Threshold Threshold is a public radio show and podcast that tackles one pressing environmental issue each season. We report the story where it's happening through a range of voices and perspectives. Our goal is to be a home for nuanced journalism about human relationships with the natural world.thresholdpodcast.org
Threshold

Threshold

From Montana Public Radio

Threshold is a public radio show and podcast that tackles one pressing environmental issue each season. We report the story where it's happening through a range of voices and perspectives. Our goal is to be a home for nuanced journalism about human relationships with the natural world.thresholdpodcast.org

Most Recent Episodes

Time to 1.5 | 9 | Prayers of Steel II

For centuries, we have been willing to sacrifice places, ecosystems, and entire species for industries like steel. While steel is one of the most useful materials humans have ever created, it's also one of the most damaging to the climate and to the people who work in and live near these mills. These conditions help explain why the workers in the steel mills of Gary in the first half of the 20th century came from two main groups: newly arrived immigrants and African Americans who had moved up from the southern United States. This is Threshold Season 4: "Time to 1.5." In this episode, we explore the intersection of racism, industrialization, and climate change in Gary, Indiana. Also Michael Jackson. This work depends on people who believe in it and choose to support it. People like you. Join our community at thresholdpodcast.org

Time to 1.5 | 8 | Prayers of Steel I

Steel is the signature material of the Industrial Revolution. It's also an essential component of the wind turbines, electric cars, and climate-friendly buildings we'll need in a decarbonized world. But making steel requires mountains of coal. So we both really need steel and really need to stop making it the way we're doing now. This is Threshold Season 4: "Time to 1.5." In this episode, we explore the costs and benefits of our industrial processes on people, communities, and the climate through the story of Gary, Indiana. This work depends on people who believe in it and choose to support it. People like you. Join our community at thresholdpodcast.org

Time to 1.5 | 7 | Makoko and Eko

One of the most challenging aspects of the climate crisis is that we have to do everything at once - transition the entire global economy away from fossil fuels AND deal with the warming that's already happening. In climate-speak, these two things are called mitigation and adaptation, and one of the places where you can see this playing out is Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria and one of the most important ports in Africa. It's a city that's flourishing and also one that is facing a huge problem as the world warms and the ocean encroaches. This is Threshold Season 4: "Time to 1.5." In this episode, we pay a visit to two communities in Lagos, just a few miles apart, responding to climate change in very different ways. This work depends on people who believe in it and choose to support it. People like you. Join our community at thresholdpodcast.org

Time to 1.5 | 6 | Extreme Home Makeover: Threshold Edition

A lot of the changes needed to keep global heating below 1.5 degrees have to occur at a huge, international level. But nearly a fifth of carbon emissions in the U.S. come from our homes. Are there things we can do at home to help the climate crisis? And just how effective are individual actions? This is Threshold Season 4: "Time to 1.5." In this episode, we zoom in to look at what individuals can do to decarbonize their homes, from small town Livingston, Montana, to New York City. This work depends on people who believe in it and choose to support it. People like you. Join our community at thresholdpodcast.org

Time to 1.5 | 5 | Not Rocket Science

We keep hearing (and saying) that solving climate change is really hard. But we actually know what we need to do - and have the technology to do it - right now. It's more a question of what happens if we don't act fast enough. This is Threshold Season 4: "Time to 1.5." In this episode, we look at some models for how we can realistically meet the 1.5C goal and get to net zero by 2050. There is hope and there are also challenges, but the biggest barriers and our most promising tools are our imperfect human selves. This work depends on people who believe in it and choose to support it. People like you. Join our community at thresholdpodcast.org

Time to 1.5 | 4 | The Stakes

The number of things at stake in the climate crisis do not fit inside one episode. It's hard to even fit them inside your mind. Part of what makes the potential losses so hard to grasp is that they're happening at lots of different scales, all at the same time. And as we move back and forth between what's happening out our own backdoors with what we know is happening all around the globe, one thing becomes very clear: there's no separating what we're doing to nature from what we're doing to ourselves. This is Threshold Season 4: "Time to 1.5." In this episode, we look at what climate chaos could do to our ability to meet our basic needs and live together in relative harmony, and explore what we all stand to lose if we don't act fast enough. This work depends on people who believe in it and choose to support it. People like you. Join our community at thresholdpodcast.org

Time to 1.5 | 3 | Coalbrookdale

Britain was the first place in the world to go through what we now call the Industrial Revolution, a transformation of an agricultural, rural society into a manufacturing powerhouse that kicked off the mass migration of ancient carbon from the ground to the atmosphere. This is Threshold Season 4: "Time to 1.5." In this episode, we explore the mass acceleration of nearly every process on earth that began in Britain in the 1700s and continues to this day, a multi-century fossil-fuel binge that knocked the climate out of whack. This work depends on people who believe in it and choose to support it. People like you. Join our community at thresholdpodcast.org

Time to 1.5 | 2 | This Most Excellent Canopy

There are quite a few things working against us when it comes to understanding how urgently we need to act on climate change. But there's also the simple fact that we can't literally see how we're changing the atmosphere. It's time to give the atmosphere its due. This is Threshold Season 4: "Time to 1.5." In this episode, we go straight up, into our atmosphere. This work depends on people who believe in it and choose to support it. People like you. Join our community at thresholdpodcast.org

Time to 1.5 | 1 | 1.5 to Stay Alive

After decades of scientific study and political wrangling the world has agreed—at least on paper—that 1.5C of heating must be the upper limit of our impact on the climate system. How could something that sounds so small matter so much? This is Threshold Season 4: "Time to 1.5." In this episode, we take you inside the scientific and political origin story of 1.5C, from the holocene to the halls of COP26 in Glasgow. Learn more about Threshold on our website. This work depends on people who believe in it and choose to support it. People like you. Join our community at thresholdpodcast.org

Time to 1.5 | Preview

Humanity has a mission right now: to keep global heating to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels. Science tells us that we have less than a decade to do it, and that if we don't, the consequences will be dire. That's humanity's mission, and that's what season 4 of Threshold is about. It's called "Time to 1.5." In this season, we're going to grapple with what it means to be living through this pivotal moment, when what we do and don't do will have impacts that ricochet out for thousands of years. We'll take you to the front lines of the efforts to keep 1.5 alive—the halls of COP26 in Glasgow, cities across the globe, back in time, and into the atmosphere. "Time to 1.5" arrives February 1. Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters.