climate change

Childhood cancer survivor Grace Eline sat next to First Lady Melania Trump during the 2019 State of the Union address.

"They really accomplished what I call the trifecta of science. Trump really covered the impact of science on economics, as well as health, and even defense and national security." - Jamie Vernon

This week on Living Lab Radio:

Jennifer Francis is one of the scientists who have made the connection between warming oceans and the blast of arctic air we just experienced.
Elsa Partan

A pocket of arctic air rolled down over Canada and the Midwest this past week and brought record cold temperatures as low as the -50s. Schools were closed, mail delivery was suspended, and several deaths were linked to the cold.  

President Trump quipped on Twitter that he wanted global warming to “come back fast,” suggesting as he has before, that the cold weather proves climate change isn’t happening. But that’s far from the truth. 

This week on Living Lab Radio:

David Abel


The buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is warming the oceans, and the waters off New England’s coast are seeing some of the most dramatic temperature increases of anywhere in the world. And that is having a major effect on lobster populations and the fishermen who rely on them.

J. Junker

Several high-profile federal and international reports this past fall highlighted the threats posed by human-caused climate change. But the words “climate change” have been removed from multiple reports and planning documents at the National Park Service.

Most people understand the climate change will affect others. But they don't see how it will affect them.

One of the biggest science stories of the year has been climate change. And for good reason.

Carbon emissions in 2018 hit a record high. The Six Americas survey released in April found that 70 percent of Americans think climate change is happening, and nearly 60 percent understand that it is largely human-caused. That puts us back approximately where we were ten years ago, before politics and economics eroded public acceptance of the fact of climate change.

Pien Huang/WCAI

Aquaculture is on the rise in Massachusetts.  For many entering the business, shellfish farming seems like a more secure option than the marine fisheries.  But climate change looms as a long-term threat over the industry. 

Chef Scott Robertson: Try Jonah Crab at Home

Nov 14, 2018
Pien Huang/WCAI

As executive chef at Fisherman’s View Restaurant, Scott Robertson is a pioneer in the growing field of Jonah crab cuisine.

Pien Huang/WCAI

The lobster industry in southern New England has been on the decline for decades. As waters warm, some lobster fishermen are adapting by switching their catch to Jonah crab, a crustacean once considered a trash species.

Pien Huang/WCAI

New England’s fishermen are feeling the effects of climate change in fundamental ways, as fish populations respond to changes in the ocean environment. For scientists trying to understand this dynamic system, one big challenge is getting enough data. To address that problem, a number of scientific projects are building on an unlikely collaboration, enlisting data collection from the men and women who are out on the water most.

We’re about a week from Thanksgiving and the mid-term election is still fresh on the mind. Heck, some races are still being decided. For many, the country's political divide has become intensely personal – dividing families and even breaking up Thanksgiving traditions.

Meera Subramanian

With mid-terms just days away, there’s been a lot of talk about the state of our political discourse: the extreme polarization and seeming inability of Democrats and Republicans to speak civilly with one another.

Samantha Fields

In high school in Massachusetts, climate change mostly appears in earth science or environmental science, if and when those courses are offered. But some teachers are finding ways to take the subject far beyond science class. 

Samantha Fields

The words “climate change” first appear in the state science standards in Massachusetts in high school, but the concepts first appear, in a real way, in middle school, in seventh and eighth grade science, which are all about systems and cycles, cause and effect. In fact, teachers say that middle school is often where students spend the most time learning about climate change. 

In Many Schools, 'Climate Change Is Playing Catch-Up'

Oct 23, 2018
Samantha Fields

If the world doesn’t make “rapid” and “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” a UN report warned this month, the effects of climate change will be dramatic and far-reaching – and not in some distant future, in the next 20 years. Even now, though, in most schools, climate change is still just starting to make its way into classrooms, and many teachers don’t have the training or the resources they need to teach it.