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Featured Webcast: Climate Change with Dr. Stephen Schneider, from 1/13/2007
     

Archived Webcasts



Once & Future Climate, Part 1: The Past
Date: 11/25/2006
Running Time: 00:31:41

Watch as Exploratorium physicists Paul Doherty and Stephanie Chasteen play around with the leading greenhouse gas: carbon dioxide. What is it? How much is there in our atmosphere? What does it do that is so harmful to the environment?

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How Climate Change Impacts Penguins
Date: 11/29/2006
Running Time: 00:33:33

Join Pamela Schaller from the California Academy of Sciences as she discuss penguins and how climate change impacts them.

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Penguins in Antarctica
Date: 11/29/2006
Running Time: 00:26:39

Penguin researcher David Ainley joins us via telephone from his tent at Cape Royds, Antarctica. Dr. Ainley has been studying Adelie penguins for many seasons from his remote encampment.

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Global Warming 101: More Questions and Answers
Date: 11/30/2006
Running Time: 00:09:55

More quick answers to the most frequently asked questions about global warming.

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Live Chat from McMurdo Station
Date: 11/30/2006
Running Time: 00:28:33

What do the kids want to know? Join Kirk Bell's fifth grade class (from Children's Day School in San Francisco)as they chat with Holly Troy in Antarctica. Mr. Troy has spent many seasons at McMurdo station working with scientists.

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Understanding the Gulf Stream
Date: 12/1/2006
Running Time: 00:27:47

Exploratorium biologist Charles Carlson talks about why climate change is causing a crisis with the Gulf Stream.

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Once & Future Climate, Part 2: The Present
Date: 12/2/2006
Running Time: 00:25:43

Join Exploratorium physicists Paul Doherty and Stephanie Chasteen as they examine the past, present, and future of climate change. Watch as Paul and Stephanie demonstrate how you can look at a slice of climate from the past, what a sediment core might look like, and the secrets hidden in an ice balloon!

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Drilling Back to the Future: Live from McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Date: 12/2/2006
Running Time: 00:31:49

Exploratorium physicist Paul Doherty chats with Richard Levy, a geologist, and Ross Powell, who’s the co-director of the ANDRILL project. They are drilling beneath the Antarctic seafloor, and pulling up sediment cores. By looking at the layers of the past, they hope to help us predict our future.

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Life at the Poles: Living Organisms and Ecosystems
Date: 12/6/2006
Running Time: 00:29:33

Join Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck as she investigates the characteristics of living organisms and ecosystems, and how climate change affects them.

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Life at the Poles: Enzymes and Proteins
Date: 12/7/2006
Running Time: 00:24:38

Join Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck as she experiments with enzymes and proteins and shows at what temperatures they function best.

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Life at the Poles: From Phytoplankton to Polar Bears
Date: 12/8/2006
Running Time: 00:30:11

Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck will examine how increasing temperatures affect specific organisms at the poles—from phytoplankton to polar bears!

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Once & Future Climate, Part 3: The Future
Date: 12/9/2006
Running Time: 00:27:15

Join Exploratorium physicists Paul Doherty and Stephanie Chasteen as they examine the past, present, and future of climate change. In this show, Paul and Stephanie discuss the future of our climate. Learn more about the oceans, global warming, feedback effects, glacial ice and sea ice, and some things you can to do help.

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Chris Mooney on the Politics of Climate Change
Date: 12/13/2006
Running Time: 00:37:06

Join us as we chat with Chris Mooney, Washington correspondent for Seed Magazine and author of Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming and The Republican War on Science. His blog can be found at http://scienceblogs.com/intersection.

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The ANDRILL Project
Date: 12/15/2006
Running Time: 00:38:53

Join us as we talk to scientists from the ANDRILL (ANtarctica DRILLing) project, who are currently on a geological drilling expedition in Antarctica.

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ANDRILL Homepage



Climate Change with Robert Henson
Date: 12/15/2006
Running Time: 00:34:44

Join us as we talk with Robert Henson, author of The Rough Guide to Climate Change.

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Robert Henson Homepage



Global Warming 101: Five Questions in 10 Minutes
Date: 12/20/2006
Running Time: 00:16:25

Join Exploratorium staff as they give the quick answers to the most frequently asked questions about global warming: What is a "tipping point"? What are carbon credits? What is carbon neutral? What can I do? What can my kid do?

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Sea Ice Versus Land Ice
Date: 12/29/2006
Running Time: 00:10:32

Join Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he explains the difference between floating ice and land ice, and why they effect sea levels differently.

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Save the World, One Lightbulb At A Time
Date: 12/29/2006
Running Time: 00:11:46

Join Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he measures the power used by two lightbulbs--one incandescent and one fluorescent--that make the same amount of light.

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Watch Ice Melt!
Date: 12/29/2006
Running Time: 00:07:54

Join Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as shows how to melt ice unbelievably fast!

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Climate Change with Dr. Stephen Schneider
Date: 1/13/2007
Running Time: 00:38:45

Dr. Stephen H. Schneider joins us to discuss climate change. Dr. Schneider was honored in 1992 with a MacArthur Fellowship for his ability to integrate and interpret the results of global climate research through public lectures, seminars, classroom teaching, and research collaboration with colleagues.

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Understanding The Gulf Stream, Part 2
Date: 4/21/2007
Running Time: 00:29:34

Join Exploratorium staff scientist Charlie Carlson as he continues to examine issues around the Gulf Stream and climate change.

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The Impact of Climate Change on Community
Date: 4/22/2007
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Join host Mary Miller and Dr. Mickey Glantz in a discussion on issues around climate change and how it may affect communities.

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The 2006 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting provides an opportunity for more than 12,000 researchers, teachers, students, and consultants to present and review the latest issues affecting the earth and other planets, and their environments in space. It is attended by some of the greatest scientific minds in the world. Exploratorium reporters will be at the conference interviewing climate change scientists and updating us on the very latest research.



Marika Holland on Decreasing Sea Ice
Date: 2006-12-13

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Exploratorium Producer Mary Miller chats with Marika Holland, Climate Modeler for the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Holland co-authored a recent study projecting that the summer Arctic sea ice could completely disappear by 2040.





Mark Serreze on Decreasing Sea Ice
Date: 2006-12-13

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Join Mary Miller in conversation with Mark Serreze, Senior Research Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, as they discuss recent dramatic decreases in Arctic sea ice and what that means for global climate stability.





Why Summer is Early
Date: 2006-12-14

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Stephanie Chasteen speaks with Zan Stine, a graduate student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of California at Berkeley, at the annual American Geophysical Union meeting. Mr. Stine tells us about his search for the reasons why summer is coming earlier than it did in the past.





Glaciers and Climate Change
Date: 2006-12-14

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Stephanie Chasteen speaks with Jerry Osborne of the University of Calgary about his work studying glaciers to understand how the climate is changing in recent years.




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