science podcast #140

Sea Level Rise Speeds Up, Satellites Spot Violence in Sudan Border

Emperor Penguins adults with chicks. (Photo: Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA)

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This Week: The big U.N. climate meeting in Durban, South Africa is due to end today. For the past two weeks world leaders have been negotiating over proposals for a new global treaty to set binding targets for greenhouse gas emissions. We hear about the possibility of leaders signing a new treaty by the time the meeting ends. We’ll also hear about the latest science on sea level rise. And satellite imagery reveals human rights violation along the border between Sudan and South Sudan.

Climate Talks Face Stalemate: The World’s Marco Werman speaks with climate policy expert Kelly Sims Gallagher about the stalemate in the UN climate negotiations. Gallagher says it’s time for the US and China to step outside the UN process and try to reach a grand bargain on climate and other issues.
Follow our coverage of the Durban Climate Conference here.

Sea Levels Rise Faster Than Expected: Climate scientists say that as the world is warming up, polar ice is melting a lot faster than expected. Sam Eaton has the story.
Read the story here.
Climate change talks in South Africa.

Satellite Imagery Checks Violence Along Sudan’s Border: Human rights activists have come up with the Satellite Sentinel Project that purchases satellite imagery of Sudan and South Sudan and analyzes it to help find those who are waging war.
Click here to see some of the satellite images from the Sudan border.
More about the Satellite Sentinel Project.
Podcast 57: An in-depth interview about the science of using satellites to monitor human rights violation worldwide.

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