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Focus on California’s climate and drought; Plus, Ukraine and covid updates

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0:08 – The Russian withdrawal from the north of Ukraine is becoming a renewed offensive offensive from the East, expanding the border of territory that is already under the control of Russia-aligned separatists. John Feffer (@johnfeffer), Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, joins us to discuss the latest developments of that conflict.

0:34 – Dr. John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, joins us to discuss the latest COVID science and answer listener questions.

1:08 – Fires, flooding, drought, and dislocation are all set to increase in California as a result of climate change, according to new Climate Reports from California Legislative Analysts’ Office. Rachel Becker (@RA_Becks), a science writer who reports on California water policy for CalMatters, discusses the report with us.

1:20 – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (@bobwieckowskica), who represents district 10 – that’s the southern half of the East Bay – and also chairs the Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, and Energy, also joins us to discuss the climate report from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office

1:34 – Another focus on climate change, this time about water and drought in California – we speak with Josué Medellín-Azuara, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Merced. He is lead author of a study on the Economic Impacts of the 2021 Drought to California Agriculture. We also speak with Susana De Anda, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Community Water Center, a nonprofit environmental justice organization based in the San Joaquin Valley.

 

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