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Melting Down

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Broadcast: January 22, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

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Climate change isn’t waiting for us to act. We’ve missed several deadlines to mitigate the dangers of this existential threat, which suggests we prefer to avert our gaze rather than deal with the problem. It’s similar to the way society reacts to an incoming comet in the movie “Don’t Look Up!”

As a major Antarctic ice sheet shows signs of collapse, it’s no wonder we feel some “climate anxiety.” Can we leverage this emotion to spur action? That, and where hope lies, in this episode.

Guests:

Joellen Russell – Oceanographer and climate scientist at the University of Arizona

Katie Mack – Professor of Theoretical Physics at North Carolina State University, and author of “The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)”

Jessica Tierney – Professor of Paleoclimatology at the University of Arizona

Susan Clayton – Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies, College of Wooster