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9:55 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Aspen Ideas Festival - Fear and Hope: Climate Change and Policy Solutions

Fear and Hope: Climate Change and Policy Solutions

Few people appreciate just how badly our society will suffer under likely climate change. We are on the verge of unleashing runaway changes, wherein nature’s forces accelerate the impacts of humanity’s emissions, and we get cascading, unstoppable change. This is important to understand, for we will leave an earth a far diminished place, with many parts unrecognizable. Avoiding such a fate is possible, but only with rapid, serious actions. Presenting climate dangers at length, and without an antidote, just leaves depression in the wake. An emerging story is positive: There are new technologies growing at an astounding pace that can reverse CO2 emissions trends. Recent developments in Germany, Denmark, and China and several US states show the potential. This story begins darkly, but transitions to a discovery of solutions that can help build a much more useful conversation on climate change.

Hal Harvey, James Fallows

Ice Age Fossils
9:44 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Mammoths and Mastodons Return to Snowmass Village

Seven bones arrived in Snowmass Village in June. The plaster casings will be removed so the public can see the bones.
Marci Krivonen

After a two year hiatus, the fossils found in a dried up reservoir bed in Snowmass Village are back. A handful of mastodon tusks and mammoth rib bones arrived at the Ice Age Discovery Center earlier this summer. Now, they’re being displayed for the public. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Gussie Maccracken carefully saws open a plaster mold around a huge mastodon tusk. The bone inside hasn’t seen the sun in a couple of years and parts of it haven’t been exposed for several millennia.

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Aspen Music Festival and School
12:02 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Festival Notes - July 2nd, 2013

Tonight at 7:30, the venerable Takacs Quartet begins their traversal of the complete six quartets by 20th-century Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.

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Special Coverage
4:14 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Aspen Ideas Festival - Matter of Debate: Should Pot Be Legal?

Matter of Debate: Should Pot Be Legal?

Recent elections in the states of Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana, catalyzing the national debate regarding drug policy and reform. Will other states follow? How will the federal government respond? And what are the risks and benefits of moving in this direction?

Ethan Nadelmann, Asa Hutchinson, James Bennet

 

Special Coverage
4:07 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Aspen Ideas Festival - What Does the CDC Do to Protect You?

What Does the CDC Do to Protect You?

Tom Frieden & Corby Kummer

 

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