Episode 14: “100% Clean Energy by 2050 & Sea-Level Rise Impacts” [June 26, 2018]

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Our hosts Rev Yearwood and Mustafa Santiago Ali are joined by United States Senator Jeff Merkley (OR), who breaks down where we’re at with the political gridlock in Washington, why we need to move to 100% clean energy, and the fight to keep families together at the border.

Astrid Caldas, Senior Climate Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, stops in to discuss her organization’s new report that reveals that by the end of the century, homes and businesses currently worth more than $1 trillion could be at risk from sea-level rise caused by climate change. She breaks down what this means for our most vulnerable communities, who are disproportionately impacted by climate change.


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Astrid Caldas is a senior climate scientist with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation with practical policy implications for ecosystems, the economy, and society. She also works on policy related to climate change, natural resources management, conservation planning, socio-environmental synthesis, and climate communication.

Before joining UCS, Dr. Caldas was a Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a climate change and wildlife science fellow at the nonprofit conservation group Defenders of Wildlife, and a research scientist at the University of Maryland. Dr. Caldas has advised or consulted on projects with organizations including the Smithsonian Institution and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. She has a lifelong passion for butterflies and moths, which she has studied for many years.

Dr. Caldas holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. In addition to a M.S. in entomology from the Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil, she earned an M.S. in environmental management from the University of Maryland University College.

She blogs for The Huffington Post and has been quoted widely, including in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Daily Press, Time Science, and Mashable, and has appeared on numerous NPR stations, TRT World, CBS, NBC, Fox, Univisión, and Telemundo.