Climate Change

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In a chilly December sunset at Wild Hope Farm, the chickens are nice and warm, bobbing around inside an enclosed pen while a pair of China geese float in a small pond just outside. Stretching out to their right are long strips of green cover cops and similarly long strips of garlic.

It might not look it to the casual eye, but these birds and plants are all here to do a job, and an elegantly coordinated one at that. The geese chase away the hawks that prey on the chickens that eat the cover crops that draw greenhouse gases from the air. The garlic does that too, except it will end up in people bellies later this year, and not chicken bellies.

Biden Unveils His Climate Team

Dec 19, 2020
graphic of the White House
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President-elect Joe Biden is introducing key members of his incoming climate team. The nominees and appointees include Rep. Deb Haaland for interior secretary, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary and Gina McCarthy as national climate adviser. Watch live video here, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

2020’s hurricane season has been one of the most prolific in history, suggesting to most climate experts that global warming is accelerating.  And the economic effects could be significant for coastal states like ours.  Which is one reason why our next guest’s university has opened a climate research center.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Curtis, director of the Center for Climate Studies at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.

Hurricane Florence, seen here as a Category 3 storm on Sept. 12, 2018, approaches the East Coast. It eventually made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., on Sept. 14, and caused massive inland flooding.
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A recent government report says that climate change is leading to extreme weather events that are becoming "more frequent, intense, widespread or of longer duration."  University of South Carolina geographer Kirsten Dow agrees, saying the historic 2015 rain and resulting flood caused by Hurricane Joaquin was a perfect example.