Global Warming http://nhpr.org en Is The Global Carbon Footprint Shrinking? http://nhpr.org/post/global-carbon-footprint-shrinking <p>The opening of the U.N.'s <a href="http://unfccc.int/2860.php">climate change summit</a> this past weekend in Poland was overshadowed by Typhoon Haiyan. A Filipino envoy broke down in tears when describing the devastation, and received a standing ovation when he announced that he would fast until a "meaningful outcome is in sight."</p><p>An increase in weather-related disasters, fluctuating temperatures and rising sea levels are among the discouraging issues being discussed at the 2-week summit in Warsaw. But, there is <em>some&nbsp;</em>encouraging news…a new report by a Dutch agency found that global greenhouse gas emissions showed signs of slowing in 2012. The slackened pace is not attributed to recession, and has, in fact, occurred as wealth continues to climb among the world’s top CO2 emitters. <strong>Fred Pearce</strong> is environmental consultant for <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/"><em>New Scientist</em></a>, and breaks down the optimistic report for us.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:02:05 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38458 at http://nhpr.org Is The Global Carbon Footprint Shrinking? Arctic Methane Belch Could Prove Costly http://nhpr.org/post/arctic-methane-belch-could-prove-costly <p>Methane is 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon – and scientists have discovered there is a potentially disastrous amount of methane trapped under relatively thin ice in the east Siberian arctic shelf. New research measures the global impact the gas could have on global warming… and it’s not very optimistic.&nbsp; <strong>Fred Pearce </strong>is <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23923-huge-methane-belch-in-arctic-could-cost-60-trillion.html#.Uf-lJG34L5M" target="_blank">environmental consultant</a> for <em>New Scientist</em>.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:12:52 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32550 at http://nhpr.org Arctic Methane Belch Could Prove Costly Mosquito-Borne Diseases On The Uptick--Thanks To Global Warming http://nhpr.org/post/mosquito-borne-diseases-uptick-thanks-global-warming <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: Is there a link between the recent spread of mosquito-borne diseases around the world and environmental pollution?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><em>-- Meg Ross, Lantana, FL</em></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 17:46:15 +0000 30959 at http://nhpr.org Mosquito-Borne Diseases On The Uptick--Thanks To Global Warming The Demographics Of Disagreement On Climate Change http://nhpr.org/post/demographics-disagreement-climate-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Last week the UNH Survey Center released the latest findings of the Granite State Poll. The Survey Center has been following a number of issues recently, the most high profile of which is whether or not there’s public support in New Hampshire for a proposed casino.</p><p>The Survey Center has also been part of a project looking at public attitudes about climate change – namely, why there’s a consensus among scientists – but not the public - that global warming is happening and caused by human activity.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:30:09 +0000 Brady Carlson 25591 at http://nhpr.org The Demographics Of Disagreement On Climate Change Global Warming Solutions http://nhpr.org/post/global-warming-solutions <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000 25198 at http://nhpr.org Global Warming Solutions Decarbonizing The Grid: Where Are We? http://nhpr.org/post/decarbonizing-grid-where-are-we <p></p><p>New Hampshire’s energy grid relies heavily on fossil fuels like oil and coal, and getting the grid off of those fuels will be a major hurdle in addressing the challenge of global warming.</p><p></p><p>But here in New Hampshire, it’s proving a steep challenge to get carbon out of the electric supply, without breaking the bank for customers or utilities. But that doesn’t mean that people aren’t trying. As part of a weeklong look at New Hampshire’s Energy Future, we ask what’s being done about CO2?</p><p></p><p><strong>Efficiency First</strong></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 20925 at http://nhpr.org Decarbonizing The Grid: Where Are We? Deforestation and Global Warming http://nhpr.org/post/deforestation-and-global-warming <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: Is it true that cutting and burning trees adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than all the cars and trucks in the world combined? &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><em>-- Mitchell Vale, Houston, TX</em></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:20:44 +0000 New Media Intern 17570 at http://nhpr.org Deforestation and Global Warming Arctic Summer Sea Ice At Lowest Levels http://nhpr.org/post/arctic-summer-sea-ice-lowest-levels <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u>: I heard that the Arctic summer sea ice is at its lowest level since we began recording it. What are the implications of all this melting?]</strong></p><p><em>-- Jo Shoemaker, Bowie, MD</em></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 18:22:43 +0000 New Media Intern 16081 at http://nhpr.org Arctic Summer Sea Ice At Lowest Levels Is It Too Late to Avoid the Worst Impacts of Climate Change? http://nhpr.org/post/it-too-late-avoid-worst-impacts-climate-change <P><STRONG>EarthTalk®<BR>E - The Environmental Magazine</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG><U>Dear EarthTalk</U>: </STRONG><STRONG>I read that CO2 in our atmosphere is now more than 300 parts per million. Doesn’t this mean that we’re too late to avoid the worst impacts of climate change?</STRONG>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<EM> -- Karl Bren, Richmond, VA</EM></P> <P>Actually the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere today is roughly 390 parts per million (ppm). And that’s not good news. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:10:38 +0000 10746 at http://nhpr.org Is It Too Late to Avoid the Worst Impacts of Climate Change? Shake It Off: Earth's Wobble May Have Ended Ice Age http://nhpr.org/post/shake-it-earths-wobble-may-have-ended-ice-age The last big ice age ended about 11,000 years ago, and not a moment too soon — it made a lot more of the world livable, at least for humans.<p>But exactly what caused the big thaw isn't clear, and new research suggests that a wobble in the Earth kicked off a complicated process that changed the whole planet.<p>Ice tells the history of the Earth's climate: Air bubbles in ice reveal what the atmosphere was like and what the temperature was. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:35:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 2968 at http://nhpr.org Shake It Off: Earth's Wobble May Have Ended Ice Age Pollution Playing A Major Role In Sea Temperatures http://nhpr.org/post/pollution-playing-major-role-sea-temperatures The Atlantic Ocean, especially the North Atlantic, is peculiar: Every few decades, the average temperature of surface water there changes dramatically.<p>Scientists want to know why that is, especially because these temperature shifts affect the weather. New research suggests that human activity is part of the cause.<p>Scientists originally thought that maybe some mysterious pattern in deep-ocean currents, such as an invisible hand stirring a giant bathtub, created this temperature see-saw.<p>And that may be part of it. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 21:25:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 2949 at http://nhpr.org Pollution Playing A Major Role In Sea Temperatures Climate Scientist Admits To Lying, Leaking Documents http://nhpr.org/post/climate-scientist-admits-lying-leaking-documents Peter Gleick is not just any scientist. He got his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley and won a MacArthur "genius" award. He is also an outspoken proponent of scientific evidence that humans are responsible for climate change.<p>And earlier this week, he confessed that he had lied to obtain internal documents from the Heartland Institute, a group that questions to what extent climate change is caused by humans.<p>Gleick's deception has shaken the science community. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:01:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 2080 at http://nhpr.org Global Warming Rap http://nhpr.org/post/global-warming-rap-0 <DIV class=transcript></DIV> Fri, 04 Sep 2009 04:00:00 +0000 Terrascope Youth Radio 11259 at http://nhpr.org