The year of the superstorm, a 'net zero' home and how to pick a green car

This week on Climate Cast, MPR News chief meteorologist Paul Huttner discusses 2017's extreme weather events, and we'll hear about what it's like to create a "net zero" home and how to choose a climate-friendly car.

The year of the superstorm, a 'net zero' home and how to pick a green car

Fire and ice: California super-fires and warmer winters

This week on MPR's Climate Cast, Paul Huttner asks University of Alberta fire expert Mike Flannigan about the clear climate change link to this seemingly new breed of devastating super-fires.

Climate Cast: A climate-scale eruption ahead for Indonesia's Mt. Agung?

Rutgers University Environmental Sciences Professor Alan Robock talked about this week's eruptions from Indonesia's Mt. Agung and if they are big enough to impact climate.

Climate Cast: A climate-scale eruption ahead for Indonesia's Mt. Agung?

Climate Cast: Rising greenhouse gas emissions in 2017

Global greenhouse gas emissions have been stable for the past 3 years. That's been a ray of hope for climate watchers. But a new report in the journal Nature Climate Change says GHG emissions will rise 2 percent this year. Tim Nixon is the Head of Sustainability Thought Leadership at Thomson Reuters here in the Twin Cities. He's one author of a recent report tracking the top 250 corporate greenhouse gas emitters. He spoke to MPR's chief meteorologist Paul Huttner.

Climate Cast: A war on climate science?

MPR News' chief meteorologist Paul Huttner Minnesota author Shawn Otto, is husband of state auditor and gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto. He wrote "The War on Science"

Climate Cast: Wind and solar construction across the U.S.

That explosion of new solar and wind farms is fueling a renewable energy construction boom. Twin Cities based Mortenson Construction is a leader in renewable energy construction. MPR's chief meteorologist Paul Huttner asked Mortenson's Chief Operating Officer Tom Wacker how that all got started.

Climate Cast: A good year for Minnesota wine grapes

MPR News' chief meteorologist Paul Huttner with Minnesota wine gurunJohn Thull from the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. John develops grape varieties and tends the grapes from start to finish as a researcher at the Horticultural Research Center in Chanhassen.

Climate Cast: The link between climate change and wildfires

MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner broke down why a warming climate would contribute to wildfires.

Climate Cast: Which cities are safer as climate changes?

Portland State University urban planning professor Vivek Shandasnabout evaluating cities' "climate change geography."

Climate Cast: Climate change lawsuits heating up

San Francisco and Oakland, California are suing five major oil companies saying they are accountable for the effects of climate change. The cities are suing Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and BP. MPR News' Paul Huttner spoke with two attorneys who are following the suit. Mehmet Konar-Steenberg teaches Energy and Environmental Law with Mitchell Hamline School of Law in the Twin Cities and Michael Berger is with Columbia Law School.

Climate Cast: Unnatural Disasters

Climate and hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel discussed how climate change is increasing the physical limits of hurricane wind speeds and why we should stop calling climate-enhanced extreme storms "natural" disasters.

Climate Cast: 'The Swamp'

Journalist and author Michael Grunwald's book; "The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise" looks at the history of south Florida's development, amid hurricane ravaged swampland. He wrote a piece in Politico this week entitled: "A Requiem for Florida, the Paradise That Should Never Have Been."

Climate Cast: Harvey, Irma and the mounting costs of climate-enhanced weather events

How do we begin to assess the economic and social costs of extreme weather events like Harvey — and the costs of climate change in the future? MPR's chief meterologist Paul Huttner put that question Newsha Ajami, Stanford senior research associate and director of Urban Water Policy for Water in the West; Amir Jina, assistant professor at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy; and Washington Post Capital Weather Gang Deputy Weather Editor Angela Fritz.

Climate Cast: Harvey, Irma and the mounting costs of climate-enhanced weather events

Climate Cast: Harvey's climate change connections

Paul Huttner talks to climate & hurricane expert Bob Henson of Weather Underground about Hurricane Harvey, before being downgraded to a tropical storm.

Climate Cast: Remembering the Louisiana floods

MPR's Paul Huttner spoke to John Upton from Climate Central about the connetion between extreme weather events, like the Louisiana's floods last year, and climate change.

Climate Cast: For the birds

Chief meteorologist Paul Huttner spoke to Carrol Henderson of the DNR about birds. Specifically, how their migratory patterns and other behavior are influenced by climate change.

Climate Cast: The era of the giant wind farm

By the end of the decade, a huge new wind farm in Oklahoma is expected to generate enough electricity to power 800,000 homes. Paul Huttner talks with J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy, about why more mega-wind farms may be on the way.

Special Podcast: Live event about Minnesota forests and lakes

Hear lights from from Paul Huttner's live event about the on-the-ground effects of climate change, recorded at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. This episode features Paul's keynote address as well as highlights of presentations from University of Minnesota forest researcher Lee Frelich, and Jay Austin of the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Climate Cast: The wildfire-climate change feedback loop

Climate Central analyzed 45 years of U.S. Forest Service records from the western U.S. They found large fires on Forest Service land are increasing dramatically. The average number of fires over 1,000 acres each year has more than tripled since the 1970s. This week on MPR News Climate Cast, chief meteorologist Paul Huttner asked wildfire and climate expert Dr. Michael Flannigan from the University of Alberta in Canada about those trends.

Decoupling: Some companies growing and lowering GHG emissions

MPR News' chief meteorologist Paul Huttner spoke with Tim Nixon. He is Head of Sustainability Thought Leadership with Thomson Reuters. His research for clients finds insight into economic trends, and identifies companies that are both adapting to climate change and showing growth. TR's client list includes some of the world's biggest investors and law firms.

Climate Cast: Minnesotan's questions, answered

Forest ecologist Lee Frelich and Lake Superior specialist Jay Austin answered auidence questions at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais.

Climate Cast: The warming of MN forests and lakes

Two experts discussed climate change and its impact on forests and lakes in Minnesota. MPR's chief meteorologist Paul Huttner spoke with forest ecologist Lee Frelich and Lake Superior specialist Jay Austin at North House Folk School in Grand Marais.

Climate Cast: Minnesota's mega-rain trends

Five years ago this week an extreme rainfall event tore up streets and flooded homes in Duluth. As much as 10 inches of rain deluged Duluth neighborhoods. For many the event was a 1-in-500 plus year flood event. Pete Boulay from the Minnesota DNR Climate Working Group talked about Minnesota's mega-rain trends.

Climate Cast: Climate scientists await birth of world's largest iceberg

University of St. Thomas thermal sciences professor John Abraham discussed why climate scientists are worried about the break up of Larsen C, a large ice shelf in the Antarctic.

Climate Cast: Climate scientists await birth of world's largest iceberg