Climate Change

Airs Sunday, October 30, at 6 p.m. Reducing carbon emissions is clearly good for the environment but often imposes substantial costs, which can affect everyone indirectly through higher energy costs, slower economic growth, reduced employment, and lower business profits. Has the Environmental Protection Agency considered the costs and benefits of its regulatory mandates fairly and appropriately? Is its Clean Power Plan a bold initiative to reduce carbon pollution at power plants, or an unconstitutional usurpation of power?

Airs Sunday, December 13, at 6 p.m. "It's about flooding in Tuvalu, it's about landslides in California, and it's about the lose of things like the Great Barrier Reef and kelp forests across the Pacific. So it's all of these things connected." And top address these concerns, on November 30th, political leaders from nearly 200 countries will gather in Paris for a United Nations summit on climate change. The global community has tried before, with limited success, to find ways to limit warming of the planet. Will this time be different?

Airs Sunday, November 17 at 6 p.m. You know all about that abundant, dirt-cheap fossil fuel that’s spurred the spectacular development of modern society? Turns out it’s not as cheap as we thought. Hydrocarbon energy releases enormous amounts of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, and the Earth’s oceans absorb about 80 percent of that heat. That means sea levels are rising, and they’ll continue to rise for hundreds of years to come. The next BURN explores sea-level rise in south Florida, along the Louisiana/Texas Gulf Coast, in New York City, and in Greenland. Visit the BURN web site here.

Airs Sunday, August 18 at 6 p.m. The world's population is growing, and with it, so is the demand for water. On this month's program, America Abroad examines global issues related to water, from dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, to droughts and floods in Queensland, Australia. We'll also discuss solutions-from water-related I.T. in the developing world to solar-powered purification after the Haiti earthquake.

Airs Monday, August 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Program Two: Facing the Riding Tide

Even when we do understand climate change and it’s impacts, we often do nothing. Why is this? Part Two brings us portraits of two families, a farmer and a land developer. The Mellos and the Fosters provide two different answers to this question.

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