Climate Change http://wesa.fm en Health Officials: Climate Change Expected To Have Local Impact In Decades Ahead http://wesa.fm/post/health-officials-climate-change-expected-have-local-impact-decades-ahead <p>Following the release of national reports on climate change, Allegheny County Health Department officials are examining how best to prepare for the changes they say are imminent over the coming decades.</p><p>“It’s going to change the air pollution levels, it’s going to change the pollen levels, it’s going to change insects, it’s going to change water quality,” said Jayme Graham, Air Quality Program manager at ACHD. “What do we need to know about that, and what do we need to start preparing for that?”</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:56:05 +0000 Deanna Garcia 29481 at http://wesa.fm Climate Change Could Make Pennsylvania's Ecosystems Resemble Alabama http://wesa.fm/post/climate-change-could-make-pennsylvanias-ecosystems-resemble-alabama <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span><a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;">national climate change study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> released earlier this week warns of drastically different climates in the future for the state of Pennsylvania.</span></p><p>The commonwealth is among a number of Northeast states expected to experience heat waves and extreme precipitation.</p><p>Cities such as New York have already begun to prepare for climate change effects by installing flood pumps in their subway systems.</p><p>John Radzilowicz, Director of Professional Development <a href="http://www.assetinc.org/">ASSET STEM</a> education at CMU said, if we don’t start making big changes in industrial pollution policies and even simple conservation changes on a personal level, the Pennsylvania landscape will be completely different by 2050.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 20:11:35 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28967 at http://wesa.fm Climate Change Could Make Pennsylvania's Ecosystems Resemble Alabama Celebrating Earth Day In Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/celebrating-earth-day-pittsburgh-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Virtual Earth Day</strong></p><p>A virtual Earth Day party takes place this week. One of the highlights will be a new environmental music video on how consumers can save money and energy. The video even features a cameo from Mayor Peduto. We got details on the video and event from Joylette Portlock, President of Communitopia&nbsp;and creator of the <em><a href="http://www.dosomethingaboutclimate.com/">Don't Just Sit There, Do Something About Climate Change</a></em> web series.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:56:47 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27998 at http://wesa.fm Celebrating Earth Day In Pittsburgh Climate Change Not So Sweet For Maple Syrup http://wesa.fm/post/climate-change-not-so-sweet-maple-syrup <p>Maple trees could be in trouble in the Northeast U.S. in the coming decades. Federal climate models have predicted the region will lose most of its maples by next century. But producers don't seem worried: maple syrup prices are high, and with technology, the sap is flowing just fine.<br /><br />Jason Blocher’s livelihood each year largely depends on the weather in February and March. He’s the third generation in his family to run Milroy Maple Farms in Somerset County, on Pennsylvania’s southern border, just a few miles from Maryland.<br /> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 20:59:30 +0000 Julie Grant | The Allegheny Front 27115 at http://wesa.fm Climate Change Not So Sweet For Maple Syrup Is There a Rational Middle When it Comes to Energy Policy? http://wesa.fm/post/there-rational-middle-when-it-comes-energy-policy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How do you create compromise when it comes to the divisive issue of energy and sustainability? We discussed that question with&nbsp;Gregory </span>Kallenberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, creator of <a href="http://rationalmiddle.com/">the Rational Middle Energy Series</a>, which is making a stop in Pittsburgh this week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The series is made up of 22 films, so viewers can start at whatever level they want, learning about the basics of energy or something deeper like transportation or conservation. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:35:28 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24976 at http://wesa.fm Is There a Rational Middle When it Comes to Energy Policy? Climate Change & Extreme Weather Threaten National Security http://wesa.fm/post/climate-change-extreme-weather-threaten-national-security <p>Extreme weather caused by climate change concerns many for ecological and economic reasons, but policy researchers have found that the severe elements may also have an influence on national security.</p><p>The <a href="http://americansecurityproject.org/">American Security </a><a href="http://americansecurityproject.org/">Projec</a>t (ASP) is a small non-partisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. which investigates threats to national security.</p><p>Andrew Holland is a senior fellow for energy and climate policy at the ASP and explains that the effects of climate change are, in a way, threats to infrastructure much like terrorism.