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Climate Change: Affecting The Seasons?

From: Robert Frederick
Series: The Conjectural
Length: 02:24

Climate scientist and MacArthur "Genius" award-winner Ben Santer says scientists don't yet know if climate change is affecting the timing of the seasons, but he's starting to investigate.

Affecting_seasons_small Climate scientist and MacArthur "Genius" award-winner Ben Santer says scientists don't yet know if climate change is affecting the timing of the seasons, but he's starting to investigate.

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Reporter: Robert Frederick
You might occasionally burn leaves or brush in your backyard, or even light up a campfire. But there are places in the world where people are burning things for months at a time, and no, it’s not by accident.

Interviewee: Ben Santer
slash-and-burn agriculture, clearing forests, burning in the Congo and in the Amazon fire up at certain times of year

Reporter: Robert Frederick
Ben Santer is a climate scientist who works at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California. It’s not just forests burning for months at a time.

Interviewee: Ben Santer
Sulfate pollution — another thing with a lot of seasonality in the production of sulfur dioxide.

Reporter: Robert Frederick
by burning sulfur. Sulfur dioxide is used for preserving foods, including raisins, apricots, and prunes — keeping them from getting discolored. But it’s primarily for the production of sulfuric...
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[Planning on a garden, looking for migrating birds, or wondering when the lake will freeze over for ice skating or thaw for boating]? Forget consulting the Farmer’s Alamanac. There’s growing evidence that the timing of [growing seasons, bird migrations, and even freeze and thaw dates for lakes] [is/are] changing. As freelance journalist Robert Frederick reports, scientists are starting to look at whether it’s our activities that are changing the timing of the seasons.

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Robert Frederick is a freelance science reporter. Find him at TheConjectural.com.

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