climate change http://kufm.org en Paul Ehrlich - Distress Signals from Earth http://kufm.org/post/paul-ehrlich-distress-signals-earth <p>04/14/2014 - A steady stream of reports on the deterioration of the environment is issued. There is a brief flurry of media coverage. The corporate-funded climate change deniers make counter claims. We wake briefly to the crisis then most of us lapse into a couch potato stupor. Neoliberal dogma and an almost mystical belief in capitalism makes almost certain that little will be done to avert coming calamities. Charades called climate summits offer nothing more than photo ops of smiling world leaders and vacuous press releases. We blithely turn our heads away from reality. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:07:06 +0000 Sue Ginn 17626 at http://kufm.org Paul Ehrlich - Distress Signals from Earth Adapting to Climate Change http://kufm.org/post/adapting-climate-change <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">04/17/2014 -No matter what you believe about climate change, we can all agree that extreme weather events -- tornadoes, hurri canes, fires, droughts -- are occurring more frequently. These massive natural disasters upset lives and devastate property.&nbsp; The costs of clean-up and reconstruction are enormous.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 17282 at http://kufm.org Adapting to Climate Change Bullock: burning coal will continue into the foreseeable future http://kufm.org/post/bullock-burning-coal-will-continue-foreseeable-future <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released <a href="http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/images/uploads/IPCC_WG2AR5_SPM_Approved.pdf" target="_blank">its latest report</a> at the end of March.</span></p><p>The panel, established by the United Nations, continues to point to the vast majority of scientific research indicating human activity is a primary driver of our warming global climate.</p><p>In Montana, research suggests a future with lower mountain snowpack, hotter drier summers, and more severe wildfires.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:00:13 +0000 Dan Boyce 17345 at http://kufm.org Bullock: burning coal will continue into the foreseeable future Acres burned by wildfire expected to double this century http://kufm.org/post/acres-burned-wildfire-expected-double-century <p>Montanans are getting accustomed to smoky summers, as our fire seasons have gotten longer and more intense in recent years. Get ready for things to get worse. A recent report on the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems says the number of acres burned by wildfire will at least double this century. The report is part of a National Climate Assessment presented to Congress and the President. Forest service research scientist David Peterson is one of the three editors of that report.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:39:09 +0000 Sally Mauk 16801 at http://kufm.org Acres burned by wildfire expected to double this century Land managers gather to talk about adapting to climate change http://kufm.org/post/land-managers-gather-talk-about-adapting-climate-change <p>Land managers from Montana, Alberta and British Columbia are gathering in Missoula this week to talk about managing the <a href="http://crownmanagers.org/2014-forum/">Crown of the Continent </a>ecosystem for climate change. Participants include government agencies, non-profit organizations, academics and tribal representatives.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The executive director of the Seattle-based nonprofit organization known as "<a href="http://w.ecoadapt.org">EcoAdapt</a>", Lara Hansen, is one of the forum's featured speakers.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:26:42 +0000 Sally Mauk 16326 at http://kufm.org Land managers gather to talk about adapting to climate change Living On Earth http://kufm.org/post/living-earth <p>02/26/2014 - Kerry: Climate is WMD</p><p>Secretary of State John Kerry called global warming a weapon of mass destruction during his climate change speech on February 16th in Jakarta, Indonesia. His fiery words may be a sign of increased U.S. climate ambitions heading into the important global climate negotiations next year in Paris.</p><p>Fluoride and Other Chemical Risks</p><p>New research finds a detrimental relationship between exposure to chemicals, including fluoride, in early life and diminished brain function in children.</p><p>Saving Monarchs</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:38:37 +0000 Sue Ginn 15512 at http://kufm.org Living On Earth Food and fire among the Ag secretary’s biggest concerns http://kufm.org/post/food-and-fire-among-ag-secretary-s-biggest-concerns <p>As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is in charge of a lot more than the nation's food policy. His agency also oversees management of our national forests, and as a member of the Cabinet, he advises the president on everything from the farm bill - to the impacts of climate change.</p><p></p><p>In this feature interview, Vilsack talks with News Director Sally Mauk about those issues and more - starting with why he thinks the Affordable Care Act is a good deal for rural Americans.</p><p></p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:53:20 +0000 Sally Mauk 15460 at http://kufm.org Food and fire among the Ag secretary’s biggest concerns Your favorite ski resort may be out of snow in a few years http://kufm.org/post/your-favorite-ski-resort-may-be-out-snow-few-years <p> It's safe to say that these days many Montanans are either watching the Winter Olympics, or out skiing a local mountain themselves. We live in a snow culture, and it's one of the things we love about Montana.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;But that snow is disappearing, not just here but around the world.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:35:58 +0000 Sally Mauk 14855 at http://kufm.org Your favorite ski resort may be out of snow in a few years The relationship of climate change to poverty is complex http://kufm.org/post/relationship-climate-change-poverty-complex <p>A leading environmental scholar and climate change scientist, Diana Liverman, is in Missoula this week to lecture at the University of Montana.</p><p></p><p>Liverman teaches geography at the University of Arizona, and is co-director of the Institute of the Environment there. She's written several books and articles on the impacts of climate change, and how to adapt to it.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;In this feature interview, Liverman talks with News Director Sally Mauk about her 30-plus years' interest in our changing climate and what we should be doing about it.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:00:58 +0000 Sally Mauk 14649 at http://kufm.org The relationship of climate change to poverty is complex Author laments “the last gasp of American democracy” http://kufm.org/post/author-laments-last-gasp-american-democracy <p>Chris Hedges has seen fascism and war up close. For nearly 20 years he was a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans - for both print and broadcast media, including National Public Radio and the New York Times.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:45:19 +0000 Sally Mauk 14480 at http://kufm.org Author laments “the last gasp of American democracy”