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February 10, 2023: Ice Storm Mara and Climate Change In Austin

By February 10, 2023August 28th, 2023Podcasts

Rag Radio 2023-02-10 – Climate Change Activist Bruce Melton on the Central Texas Ice Storm

by Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Companion Article:
BRUCE MELTON | CLIMATE CHANGE | Winter storm Texas 2023, and climate change

Climate change scholar and activist Bruce Melton is Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio. They discuss the recent Central Texas Ice Storm and its relationship to climate change. Among topics Bruce addresses are: What is going on with this increasing frequency of extreme events? Why did so many lose power and, exactly how is this climate change-related? Why so many power outages? What can be done, including planning for worse than the worst-case scenario? A note: lower limbs that are often the target of landscaping maintenance provide a buttress for higher limbs in ice storm conditions.
Bruce Melton is a professional engineer, environmental researcher, filmmaker, climate science education specialist, author, and director of the Climate Change Now Initiative founded in 2005. He has written over 500 reviews of academic climate science, lectures regularly, and has recently been involved in groundbreaking climate policy development. You can see his climate science reviews and films at, and his counterintuitively beautiful climate change photography at

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