Archives: Climate Change

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 »


Micro-Hydro Power Guru Don Harris – PW013

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 »


City Climate Action Coordinator: Tiffany Wise-West of Santa Cruz, California – PW012

Climate Action Coordinator for the city of Santa Cruz, California – Dr. Tiffany Wise-West discusses the city’s Climate Action Plan and the process of preparing for sea level rise. She explains the distinctions between climate mitigation and adaptation and describes the city’s  first sea level rise vulnerability and social vulnerability assessments, in which her team • Read More »


Communicating About Climate Change-PW008

Why is it so hard to communicate about Climate Change? What if the future depended on our  communicating about this better? Two experts in science communications, Susan Joy Hassol and Dr. Edward Maibach talk about how we communicate about climate change and how we might achieve more productive dialogue, today on Planet Watch Radio. Susan Joy • Read More »


The Solutions Project: A Roadmap for Getting the U.S. completely off fossil fuels – PW007

A road map for getting the U.S. completely off fossil fuels by 2050 is the subject of today’s interview with Mark Jacobson, Stanford University professor of engineering and author of The Solutions Project.   Also on the show Dan Sugar, CEO of NEXTracker, a solar company making big strides in sustainable energy, turning data into • Read More »


Adapting to Climate Change: Water & Ecosystems-PW006

On today’s show, two scientists talk about ecosystems and water resources in a changing planet. University of California Santa Cruz evolutionary biologist, Professor Erika Zavaleta discusses her work on ecosystems and how they adapt to extreme changes in climate. UCSC marine scientist Dr. Adina Paytan tells about the Oroville dam failure and shares other unfolding • Read More »


Climate Change: Impact on Plants – PW005

Plants and Climate Change: How will plants survive the wide swings in climate that are expected in the next century? To understand how short-term weather patterns, altered atmospheric composition, and climate change drive plant physiology, the structure of biological communities, and ecosystem processes, join Dr. Michael Loik, Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of • Read More »