Climate Change

PRI keeps you up to date on the latest news, analysis and voices from around the world on the global climate crisis.

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Is climate change causing us to experience 'ecological grief'?

More and more mental health professionals are starting to take note of how climate change and environmental disasters are impacting our mental health. This has given rise to a new term: ecological grief. Ashley Cunsolo, a public health researcher, explains what ecological grief is and how it may be impacting people around the world.

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Understanding the human side of climate change relocation

Papua New Guinea inhabitants are in a race against climate change as they continue to lose their land to rising sea levels and coastal erosion. Since 1994, the islanders of the seven atolls have lost about 50% of their land. In an effort to relocate from a no longer habitable environment, they face devastating economic and political obstacles.

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Melting Permafrost

For today's Geo Quiz, we head to the frozen north. We have heard a lot about the problem of melting ice as climate change warms up the Arctic. But scientists are also worried about something else that is melting up there — permafrost.

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Michael Specter

Faith talks to New Yorker writer Michael Specter about why worrying about eating local foods is an overly simplistic way to think about our so-called "carbon footprints" in fighting global warming.

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Lake Mead

Climatologist Tim Barnett talks about the troubles facing the nation's largest reservoir, Lake Mead, which is low on water due to reduced snowfall in the Rockies and the effects of climate change.

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Dangerous assumptions

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.

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Allergic reaction to climate change

Alaska used to be a great place to live if you have allergies as pollen counts are low on a tundra. But with climate change, n tundra giving way to flora and insects are moving in. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Jeffrey Demain, founder/director of the Alaska Allergy Asthma and Immunology Center, about climate change and allergy development.

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Lower-emitting livestock

In order to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations, New Zealand must limit greenhouse gases from its biggest contributors, sheep and cattle. Mark Aspin (Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium) is developing livestock that produce less methane.