MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner with the latest research on our changing climate.
Extreme weather swings challenging watershed managers
Changing rainfall patterns and more extreme weather swings have made water managers’ jobs difficult. They moderate lake and creek levels to prevent flooding and pollution.
What's stopping weed growers from going greener?
The legal cannabis industry is booming. So are greenhouse gas emissions from growers.
How climate change is strengthening fires, hurricanes and 'weather on steroids'
This week, the Caldor Fire has threatened South Lake Tahoe. Hurricane Ida wrecked the power grid around New Orleans, then flooded New York and the Northeast. And 2021 just broke the record for the hottest meteorological summer ever in the Twin Cities, Duluth and Brainerd.
How is climate change linked to these three separate extreme weather events? John Abraham, a professor of thermal sciences at the University of St. Thomas, sat down with MPR chief meteorologist and Climate Cast host Paul Huttner to make the connections.
Abraham explained that rising ocean temperatures are making hurricanes stronger.
Abraham also said that climate change is drying out the western part of the U.S., and this dryness in combination with greater heat is making wildfires in the region more damaging and frequent.
And in the middle part of the country, Abraham described a new climate pattern of “weather on steroids,” as rain comes in heavy downbursts interspersed with dry, warm periods.
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Drought drives good grape year in Minnesota
The drought has challenged many in Minnesota. But for grape growers, it’s the silver lining to a difficult 18 months.
A summer tradition changes with the climate
Climate change is affecting everything from campers’ schedules, to infrastructure needs, to the kinds of trees on the property at Camp Mishawaka in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. And it isn’t alone; a major insurer of summer camps has pulled out of the business as camps on the coasts lose property to wildfires and hurricanes.
Infrastructure bill offers ‘once in generation' investment in climate resilience
The Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure bill is headed to the House, where progressive Democrats say it doesn't do enough to reduce emissions. But it does invest billions to help communities prepare for the effects of climate change.
Plus: your broadcast, points to the effects of CC locally with great effect.
Negative: your broadcast, fails miserably at pointing fingers at the causes of CC. My quote: “fossil fuels are our destruction”!
Neutral: people want/need hope. I grew up knowing our world would end in nuclear winter. Now I “believe” our end is a CO2 summer. I was wrong the first time; let’s keep our fingers crossed! I recommend a podcast called “Drilled”. Because!
Needs Native voices!
I hope you begin to Center the voices and stories of Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and environmental justice activists more!
Very few of these stories are about Native sovereignty; would be great to see more!!
NoDAPL, NoKXL, IdleNoMore, 350 Pacific, and so many more...
These folks are the rock stars of the movement against climate change; they have been doing the work for centuries that settlers are just coming around to, and they are the communities most impacted by climate change and pollution.
Appreciate the discussion
Love the discussion like format