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Science Meets Politics: Environmental Research, Regulation And Protections In North Carolina

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

President Trump’s budget proposes funding cuts to regulatory and research-based agencies and would also impact state programs. We look at how this state might fare environmentally.

Among environmentalists, there’s some hand-wringing going on. The first draft of the Trump administration's budget calls for cuts to regulatory and research-based scientific agencies like the EPA, NASA and NOAA. Proposed cuts could eliminate funding for climate change research and impact state environmental programs.

In reaction to this, scientists are organizing a 'March for Science' on April 22 (Earth Day) to bring attention to some of these issues. But not everyone is on board. Some in the scientific community say a march would over-politicize their work.

Mike Collins and his guests will discuss how this atmosphere could impact environmental research being done in North Carolina as well as take a closer look at environmental protections and regulations in the state.

Our guests today: David Boraks, Rob Young, Brian Magi


David Boraks - Environmental reporter for WFAE

Brian Magi - Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at UNC Charlotte. He studies air quality and climate.

Robert Young - Professor of Coastal Geology and Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University. He is a leading expert on coastal erosion and climate change.

Related Events:

North Carolina Science Festival April 7-23

March For Science in Charlotte April 22, 10am-2pm at Marshall Park 

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.