Climate politics in America's crazy presidential race

41 minutes

If you’re listening to this from a post-apocalyptic Pokemon-dominated global-warming ravaged future –- welcome!

We’re getting to crunch time in the election, and a whole suite of new climate-related polls have been released in just the last few days. Is this finally the election in which climate change is going to play a big role?

When you look at America as a whole, climate change still ranks relatively near the bottom in terms of voters’ priorities. Last week, a Pew survey ranked the environment as 12th out of 14 major issues, just below trade policy. But if you burrow in to the large and growing section of America that’s deeply concerned about climate change, you’ll find there are a lot of single-issue voters that are very engaged.

We have a lot in store for today’s show: Pokemon is making people go outside for the first time; Bernie has endorsed Hillary; Trump is still Trump. Sheer craziness.

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Eric’s links:

Hillary’s climate plan: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/06/hillary_s_climate_change_plan_isn_t_as_good_as_bernie_s_revolution_might.html

A Green Party comeback: http://www.vice.com/read/can-the-green-party-make-a-comeback-in-2016-209

Trump supporters and climate: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/03/what_do_trump_supporters_think_about_climate_change_i_went_to_a_rally_and.html

Jacquelyn’s links:

Pokemon Go gets people outside: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-pokemon-go-real-animals-20160711-20160711-snap-story.html

Jet Stream mania: http://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2016/07/02/lessons-from-jet-stream-crossing-the-equator-mania/#5f3756d05a8c

2008 DNC platform: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=78283

Hillary's climate plank: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/climate/

AR4 vs AR5: http://treealerts.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/AR4-AR5-comparison.pdf

Stephanie Svan on "voting green on principle": http://the-orbit.net/almostdiamonds/2016/06/20/voting-green-principle/

Andy’s links:

Video summarizing the politics of climate: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.revkin.5/videos/vb.631851039/10155022172286040/?type=2&theater

Sri Lanka mangroves. https://www.seacology.org/project/sri-lanka-mangrove-conservation-project/

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