He Bought the Water

Reporter Ryan Bradley follows up on his quest to buy water. Want to buy some water yourself? Check out environmental restoration projects like this and this.

Music Credits

Podington Bear - "Climbing The Mountain" from Bon Voyage
Podington Bear - "Etched Glass" from Inspiring
Podington Bear - "Happiness Is" from Egress
Podington Bear - "Beautocracy" from Yearning

Dogs in the Forest

Dogs evolved in response to environmental changes tens of millions of years ago. Can that tell us anything about how animals might adapt to climate change today? Christine Janis discusses.

Music Credits

Flicker and Burn (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Swollen Cloud (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Fixing the Sky

Historian James Fleming talks about the surprising history of weather control and what past failures can tell us about today's geoengineering proposals.

Music Credits
Podington Bear - "Lullaby" (from Yearning)
Podington Bear - "Pink Gradient" (from Fathomless - Ambient)
Podington Bear - "Saver" (from Bon Voyage)
Podington Bear - "Netherland" (from Curious)
Podington Bear - "Old Skin" (from Backbeat)
Podington Bear - "Cloud 9" (from Panoramic/Ambient)
Podington Bear - "Delta" (from Daydream)

Cosmic Toilet

On the International Space Station, sewage, condensation and even sweat get recycled into potable water. We have the technology to recycle water on Earth, too, but we don't use it as often as we could -- mostly because we think it's gross. NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and David Sedlak, author of Water 4.0, explain.

Dollypartoniana and Other Lichens

Lichens are under threat from climate and habitat changes. Should we care? James Lendemer and Jessica Allen of the New York Botanical Garden discuss.

Music Credits

Budsbursting 2.0 (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Leftover Fog (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

When Rats Inherit the Earth

If humans were to go extinct, what would the planet look like? Jan Zalasiewicz, a paleobiologist at the University of Leicester, says the creatures most likely to take our place are rats. Biologist Ken Aplin and neurobiologist Peggy Mason help imagine a future rat society. 

Music Credits

The Theatrical Poster for Poltergeist III (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0
I Am Running Down the Long Hallway of Viewmont Elementary (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0

How Water Is Bought and Sold

Reporter Ryan Bradley lives in California. Given the drought, he figured it'd be a good idea to buy some water rights. It was more complicated than he thought.

Music Credits

Por Supuesto (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Podington Bear - "Denouement" Webinar audio courtesy of WestWater Research and B2BWebinars.net

Climate Confessions

We asked for your stories of climate shame. You delivered. Katie Mandes of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and climate researcher Susanne Moser provide counseling.

Music Credits

Piano and Crud Groove (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Fingernail Grit (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Out of the Skies, Under the Earth (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0
Candlepower (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0

Yak Life

Wild yaks live on the roof of the world, a frosty high-elevation plateau north of the Himalayas. Conservation biologist Joel Berger, of the University of Montana and the Wildlife Conservation Society, wanted to find out how climate change might affect yaks, so he paid them a visit. 

 

Photos by Joel Berger. The tiny black specks in the landscape are yaks.

 
 

Music Credits

Wonderblues (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Love Sprouts (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Caterpillar Tunnel (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Future Fossils

We can imagine the deep past: full of mammoths and dinosaurs and climates very different from our own. But how are we supposed to imagine the future?

Historian Martin Rudwick, author of Earth's Deep History, tells the story of Georges Cuvier, the scientist who made Earth's past, weird history real. Harvard historian of science Naomi Oreskes talks about how she imagines the future in her new book The Collapse of Western Civilization.