09/10/2021

New Policies Emerge In The Wake Of Climate-Connected Disasters

11:26 minutes

president biden comforts a white woman as they look on to wreckage and debris from hurrican ida. both of them are wearing masks a small group of people stand behind them
President Biden surveying damage caused by Hurricane Ida in New Jersey on September 7, 2021. Credit: Office of Governor Phil Murphy/flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0

This week, people across the United States continued to be reminded of the results of a shifting climate—with people in the Gulf states still recovering from Ida,  northeastern states dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida-induced flooding, and western states battling wildfires and smoke.  

With climate-related disasters as a backdrop, President Biden announced a goal of shifting some 45% of U.S. energy production to solar power by 2050.

Kendra Pierre-Louis, senior reporter for the Gimlet-Spotify podcast How to Save A Planet, joins Ira to talk about those stories and more, including new calculations of the importance of minimizing fossil fuel extraction, to a successful sample collection effort on Martian soil. 


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Kendra Pierre-Louis

Kendra Pierre-Louis is a senior reporter for Gimlet/Spotify’s How to Save a Planet podcast.

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