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Audio: Does Punxsutawney Phil believe in climate change?

Climate scientists have for years complained of their inability to educate the public about the dangers of global warming. Maybe they can learn a thing or two from Punxsutawney Phil. The world's most famous groundhog prognosticator has little trouble getting attention for his weather predictions. And on Wednesday, the world will tune in once again to watch as Phil emerges from his home on Gobbler's Knob and looks for his shadow. [UPDATE: Phil failed to see his shadow Wednesday morning, signaling an early spring.] Few know as much about Phil as Mike Johnston, the vice president of the groundhog's Inner Circle, and one of Phil's closest confidants. In honor of this year's Groundhog Day, Need to Know spoke with Johnston to discuss the history of Phil's predictions, the mysteries of the Inner Circle and whether Phil believes in anthropogenic climate change. (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/06/ClimateDesk-Badge.gif) As Johnston revealed, Phil does study the work of other ...

--2011 FEB 2
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Audio: Does Punxsutawney Phil believe in climate change?

Audio: What does the Bible have to say about climate change?

(http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/12/Noah_img.jpg) With the collapse of last year’s international climate talks in Copenhagen and the resurgence of the Republican Party here in the United States, many observers have begun to doubt whether the world will ever be able to agree on a framework to fight global climate change. Believing that progress is possible, they say, may take a leap of faith. And that’s exactly what some religious groups are offering. (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/06/ClimateDesk-Badge.gif)With the holidays around the corner, The Climate Desk Podcast decided to take a closer look at the emerging environmental movement among faith-based communities in the United States, and the considerable disagreement among some denominations, especially evangelicals and born-again Christians, about what the Bible teaches us when it comes to climate change and the environment. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast...

22 min2010 DEC 22
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Audio: WikiLeaks and climate change

(http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/06/ClimateDesk-Badge.gif)The U.S. embassy cables (http://213.251.145.96/cablegate.html) released by the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks have rattled diplomats across the globe, revealing an unvarnished look at U.S. foreign policy on a number of issues, from Iran's nuclear program to relations with China. But what about climate change? Just as the United Nations conference on greenhouse gas emissions wraps up in Cancun, new cables have been released that suggest the U.S. may have strong-armed developing countries (http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2010/11/30/30climatewire-leaked-cables-show-us-pressured-saudis-to-ac-56437.html), such as the Maldives and Saudi Arabia, into signing last year's climate change accord in Copenhagen. The memos also reveal an astonishing amount of pessimism (http://uk.buzz.yahoo.com/article/1:the_guardian665:f10f1507100afdc15157390989de88bd/WikiLeaks-cables-Cancun-climate-talks-doomed-to-fail-says-EU-presiden...

--2010 DEC 11
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Audio: WikiLeaks and climate change

Turkey can be climate friendly; spinach, not so much

(http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/11/cows-factoryfarm.jpg) With Thanksgiving approaching and Christmas just around the corner, we here at the Climate Desk thought it would be a good time to take a hard look at how our food system is effecting the climate, and how climate change might impact the future of food. What we found was a lot more complicated than we imagined. Counterintuitive even. Would you ever have guessed, for example, that spinach is as bad for the planet as beef? It all depends on how you measure, of course, but one of our guests, geophysicist Gidon Eshel (http://www.poptech.org/gidon_eshel), says it might be. Or that global warming might actually be good for agriculture? NASA agronomist Cynthia Rosenzweig (http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/crosenzweig.html) says that, at least in the short term, that'll be the case. (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/06/ClimateDesk-Badge.gif)We also spoke with bestselling author Anna Lappé (http://www.small...

21 min2010 NOV 25
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Turkey can be climate friendly; spinach, not so much

Audio: In India, a climate of power

India, one of the world's emerging powers, is also a country of endemic poverty. More people live in India without access to basic electricity than live in the entire United States. Thirty-five percent of the population lives on under a dollar a day; 80 percent lives on under two dollars a day. And yet, when President Obama flew to India last week for the longest overseas stay of his administration so far, climate change was at the top of the agenda. Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced (http://www.grist.org/article/2010-11-05-obama-to-launch-clean-energy-initiative-in-india) the creation of a joint clean energy research project based in India, and Obama exhorted Indian leaders in an address (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/08/remarks-president-joint-session-indian-parliament-new-delhi-india) to that country's parliament to work with the U.S. on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. How, then, did a country with such basic energy needs become one o...

--2010 NOV 17
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Audio: In India, a climate of power

Audio: Political climate change

The shifting political winds in Washington may have a far-reaching impact on a wide range of issues: health care, tax cuts, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But what about climate change? Very little was said about global warming during the campaign season (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/tag/midterms/), other than the barrage of negative ads by Republicans (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueGo7HGmFDY) accusing their Democratic opponents of supporting "cap and tax" legislation. Kentucky Senator-elect Rand Paul even went so far as to criticize (http://www.grist.org/article/2010-05-19-rand-pauls-copenhagen-rant-and-other-election-notes/) President Obama for giving "credibility and credence" to dictators like Hugo Chavez and Robert Mugabe by supporting global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. And then there is this statistic: Of all the Republicans (http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/gop-senate-deniers/) newly elected to the U.S. Senate last week, only one has openly accepte...

--2010 NOV 11
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Audio: Political climate change
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Latest Episodes

Audio: Does Punxsutawney Phil believe in climate change?

