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SLU students Shelly Martin, Kate Olsen and Environmental Studies professor Jon Rosales
SLU students Shelly Martin, Kate Olsen and Environmental Studies professor Jon Rosales

New roadmap to combat climate change

Delegates to a United Nations climate conference in Bali agree to a "roadmap" earlier this month. The deal sets the agenda for negotiators to work to find ways to reduce pollution. The conference nearly broke down, but the U.S. dropped last-minute demands and signed the new pact after much outrage and disappointment from other countries. Joe Rosales teaches environmental studies at St. Lawrence University. He and two students were observers at the conference. Todd Moe asked him about what took place in Bali and what might happen in the years ahead.  Go to full article

Climate and plant extinction

A new study finds that as plant species go extinct around the world, ecosystems could become a lot less productive. Rebecca Williams reports, this could be bad news for the services people depend on from nature.  Go to full article

McKibben leads national climate change rally

A Vermont activist has sparked a national protest over global warming set for this Saturday, with more than 1300 events planned in all 50 states. Late last summer, environmentalist and writer Bill McKibben helped lead a five-day walk across Vermont to demand action on global warming. On Saturday, thousands are expected to take part in rallies to demand that Congress enact curbs on carbon emissions that would cut global warming pollution 80% by 2050. The campaign, organized by McKibben and some of his students at Middlebury College, has won widespread support from a wide variety of environmental, student, and religious groups. McKibben told Todd Moe that Saturday's event will be the largest grassroots environmental protest since Earth Day 1970.  Go to full article
Skaters warned off -- for now.
Skaters warned off -- for now.

Ice builds in Ottawa

The Rideau Canal winds through the heart of Ottawa. It's scenic in summer. In winter, it emerges as a dominant feature of city life, nearly five miles of outdoor skating. Students and businessmen commute on skates. Tourists come from both sides of the border. The Skateway is the star attraction for Winterlude. Hundreds of thousands of people crowd the ice during the three-week-long carnival held every February, bringing $150 million dollars into the region's economy. The unusually warm start to this winter cast doubt on any skate season at all. January may be a write-off, but deep cold has finally arrived, making Winterlude's prospects look--nearly solid. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

Mild winter thanks to El Nino?

The northern part of the U-S might be in for a mild winter. That's if predictions by government climatologists turn out to be true. Mark Brush explains.  Go to full article

A 'Dimmer' View of Climate Change

You've probably heard about global warming, maybe also climactic cooling. Scientists have identified another phenomenon called 'global dimming'. They say the world is getting darker. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Climatalogical Cycles

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss the cycles of climate change, their history and effects.  Go to full article

Rural Fire Fighters Get Help With Wildfires

Like the rest of the Northeast, the North Country is experiencing drought or near-drought conditions. Climatologists are expecting high fire danger in the region's forests this summer. David Sommerstein reports New York is offering help to local fire departments that are often the first to respond to wildfires.  Go to full article

Winter's Effect on Lake Levels Debated

There seems to be some confusion over how the mild winter will affect lake levels. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Amy Cavalier has the story.
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Long Term Forecast Better for Great Lakes Water Levels

Long term climate projections predict conditions will be right to at least temporarily stop the decline in Great Lakes water levels. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

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