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In the warmest year in America’s recorded history, polls show many American voters want action on climate change.  With scientific warnings more frightening than ever, will the issue find its way into this year’s political campaigns?     

Producers:
Evan George
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis

Making News Former Syrian Prime Minister Claims Regime is Collapsing 7 MIN, 31 SEC

Guests:
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )

Reporter's Notebook Republican Momentum to Tampa Convention 6 MIN, 52 SEC

In the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate, Republicans are putting the final touches on the convention in Tampa.  What about their prospects this coming November? 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the Republican keynote address and Florida Senator Marco Rubio will introduce candidate Romney.  But Sarah Palin won’t be there at all.   

Guests:
Reid Wilson, Washington Post (@PostReid)

Main Topic The Consequences of Climate Change and the Cost of Denial 36 MIN, 27 SEC

July was America’s hottest month since 1895, and the past year was the hottest ever recorded.  Temperatures, droughts, ice-sheet meltings and floods are setting records all over the world.  Recent polls show renewed concern about climate change among American voters.  Even some oil companies have given lip service to the need to develop alternatives to fossil fuels.  But, so far, that’s not an issue in this year’s political campaigns.

We’ll hear the numbers, sample public attitudes and ask about the chances of action before it’s too late.

Guests:
Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author (@billmckibben)
Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale University (@ecotone2)
Dominic Marcellino, Fellow at the Ecologic Institute in Washington DC

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