Climate scientists have for years complained of their inability to educate the public about the dangers of global warming. Maybe they can learn a thing or two from Punxsutawney Phil. The world's most famous groundhog prognosticator has little trouble getting attention for his weather predictions. And on Wednesday, the world will tune in once again to watch as Phil emerges from his home on Gobbler's Knob and looks for his shadow. [UPDATE: Phil failed to see his shadow Wednesday morning, signaling an early spring.] Few know as much about Phil as Mike Johnston, the vice president of the groundhog's Inner Circle, and one of Phil's closest confidants. In honor of this year's Groundhog Day, Need to Know spoke with Johnston to discuss the history of Phil's predictions, the mysteries of the Inner Circle and whether Phil believes in anthropogenic climate change. (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/06/ClimateDesk-Badge.gif) As Johnston revealed, Phil does study the work of other ...

--2011 FEB 2
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Audio: Does Punxsutawney Phil believe in climate change?

Audio: What does the Bible have to say about climate change?

(http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/12/Noah_img.jpg) With the collapse of last year’s international climate talks in Copenhagen and the resurgence of the Republican Party here in the United States, many observers have begun to doubt whether the world will ever be able to agree on a framework to fight global climate change. Believing that progress is possible, they say, may take a leap of faith. And that’s exactly what some religious groups are offering. (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/06/ClimateDesk-Badge.gif)With the holidays around the corner, The Climate Desk Podcast decided to take a closer look at the emerging environmental movement among faith-based communities in the United States, and the considerable disagreement among some denominations, especially evangelicals and born-again Christians, about what the Bible teaches us when it comes to climate change and the environment. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast...

22 min2010 DEC 22
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Audio: What does the Bible have to say about climate change?

Audio: WikiLeaks and climate change

(http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/06/ClimateDesk-Badge.gif)The U.S. embassy cables (http://213.251.145.96/cablegate.html) released by the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks have rattled diplomats across the globe, revealing an unvarnished look at U.S. foreign policy on a number of issues, from Iran's nuclear program to relations with China. But what about climate change? Just as the United Nations conference on greenhouse gas emissions wraps up in Cancun, new cables have been released that suggest the U.S. may have strong-armed developing countries (http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2010/11/30/30climatewire-leaked-cables-show-us-pressured-saudis-to-ac-56437.html), such as the Maldives and Saudi Arabia, into signing last year's climate change accord in Copenhagen. The memos also reveal an astonishing amount of pessimism (http://uk.buzz.yahoo.com/article/1:the_guardian665:f10f1507100afdc15157390989de88bd/WikiLeaks-cables-Cancun-climate-talks-doomed-to-fail-says-EU-presiden...

--2010 DEC 11
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Audio: WikiLeaks and climate change

Turkey can be climate friendly; spinach, not so much

(http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/11/cows-factoryfarm.jpg) With Thanksgiving approaching and Christmas just around the corner, we here at the Climate Desk thought it would be a good time to take a hard look at how our food system is effecting the climate, and how climate change might impact the future of food. What we found was a lot more complicated than we imagined. Counterintuitive even. Would you ever have guessed, for example, that spinach is as bad for the planet as beef? It all depends on how you measure, of course, but one of our guests, geophysicist Gidon Eshel (http://www.poptech.org/gidon_eshel), says it might be. Or that global warming might actually be good for agriculture? NASA agronomist Cynthia Rosenzweig (http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/crosenzweig.html) says that, at least in the short term, that'll be the case. (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/06/ClimateDesk-Badge.gif)We also spoke with bestselling author Anna Lappé (http://www.small...

21 min2010 NOV 25
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Turkey can be climate friendly; spinach, not so much

Audio: In India, a climate of power

India, one of the world's emerging powers, is also a country of endemic poverty. More people live in India without access to basic electricity than live in the entire United States. Thirty-five percent of the population lives on under a dollar a day; 80 percent lives on under two dollars a day. And yet, when President Obama flew to India last week for the longest overseas stay of his administration so far, climate change was at the top of the agenda. Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced (http://www.grist.org/article/2010-11-05-obama-to-launch-clean-energy-initiative-in-india) the creation of a joint clean energy research project based in India, and Obama exhorted Indian leaders in an address (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/08/remarks-president-joint-session-indian-parliament-new-delhi-india) to that country's parliament to work with the U.S. on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. How, then, did a country with such basic energy needs become one o...

--2010 NOV 17
Comments
Audio: In India, a climate of power

Audio: Political climate change

The shifting political winds in Washington may have a far-reaching impact on a wide range of issues: health care, tax cuts, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But what about climate change? Very little was said about global warming during the campaign season (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/tag/midterms/), other than the barrage of negative ads by Republicans (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueGo7HGmFDY) accusing their Democratic opponents of supporting "cap and tax" legislation. Kentucky Senator-elect Rand Paul even went so far as to criticize (http://www.grist.org/article/2010-05-19-rand-pauls-copenhagen-rant-and-other-election-notes/) President Obama for giving "credibility and credence" to dictators like Hugo Chavez and Robert Mugabe by supporting global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. And then there is this statistic: Of all the Republicans (http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/gop-senate-deniers/) newly elected to the U.S. Senate last week, only one has openly accepte...

--2010 NOV 11
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Audio: Political climate change
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