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Climate Change & Extreme Weather

Much of the east coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. New York and other cities have shut down schools and transit systems. Hundreds of thousands of people have already been evacuated. Millions could lose power over the next day. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean where it battered Haiti and Cuba. Meteorologists say Sandy could be the largest ever to hit the U.S. mainland.

Top Stories

  • Path_flood
    We briefly speak with longtime environmental activist Bill McKibben about his reaction to watching residents of New York City cope with flood waters that turned the Lower East Side...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Chompsky
    In the week when President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney debated issues of foreign policy and the economy, we turn to world-renowned political dissident, linguist,...
    Oct 26, 2012 | Story
  • Betsy_taylor
    A group of Democratic donors have announced they will withhold some of their financial support from President Obama’s re-election campaign for not speaking out more about climate...
    Sep 06, 2012 | Story
  • Duke_energy
    Duke Energy, the nation’s largest utility, has played a major role in bringing the Democratic National Convention to Charlotte, North Carolina. Duke has a lot riding on future policies governing coal, nuclear energy and climate change, regardless of who wins November’s election. The company has partly been successful in fighting off federal regulations thanks to its ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC,...
    Sep 04, 2012 | Story
  • Kumi_naidoo-greenpeace
    Six activists with the environmentalist group Greenpeace International have occupied a Russian oil rig to protest drilling in the Arctic. The rig belongs to the Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom, which is set to become the first company to produce Arctic oil through drilling operations in the Pechora Sea. We go to the rig to speak with Greenpeace’s executive director, Kumi Naidoo, just as he and other activists are being hosed by...
    Aug 24, 2012 | Story
  • Mckibben_climate_change
    Hundreds of new U.S. counties were declared disaster areas on Wednesday amidst the country’s worst drought in decades. We’re joined by famed environmental activist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben, whose new article for Rolling Stone magazine is called "Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math: Three Simple Numbers that Add Up to Global Catastrophe — And that Make Clear Who the Real Enemy Is." Responding to...
    Aug 02, 2012 | Story
  • Muller_global_warming
    After years of denying global warming, physicist Richard Muller now says "global warming is real and humans are almost entirely the cause." The admission by Muller, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and founder of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, has gained additional attention because some of his research has been funded by Charles Koch of the Koch brothers, the right-wing billionaire...
    Aug 02, 2012 | Story
  • 2012-0720_polar_bear
    As the oil giant Shell prepares to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic, activists across the world have begun holding protests. The Obama administration has set a deadline for next month to decide on whether to grant the final drilling permits. Over the last decade, Arctic Alaska has become the most contested land in recent U.S. history. But in addition to oil, natural gas and coal, the Arctic is rich in biodiversity and has been home to...
    Jul 20, 2012 | Story
  • 2012-0720_mark-hertsgaard
    As the U.S. suffers through its worst drought since the 1950s, the author and environmental correspondent Mark Hertsgaard joins us to discuss his new initiative, "Climate Parents." In a new article, "Parents Need to Act Against Climate Change for Their Kids’ Sake," Hertsgaard writes: "Beyond the distress and discomfort, the record-breaking heat raises a puzzling question for anyone who cares about the future of...
    Jul 20, 2012 | Story
  • Hurricane-sandy-1
    Much of the East Coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean, where it battered Haiti and Cuba. "This thing is stitched together from elements natural and unnatural, and it seems poised to cause real havoc," says Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. New York and other...
    Oct 29, 2012 | Story
  • Hurricane-sandy-3
    Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is a rare hybrid superstorm created by an Arctic jet stream from the north wrapping itself around a tropical storm from the south. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, warns that such a "Frankenstorm," as it is called, is an outgrowth of the extreme weather changes caused by global warming. "When you do heat the oceans up more, you extend the length of hurricane...
    Oct 29, 2012 | Story
  • Climate-change-kills
    We speak further with Henia Belalia of the group Peaceful Uprising about the issue of climate change, which was not raised in any of the three presidential debates. "The reason that we always bring this back to being a social justice issue is that we’re looking at this infinite growth machine that is the U.S. economy, and in order to continue to grow on a planet that is comprised of finite resources, we are decimating what were once...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Redhookflood
    We get a live update from Red Hook, Brooklyn, a neighborhood near the New York City harbor where residents evacuated in the face of flooding — even though they live about 10 feet above sea level. "What we saw last night was that the surge swept in throughout basically the entire neighborhood," says Jessica Lee, social media coordinator for Democracy Now!, who lives in the area. She describes water levels of at least five feet...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Oct29storm
    As Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman broadcasts from Salt Lake City, Utah, on her 100-city "Silenced Majority Tour," we speak with Hans Ehrbar, a professor of economics at the University of Utah. He has been an outspoken proponent of confronting the climate deniers in both the United States, where there is a strong oil and coal lobby, and also in Europe, where he says "80 percent believe climate change is an issue" but...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Oystercreek-nuclear
    We get an update from Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president who has coordinated projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the country, about safety conditions at Oyster Creek and Indian Point nuclear power plants. He says Oyster Creek was close to where the center of the storm crossed into New Jersey, and was forced to declare an emergency when the storm’s tidal surge came within six inches of flooding water...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Obama_new_energy
    As President Obama declares federal disaster areas in New York and New Jersey before full damage assessments are completed, we speak with Henia Belalia of the group Peaceful Uprising in Salt Lake City, Utah. "To think that less than a week away from presidential elections there is a climate silence and a lack of initiative in terms of linking what’s happening with our climate to our human activity and to our inhumane addiction to...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Stormprep
    Climate author and activists Mike Tidwell argues "we are all New Orleanians up and down the East Coast," as he relates the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy to the experience of those in the past of similar storms that hit the Gulf Coast. "The fingerprints of climate change are all over this storm" and others, says Tidwell as he joins us from Takoma, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., where the federal government...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Nyc_dark_sandy
    Superstorm Sandy has pounded the East Coast, bringing massive flooding and damage that’s left at least 16 people dead in the United States, killed more than 60 in the Carribean, and left more than seven million without power from North Carolina to Massachusetts. Parts of New York City were submerged under water as high as 13 feet, flooding a number of subway stations and causing blackouts. Sandy made landfall in New Jersey Monday night...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Oyster-creek-nuclear-power-plant-2
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has acknowledged the massive Sandy storm could impact both coastal and inland nuclear power plants. At least 16 reactors are in the storm’s projected path, including North Anna and Surry in Virginia; Calvert Cliffs in Maryland; Oyster Creek, Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey; Indian Point in New York; Millstone in Connecticut; and Vermont Yankee. So far, there have been no reports of reactors shutting...
    Oct 29, 2012 | Story
  • Bear_on_barnard_harbor,_beaufort_sea
    See photographs by our guest on Friday, Subhankar Banerjee, which are featured in the new book, "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point" (7 Stories Press). Banerjee is a renowned photographer who spent the past decade working to conserve the Arctic, and raise awareness about indigenous human rights and climate change.
    Jul 19, 2012 | Web Exclusive