The 4th of July holiday is here and for many of us that means gathering with family and friends. Inevitably at these gatherings, the subject of work comes up. My work focuses on climate change. Like religion and politics, climate change can make for some lively conversation.
New scientific data shows that Massachusetts is home to many ecosystems resistant to climate change, while communities across the region this past spring have experienced record temperatures. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…
According to new data acquired from the Climate Systems Research Center at UMass Amherst, mean temperatures across the state for the past few months are among the highest on record.
We love to complain about the lack of a coherent national energy policy. It’s a perennial complaint no matter who is in the White House or which party controls Congress. We blame the oil and gas companies and their hold on our politicians. If Congress had the people’s interests at heart, the story goes, we’d have a rational energy policy in this country that would emphasize efficiency, wean us off the dirty stuff and shift us to clean renewable energy.
Several events were held in Amherst Massachusetts over the weekend to mark the inauguration of Jonathan Lash as the sixth president of Hampshire College. The highlight was a formal inauguration ceremony featuring a keynote address by former Vice President Al Gore. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Gore spoke forcefully on his signature issue, global warming, saying policies and practices must change and critics who deny the scientific evidence must be refuted.
The numbers are in for March auto sales and lo and behold, electric vehicles and gas-electric hybrid vehicles had their biggest month ever. According to the Associated Press, consumers bought a record 52,000 gas-electric hybrids and electric vehicles in March, up from 34,000 a year ago. The higher numbers come –not coincidentally—as gasoline prices return to around $4 a gallon.
There have always been many good reasons to choose to drive the most fuel-efficient vehicles:
It has been a wild few months for weather both locally and across the country with temperatures around town ranging from as low as 30 degrees to as high as 80, and tornados in the mid-west wreaking havoc.
Joining us on this edition of Vox Pop to take your weather related questions are News Channel 13 meteorologist Jason Gough and Franz Litz, executive director of the Pace Energy & Climate Center at Pace Law School and a WAMC commentator. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.
Today Dr. James Hansen, the well known American climate scientist, will accept the prestigious Edinburgh Medal for his work on climate change science. The Edinburgh Medal is awarded each year to a person of science whose professional achievements are judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity. Dr. Hansen will reportedly use the occasion to talk about climate change as a moral issue of unprecedented scale.