March 29, 2012 On a recent flight, commentator Adam Frank sat next to a man who wanted to talk about the "controversy" surrounding climate science. Frank and his new friend spent the rest of their time together in a friendly give-and-take over the realities of the science and politics of global warming.
February 13, 2012 Why some people call carbon dioxide (and the other greenhouse gases) the steroids of the climate system.
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?
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.
June 22, 2011 Gore, the former Democratic vice president and global warming foe, criticizes Obama for allegedly going wobbly. The president failed to push hard enough for legislation that would curb greenhouse gas emissions by making polluters pay a price, Gore said.
June 9, 2011 Romney's views on global warming would mark him as a GOP candidate willing to think differently than many people in the Republican base. That could make independents and even Democrats more willing to hear him when he makes the case for why he should be president.
April 19, 2011 A warming climate and erosion are causing Arctic coasts to recede by an average of 1.5 feet per year, a new report says. Two-thirds of the Arctic coastline is made of permafrost, an environment that is very sensitive to an increase in temperatures.
February 17, 2011 Today's Talk of the Nation: the Congressional debate over funding public broadcasting, Oscar-nominated documentary Inside Job, the protests taking place in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and a study that links global warming with extreme weather events.
July 22, 2010 Senate Democrats put on holds plans for a comprehensive energy bill.