Climate Change

4:15pm

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

EPA Building Named For Bill Clinton; He Says That's Fitting

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 5:11 pm

Former President Bill Clinton hugs House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California as another Democrat, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, looks on at Wednesday's ceremony naming the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters for him.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

The environment may not come to mind when most people think about former President Bill Clinton, but on Wednesday he defended his legacy as the Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C., was renamed in his honor.

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6:00am

Sun July 14, 2013
Environment

New Map Charts Colorado's Rising Risk Of Wildfire

A map of the West Fork Complex Wildfire, currently burning 109,615 acres in the San Juan National Forest in Southwest Colorado.
Inciweb

The last 40 years has seen a lot of changes in the west, including the likelihood of wildfires.

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6:25am

Sat July 6, 2013
Environment

One Garden's Climate Struggle (And How To Save Yours)

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 10:44 am

Many of the flowers at Hillwood are doing well despite the ever-changing local climate.
Emily Files NPR

At the Hillwood Estate gardens in Washington, D.C., the new norm is: "Expect the unexpected." So says volunteer coordinator Bill Johnson, who has worked on property belonging to the heiress of the Post cereal fortune for 30 years.

Like home gardeners, the horticulturalists and professional gardeners at Hillwood are confronting an unpredictable climate.

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1:46am

Fri June 28, 2013
Planet Money

Economists Have A One-Page Solution To Climate Change

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 8:45 am

CX Matiash AP

Climate change seems like this complicated problem with a million pieces. But Henry Jacoby, an economist at MIT's business school, says there's really just one thing you need to do to solve the problem: Tax carbon emissions.

"If you let the economists write the legislation," Jacoby says, "it could be quite simple." He says he could fit the whole bill on one page.

Basically, Jacoby would tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. That would make coal, oil and natural gas more expensive. That's it; that's the whole plan.

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2:04am

Thu June 27, 2013
Environment

This Climate Fix Might Be Decades Ahead Of Its Time

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 1:35 pm

Global Thermostat's pilot plant in Menlo Park, Calif., pulls carbon dioxide from the surrounding air. The next challenge is to find uses for the captured gas.
Courtesy of Global Thermostat

Every year, people add 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the air, mostly by burning fossil fuels. That's contributing to climate change. A few scientists have been dreaming about ways to pull some of that CO2 out of the air, but face stiff skepticism and major hurdles. This is the story of one scientist who's pressing ahead.

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