Archives: climate science

What to do About the Human Predicament? A Conversation with Friends-PW081

Friends visit Planet Watch’s Joe Jordan for a free-ranging conversation on what an “everyday person” can do about the consequences of anthropogenic climate change, including our attitudes and actions when confronted catastrophic floods, droughts, crop failures, world hunger, the extreme decline in biodiversity, and a world on fire. Jack Nelson, Surrey Kent, and Diane Warren, • Read More »


Micro-Hydro Power Guru Don Harris – PW070

Ever thought of making your own electricity in a nearby stream? We’ll talk with Don Harris, world-class guru on micro-hydropower and inventor of the Harris Hydroelectric Permanent Magnet Turbine about his experiences with these low-cost, high-return devices. Don lives up in the hills in the off-grid community of “Last Chance”, north of Santa Cruz, but • Read More »


Future Fossils: What the Past Tells the Present with Scott Wing-PW066

An interview with Scott Wing, Curator of Fossils at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History and a Yale educated expert in what happened when earth had its last period of global warming. We’ll talk about what he learned that could help us understand and avoid repeating that turbulent time. Scott is a great • Read More »


Mary Silver: Ocean Science Pioneer-PW061

We present a conversation with Dr. Mary Wilcox Silver,Professor Emeritus of Ocean Sciences, one of the first women to head a major Ocean Sciences department at a UC. Her works focuses on phytoplankton and ocean food webs. What do phytoplankton have to do with Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds? Find out how Mary Silver figured • Read More »


What Ancient Hot Earth Can Teach Us About Global Warming-PW060

James Zachos‘s investigations of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum and other major climate shifts in Earth’s past are highly relevant to understanding how human activities are driving modern-day global climate change. A study he coauthored in 2016 shows that the current rate at which carbon is being released into the atmosphere is unprecedented in at least • Read More »


Trump’s Solar Tariffs: Boon or Bane?-PW055

How will Trump’s tariffs on solar panels affect efforts to install millions of solar panels and fight climate change? Who are the winners and losers in this trade game? We’ll hear from Markus Beck CTO of Siva Technologies, a solar manufacturing firm in the Bay Area, and Antony Tersol, Principal at Applied Solar Energy in • Read More »


Dr. Robert Kopp on the Latest Climate Report-PW052

We hear from Dr. Robert Kopp, one of the leading climate scientists in the U.S. talking about the most recent government report and what it says about sea level rise. Also, a story about selective logging in Santa Cruz County and a wave energy test facility in Oregon. Plus bombogenesis, ridiculously resilient ridges, and other • Read More »


Measuring Attitudes About Climate Change-PW019

Why are so many Americans confused about climate change and what to do about it? Dr. Connie Roser-Renouf of Yale’s Program on Climate Change Communication has been measuring and describing attitudes about how severe a threat climate change poses and what people think should be done. Turns out, geography and recent weather events have at least • Read More »


Citizens Climate Lobby & Live from Washington DC Climate March – PW016

Local citizen Alex Yasbek discusses the work of  Citizens Climate Lobby, a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Yasbeck explains the basics of the Carbon Fee and Dividend Plan now gaining traction with policy makers.   Also, Joe Jordan reports live from the Washington DC Climate March.     • Read More »


Singing Scientist Dr. Peter Weiss & Live from Washington DC Science March – PW015

 The “Singing Scientist” Dr. Peter Weiss, an atmospheric chemist from the University of California, Santa Cruz, speaks about fog, mercury in the soil, and his role as a science educator. Also, Joe Jordan reports live from the Washington D.C. Science March. Dr. Weiss’ research interests include sea-air transfer of methylated mercury and impacts on coastal • Read More »