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MPR News Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner discusses the latest research on our changing climate.

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MPR News Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner discusses the latest research on our changing climate.

    Climate Cast: How hurricanes impact supply chains

    Climate Cast: How hurricanes impact supply chains

    The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1, but 2020 marks the sixth consecutive season a tropical cyclone has formed before the official June 1 start date. This year, Tropical Storm Arthur formed on May 16.
    The science shows climate change and warmer oceans is changing hurricane seasons and intensity, but when hurricanes hit, how do they impact supply chains to cities?
    Paul Huttner talked with Chris Shughrue, a researcher with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Shughrue said the impacts of hurricanes like Katrina were felt across the South.
    “Following that storm, there was major devastation throughout New Orleans, but we also saw that this led to regional impacts throughout the American South on various economic sectors due to shortages of materials and subsequent changes in employment as people left New Orleans and moved to other parts of the South,” he said.
    Click the audio player above to hear Huttner’s interview with Shughrue.

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    First climate change, now COVID-19: Tips for managing the stress

    First climate change, now COVID-19: Tips for managing the stress

    In the past few years, many psychologists report seeing patients with physical and emotional symptoms related to climate change. Now add coronavirus, and it’s easy for some of us to feel overwhelmed, even hopeless. But mental health professionals say hope can be an effective antidote.

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    Climate change isn't just shifting how the world feels, it's changing how it sounds

    Climate change isn't just shifting how the world feels, it's changing how it sounds

    As climate change affects animal habitats and biology, the sounds they make are changing. And New York Times science writer Emily Anthes says that could have consequences for their survival. This piece includes audio from Thierry Lengagne, Peter Narins and Tullio Rossi.

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    How a drop in oil prices today could fuel tomorrow's energy transition

    How a drop in oil prices today could fuel tomorrow's energy transition

    Demand for oil will increase when stay-at-home orders are lifted. But the oil industry may be slow to meet that demand, sending oil prices soaring — along with consumers’ interest in alternatives.

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    Here are some climate change resources for kids learning at home

    Here are some climate change resources for kids learning at home

    Millions of students are learning at home these days, and if you’re a teacher or student looking for online climate change curriculum, you’re in luck.

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    Good news: Almost half of Minnesota's power is now carbon free

    Good news: Almost half of Minnesota's power is now carbon free

    A new fact sheet from the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a group that represents energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy companies, says Minnesota is rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electric power. It says 25 percent of the state’s electric power came from renewables last year, and 49 percent of power generation was carbon-free when you include nuclear power.

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