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Warming Signs with Kait Parker is a weekly podcast that tackles pressing environmental issues with wit and expertise. She’ll go beyond the headlines to inspire both action and hope. Join her each Tuesday at noon.

Warming Signs with Kait Parker is a weekly podcast that tackles pressing environmental issues with wit and expertise. She’ll go beyond the headlines to inspire both action and hope. Join her each Tuesday at noon.
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Warming Signs with Kait Parker is a weekly podcast that tackles pressing environmental issues with wit and expertise. She’ll go beyond the headlines to inspire both action and hope. Join her each Tuesday at noon.








Born Too Soon: Preterm Births in a Warming World

Mothers go out of their way to give their children every advantage in life. But emerging research suggests a factor beyond any mother’s control could put her baby at risk. This week Kait speaks to Dr. Ashley Ward, senior policy associate at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, about how a warming world is boosting the odds more babies will be born too soon.


How to Prepare Your Home for Weather Extremes

What if after a natural disaster you could return to a home rather than to a pile of rubble? Stricter building codes could help stop disrupting lives, displacing families and cut the huge cost of storms. But are we up for the challenge to implement them for a warming climate? Join Kait as she learns how you can ready your home for a disaster from Roy Wright, CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.


Five Categories of Fear: How Hurricanes Trigger Trauma

Hurricane season began Saturday. For some, it marked the start of 183 days of fear and anxiety. Natural disasters can leave survivors dealing with life-changing trauma. This week Kait talks to mental health professionals about how much stress is normal and how to tell if your fear has gone too far.


Why Women Hold the Key to Curbing Climate Change

Gender equality is a basic human right, and it might just be our best bet for saving the planet. This week’s episode is all about equality. Join Kait for a chat with Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, author of Project Drawdown, and find out why we need women if we want the world to stop warming.


Why Some Meteorologists Are Saying Bye to TV

Kait Parker profiles two television meteorologists who've stepped away from daily forecasting to take on the complicated issue of climate change. Hear how their work is helping to bring the science of climate change into local newsrooms.


Obama EPA Chief: Trump's EPA Won't Get Away With It All

The Environmental Protection Agency under President Trump has rolled back regulations that protect the environment and our health. How much should we be concerned? Join Kait for a chat with Gina McCarthy, who led the EPA under President Obama, and offers her take on the agency’s direction and whether she thinks her legacy is being undermined.


Hurricane Michael: A Harvest on Hold for a Generation

Hurricane Michael ripped through the Southeast U.S. six months ago. The damage at the coast was unreal, but inland, another astounding loss: pecan, timber and row crops. While row crops can be planted again this year, it’ll be a decade before farmers can grow pecans and earn an income. Join Kait as she goes on a journey through the hard-hit farmland of the South to find out if it’s not just hurricanes, but climate, that’s making it even more difficult to farm.


What It’s Like to Live Waste-Free

Switching to reusable bags probably wouldn’t be a huge deal for most of us. But how about ditching bottled shampoo and switching to cloth diapers? In honor of Earth Day, we asked a colleague to try a zero-waste lifestyle. Join Kait and Pam Wright as they uncover the challenges of going waste-free, and get some tips on how to reduce the garbage in your life.


The Gospel of Going Green

Are Earth’s resources ours to exploit, or is it our duty to protect them? Join Kait for a chat with the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, head of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, author of Between God and Green: How Evangelicals are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change, and find out why more and more church leaders are bringing politics into the pulpit.


Underwater: Flood Insurance’s Vicious Cycle

Join Kait for a chat with Rob Moore, Senior Policy Analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and find out how flood insurance has left so many homeowners underwater long after the inundation is gone.


It’s Not the Freaking Sun

Yes, the sun provides our heat. But no, it’s not causing climate change. Join Kait for a talk with Dr. Phil Plait. You may know him as The Bad Astronomer, but he’s really good at breaking down the actual relationship between the sun and our climate.


Warm War: Military Threats Posed by a Changing Climate

America is under attack from an unseen enemy. Climate change isn’t just threatening our national security – it’s contributing to conflicts across the globe. Join Kait for a chat with Sherri Goodman, Senior Strategist at the Center for Climate and Security, about why a warming world is a warring world.


Can the South Survive a Sudden Spring?

The consequences of climate change are hitting some communities in the South hard. But, as author Rick Van Noy discovered, they’re far from waving the white flag. Join meteorologist Kait Parker for a discussion about his book Sudden Spring and discover the unique challenges facing a climate changed South.


El Niño Unknowns, Research Ransoms and Polite Politics

Why are El Niños still so mysterious and what's it like to testify before Congress? Join Kait for a chat with Dr. Kim Cobb, who's technically the director of Georgia Tech’s Global Change program, but more like the Oprah of El Niños, as they cover the climate phenomenon and a research trip fit for a Hollywood script.


Two Degrees From Death

Australia is still reeling from a brutal, deadly summer in which intense heat waves killed bats by the thousands. But they’re not the only animals living on the brink of disaster, and a warming world could push some species over the edge. Join Kait and Dr. Bill Laurance, a biologist and expert on Australian wildlife, to find out why two degrees can mean the difference between life and death for some species.


Can Whales’ Secret Lives Unlock the Future of the Sea?

Our oceans are under threat. From pollution to climate change, life underwater has gotten much harder. Join Kait and marine biologist Matt Savoca as they chat about the world’s largest whales and the insights they can give us about the health of our oceans and our impact on the marine environment.


Climate Change and Conservatism, a Perfect Match?

As recently as 2008, Democrats and Republicans agreed climate change is a threat that needs to be addressed. Now, it’s one of the most divisive issues in politics. So why did the Republican party reverse its stance? Join Kait for a chat with former Republican congressman Bob Inglis about the politics of climate change, and why it should be on the Republican agenda.


Earth’s Extinction Crisis

Silence in the Serengeti. Barren rainforests in Brazil. Some say this is the future Earth faces if we don’t reverse course. We’re losing animal species at an unprecedented rate, but are we really in the midst of a sixth mass extinction? Join Kait and guests Dr. Paul Ehrlich, President of the Stanford Center for Conservation Biology, and Mike Gunton, Creative Director of Natural History for the BBC, as they weigh the case for the sixth great mass extinction and uncover the causes.


Dr. Michael Mann, Trump’s Bad Tweet & the Polar Vortex

This first episode is your complete guide to navigating the misinformation surrounding climate change and a warming world. Join meteorologist Kait Parker and Dr. Michael Mann, one of the world’s leading experts on the subject, as they answer questions like: What is climate change? Is it climate change or global warming? And is it really our fault?


What Is a Warming Sign?

The evidence of climate change is all around us. But unfortunately, so is the misinformation. That’s why meteorologist Kait Parker decided to follow her passion for scientific exploration with this venture into purpose-filled podcasting. Warming Signs will apply sound science to the issues facing our ailing Earth. But this podcast is anything but stodgy and stiff. Join Kait each Tuesday at noon and let her become your new favorite lunch date.