Much of the U-S is currently being hit with extremely cold weather in what’s been termed a ‘polar inversion’. While meteorologists are careful to point out that no single weather event can be linked to climate change, multiple studies have shown a possible link between the melting of arctic ice and the cold weather events along the jet stream.
Professor Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University is the co-author of one of those studies. She spoke with KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg about her study of the impact of arctic ice melt on the jet stream.
A federal judge in Washington has decided to allow a legal challenge to coal transport by railroad. The lawsuit argues that the coal trains violate the clean water act because of the amount of coal dust that ends up in lakes and rivers. A coalition of environmental groups came together to file the lawsuit against the railroad company B-N-S-F, owned by multi-billionaire Warren Buffet.
Jenka Soderberg interviewed Krista Collard from the Sierra Club about the lawsuit.