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"Wake" with Luke Vargas

Wake with Luke Vargas is an hour-long weekly radio broadcast that explores how overseas developments affect the United States. 

Launched in 2017 by Luke Vargas, TMN's chief foreign correspondent, Wake aims to introduce American news audiences to pressing global developments likely to impact domestic policy, but which may not dominate the cable news cycle.

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Jun 16, 2017

Part two of a two-part look at the consequences of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

President Trump’s announced withdrawal from the Paris Agreement sent a strong signal about his administration’s priorities; if climate change is occurring, it’s not urgent enough for the U.S. to get worked up about. 

But reports from the front lines of ecology, public health, and humanitarian crises are loud and clear: climate change is not something we can wish away.

Today we’ll hear from three experts about how climate change is impacting their work. And we’ll consider ways to address the challenges of an increasingly volatile climate.

Our guests include:

  • George Thurston, Director of the Program in Exposure Assessment and Human Health Effects at New York University’s Department of Environmental Medicine
  • Sarah Henly-Shepard, a Senior Advisor for Climate Change and Resilience at Mercy Corps
  • Jake Weltzin, ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and Executive Director of the USA National Phenology Network

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Recorded June 15, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.