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Despite the near unanimous conviction of climate scientists, Americans are increasingly skeptical that global warming is caused by human activities.  We look at the possible reasons and the potential consequences. Also, the Ukrainian government tracking protesters through cellphones, and security at the Sochi Winter Olympics. We hear about so-called "jihadist widows."

Banner image: Colorado flood, 2013. Photo: Nurpu

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Liyna Anwar
Katie Cooper

Main Topic The 'Clear and Present Danger' of Climate Change 35 MIN, 4 SEC

Almost 100% of climate scientists now say global warming is caused by human behavior and that action now is a moral imperative for future generations. But public perception is moving the other way, with fewer Americans worried, despite recent extreme weather conditions here and around the world. Meanwhile, new oil and gas discoveries, along with new technologies, have created the prospect of energy independence for the US, and the Obama Administration has adopted a policy called "all of the above," supporting fossil fuels as well as renewables. It's difficult to predict specifically what's next to come, but a draft report to the UN says government foot-dragging will lead to devastating surprises. We hear about new pressures on the Obama Administration and how politics are complicating the findings of science.

Guests:
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post (@eilperin)
Michael Brune, Sierra Club (@bruneski)
John Reilly, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (@MITGlobalChange)
Ed Maibach, George Mason University (@MaibachEd)
Michael Mann, Pennsylvania State University (@MichaelEMann)

Today's Talking Point Search for Suspected Terrorists Adds to Sochi Security Concerns 8 MIN, 7 SEC

A suspected suicide bomber is reportedly in Sochi, intensifying security concerns for the Winter Olympics. We'll hear about "jihadist widows" and other potential terrorist threats. International affairs writer Carol Williams is former Moscow Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Carol Williams, Los Angeles Times (@cjwilliamslat)

Making News Ukrainian Government Tracking Protesters through Cellphones 7 MIN, 19 SEC

In Ukraine, protests over new laws restricting free speech and assembly are turning violent. It appears that one side or the other may soon put an end to the standoff. That's according to Will Englund who's in Kiev for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Will Englund, Washington Post

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