Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Communicating Climate Cures

PostedDecember 27, 2015

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Anchor Lead: Even with the recent Paris agreement on climate change, a big hurdle to finding solutions remains…simply getting people to talk about the issue.

Randy Atkins: It’s time to ramp up a national conversation about solutions says Anthony Leiserowitz of Yale University’s project on climate change communication.

Anthony Leiserowitz: I think this is very much a matter of choice and public and political will. We have the ability to greatly reduce the risk of climate change.

Randy Atkins: He says the discussion needs to focus simultaneously on both near-term technologies…

Anthony Leiserowitz: Clearly, accelerating the improvements in clean solar, wind, geothermal, tidal energy is easily within reach.

Randy Atkins: …and longer-range solutions to the climate change problem, like storing carbon emissions underground and achieving fusion power.

Anthony Leiserowitz: This is a problem that we’re going to have to ultimately solve over the next thirty to forty years.

Randy Atkins: But…

Anthony Leiserowitz: The first thing that we need to do, frankly, as a society is talk about it.

Randy Atkins: With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.