Powerful storms rolled through upstate New York Wednesday night, flooding streets, downing trees and closing roads.
Wednesday evening saw mobilephones abuzz with storm alerts, watches and warnings as Albany-area TV meteorologists hunkered down to anchor extended coverage of dangerous inclement weather that ran up close to 9 p.m. The storms originated in Central New York and wreaked havoc as they traveled eastward.
We open the phones very wide today and ask, "What is the biggest problem in the (or your) world - and what is the one thing you would do to solve it." WAMC listeners did not disappoint, bringing a vast number of deep thoughts to the table. Ray Graf hosts.
Our two small granddaughters visited us this weekend. For me, their lives have been the most compelling reason to do something about global warming, to accept responsibility and to invest in a better future for them. But there is also the call of patriotism. Many have laid down their lives for this country. Can the rest of us deal with a little burden, a little expense, to save this country from catastrophe? Are we patriotic enough?
WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Jeff Deyette, senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is the author of Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living and toured New York this week to discuss how people can reduce their carbon footprints, including stops at the Ithaca Sustainability Center, Cornell University, and Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings’ Office of Energy and Sustainability.
A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is having an adverse effect on wildlife and ocean species throughout New England and the Northeast.
The new report “Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis” says climate change is the greatest threat to wildlife this century. Animals living in the changing biosphere are adapting, migrating to new habitat or facing extinction. National Wildlife Federation Climate Change Scientist Dr. Amanda Staudt is the report’s lead author.
Some lawmakers in Montpelier are focusing on climate change and renewable energy this week. An advocacy group is releasing a renewable plan while testimony is given on how climate change is impacting business.
Last week the Assembly committee held the first of two hearings to gain input on how New York can mitigate man-made factors that lead to, and reduce the environmental impacts of, extreme weather. A number of conservation and environmental groups testified before the committee.