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How to Talk About Climate Change

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In the latest podcast episode from Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy, host Jason Bordoff discusses climate communication with Katherine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist, professor of political science, and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently produced a report showing that the world needs to cut carbon pollution far more quickly than current rates to avoid severe consequences. But how can the global community achieve its climate goals when the conversation around climate change is often hyper-polarized?

To discuss this question and other issues, on the latest episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast, host Jason Bordoff sat down with Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist, professor of political science, and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Hayhoe has been a recipient of numerous awards, including TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers.

Over the course of the conversation, Jason and Hayhoe discussed how she merges her faith as an evangelical Christian and her scientific professional work, what needs to be done to win hearts and minds on the issue of climate change, and the role that renewables and policy can play in addressing this global challenge.

Listen to the podcast here.

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