons have gotten longer and more intense in recent years. Get ready for things to get worse. A recent report on the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems says the number of acres burned by wildfire will at least double this century. The report is part of a National Climate Assessment presented to Congress and the President. Forest service research scientist David Peterson is one of the three editors of that report.

Land managers from Montana, Alberta and British Columbia are gathering in Missoula this week to talk about managing the Crown of the Continent ecosystem for climate change. Participants include government agencies, non-profit organizations, academics and tribal representatives.
    The executive director of the Seattle-based nonprofit organization known as "EcoAdapt", Lara Hansen, is one of the forum's featured speakers.

Living On Earth

Feb 26, 2014

02/26/2014 - Kerry: Climate is WMD

Secretary of State John Kerry called global warming a weapon of mass destruction during his climate change speech on February 16th in Jakarta, Indonesia. His fiery words may be a sign of increased U.S. climate ambitions heading into the important global climate negotiations next year in Paris.

Fluoride and Other Chemical Risks

New research finds a detrimental relationship between exposure to chemicals, including fluoride, in early life and diminished brain function in children.

Saving Monarchs

As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is in charge of a lot more than the nation's food policy. His agency also oversees management of our national forests, and as a member of the Cabinet, he advises the president on everything from the farm bill - to the impacts of climate change.

In this feature interview, Vilsack talks with News Director Sally Mauk about those issues and more - starting with why he thinks the Affordable Care Act is a good deal for rural Americans.

 

Porter Fox

It's safe to say that these days many Montanans are either watching the Winter Olympics, or out skiing a local mountain themselves. We live in a snow culture, and it's one of the things we love about Montana.
    But that snow is disappearing, not just here but around the world.

University of Arizona

A leading environmental scholar and climate change scientist, Diana Liverman, is in Missoula this week to lecture at the University of Montana.

Liverman teaches geography at the University of Arizona, and is co-director of the Institute of the Environment there. She's written several books and articles on the impacts of climate change, and how to adapt to it.
    In this feature interview, Liverman talks with News Director Sally Mauk about her 30-plus years' interest in our changing climate and what we should be doing about it.

Truthdig.com

Chris Hedges has seen fascism and war up close. For nearly 20 years he was a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans - for both print and broadcast media, including National Public Radio and the New York Times.

As we told you earlier this week, at least 43 Montana public officials recently signed a letter supporting actions within the President's National Climate Action plan to address climate change.
      Some of those actions include adopting pollution controls, investment in renewable energy research and development and creation of climate adaptation strategies.  
     Democratic  state representative Doug Coffin, of Missoula, is one of those to sign the letter. Coffin is a professor of molecular genetics at the University of Montana.

Sally Mauk

A recent article in the journal "Science" investigates whether decreasing winds in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies are contributing to declining precipitation.

Pomona College

2013 has been a deadly year for wildland firefighters, including the loss of 19 members of a hotshot crew on a fire near Yarnell, Arizona. Their shocking deaths raised new questions about firefighting policy - and about the proper response to our changing climate and growing wildland urban interface.
    These are issues renowned environmental historian Char Miller has been pondering and writing about for some time.

Edward O'Brien

Farming is a tough and unpredictable business. It requires hard manual labor and quick responses to complicated problems.

During this program, Christopher White talks about and reads from his book The Melting World: A Journey Across America’s Vanishing Glaciers.

About The Book:

William Marcus

As part of Montana Public Media's "Climate Week", climate change is the focus of our nightly features this week during Montana Evening Edition.

Tiny But Tough: The American Pika

Oct 18, 2013
Brian Crawford / http://rockymountainwild.org/species/american-pika

"Fieldnotes," October 20th & 21st, 2013: "American Pika," by Jessie Grossman and Allison de Jong.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

10/24/2013 - A Climate Change Week Documentary – While all coastal cities face real trouble, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says Miami is the most vulnerable in its assessment of threats to 50 major cities worldwide. Parts of Miami will be permanently flooded in as few as 15 years.

Sally Mauk

One of the resources most directly impacted by climate change is water.

Dan Boyce

The first comprehensive report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2007 will be released this week

climate911.org

Doctor Wendy Ring is bicycling across the country, speaking to various groups about the impacts of climate change.

Montana's Senator Jon Tester was quick to praise President Obama's recent speech on climate change, where the President outlined actions he intends to take to address it.

National Wildlife Federation

A new report finds a variety of birds are - and likely will be well into the future - facing significant climate-related challenges.

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