Meet The Climate Scientist Trying to Fly Less for Work : Short Wave A few years ago, climate scientist Kim Cobb had a brutal realization about how much she was flying for conferences and meetings. Those flights were adding lots of climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Host Maddie Sofia talks with her about her push to get scientists to fly less for work, and what happened when the pandemic suddenly made that idea a reality.
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Meet The Climate Scientist Trying to Fly Less for Work

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Meet The Climate Scientist Trying to Fly Less for Work

Meet The Climate Scientist Trying to Fly Less for Work

Meet The Climate Scientist Trying to Fly Less for Work

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Flying costs a lot of carbon, and for those who fly, traveling by plane can make up a large portion of their carbon emissions. Thomas Jackson/Getty Images hide caption

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Flying costs a lot of carbon, and for those who fly, traveling by plane can make up a large portion of their carbon emissions.

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A few years ago, climate scientist Kim Cobb had a brutal realization about how much she was flying for conferences and meetings. Those flights were adding lots of climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Host Maddie Sofia talks with her about her push to get scientists to fly less for work, and what happened when the pandemic suddenly made that idea a reality.

Read Kim's op-ed about choosing to fly less here and read more about the movement she joined here.

Follow Maddie on Twitter at @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Yowei Shaw, fact-checked by Rebecca Ramirez, and edited by Geoff Brumfiel.