Set discussions of science aside and talk about how to save the polar bears.
- By Rebecca FrankelRebecca Frankel is the executive editor of Foreign Policy’s print magazine. She is the author of War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love, a New York Times bestselling book about canines in combat. She has appeared as a guest on Conan, BBC World News, and the Diane Rehm Show, among others. In 2016, she adopted Dyngo, a military working dog who is now happily retired from his bomb-sniffing career in the Air Force.
In this episode of The Backstory, Foreign Policy’s Rebecca Frankel and Keith Johnson sit down with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe and Steven Amstrup, chief scientist of Polar Bears International, to discuss FP’s Climate Change issue’s cover story, Yeah, the Weather Has Been Weird, by Hayhoe.
According to Hayhoe and Amstrup, President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord has inspired a time of action — and the complacency around climate change in the United States has, for the moment, been replaced by a defiant surge of momentum. From Trump to Texas, from Paris to polar bears, these two scientists believe there’s still time to change the way we think about and respond to climate change.
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, where she is also a professor. Follow her on Twitter: @KHayhoe.
Steven Amstrup is chief scientist of Polar Bears International. Follow his organization on Twitter: @PolarBears.