Two Degrees by Tira Palmquist

Emma Phelps is a paleoclimatologist, focusing on ice in Greenland. In drilling and studying ice core samples, she sees first hand the symptoms of our changing planet, which makes the need to act all the more crucial and urgent. In addition to her growing sense of urgency for the planet, Emma, as a recent widow, experiences grief that compounds itself with each passing month. Now she's been asked to come to Washington D.C. to testify in a Senate Committee regarding climate change legislation, and in this intersection of science and politics, of politics and the personal, she finds more than just a little is breaking up under the strain of change.


Emma Phelps 50.
Climate scientist, who studies ice.

Clay Simpson 40.
Lobbyist for a multinational mining company.

Louise Allen 50.
Senator from Colorado. Old college classmate of Emma's

Jeffrey Phelps 50.
Emma's late husband.

The actor playing Jeffrey also plays:

Eric Wilson (Senator Allen's Chief of Staff)
Malik Peterson (the extreme weather carpenter at Summit Station, Greenland).

Useful Greenlandic phrases and pronunciations can be found here and here.