Changing The Climate

Changing the Climate - Conversations Around Climate Change

This podcast explores the everyday issues of climate change. Each episode features a conversation with an expert on the topic. Season one is all about wildfires!

A Decade of California Wildfires

A bar graph displaying the number of acres burned each year in California from 2011 through 2021 (as of 10/13/2021). The graph shows a clear increasing trend in number of acres burned since 2011, with 2020 being the highest year, more than doubling any previous year's number.

Acres burned in California wildfires have shown an increasing trend over the past decade. 2020 had double the acres burned of any previous year over the past decade. 2021 is already over halfway to equaling 2020’s numbers, and it’s only mid-September.

Meadow ‘sponges’ can help store water as snowpack shrinks

Several people carrying equipment walk single-file through a meadow of tall grass toward trees at the back.

A project to restore a damaged meadow in the Sierra Nevada shows the possibilities for improving an important mountain ecosystem. It can also store precious groundwater as climate change shrinks mountain snowpack, a vital source of fresh water in the American West.