climate change

Chef Scott Robertson: Try Jonah Crab at Home

Nov 14, 2018
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As executive chef at Fisherman’s View Restaurant, Scott Robertson is a pioneer in the growing field of Jonah crab cuisine.

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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.

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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.

Threshold producer Nick Mott

The U.N.’s most recent special report on climate science was eye-opening for many. But for the four million or so people who live in the Arctic, the potentially catastrophic impacts of rapid global warming are a daily reality more than a shocking headline.


Much has been said about the lack of science advice reaching the Trump administration. There is still no director of the white house office of science and technology policy – the person who usually serves as the President’s top science advisor. The position of science and technology advisor to the secretary of state is vacant, and the EPA says it plans to eliminate the office of the science advisor to that agency’s administrator.


On the heels of the U.N. report released last weekend, Hurricane Michael rekindled the conversation about hurricanes and climate change – transforming in two days from a tropical storm to the strongest hurricane to hit Florida since 1851. There is no question that such rapid intensification is fed by warm ocean temperatures, and that the ocean is warmer now, and will continue to get warmer as a result of our greenhouse gas emissions.  

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The latest report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that we could cross the threshold of one point five degrees Celsius of global warming as soon as 2030 – just twelve years from now – and besides the devastating impacts of heat waves, droughts, and extreme precipitation, that much warming could trigger irreversible and escalating changes in Artic permafrost and Antarctic ice sheets.

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For at least two decades, scientists have been working to understand what our world would be like if it were – on average – two degrees Celsius warmer than before the industrial revolution. It’s a somewhat arbitrary number – that two degrees - but it came from analyses suggesting it might be a feasible target that would avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

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Sustainability has become a major buzzword in the corporate world. In 2015-2016, eighty percent of Fortune 500 companies produced sustainability reports, and seventy percent reported their carbon footprints last year.

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

As hurricane Florence approached the east coast this past week, weather forecasters warned of an historic disaster. But, they didn’t say a lot about why this storm had gotten so big or so powerful.