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Someone Else’s Environment Affecting You


Severe air pollution in China.  Remarkable temperature rises in the Artic.  Extensive deforestation in the Amazon.

Do such environmental issues affect us here?

We talk with three researchers who say they do... and who also say there are positive signs for creating at least some solutions.

Aynne Kokas, Ph.D.
- Co-creator of a Twitter-based research program to monitor levels of air pollution in China. Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.

Deborah Lawrence, Ph.D. - Scientific Advisor, International Programs Office of the U.S. Forest Service. Former Science Advisor, Office of Environment and Global Change, U.S. State Department. Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Virginia.

Thomas Talhelm - Cultural Psychologist. Founder of Smart Air - a small private company that builds inexpensive home air filters in Beijing, China. Doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia   

Tom Graham was Senior Producer and host of WMRA's Virginia Insight from 2006 to 2015.