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Innovating in the Face of Climate Change


Plumes from smokestacks, like these, are a mix of water vapor and greenhouse gasses. (ribarnia/Flickr)

It seems like we’ve been talking about a changing climate for a long time. In 2006, Al Gore made a documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth,” which threw the issue further into the spotlight.

But while debate, discord, and discussions about the climate continued, from the Kyoto Summit to the Copenhagen Accord, the world kept right on industrializing.

Recent estimates show that America produces about 18 metric tons of carbon per person per year — compared to about 5 tons, for example, for Argentinians.

But, as a country, our aggregate pollution was overtaken years ago by China, where the middle class is hungry for TVs, washing machines, and refrigerators. And where, on average, a coal-fired power plant opens every week.

So, today, we look at the climate and how we are beginning to adapt to a new world. We start with a discussion of the changes we may face.


Adapting To The Future

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We’re talking today about how our lives will change in response to climate change — and the steps we can take, through innovation, to adapt to these issues. Will we see shifts in the availability of certain foods? Changes in the way cities, towns, and farms are constructed?



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Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

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