Can Science Explain Extreme Weather?

Guest Host:

Marc Fisher
Can Science Explain Extreme Weather?

With a polar vortex moving through the area and other extreme weather seeming to be more common, we explore the science of the arctic ice cap and other research on weather.

A rare winter weather pattern has plunged Washington and much of the country into single-digit temperatures. Some researchers believe the "polar vortex" that's delivered unusually cold air is linked to melting sea ice in the Arctic. And many activists and scientists believe extreme weather events are becoming more prevalent due to climate change. We examine scientific and political arguments about extreme weather.

Guests

Matthew C. Nisbet

Associate Professor, American University School of Communication

Jennifer Francis

Research Professor, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University

Andrew Revkin

Author of the Dot Earth blog at the New York Times

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