Confronting Climate Change

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December 6, 2015

Rising sea levels, brutal storms and droughts, record temperatures...is there anything we can do about climate change? As world leaders gather at the Paris Climate Summit, we consider a range of proposals - from geoengineering and new green technology to a post-carbon economy.   

  1. Capitalism vs. the Climate

    Journalist Naomi Klein is in Paris covering the Climate Summit. She says if we're serious about climate change, we need to confront capitalism itself.

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  2. Modern Monkeywrenching

    David Gessner's Dangerous Idea? Modern monkeywrenching that won't be perceived as "terrorism."

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  3. Is Nuclear Power the Answer?

    Remember Stewart Band? Back in the 60s he launched the Whole Earth Catalog and then became an environmental icon. And now? He says we need nuclear power and geoengineering to reduce carbon emissions.

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  4. Geoengineering 101

    Desperate times may call for desperate measures. But do we really want to put space mirrors into clouds to deflect the sun's rays? Economist Clive Hamilton outlines the promise and perils of geoengineering.

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  5. Al Gore's Optimism

    Former Vice President Al Gore helped bring global warming into public consciousness. Despite the dire projections of rising temperatures, he says he's still an optimist.

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  6. Questioning our Growth Fetish

    If there was an environmental Hall of Fame, Gus Speth would be a charter member. The former dean of the Yale School of Forestry, he's the founder of the World Resources Institute and cofounder of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He says we need get past our fixation on economic growth if we want to curb global warming.

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  7. Finding Hope in the Age of Climate Change

    When you keep hearing bad news about the earth's rising temperatures, it's hard to hold onto any hope. But maybe we're telling the wrong story. Sustainability pioneer Frances Moore Lappe says there are plenty of positive stories that offer hope.

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