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Living Lab Radio: November 3, 2019

Fall foliage in Acadia National Park in 2016.
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“Leaves are green to begin with because they make chlorophyll, and what chlorophyll does is it turns CO2 into the oxygen that we love and the sugar that they need to survive. Once the days start getting shorter and the temperatures start to cool down, they stop that chlorophyll production. And what happens is then that green pigment breaks down, and the oranges and yellows that have been there the whole time – we can actually see them.” - Stephanie Spera

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • Geographer Stephanie Spera of University of Richmond explains how your old leaf-peeping photos could help her piece together the economic impacts of climate change in New England. And, by old, we’re talking pre-2000. She’ll take your selfie from last year, but she’d love a copy of your grandparents’ photos.
  • Climate Central’s CEO Ben Strauss deconstructs a new estimate of how many people live in areas that could be submerged by rising sea level in coming decades. Changing the way ground level was calculated tripled that number.
  • Science and nature photographer Chris Linder has documented the sometimes dramatic – and sometimes invisible – ways that climate change is altering the Arctic, as well as the college students taking up the mantle of climate science.  
  • Danielle Wood of MIT combines her passions for rocket science and economic development, and says space technology could boost sustainability and justice here on Earth.

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Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.