May 4, 2023

I’ll Be Dammed: Beavers Fighting Climate Change

by Science Vs

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Today, we give a dam about beavers. These busy rodents don’t just chill and go with the flow — it turns out their grabby paws are actually helping hands in the fight against climate change. We dive into how this works with ecologists Dr. Emily Fairfax and Dr. Ben Dittbrenner. 

Find our transcript here:

In this episode, we cover:

(00:00) Intro: How beavers “beaver away”

(02:22) Chapter One: How beavers can help 

(06:18) Chapter Two: Can we move beavers for the better? 

This episode was produced by Disha Bhagat, with help from Michelle Dang, Meryl Horn, Rose Rimler and R.E. Natowicz. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Wendy Zukerman is our Executive Producer. Gimlet’s managing director is Nicole Beemsterboer. Fact checking by Eva Dasher. Mix and sound design by Catherine Anderson. Music written by Bumi Hidaka, Emma Munger, and Bobby Lord.

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