NEXT New England
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NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast about New England, one of America’s oldest places, at a time of change. It’s hosted by John Dankosky at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut. Through original reporting and interviews, we ask important questions about the issues we explore: where are we now? How did we get here? And what's next?
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A new draft federal climate report forecasts warmer temperatures, higher seas, and more precipitation for the Northeast than predicted just three years ago. We speak with a University of New Hampshire climatologist. And one town is host to a surprising amount of resources New Englanders, and that’s taking a toll on local residents. We find out how Massachusetts’ big renewable energy procurement is shaping up, and learn about local efforts to save seeds from disappearance. Plus, visits to a West Indian food fest in Hartford, and an influential artist colony in Peterborough, NH. Jill Kaufman fills in for John Dankosky this week.
A solar array in Coventry, Vt. Photo by Angela Evancie for VPR
A “global, long-term, and unambiguous warming trend has continued,” according to a draft of a congressionally-mandated report published every four years. And many lines of evidence “demonstrate that human activities especially emissions of greenhouse gases are primarily responsible” for those climate changes in the last almost 70 years.
Back in March, when at least one draft of this report had already surfaced, Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency told CNBC he does not think carbon dioxide is a primary control knob for climate.
“Measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something that’s very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact. So no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see… but we don’t know that yet. We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.”
To learn more about the report, and climate changes that are happening in New England we’re joined by Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski, Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.
Several industrial sites are located on the Chelsea Creek in Chelsea, Mass. Photo by Robin Lubbock for WBUR
Low income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected by the consequences of climate change: think New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina. These areas suffer from poor air quality, increasing temperatures and extreme we