Climate Watch: Video Interviews with the Experts

“Climate Watch Conversations” is a series of television interviews with experts from California’s climate change community. Below are the interviews we’ve done to date. All originally aired on KQED’s weekly public affairs program This Week in Northern California.

May 4, 2012
Threats posed by rising sea levels and extreme weather patterns are changing the way California’s coastal communities plan for the future. Senior Climate Watch editor Craig Miller talks with National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Margaret Davidson about the impact of climate change on Bay Area shoreline, most visibly along San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.

February 17, 2012
Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller hears Jared Blumenfeld’s take on the top climate change challenges for the Environmental Protection Agency in Northern California. Blumenfeld also discusses his recent visit to San Francisco’s Mission Motors, an electric motorcycle company seen as a poster child for the Obama administration’s focus on renewable energy and “green” jobs it creates.

December 16, 2011
Heavy precipitation, brutal storms, and devastating drought will continue to afflict the planet in the coming decades. That’s according to the latest report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But where’s all this climate science leading us if governments aren’t acting upon it? Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller discusses the impact of the report with Chris Field, a leading scientist with the IPCC.

June 24, 2011
Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller discovers why Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service calls climate change “the greatest threat” to our national park system. With rising temperatures, extended fire seasons and foreign plant species threatening some of California’s most treasured parks, Jarvis discusses actions underway to respond to the crisis.

May 13, 2011
Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller talks with Mindy Lubber, president of the Boston based nonprofit Ceres. The organization works to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity. This week, it held a conference in Oakland at which environmentalists, executives and investors from around the world gathered to consider ways for business to adopt environmentally sustainable practices.

April 8, 2011
European Union Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard speaks with Senior Editor Craig Miller about working with California leaders on climate policy. The Commissioner met with Gov. Brown and business executives at a conference on climate related issues and policy.

March 18, 2011
Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller talks with Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board about implementing AB 32, the state’s renewable energy goals and promoting alternative transit.



December 10, 2010
As the Global Climate Conference concludes in Cancun, Mexico, Craig Miller assesses the outcome with Louis Blumberg, Director of the California Climate Change Team, The Nature Conservancy.

October 15, 2010
Climate Watch senior editor Craig Miller talks with Dan Kammen, a top UC Berkeley energy expert who’s been named the World Bank’s new renewable energy “czar.” As Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Kammen will help shape policy and set overall energy strategy for the next 10 years.

April 23, 2010
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Craig Miller from KQED’s Climate Watch speaks with Michael Brune, newly appointed Executive Director of the Sierra Club and author of “Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal,” about his organization’s goals and the evolution of the environmental movement.

December 4, 2009
KQED Climate Watch senior editor Craig Miller conducts an extended interview with Former Vice President Al Gore who discusses his new book and the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. (Full interview)

  • http://www.lifewatchgroup.org kaplan

    Bill Ryerson from Population Media sent this interesting article.

    The Washington Post

    How biofuels contribute to the food crisis

    By Tim Searchinger

    Friday, February 11, 2011

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/10/AR2011021006323.html

    Each year, the world demands more grain, and this year the world’s farms will not produce it. World food prices have surged above the food crisis levels of 2008. Millions more people will be malnourished, and hundreds of millions who are already hungry will eat less or give up other necessities. Food riots have started again.

  • Julie Jones

    Do not have time to listen to all the interviews. Did anyone speak to geoengineering, aerosol spraying, chem trails, weather modification, sky pollution, solar dimming??? affecting agric and solar panel functions. Possibly horrific unintended consequences and I miss the blue sky! Interesting that Dan Kammen of Berkeley is on World Bank Panel….more money to be made from extracting environmental resources – inclluding the sky???????? WorldBank and IMF are totally suspect in my opinion in anything they do.