articles tagged "Climate Change"

Wisconsin’s Wetlands: Reformed And Restored

Monday, 29 July 2013 | buzz
Quentin Carpenter

On Monday, July 29th Quentin Carpenter, Professor at the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute, joined our host Brain Standing on the 8 O’Clock Buzz to talk about wetlands. Quentin has not only taught both Wetland Ecology and Field Ecology for the past 18 years at the Nelson Institute, but also is the author of “The Wetland Restoration Handbook for Land Owners”. more »

Climate: The New Protagonist in History

Friday, 28 June 2013 | A Public Affair
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Geoffrey Parker, history professor at Ohio State University and winner of the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for history, joined Esty Dinur on the Friday A Public Affair to discuss his book “Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century”. This book examines how climate change in the 1600s affected global events, and theorizes how climate change today could do the same. more »

Climate Change

Monday, 3 December 2012 | buzz

On Monday December 3, our host Linda Jameson spoke with student activist Emmy Burns about climate change. Emmy Burns is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying environmental studies and geography. They spoke about the steps the Madison community can take to combat or respond to climate change. 350 Madison, a local action group of 350 tackling climate change, has recently established a student chapter on the UW-Madison campus: Climate Action 350 at UW-Madison. The student chapter has begun a campaign to prompt the UW Foundation to divest their investment of roughly 2 billion dollars from oil, coal, and natural gas. “350” refers to the permissible limit of carbon dioxide that can safely be in the atmosphere; specifically, the parts per million of carbon that can be present in the atmosphere at a safe level. Currently, the level is at 392. Clean Wisconsin and had recently brought climate change spokesperson Bill McKibbens to speak in Madison about the math of climate change.   Explains Emmy, “That is how we can make our difference here in Madison. The companies have so much political capital because of all their money. If just the UW Foundation divests, that’s not going to put a huge dent in their profits. But if we can create a domino effect across the country, and there are already hundreds of campuses that have these divestment campaigns underway, together its going to make a difference. These fossil fuel companies make their money from people who buy stock. If we can devalue their assets, hopefully over time that will translate to less political power.”   The group has been collecting petition signatures addressed towards the UW Foundation, calling for a freeze on all new investments in fossil fuels, and a complete divestment of all fossil fuel holdings within the next five years. They have collected 1,000 signatures so far. They will hold a peaceful march to deliver the signatures to the President of the UW Foundation on Monday, December 3 at 9:30 AM.   The protestors will gather at Union South at 9:30 AM; they will meet to march towards the UW Foundation, where they will gather at 9:45 AM.   Read more about Divestments here. Visit 350 Madison. Visit   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Politics and Climate Change

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday, September 11th,  Anjuli Brekke subbing for Cynthia Lin tackled the important issue of climate change and how it is being discussed by the Republicans and Democrats during this election season. Now that the conventions have finished, and with the Presidential elections just around the corner, both the Obama and Romney campaigns are presenting their visions for the future. This edition of A Public Affair delved into the plans these candidates have, or lack there of, to deal with the pressing issue of climate change and the future of the environment. The guest for the first half of the program was Daphne Wysham, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and founder of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network. She has worked on research and advocacy regarding climate change, human rights, fossil fuels, international finance, carbon markets and sustainable economies. Later on in the program Anjuli spoke with retired professor and conservation specialist Richard Steiner. Steiner was deeply moved by the disastrous impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He recently stated, “Neither the Republican Party, nor the Obama administration seem to grasp the severity of the energy/climate crisis we are in. While the Republicans are further from an energy plan that addresses the situation, both are playing games with something that is truly a life and death situation.” Wysham and Steiner discussed the barriers facing environmentalists both with the current administration and the further challenges that will be faced if Romney is elected in November. To learn more about Daphne Wysham: To read articles from Richard Steiner: To listen to the entire program: more »

Drought, Severe Weather and Climate Change

Friday, 13 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Friday July 6th, Esty Dinur interviewed a panel of experts on recent severe weather in Wisconsin and the nation and the possible connection between these events and global climate change. Esty talked with Steve Vavrus, Senior Scientist for the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, Jon Martin, Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison, and Dick Smith from the Climate Change Lobby.   The panel of experts discussed the recent drought in Southern Wisconsin which was recently upgraded to “severe.” With such abnormal droughts and heat waves scorching the nation and Wisconsin, host Esty Dinur and the panel discussed the possible connection between observed severe weather and climate change. To read more about the drought in Wisconsin: more »

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