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Tahoe is a jewel in the Sierra Nevada, but climate change threatens to transform the region by the century’s end. CapRadio’s Ezra David Romero explores this petri dish for scientific research to see how Tahoe can help us confront the global climate crisis.

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Tahoe is a jewel in the Sierra Nevada, but climate change threatens to transform the region by the century’s end. CapRadio’s Ezra David Romero explores this petri dish for scientific research to see how Tahoe can help us confront the global climate crisis.

    TahoeLand: TahoeLand Live!

    TahoeLand: TahoeLand Live!

    This is our last episode of TahoeLand. I know, it’s really sad. But this season has come to an end. And to celebrate, we hosted a live podcast taping in South Lake. This is a shorter version of that 90-minute event.

    We invited listeners to join us at a resort called Edgewood Tahoe. There were these floor-to-ceiling windows that revealed a panorama of the lake.

    This live version of TahoeLand is a little different — and a little longer — than our other episodes. You’ll hear from scientists, city leaders and a story or two from locals who feel they’ve been left out of the climate-crisis conversation. I hope you enjoy it.

    TahoeLand: The Political Climate

    TahoeLand: The Political Climate

    A common theme CapRadio’s Ezra David Romero hears while hanging out in Tahoe is residents disappointed that their elected official in Congress does not believe in human-caused climate change. If 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, why aren’t politicians doing more about it? 

    This perceived disconnect has caused people you wouldn't expect to jump into the political game and run for local office. And they’re running under the banner of doing something about climate change.

    But don’t worry: This episode doesn’t go too far into the weeds when it comes to politics. It is also about seeing the lake differently. What if we thought of Lake Tahoe as part of our identity, instead of just a place we visit?

    TahoeLand: Final Two Episodes Coming Soon!

    TahoeLand: Final Two Episodes Coming Soon!

    The podcast team was in Tahoe this week doing a special live taping of our final episode, so we won’t have one for you this week. Ezra asked many of the people you’ve heard throughout the podcast: what’s next? What solutions are on the horizon? Stay tuned for that and our politics episode coming soon!

    TahoeLand: Playing With Fire

    TahoeLand: Playing With Fire

    The big fear in Tahoe is that a blaze the scale of the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise could happen, such as in a place like South Lake, where around 23,000 people live. The difference between Paradise and Tahoe is that, on any given day, there could also be tens of thousands of tourists. 

    There’s a lot being done in Tahoe when it comes to wildfires. Yet the region remains vulnerable. There are huge parts of the forest and hundreds of homes that need cleaning up and attention. And there are residents who don’t want to cut down trees or clear their properties. They want to keep their home’s woodsy, outdoorsy feel. But just one fire getting out of control could destroy the Tahoe we know today. 

    TahoeLand: ‘Locals Season’

    TahoeLand: ‘Locals Season’

    Climate change is impacting everyday life for Lake Tahoe’s locals: Rich and poor, old timers and newcomers. These year-round residents, whose jobs are often to make sure tourists enjoy Tahoe, are being forced to adapt in order to make it. For some, it's heart wrenching. But for others, it’s giving them a new vision for Tahoe’s future.

    TahoeLand: Episode 5 Coming Soon!

    TahoeLand: Episode 5 Coming Soon!

    The TahoeLand team is busy working on the next episode which is all about Tahoe’s tourist economy. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming next week.

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