Featured image: WxShift.com, a website by Climate Central, shows your local weather alongside long-term trends indicative of climate change.
This week we interviewed Greta Shum, digital communications specialist at Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. What’s the importance of communicating science? For issues like climate change that are bound to affect most lives on the planet, communication is crucial—even if the subject is complicated and often depressing! Greta will talk about her work packaging climate research findings into web series and articles for the public in her jobs at Climate Central and the Andlinger Center, working with meteorologists, researchers, and science readers in the public to help all sides understand the others. Also featured: the essential practice of listening and what it means that prestigious science journals are in English.
As we mention in the show, check out the Andlinger Center’s distillates (helpful overviews of energy policy) and WxShift, which shows your local weather today and over time to bring the effects of climate change home.
In other news:
- Not only do cowbirds steal other birds’ nests when they lay eggs, but their eggshells are much thicker than others—as they land in the nest, they often crack their competitors’ shells!
- Tourism has a big impact on the environment, not just from plane rides but also from construction and maintenance of all the infrastructure tourists need.
- Nonnative species can be a big problem, but their route to colonizing new places isn’t always straightforward. Many of them colonize place after place, using their second homes as starting points to travel elsewhere.
The playlist for the show can be found at WPRB.com or below.