Americans on the Front Lines of Climate Change

Unacceptable Risk – Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change

Unacceptable Risk – Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change

“On a day-to-day basis, we’re being surprised. And in this business, surprise is what kills people.” So says Don Whittemore, a career firefighter who has battled many of Colorado’s epic fires over the past two decades. The Story Group recorded the experiences of Whittemore and other firefighters who are repeatedly responding to record-breaking wildfires. Human-caused […]

Moving the Giants – An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet

Moving the Giants – An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet

After premiering at Banff Mountain Film Festival in November, Moving the Giants is touring the film festival circuit well into 2016. The film profiles David Milarch, an arborist from central Michigan. In 1991, Milarch had a near death experience that inspired a personal quest – to archive the genetics of the world’s largest trees before […]

Oyster farmers and Ocean acidification

Oyster farmers and Ocean acidification

“The ocean is so acidic that it is dissolving the shells of our baby oysters,” says Diani Taylor of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington. She and her cousin Brittany are fifth-generation oyster farmers, and are grappling with ocean waters that are more acidic and corrosive than their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers knew. This “ocean […]


Dry and Drier in West Texas

Dry and Drier in West Texas

Texas rancher Clay Igo sums it up: “It seems like it is doin’ nothing but getting hotter, and drier, and less rain, yearly.” Clay and his father Kevin have watched as many of their neighbors around Plainview have lost their herds, the local meatpacking plant closed, and the tax base shrank. As Kevin puts it, […]

A Colorado fire chief faces extreme wildfires

A Colorado fire chief faces extreme wildfires

Elk Creek Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin’s career has followed the spread of wildfires throughout the western United States. In 2012, his teams fought the Lower North Fork Fire in Colorado, an unusual early-season fire that kicked off the most destructive fire season in Colorado’s recorded history — until 2013 eclipsed that record. According to the […]

An Iowa Farmer Faces Weather Extremes

An Iowa Farmer Faces Weather Extremes

Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser doesn’t need a federal report to tell him the climate is changing. Climate changes already affect how, when, and what he plants, works his fields, buys machinery, and plans for the future. More extreme weather, including more very heavy precipitation events, have pushed Gaesser to adapt in creative ways. “You wonder […]