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Author: Danielle Eiseman

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A student-led, conversational podcast about climate change.
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Climate Change Town Hall

Climate Change Town Hall

2019-09-1200:51:43

Two Cornell graduate students from the Emergent Climate Risk Lab were selected to attend the CNN Climate Change Town Hall in New York city. They had submitted questions for the candidates and both had the opportunity to ask the candidates questions during the event. You can watch the clips below.  The DTE team sat down with Colin Evans and Marc Alessi to hear about the experience and their thoughts on the plans proposed by the candidates. https://youtu.be/LeP94XGOV0Q Colin comes on at 23:53. https://youtu.be/alCiQoEVJsg Marc comes on at 7:00
This is another part of the lecture series for EAS 1101 Climate and Energy. In this episode we discuss the Faint Young Sun paradox, which discusses the working theories on how our planet was able to support life and the beginnings of the greenhouse gas effect. 
This episode is part of an additional series within DTE that supplements Cornell course EAS 1101 Climate and Energy. This episode discusses Carl Sagan's famous description of the earth, as a pale blue dot. 
In this episode, Pam, Marta, Danielle, and our newest team member Kate, discuss a recent seminar we attended on Resilient Landscapes. The speaker, Massimo Sargolini, is a Professor of Urban Planning at the School of Architecture and Design, UNICAM-University of Camerino in Italy. He investigates the relationship between Urban landscape and quality of life. We pulled in aspects of his talk in this episode, while we discussed some of the wider philosophy around his approach to studying community resilience. The examples he used in his talk were of the string of earthquakes that hit central Italy in 2016. He also describes the risk of volcanic eruptions in highly populated places. He is hopeful that their approach to understanding how people interact with nature and vice versa, can help transform existing communities into ones that are better able to withstand increasing risks to natural disasters. 
Pam's trip to Boston!

Pam's trip to Boston!

2019-08-1400:32:14

Pam describes a recent energy conference she attended and explains how our grid system works, how it could be better and plans for New York State solar. 
In this episode, Pam and I are joined by a visiting high school student, Jenna. Jenna has been with us the past four weeks interning with the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions. She helped develop this episode and asked a lot of insightful questions about building community resilience to climate change, a topic she has become increasingly interested in. 
In this episode Danielle chats with Dr. Toby Ault about her trip to the United Nations headquarters in Bonn, where she attended the meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies of the UNFCCC. Since Toby has never attended one of these large climate change conferences he had many questions about what goes on at these meetings and how it influences global policy. 
El Nino and Climate Change

El Nino and Climate Change

2019-07-1700:32:55

In this episode Pam, Danielle and Professor Toby Ault discuss the answers to some complex climate questions brought up by some visiting high school students. There were a few questions on the relationship between climate change, El Nino and wind circulations. There was also a question about the potential of an ice age. Since neither Pam nor Danielle are experts in atmospheric physics, Professor Toby Ault explained the complex relationship between these systems and where the science currently stands on it. We also throw in some entertaining pop culture references. 
Mitigation Game Part 2

Mitigation Game Part 2

2019-07-1000:27:11

The game continues! Listen as Marta, Pam and Gerry compete to create the best policy for reducing carbon emissions. Note: Pam tripped over her words when talking about PPA's. PPA stands for a power purchase agreement.
Mitigation Game

Mitigation Game

2019-07-0300:39:16

In this episode Pam, Marta and Gerry compete to see who can come up with the best policy for mitigating green house gas emissions. This episode is divided into two parts. Listen next week for part 2. 
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