This is the Radio Boston rundown for August 9, 2021. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report today concluding that the window for action to avoid the worst consequences of climate change is shrinking as the planet rapidly approaches the marker of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures, a decade earlier than originally expected. Joining us to discuss the report and what it means for us individually, nationally, and globally is Peter Frumhoff, director of Science and Policy and Chief Climate Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge and a lead author of a past IPCC report.
- The state legislature's Special Joint Committee on Redistricting is holding hearings to get input from residents to create new congressional district boundaries using data from the 2020 census. However, delays in census data used for redistricting will force the legislature to fast-track the process, and the result could create a dramatic change in where and who you vote for. Joining us to discuss how redistricting will shape the Commonwealth are Emma Platoff, a reporter with the Boston Globe, and Beth Huang, the director of the Massachusetts Voter Table and an organizer for Drawing Democracy Coalition, which assists in public outreach on redistricting.
- With a few weeks of summer left to enjoy, we take listener calls and talk about what's on our summer reading lists with Jennifer De Leon, an author and editor of Wise Latinas, and Rachel Cass, head buyer for the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge.
This program aired on August 9, 2021.