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Playlist: Science

Compiled By: Jeff Conner

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Big Picture Science (Series)

Produced by Big Picture Science

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Changed

From Big Picture Science | Part of the Big Picture Science series | 54:00

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Have you adapted to the changing climate? Rising waters, more destructive wildfires, record-breaking heatwaves. Scientists have long predicted these events, but reporting on climate change has moved from prediction to description. There’s no time for dwelling on “we should haves.” Communities and organizations are being forced to adapt. Find out what that means, the role of the new “resilience officers,” and the unique response of Native American cultures. Plus, is the coronavirus outbreak made worse by climate change? 

Guests:

  • James RandersonProfessor of Earth Science, University of California, Irvine
  • Victor RodriguezPhD student, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Engineering and Public Policy
  • Kyle WhyteProfessor in the Departments of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, and tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation
  • Tracey GoldsteinProfessor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Microbiology, University of California, Davis

Sidedoor (Series)

Produced by Smithsonian

Most recent piece in this series:

Wild Orchid Mystery

From Smithsonian | Part of the Sidedoor series | 22:47

Side_door_logo_640x640_small You probably know orchids as the big, colorful flowers found in grocery stores and given as housewarming gifts. But those tropical beauties represent only a fraction of the estimated 25,000 orchid species worldwide. While their showy relatives fly off the shelves, North America’s more understated native orchids are disappearing in the wild. Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are working to protect these orchids and their habitats, but first they need solve a surprisingly difficult problem: how to grow one.

Planetary Radio (Series)

Produced by Mat Kaplan

Most recent piece in this series:

Life=Matter+Information: Paul Davies and the Demon in the Machine

From Mat Kaplan | Part of the Planetary Radio series | 28:50

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Physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and author Paul Davies’ new book explores what he believes to be the defining quality of life on Earth and perhaps elsewhere. He talks about this and more in this special episode. Paul’s book is one of the prizes in the new What’s Up space trivia contest.  Learn more and enter the contest at https://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2020/0219-2020-paul-davies-demon-in-machine.html

Climate One (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

2020-02-14 Building a Resilient Tomorrow

From Climate One | Part of the Climate One series | 58:57

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Host: Greg Dalton

Guests:
Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations, co-author, Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption (Oxford University Press, 2019)
Sherri Goodman, Senior Strategist, The Center for Climate & Security; Former U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security)
Janet Ruiz, Strategic Communication Director, Insurance Information Institute

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on January 27, 2020.

 

How do we build communities that are more resilient than the ones we were raised in?

Climate-fueled floods, fires and droughts have devastated America’s cities and rural areas. Our natural response is to regroup, recover and rebuild. But should we instead be preparing for managed retreat?

“Well, we will be in an era of retreat,” warns Alice Hill, “Whether it's managed or chaotic will be up to us.”

In her book Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption, Hill warns that the consequences of failing to prepare for further global warming will be staggering.

“Unfortunately, the events are occurring so quickly, and we’re going to see storm surge greater on the East Coast, more intense hurricanes on the West Coast, sea level rise causing erosion, that even if people don't choose to retreat things are just gonna fall into the sea.” Hill continues. “If we want to keep building infrastructure to keep homes right next to the sea, we’re gonna pour a lot of money into places that will wash away.”

It’s a fact that, as the disasters accumulate, the costs of rebuilding homes and restoring communities are soaring.  As severe weather hammers cities and spurs more migration, and as local resources are strained to the breaking point, cities and towns turn to Uncle Sam to help out.

“We used to think our military was primarily for the away game,” says Sherri Goodman, a strategist with the Center for Climate & Security.  “But now they are backup for these first responder missions, whether it's wildfires, floods or extreme events.”

Janet Ruiz of the Insurance Information Institute says that, although grappling with climate risk may be a new concept to some, it’s not a huge leap for the insurance industry.

“I think it’s always been part of what we do,” she says. “It used to be that cities like San Francisco, the whole town would burn down or Chicago…the insurance industry had a big part in stabilizing how we manage urban fires, floods, etc. 

But, you know, we are seeing changes in the climate - you can't deny that.”

 

RELATED LINKS:

Building a Resilient Tomorrow (Alice Hill, Leonardo Martinez-Diaz)

Insurance Information Institute

The Center for Climate & Security

Sound Ecology (Series)

Produced by Jessica Eden

Most recent piece in this series:

Sound Ecology: Northern Harrier

From Jessica Eden | Part of the Sound Ecology series | 01:59

Sound_ecology_logo_small An audio postcard featuring the northern harrier. Formerly called a marsh hawk, naturalist Ken Burton shares some life history about this easily identified raptor.

Got Science? (Series)

Produced by Got Science

Most recent piece in this series:

Five Ways to Start a Nuclear War

From Got Science | Part of the Got Science? series | 28:32

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In this episode
  • Colleen and David talk nuclear weapons
  • David explains how we assess nuclear risks and decide how to respond
  • We all try not to lose sleep at night worrying about the existential threat of nuclear war