Climate Change

In a year of much bad news – both in New York and across the world – something positive has happened.  In Paris, France 195 countries met to hammer out an agreement to commit to curbing global warming.

Environmental and social justice activists from around the world were in Paris during the last two weeks to observe and demonstrate during the conference that ended with nearly 200 countries agreeing to a plan to limit global warming. 

Among the activists was Paki Wieland of Northampton, a member of Western Massachusetts Climate Action Now.   

She spoke from Paris with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Weather events.
NWS

The Director of the National Weather Service is in Albany today to deliver a talk called "Building a Weather-Ready Nation."

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

As world leaders meet in Paris at the UN Climate Change Conference, Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that Albany has joined the global Compact of Mayors coalition.

Picture of Governor Peter Shumlin
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is in Paris this week attending the United Nations climate change conference.  He phoned home Wednesday morning to update regional reporters on the global meeting.

Following his acclaimed Atlantic and The Men Who United the States, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature. Simon Winchester discusses his new book, Pacific, on this week’s Book Show.

Nine Northeastern states are sharing $115 million from the latest auction of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which limits power plant carbon emissions while supporting renewable energy.

Michael Meeropol: Economists And Climate Change

Dec 4, 2015

There is a joke that defines an economist as a person who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Economist jokes often suggest that they are just ivory tower professors --- not to be taken too seriously. Yet in fact, the opposite is true. Economists are everywhere. (For example, the entire Federal Reserve is run by economists – both as members of the Board of Governors and as staffers.) Economists as intellectual hired guns provide supposedly “scientific” rationalizations for most policies. They are more powerful than we might think.

A photo of Hampshire College Professor Michael Klare
Hampshire College

The proliferation of violent conflicts and social upheaval around the world is likely to increase as a result of climate change. That is the view of Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College. 

Klare, who has written widely on U.S. military policy, is delivering a special lecture today on war and peace in the climate change era.  

     His lecture at 4:30 this afternoon at Hampshire College’s Franklin Patterson Hall is sponsored by the Five College Consortium.

Stephen Gottlieb: Refugees And The Impact Of Immigration

Dec 1, 2015

Two things have been capturing our attention, the plight of Syrian refugees, and the environmental summit in Paris. They are in fact closely connected.

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