Topic: Climate & Weather

March 9, 2017 Mountain High - Have you ever been to a high altitude and found yourself gasping for breath? One listener asked why that happens.
March 3, 2017 Heatwaves & Pollution - Heatwaves and poor air quality go hand and hand.
January 24, 2017 Prehistoric Sea Temperature - Measurements of ocean temperatures from the last interglacial period suggest today’s climate models may be too conservative.
December 16, 2016 Cold Noses - A listener asks: Why does your nose run when it’s cold outside?
November 30, 2016 Similar Snowflakes - A listener asks: Why do snowflakes appear so similar to each other?
September 29, 2016 Raindrop Fossils - Raindrop impressions, preserved for 2.7 billion years, reveal clues about the early Earth's climate.
August 29, 2016 Weather Bombs - Storm-induced seismic waves may help scientists see Earth’s interior.
August 22, 2016 Finch Warming Warnings - An Australian bird’s special call warns its unhatched chicks of a hot climate.
August 1, 2016 Jupiter’s Hot Spot - Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is heating the gas giant’s upper atmosphere from below.
July 19, 2016 Tracking NYC’s Rats - Researchers are using modern technology to track the movement of rats around New York City.
July 1, 2016 Wildlife Corridors - Wildlife corridors are needed to help organisms cope with climate change.
April 6, 2016 Pluto’s Surfaces - New research reveals that frozen nitrogen flows across the surface of Pluto.
April 4, 2016 Clouds & Biodiversity - Scientists are tracking the range of species by analyzing satellite images of cloud cover.
March 23, 2016 Pluto’s Big Discoveries - A trickle of data from the New Horizons spacecraft is building into a flood of new findings.
March 3, 2016 Methane Leak Lessons - The massive methane leak in California’s Aliso canyon highlights the global side effects of the fossil fuel industry on the atmosphere.
February 12, 2016 Food Security & Climate Change - Limited growing regions make staple crops like corn, wheat and soy more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
February 5, 2016 Breathing Ponds - Little ponds may be significant contributors of greenhouse gases.
January 27, 2016 Hares & Climate Change - Snowshoe hares can’t help turning white in winter, even though climate change is delaying the first snowfall, making them easy prey.
January 13, 2016 Moonlit Migrations - Zooplankton in the Arctic Ocean migrate by the light of the moon.
November 20, 2015 Trees vs. Climate Change - Are coniferous or deciduous trees best at sucking up CO2?
September 29, 2015 Bumble Bee Tongues - Bumble bee tongues have shrunk over the past 40 years of warming in the Rocky Mountains.
August 18, 2015 Glass Paint - A new paint made up of the constituents of glass is durable, resilient, and environmentally friendly.
August 7, 2015 Trees & Drought - Droughts are reducing the ability of trees to slow climate change.
June 1, 2015 Coffee, Tea & Climate Change - Coffee, tea, and cocoa are just some of the crops that could be affected by rising carbon dioxide levels and temperatures with climate change.
May 25, 2015 Tara Oceans Expedition - Scientists circle the globe to study the world’s microscopic sea creatures.
May 22, 2015 Arctic Pioneers - Like the pioneers of the American West, the birds that are now settling the Arctic frontier in response to climate change aren’t necessarily the biggest or the strongest, but may instead be castoffs from more hospitable settled areas.
April 21, 2015 Disaster Science - How can scientists better prepare for natural and man-made disasters?
April 2, 2015 Earth’s Tilt - What makes Earth so off-kilter?
March 31, 2015 Iconic Ecosystems - Local efforts may help protect iconic ecosystems from collapse.
March 26, 2015 Non-Skid Shoes - New footwear helps winter walkers get a grip on ice.
March 4, 2015 Climate Change & Conflict - Earth’s changing climate may already be playing a role in today’s conflicts.
February 19, 2015 Planetary Boundaries Framework - Scientists define environmental limits within which humanity can continue to thrive on earth.
January 14, 2015 Polar Bear Genetics - Melting sea ice is has resulted in a recent northward shift in polar bear genes.
January 8, 2015 Penguins & Climate Change - Comparing the evolutionary histories of Antarctica’s penguin species may predict how they’ll respond to climate change.
December 30, 2014 Science Breakthroughs of 2014: CubeSats - 2014 Science Breakthroughs of the Year: The rise of the pint-sized satellite.
December 25, 2014 Storm Detecting Birds - Some birds may use their excellent hearing to detect approaching storms.
December 2, 2014 Femtorisks - How can society keep small actions from growing into huge problems?
December 1, 2014 Yaupon Tea - Can you get a caffeine fix without growing your carbon footprint?
November 6, 2014 Mountain Legacy Project - Scientists are using the science of computer vision to document climate change in the Rocky Mountains.
September 24, 2014 Changing Foliage - Climate change may affect fall foliage in many different ways.
September 18, 2014 Yacht Data Collection - A plan to turn recreational sailors into citizen scientists.
June 16, 2014 Hurricane Names - Feminine hurricane names may lull people into inadequate preparations.
May 28, 2014 Cyclone Drift - Cyclones have been peaking in intensity closer and closer to the poles over the last 30 years.
April 29, 2014 Fish on Acid - Fish in acidified waters exhibit strange and often reckless behaviors.
April 28, 2014 Krypton & Ancient Ice - Scientists are using the radioactive properties of krypton to determine the age of Antarctic ice and reconstruct the ancient climate.
April 23, 2014 Clean Air Act Success - Samples from Greenland's ice cores suggest that the U.S. Clean Air Act has helped curtail acid rain.
April 9, 2014 GPS Weather Jets - GPS devices on commercial flights could predict hurricanes.
March 13, 2014 Wind Temperature - Moving air feels colder than still air, but what does the thermometer say?
March 5, 2014 Wind Farms & Hurricanes - Massive offshore wind farms could have a surprising fringe benefit: disrupting hurricanes.
February 25, 2014 ENCORE PRESENTATION - WHEN SCIENCE MEETS HISTORY (Encore Presentation) - Ocean temperature records from a 19th century research ship confirm global warming. Reviving plants hidden under glaciers for centuries. Tracing the genetic origins of the blight that started the Irish Potato Famine. And uncovering evidence of lead pollution in Spain from 4,000 years ago.