The tragic coal mine explosion this week – leaving more than two dozen miners dead – is yet another reminder of the human cost of our voracious energy consumption. The U.S. still gets nearly half of its electricity from coal and it’s byproduct, C02 emissions, contribute to climate change. 

As temperatures fluctuate, more invasive species are moving into human spaces and flourishing. That means more poison ivy and oak and more tick-borne illnesses like Lyme Disease. 

Patty Glick, a senior global warming specialist with the National Wildlife Federation, will join us to talk about a fun, new video clip they’ve produced called Climate Invaders! and what you can do about this threat, beginning in your own backyard. 

Next we’ll speak with Peter Fox Penner, author of a just released book called Smart Power; Climate Change, the Smart Grid and the Future of Electric Utilities.