Climate Change

12:20 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Lawmakers Assess Causes of Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The New York Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation is holding hearings on climate change.  The members are assessing the causes and effects of extreme weather events, and if there are any measures the state can take to mitigate the events.

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.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Global warming demands a BTU tax

Last night at the Egg I heard Bill McKibben talk about climate change. I was very proud of Joe and Alan and WAMC for organizing it and proud of the WAMC audience for coming out in droves to hear him. The message he brings is not a happy one but it is a message we have to hear and understand; more, it’s a message we have to act on.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:24 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: Why We Need a Carbon Tax

I hope you heard Steven Leibo’s commentary last week. If not, you can find it by searching for Leibo's World Watch. He focused on the need for a carbon tax. I’d like to follow up.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri December 7, 2012

"America the Possible" by Gus Speth

Environmental leader and professor of law at Vermont Law School, Gus Speth, will present his new book, America the Possible, when he speaks tonight in Great Barrington about the future of the United States economy, a system having reached an impasse, evidenced in the headline-making extreme weather patterns, the loss of America's middle-class, and exploding ecological catastrophes.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

New Study Highlights Local Impact of Climate Change

A new paper published by scientists in the Northeast finds that long-term studies at the local scale are needed to accurately predict and manage the effects of climate change.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:35 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: This is an emergency

During the fund drive I heard Joe Donahue and this station working hard to bring Bill McKibben to this audience and lead us away from the catastrophe of global warming. He and the station did a great service and I am proud to be associated with them.

If your house was on fire you wouldn’t stand like a bystander waiting for it to collapse; you’d call the fire department and get anyone you could reach out of there fast.

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New England News
5:47 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Study Projects Impact of Climate Change on Massachusetts Economy

Hurricane Irene Approaches the Outer Banks
Courtesy NOAA

As much of the region is still recovering from the effects of last year’s tropical storm Irene, a new report outlines the effects of Climate Change on the Massachusetts economy, which includes projections of more frequent hurricanes. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

This Year Warmest On Record

The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University reported Tuesday that  this is the hottest year on record in the region since record keeping started.

The regional Climate Center reports that the average temperature in the 12-state northeast region was 49.9 degrees from January through July,  the warmest seven-month period since 1895, when systematic record keeping began. NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University Climatologist Kathryn Vreeland notes that the data is strictly temperature measurements from land based observations.

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5:45 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Report Says Heavy Rains Up 85 Percent in New England

A new report by an environmental group is pointing to what it says is a clear sign of climate change: The frequency of storms in the region with extremely high rain or snowfall is up 85 percent since 1948.

Environment America says New England leads the country in the increasing frequency and intensity of severe storms, with the weather events more than doubling in frequency in New Hampshire.

In Vermont, the group says the amount of precipitation being dropped by the biggest annual rain and snowstorms is up an average of 30 percent.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Activists Launch Campaign For Coal Plants Shutdown

Members of "Coal Free Massachusetts" demonstrate in Holyoke

Targeting what they claim are the largest air polluters in Massachusetts, activists announced a campaign today to shut down coal burning power plants.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

      Close to 50 environmental, public health, faith based and community groups make up a new state-wide coalition  called “ Coal Free Massachusetts”  The activists staged coordinated events Wednesday in the three communities where large coal-burning power plants still operate to call for each to be shut down by the end of the decade.

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