08/07/2015

A Climate Plan, and a Survey of the Changing Arctic

An iceberg from the Helheim Glacier in calm waters, Sermilik fjord, East Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl/flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
An iceberg from the Helheim Glacier in calm waters, Sermilik fjord, East Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl/flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This week, President Obama announced his Clean Power Plan, a multifaceted program to cut carbon emissions by 32 percent of their 2005 levels, by the year 2030. As the president himself said in a speech announcing the plan, “There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change.” But is this plan itself too little, too late? David Biello of Scientific American helps us answer that question.

Then, we check in on the global hotspot for climate change: the Arctic. Brendan Kelly of the Monterey Bay Aquarium talks about the weird hybrid species, such as “pizzly bears” (polar/grizzly hybrids), that are appearing on land and in the Arctic Ocean. Reporter Ari Daniel and physical oceanographer Fiamma Straneo check in from a boat in Sermilik Fjord, in Greenland, to talk about glacier calving there. And ornithologist George Divoky calls in from Cooper Island, a sand and gravel bar on the north coast of Alaska, where he has studied black guillemot birds for 41 years.

Segment Guests

David Biello

David Biello is environment and energy editor at Scientific American in New York, New York.

Brendan P. Kelly

Brendan P. Kelly is a chief scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.

Fiamma Straneo

Fiamma Straneo is a physical oceanographer and senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Ari Daniel

Ari Daniel is a science reporter with PRI’s The World and Nova and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

George Divoky

George Divoky is director of Friends of Cooper Island in Seattle, Washington.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.