No matter what we do to limit greenhouse gases now, the climate is going to change. The question is: by how much, and can we adapt ecosystems so they're better able to stand the stresses and strains of climate disruption?
Will Bradshaw of Green Coast Enterprises tells Living on Earth about Project Sprout, a test plot of sunflowers in New Orleans. The sunflowers will remove heavy metals from contaminated soils and the sunflower seeds will be pressed to make biofuels.
It's fast, it's reliable, and it's transforming how scientists do their research. Spectrum Radio's Jean Kumagai reports on a wireless sensor network called HP-WREN.
The city of Boulder, Colorado has a few smart grid homes already up and running. Host Steve Curwood talks with Kara Mertz, the Local Environmental Action Division Manager for Boulder about her city's smart grid plan.
An NGO teams up with Sierra Leonians to rebuild their war torn country, planting rice fields where once lay the remnants of conflict diamond mining. Host Bruce Gellerman speaks with Darci Glass-Royale, executive director of FESS, the Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability, and Daniel Gbondo, a Sierra Leonian who works for FESS.
Hillary Clinton's first trip as Secretary of State will put the spotlight on global warming. Living on Earth's Jeff Young reports that there are high hopes for a breakthrough in the long climate stalemate between China and the United States.
A Stanford team of researchers finds many credit-for-cleanup projects in developing countries under the Kyoto agreement would have happened without the credits, and that means no net improvement for the Earth's atmosphere.
Norway has offered to pay Indonesia not to cut down its rainforests. The effort is aimed at curbing global warming, but some think it's a lot of hot air.
An article in "Nature" asserts that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has seriously underestimated the technological solutions necessary for the stabilization of the climate. The commentary is titled "Dangerous Assmptions" and it's co-authored by Senior Scientist Tom Wigley of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
California utility PG&E plans to start receiving renewable energy from space by 2016. He tells host Jeff Young that such a system could provide baseload solar energy, 24 hours a day.