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:06:45 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24244 at http://wesa.fm Climate Change & Extreme Weather Threaten National Security Think Tank Points to Link Between Climate Change and National Security http://wesa.fm/post/think-tank-points-link-between-climate-change-and-national-security <p>There is a direct connection between national security and climate change, according to the American Security Project (ASP), a small non-partisan think tank based in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Senior flag officers from ASP are touring the country to talk about the connection between energy, environmental policy and national security. Senior fellow for energy and climate policy Andrew Holland said they will be talking to people outside of the traditional environmental groups, including businesses, veterans groups and lawmakers, about how a changing climate affects homeland security.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 24096 at http://wesa.fm How to Address Climate Change In Light of New Reports http://wesa.fm/post/how-address-climate-change-light-new-reports <p>According to a more report conclusive from the <a href="http://www.ipcc.ch/">Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change</a>, and internationally renowned climatologist, Dr. Raymond Bradley, global temperatures have risen rapidly in the last 100 years, especially in the last 50 years. Experiments have also proven that greenhouse gases do create more heat in the atmosphere.</p><p>In addition to raising temperatures, greenhouse gases change precipitation patterns, meaning some areas that usually have heavy rainfall experience dry spells, and other areas get extremely heavy rainfall. Bradley says these effects will continue to occur more often if greenhouse gases continue to fill the atmosphere. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:11:55 +0000 Nick Frost 17526 at http://wesa.fm How to Address Climate Change In Light of New Reports Unions Call For Local Jobs to be Part of Green Energy Future http://wesa.fm/post/unions-call-local-jobs-be-part-green-energy-future <p>The theme of taking action today to combat climate change tomorrow ran rampant through Tuesday’s BlueGreen Alliance roundtable on president Obama’s recently released climate change plan.&nbsp;</p><p>While the event spent very little time talking about the specifics of the president’s plan, it did offer several opinions on making sure climate control efforts also benefit the local economy.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:22:55 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 12815 at http://wesa.fm Sustainable Jobs For Pennsylvania in the 21st Century http://wesa.fm/post/sustainable-jobs-pennsylvania-21st-century <p>Before exploring the issue of creating green jobs in the 21st century economy, Essential Pittsburgh took the time to air some answers to environmental questions from listeners.</p><p>In response to&nbsp;a question on why the energy conversation won't embrace the possibility of more drastic advances in alternative energy such as nuclear fusion, <strong>James Clad</strong>, a consultant and distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University acknowledged that the energy conversation had been turned into a one note discussion on fossil fuels.&nbsp;</p><p>"The energy world is defined by oil and gas and everything else is just an add on." said Clad Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:55:08 +0000 John Lavanga 12816 at http://wesa.fm Sustainable Jobs For Pennsylvania in the 21st Century United Nations Report Examines "Climate Extremes" Over Past Decade http://wesa.fm/post/united-nations-report-examines-climate-extremes-over-past-decade <p>Extreme weather, greenhouse gases, carbon monoxide and glacial melting; all these buzzwords have increasingly entered the public vernacular in the past 20 years.&nbsp;</p><p>Following a UN report by the <a href="http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/news/index_en.html#MOU">World Meteorological Organization</a>, scientists expect that the topic of global warming and climate change will continue to be a hot issue.&nbsp; The report, “<a href="http://library.wmo.int/pmb_ged/wmo_1119_en.pdf">The Global Climate 2001-2010: A Decade of Extremes</a>,” cites that the past decade has seen an abundance of greenhouse gas emissions that has caused increased temperatures on both hemispheres, all oceans and an accompanying rapid decline in arctic sea ice and glaciers.&nbsp;</p><p>Director of Science at the <a href="http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org">Carnegie Science Center</a>, John Radzilowicz, has been following the topic of global climate change and was not necessarily surprised by the UN report.&nbsp; He was optimistic, however, that the report was gaining attention and combined a multitude of data pointing to the extremes in weather conditions throughout the world.</p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 22:24:22 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12734 at http://wesa.fm United Nations Report Examines "Climate Extremes" Over Past Decade Don't Just Sit There, Do Something About Climate Change http://wesa.fm/post/dont-just-sit-there-do-something-about-climate-change <p></p><p>Ever more people are concerned about global warming and climate change but perhaps no group more so than women, since air quality issues caused by C02 emissions can have such damaging consequences on our children (asthma), babies and unborn children (mercury poisoning). We'll talk with <strong>Joylette Portlock</strong> who has launched <a href="http://www.dosomethingaboutclimate.com/">DoSomethingAboutClimate.com,</a> a humorous and informative volley to get people to listen, and act.</p><p>http://youtu.be/u2CxYT9_t2A Thu, 25 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 8436 at http://wesa.fm