Climate Week 2013

A collaborative presentation of Montana public media surrounding the topic of climate change.

Game Changer

Oct 25, 2013

In this piece, Climate One takes a look at the impacts of climate disruption at home and abroad. Forest fires, floods, droughts and other extreme weather events are hitting the global economy. Those extreme events and the costs of cleaning them up, are starting to forge some common ground among Democrats and Republicans. We will talk power and politics with two former governors, two national strategists and the United Nations top climate negotiator.

John Twiggs

Can Montanans who disagree about the climate sit down and have a discussion? The phrase "Climate Change" is so polarizing that just uttering it can end a friendship. Degrees of Difference, produced by Anna Rau and John Twiggs for Montana PBS, introduces us to three sets of friends across Montana who try to get past the controversy and have a productive conversation.

Jake Bramante/hike734.com

Hiker Jake Bramante reached his destination, just on the other side of Gable Pass in Glacier National Park. He was looking to find an area he had seen once before, a limestone boulder field he knew was home to a population of one of his favorite animals—the pika.

“Any time I get to see them it’s always a special thing,” Bramante said. “They’re just cute and I love how hearty they are.”

Hearty in the right climate, anyway.

  “Some of these high elevation species that are dependent on cold, they may have some problems here in the Northern Rockies,”

Edward O'Brien

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

How will climate change affect businesses in Montana?

Oct 24, 2013
Allison Molin

Students at the University of Montana looked into the question of how Montana businesses are affected by the changing climate. Starting in September, students split up into five teams to research the effects of climate change in Montana. Then, they took that knowledge and found five businesses around the state whose business was in some way connected to climate change.

Students set out across Montana to learn exactly how they had been affected. And while all of the businesses have noticed the changing climate, they have each been affected in different ways.

Sally Mauk

Our warming climate is changing the forests of the American West - making them more susceptible to disease and to fire. Years of fire suppression have also built up forest fuels, causing the fires to be more intense and harder to control.

Chris Julin

Join MTPR on Thursday October 24 at 1:00 MDT as we air Rising Seas, a presentation of BURN: an energy journal.

Rising Seas is presented in four segments. You can listen to them here:

Katrin Frye

As part of our ongoing series in Montana Public Media's "Climate Week", we focus on the impact of climate change on Montana's waters, and the native fish adapted to thrive in cold, glacier-fed streams.

Cold water fish like west slope cutthroat and bull trout call northwest Montana home. However, these native fish could be considered the canary in the coal mine in regard to the effects of climate change. Warming waters, changes in spring runoff, and mid-winter rainfall are among the issues affecting the habitat for these fish.

Brianna Mills

As part of our ongoing series in Montana Public Media's "Climate Week", tonight we focus on how climate change is impacting Glacier National Park.

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.