The Svínafellsjökull glacier in Iceland. Glacial retreat is among the most visible impacts of climate change. Since the early twentieth century, with few exceptions, glaciers around the world have been retreating at unprecedented rates.
As the Harrisburg reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania, Marie Cusick covers energy and environmental issues for public radio stations statewide. She’s also part of NPR’s energy and environment team, which coordinates coverage between the network and select member station reporters around the country. Her work frequently airs on NPR shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Since 2012, Marie has closely followed the political, social, environmental, and economic effects of Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom. Her work has been recognized at the regional and national levels– honors include a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Previously, Marie was a multimedia reporter for WMHT in Albany, New York and covered technology for the station’s statewide public affairs TV show, New York NOW. In 2018, she became StateImpact’s first FAA-licensed drone pilot.
Scientists are urging world leaders to keep the warming below 1.5 celsius above pre-industrial levels. That’s half a degree less than the goal set by the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. They conceded that there is “no documented historic precedent” for such a rapid transformation of the global economy.
Additionally, climate change and other factors, including habitat destruction and invasive species, are fueling an ongoing mass extinction event rarely seen in earth’s history.
Appearing Tuesday on WITF’s Smart Talk to discuss the climate report is Professor Richard Alley, Evan Pugh University Professor, Penn State, department of Geosciences, and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute.
Also joining Smart Talk are Professor S. Blair Hedges, director, center for biodiversity, Temple University, and Kerry Cesareo, vice president for forests with the World Wildlife Fund, to discuss habitat loss and biodiversity.