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Media Source: Chicago Public Media
Program Name: This American Life
Show Name: Hot in My Backyard
Broadcast Year: 2013
Original Link: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/495/hot-in-my-backyard
In this episode of This American Life, reporter Julia Drapkin talks with state climatologist, Nolan Doesken about the impacts on global warming in Colorado and its implications for the future. This is coming after one of the most extreme years for weather in Colorado, and its in habitants are starting to observe what conditions will be like in 2050 projections for climate change. Farmers and ranchers of Colorado alike are beginning to feel the squeeze of drought on their crops and livestock, while at the same time refusing to acknowledge the human factor of global climate change. Drapkin and Doesken explain that if there is continued drought, the farmer will lose their livelihoods, as the majority of the water resources will be directed to big cities. These farmers simply do not want to except this harsh realty and take solace in disregarding the facts. Doesken has a yearly symposium where he discusses the state of the climate, and every year he would dodge the "what's your take on global climate change?" question. But, he felt that after such a rough year it was time to answer it. He explained that the conditions seen in 2012 will be the norm in a few decades if nothing changes and he hopes that he will change the minds of the farmers who have the most to lose as the climate changes.