The new version of the map includes 13 zones, with the addition for the first time of zones 12 (50-60 degrees F) and 13 (60-70 degrees F).
U.S. Department of Agriculture
January 26, 2012 Gardeners: Take heed. An updated plant map shows that the United States is getting warmer. That means spring planting may come earlier and some plants can tolerate new northern latitudes.
January 25, 2012 As science advances, it becomes more abstract and distant from people's everyday reality. How do we bridge the gap so that society as a whole can engage in the questions of the day, from global warming to the debate on evolution?
January 24, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, how the Catholic church has changed over the past decade, and preventing further damage to the climate. In the second hour, runaway kids, and examining the question, Is Turkey the new normal?
Altering the upper atmosphere could block enough sunlight to offset the warming effects of climate change and protect food crops. But what are the risks?
January 23, 2012 Climate simulations show that massive technological interventions, known as "geoengineering," could protect food crops from some of the damaging effects of global warming. But researchers say local effects are hard to predict, so geoengineering may not be worth the risk.
Families displaced by drought line up for food this week in Mogadishu, Somalia.
January 20, 2012 Weather changes wreak havoc on the global food supply. But efforts to reduce the impact of climate change on agriculture haven't gotten much attention in climate change talks.
December 12, 2011 Canada is withdrawing from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol agreement on climate change, with Environment Minister Peter Kent arguing that the framework doesn't represent the way forward for Canada or the world.
December 7, 2011 I answer questions about semantics, false equivalency and my first few months as ombudsman on a call-in show out of Columbus, OH. Listen to the full interview online and share your reactions on the blog.
December 6, 2011 Just as we starting to find new worlds beyond our own, we have also developed a new and highly sophisticated understanding of how Earth and its life evolve together. Astrophysicist and commentator Adam Frank says this is no coincidence.
Prepare to see this more often, even in usually cooler climes, the experts say.
November 18, 2011 The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change also warns of extreme rainfall, more droughts and more intense storms. And it says it is "likely" that human contributions to greenhouse gases are a cause of climate change.
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November 17, 2011 A listener says using the term "climate change" sounds like an Orwellian attempt to duck the consequences of "global warming." He's right that NPR and the media are saying "climate change" more, but the terms have different meanings. There is, moreover, little scientific doubt about either.
October 28, 2011 Mitt Romney drew barbs Friday for his continued shift to the ideological right on the climate change issue. Actually, the criticism for Romney that blew in from both the political right and left came as critics accused him of a full flip flop on global warming.
GED = gross external damages from pollution.
October 25, 2011 Economists love economic growth. And economic news — on Planet Money and elsewhere — presents growth as a good thing. But on today's show, we ask: Is economic growth bad for the planet?
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Greenhouse gas emissions from wasted food: Comparing commodities
October 7, 2011 The greenhouse gas emissions from the 55 million tons of food the U.S. food wastes every year add up to 135 million tons a year. Some foods, like beef, have a much bigger impact on the climate than others.
September 14, 2011 "There's a long tradition of people who don't like a particular message turning to attack the person delivering the message," he told NPR. "I view it as an honor, really."
August 1, 2011 An arctic scientist was abruptly suspended from his work at a government agency on July 18. Many suspected that the action was tied to his 2006 work, which raised alarms about climate change. But he's now been informed that he will be questioned about a different polar bear study that was halted.
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