Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMAn angry, boistrous crowd heckles Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz over healthcare, Russia, Trump, and public lands. Then a ten year-old brings the house down when she asks about science. [News Source]
VIDEO: Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz gets PWNd by 10 year old’s science question in Town Hall.
Peaceful protests are not a crime.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMA bit of silver lining at the onset of the Trump administration has been the groundswell of activism by hundreds of thousands of Americans taking to the streets to face off against a president, and a Republican establishment, they see as reckless, divisive and destructive. [News Source]
Greenland needs money. Is a uranium mine the answer?
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMWhile the world focuses on the potentially disastrous effects of Greenland’s melting ice cap, Greenlanders themselves are struggling to solve a very different problem: how to tap their wealth of natural resources without inviting the environmental and political problems that have devastated other developing nations. [News Source]
Warming oceans are wrecking seabird populations.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMA year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to unusually warm ocean temperatures that affected the tiny fish they eat. [News Source]
Canadian scientists know what to expect from Trump.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMDuring Stephen Harper’s tenure as Prime Minister of Canada, scientific research on polar bears was politicized, the type of development American scientists fear under Donald Trump. [News Source]
Living on Earth: Beyond the headlines.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMIn this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra and host Steve Curwood note that China doubled its solar capacity within 12 months, and discuss scientists’ newfound political activism. Looking back 45 years, they remember the animated film of Dr Seuss’s The Lorax, and the furry creature’s rearguard action to speak for and protect the trees. [News Source]
NASA launched an unprecedented study of Greenland’s melting. Now, the data are coming in.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMIn 2015, in a moment of science communication genius, NASA created a mission called “OMG.” The acronym basically ensured that a new scientific mission — measuring how quickly the Oceans are Melting Greenland — would get maximum press attention. [News Source]
Buying a home in climate change era.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMWith winter storms rocking the East, we are seeing the usual influx of folks looking for homes in our more hospitable climate. But what will climate change mean for prospective home-buyers? [News Source]
U.S. House passes controversial bill on NSF research.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMAs expected, the House of Representatives yesterday passed HR 3293 by a 236 to 178 vote. Lawmakers voted largely along party lines, with just seven Democrats voting in favor of the bill and four Republicans against. [News Source]
Jimmy Carter makes a stand for solar, decades after the cardigan sweater.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMThe solar panels -- 3,852 of them -- shimmered above 10 acres of Jimmy Carter's soil where peanuts and soybeans used to grow. The panels moved almost imperceptibly with the sun. And they could power more than half of this small town, from which Mr. Carter rose from obscurity to the presidency. [News Source]
Swift repeal of Obama rules leaves former staffers steaming.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMJoe Pizarchik spent more than seven years working on a regulation to protect streams from mountaintop removal coal mining. It took Congress 25 hours to kill it. [News Source]