The Monster Climate Rolls On _on Ecoshock

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ECOSHOCK — The Monster Climate Rolls On

science of rising seas and weird weather explained — American oceanographer John Englander, author of “High Tide on Main Street” explains the great march inland of rising seas. From UK, Dr. Ted Shepherd: how Arctic heating creates weird weather in the Northern Hemisphere.

Coastlines known for centuries are beginning to march inland. Streets flood even without storms, and the surge from each hurricane seem larger than the one before. According to early reports, Hurricane Matthew set new storm surge records in many parts of the American south east.

None of that is news to our next guest. John Englander is the American oceanographer who literally wrote the book on rising seas. It’s called “High Tide on Main Street”, now in an updated edition. He’s been the CEO for The Cousteau Society and The International SeaKeepers. Englander founded the Rising Seas Group to advise governments, industry, and communities.

But John Englander also has a degree in economics. He can speak to the developing financial cost and social rearrangements we will either make or be forced to make.

Another deadly cold wave swept through Europe in early 2012. And then there was “snowmaggedon” in February 2010. So what happened to “global warming”? How could these extreme winter events happen, while the Arctic is warmer than ever? Scientists are beginning to investigate this weird development.

Theodore G. Shepherd is the author of a paper published September 2nd, 2016 in the prestigious journal “Science”. The title is “Effects of a Warming Arctic”. It asks questions about a relationship between heating the Arctic with human greenhouse gases, and colder winters further south. In the United Kingdom, Ted Shepherd is the Grantham Professor of Climate Science at the University of Reading.

Speakers: Dr. John Englander, Dr. John Shepherd. Interviews by Alex Smith of Radio Ecoshock. Two clips from earlier Radio Ecoshock shows of Dr. Jennifer Francis of Rutgers. Song: “Mother Earth” by Canadian artist (and one-man band) Shane Philips.

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This show was broadcast on November 4, 2016.

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