With each passing day, it feels like we are learning more about the effects of climate change. Extreme weather events are increasingly common. These catastrophic events are also having a dramatic impact on our ecosystem and wildlife.
A recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released late last month gives insight into how quickly the world’s oceans are warming and rising. Last month, we also learned that the number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970. Making it 2.9 billion fewer birds than there were 50 years ago, and climate change is thought to be playing an essential role in that loss.
In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with IPR reporter Kate Payne, about what she heard and saw at the rally featuring climate activist and Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg last Friday. She also talks with Wildlife biologist Jim Pease about how climate change is affecting the wildlife around the world and what he is observing here in Iowa.
- Kate Payne, IPR reporter.
- Jim Pease, Wildlife biologist, and Emeritus Assoc. Professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University.