Climate Change

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The pictures of people fleeing chaos in the Middle East and risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea are disturbing. Do these image represent a view of the future? World leaders are meeting in Paris right now to try to prevent climate catastrophes that could push people out of their homes. Commentator Bob Brecha looks at the links between refugees and climate change during this week’s Climate Commentary.

World House Choir To Perform Mass for Mother Earth

Sep 9, 2015
Dorothy Smith

What happens when a choir director and 100 singers focus on climate change? This weekend, the World House Choir will present Missa Gaia: A Celebration of Mother Earth by Paul Winter. The music is both meditative and a call to action.

Climate Activists Calling On Ohio To Push For Policy Changes

Aug 17, 2015
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There’s some controversy in Ohio around energy standards and proposals. But a national group calling for attention to climate change says the state has the power to shift federal policy and demand clean energy development.

NextGen Climate is calling on all presidential candidates to find a way to power the country with at least 50 percent coming from clean energy sources by 2030.

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A recent UN report concludes that we still have just enough time to prevent the worst effects of climate change.  University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha explains one of the key steps needed to put us on the right path.

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One of the common impressions we have about environmental issues is that there will always be a trade-off between economic growth and protecting the environment. University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha takes a look at new reports about the economics of avoiding climate change.

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A good cup of coffee in the morning and a local craft brew at night are just a couple of life’s simple pleasures many of us enjoy. Over the past decade or so, more and more people in the US are waking up to the quality differences between the drinks we, and our parents grew up with and those produced by real artisans.  Perhaps as important as those drinks are the gathering spaces they’ve provided.  Many towns now have cafes and microbreweries where locals gather to chat and listen to music or see art exhibits while sampling beverages.

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Our recent cold winters don’t seem to fit with the story about global warming. Commentator and University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha explains how to put these pieces together.

It can be a tough sell to talk about global warming after the winter we just went through.  Even my dog didn’t want to go out for a walk when it was -10°F outside.  How can we reconcile the last couple of freezing-cold winters with global warming?

Sen. Brown Defends His No Vote On Keystone XL

Nov 20, 2014
Sherrod Brown

Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is defending his vote against the Keystone X-L pipeline Tuesday. The move to fast-track the pipeline’s construction was shy one vote in the Senate, with strong support from Republicans and a few Democrats.

Brown says if the Keystone Pipeline project is approved and built, it would divert tar sand crude away from Midwestern refineries, a costly move for consumers.

China is suffering greatly from the effects of air pollution, much of it coming from its reliance on coal for electricity
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The United States, China and Ohio might seem like an unlikely grouping, but that’s how University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha is making sense of the climate change agreement made during the President’s visit to China this week.

Science now tells us that climate change is real. We are witnessing the effects around the world, from heat waves to extreme rain and snow. Although we’ve been working on international climate agreements for decades, very little has been accomplished.

Rising Sea Levels

Oct 30, 2014
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Should we be thinking about reserving spots for our great-grandchildren on glass-bottom boat tours of New Orleans and Manhattan? How much could sea-levels rise, and when? Could it reach Ohio? University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha takes a look at the extreme possibilities of sea-level rise in the future.