Episode S5 | E2

Confronting Climate Change: What’s Needed, What’s Feasible, What’s Achievable?

Air Date: Jul 19, 2020

About this episode

The Earth is warming. The climate is changing. In the wake of the growth of human population and human economic development, carbon levels in the atmosphere, with its greenhouse effects, have risen to a level not believed to have existed for perhaps 3 million years. Scenarios about what all this will mean for humanity for the rest of the 21st Century vary, but the range of predictions go from merely bad, to terribly worse. What should be done? What’s needed? What’s feasible? What’s achievable?

About the guests

Fred Krupp

President, Environmental Defense Fund

As President of the Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp has guided EDF for three decades. A leading voice on climate change, energy, and sustainability, he is a champion for harnessing the power of the marketplace to protect our environment. Under Krupp's leadership, EDF has become one of the world’s most influential environmental organizations....

Ted Halstead

Chairman & CEO, Climate Leadership Council

Ted Halstead is Chairman and CEO of the Climate Leadership Council, the broadest climate coalition in U.S. history, founded in collaboration with a who’s who of business, opinion and environmental leaders. In addition to being a climate expert, Halstead is an author, public speaker and policy entrepreneur. He has founded three other influential...

Michael Mann

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science & Director of the Earth System Science Center, Penn State University

Dr. Michael E. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel...

John Rie

Founding Member, Stable Climate Group

I received my BA degree in chemistry from the University of Vermont in 1966. In 1972 I received my Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Wayne State University. I worked for industry, for the first 15 years in the electronics industry (photoresists and solder masks and uv curable materials such as floor covering wear layers and printing plates in...