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.
Wednesday’s edition of WITF’s daily public affairs show, Smart Talk, featured interviews with people from different walks of life confronting climate change.
A legal scholar in central Pennsylvania has published a new book on potential climate solutions. John Dernbach of Widener University Commonwealth Law School co-edited Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States. He calls it a “playbook for how to deal with climate change,” and it includes over 1,000 things that can be done on a local, regional, and national level.
Also joining the discussion was Olivia Shumaker, a 16-year-old activist from Lancaster County, who is organizing school strikes to demand climate action. Finally, appearing on Smart Talk was Carolyn Beeler, a reporter with PRI’s The World. Beeler recently traveled to Antarctica, spending two months aboard a research vessel covering scientists studying a massive glacier that’s at risk of collapsing.