climate change

Climate and Forests
12:39 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Acres burned by wildfire expected to double this century

Forest service research scientist David Peterson

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.

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Climate Change
3:26 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Land managers gather to talk about adapting to climate change

Executive Director of "EcoAdapt", Lara Hansen

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.

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Wednesday Special
1:38 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Living On Earth

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

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Ag Secretary
12:53 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Food and fire among the Ag secretary’s biggest concerns

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

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.

 

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Disappearing Snow
1:35 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Your favorite ski resort may be out of snow in a few years

Bridger Mountains in Montana
Credit 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.

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Climate change
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The relationship of climate change to poverty is complex

Environmental scholar and scientist Diana Liverman
Credit 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.

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NSA Threat
1:45 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Author laments “the last gasp of American democracy”

Best-selling author and journalist Chris Hedges
Credit 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.

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Climate change
2:21 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Some public officials sign letter supporting climate action plan

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.

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Mountain Water
11:10 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Less wind means less water for the Pacific Northwest

Snowy day in Missoula
Credit 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.

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Deadly fire season
10:19 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Deadly fire season raises new questions about public responsibility

Environmental historian Char Miller
Credit 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.

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