April 21, 2017 / Modified apr 24, 2017 9:01 a.m.

Episode 134: Earth Week - From Climate Science to Corporate Science

Politics, wildfire danger, corporate environmentalism and a solar wall.

Earth Day is Sat. April 22, so this week we're exploring stories related to earth sciences, including controversies, politics and policies.

In this episode of Metro Week:

  • CLIMATE POLITICS: Kevin Anchukaitis is a climate scientist at the University of Arizona. He explains his findings and talks about working in the present political atmosphere, where science is often treated as a political issue.

  • CORPORATE SCIENCE: Erik Bakken, Tucson Electric Power’s senior director of environmental services, discusses the company’s obligation to follow state and federal laws regarding emissions and the environment.

  • FIRES: Heidi Schewel of the Coronado National Forest and Michelle Fidler of the National Park Service update the projections for the upcoming wildfire season, and how changing climate plays a role in wildfire management.

  • “SOLAR BORDER”: Mexican environmentalists Homero Ardjis and James Ramey are visiting Tucson this week to discuss their proposal to build a solar wall, or series of solar panel installations along the U.S.-Mexican border to power both countries. They say it will help bridge cultures, instead of dividing the countries. But will it solve security and immigration concerns?

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