Climate Connections

By Yale Center for Environmental Communication

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How is global warming shaping our lives? And what can we do about it? We connect the dots, from fossil fuels to extreme weather, clean energy to public health, and more. Join Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz of Yale University for a daily 90-second podcast about climate change, where we confront reality and share inspiring stories of hope.

Episode Date
A pro-life Republican’s journey to energy advocacy

She had a life-changing conversation with her doctor. Learn more at

Mar 25, 2019
Microgrid system saves tribe $200,000 a year

The Blue Lake Rancheria’s solar-powered system makes the California tribe more self-sufficient. Learn more at

Mar 22, 2019
Indiana, spring break destination of the future?

The state’s tourist attractions may need to rebrand as temperatures rise. Learn more at

Mar 21, 2019
Poor? You probably pay more for electricity

Some low-income Atlanta residents spend more than 11 percent of their incomes on utilities. Learn more at

Mar 20, 2019
Farmers plant trees alongside crops

Known as agroforestry, the practice offers several advantages. Learn more at

Mar 19, 2019
Tiny solar cells harvest indoor light

They could be used in agriculture, health care, and building maintenance. Learn more at

Mar 18, 2019
TV journalist spreads the word about climate change

Telemundo’s Vanessa Hauc wants climate information to reach those who need it most. Learn more at

Mar 15, 2019
A startup is farming corals

The farmed corals will be sold to tourist destinations where reefs are ailing. Learn more at

Mar 14, 2019
How ambitious cities are cutting carbon pollution

A recent report highlights the most effective strategies. Learn more at

Mar 13, 2019
Researcher: Indigenous people are best forest stewards

One study found that granting forest property rights to indigenous inhabitants significantly reduced logging. Learn more at

Mar 12, 2019
Man advocates removing carbon from the air

Finding a way to do it at scale is a huge technological challenge. Learn more at

Mar 11, 2019
Oxfam director: Climate change is harming women

But she says women are also working together to adapt. Learn more at

Mar 08, 2019
Architects pledge to design carbon-neutral buildings

Right now, buildings account for almost 40 percent of U.S. energy consumption. Learn more at

Mar 07, 2019
U.S. businesses work toward Paris goals

“The U.S. may not be in the Paris accord, but we still are.”  Learn more at

Mar 06, 2019
Coffee roaster helps farmers adapt

Farmers are using options that work best in their own areas. Learn more at

Mar 05, 2019
Forest Service works with tribes to manage fire

More than a century after it instituted a zero-tolerance approach on controlled burns, the Forest Service is rethinking its policies. Learn more at

Mar 04, 2019
Hmong farmers face new challenges

Farmers in Minnesota are dealing with more downpours, disease, and pests. Learn more at

Mar 01, 2019
Intergenerational conversation: an antidote to climate despair

An organization brought young and old people together, with surprising results. Learn more at

Feb 28, 2019
What is the EPA endangerment finding?

This scientific review is the basis for standards that protect the climate. Learn more at

Feb 27, 2019
Company converts carbon dioxide into building material

A new terminal at the San Francisco airport was built using concrete from this process. Learn more at

Feb 26, 2019
Hybrid facility captures sun and wind energy

That means it can reliably produce renewable electricity year-round. Learn more at

Feb 25, 2019
Climate Music Project turns data into concerts

They’re translating climate information into a more universal language. Learn more at

Feb 22, 2019
Retired doctor fights climate change

He’s still trying to help people stay healthy. Learn more at

Feb 21, 2019
Realtor worries about rising seas — and costs

“Obtaining flood insurance … becomes cost-prohibitive.” Learn more at

Feb 20, 2019
Schools are key to reshaping food economy

A nonprofit helps large institutions — including public schools — change their purchasing habits. Learn more at

Feb 19, 2019
Climate change could screw up homicide probes

Specifically, how time of death is sometimes determined. Learn more at

Feb 18, 2019
Orlando gives away composting kits

The goal is to keep food waste out of the landfill. Learn more at

Feb 15, 2019
Ice loss threatens indigenous way of life

“Climate change is happening now and it is changing lives.” Learn more at

Feb 14, 2019
UN Foundation CEO: Climate is a feminist issue

“We just can’t ignore the fact that this is not gender-neutral.” Learn more at

Feb 13, 2019
VR app helps you ‘visit’ ancient cliff dwellings

The app educates users on how climate change is endangering the park. Learn more at

Feb 12, 2019
In ‘Buddhist Economics,’ sustainability trumps GDP

Economics professor Clair Brown says the approach can work for anyone who cares about people and the Earth. Learn more at

Feb 11, 2019
Edmonton Declaration asks cities to lead

Don Iveson, mayor of Edmonton, Canada, says cities are bearing the costs of climate change. Learn more at

Feb 08, 2019
Maker of Tabasco sauce preps for floods

The company has already constructed a 20-foot levee around its factory in coastal Louisiana. Learn more at

Feb 07, 2019
Saltwater invades rice fields, damages crops

Rice is a staple for more than half of the world’s population. Learn more at

Feb 06, 2019
Richmond teens design shade projects

Last year, they planted peach trees. Learn more at

Feb 05, 2019
How an evangelical group engages skeptics

He says we all agree that we’re to care for creation. Learn more at

Feb 04, 2019
Tech incubator links clean energy to capital

Founder Emily Kirsch launched Oakland-based Powerhouse while still in her 20s. Learn more at

Feb 01, 2019
States work toward Paris goals

They want to keep the U.S. moving forward on climate commitments. Learn more at

Jan 31, 2019
Clean cookstoves help vulnerable women

They also offer benefits to the climate. Learn more at

Jan 30, 2019
Reagan-loving Republican worries about the climate

He says there are fiscally conservative solutions. Learn more at

Jan 29, 2019
Why an activist became an investment manager

He decided to work for a healthier climate in a different way. Learn more at

Jan 28, 2019
Atlanta airport prepares for more storms, droughts

Changes at the airport could help protect communities downstream. Learn more at

Jan 25, 2019
Controlled burns could reduce severe wildfires

Carefully managed fires burn up some of the fuel. Learn more at

Jan 24, 2019
Ohio hospitals embrace energy efficiency

They can put the money they save into caring for patients. Learn more at

Jan 23, 2019
App shows future sea-level rise

“What we’re trying to do is create the real, visceral experience.” Learn more at

Jan 22, 2019
L.A. community fights freeway expansion

“It’s a people’s victory.” Learn more at

Jan 21, 2019
Little Haiti sits on prime high ground

As seas rise, wealthy people and developers are moving in. Learn more at

Jan 18, 2019
Kaiser Permanente is worried about the climate

“We see increased cases of asthma, other respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease.” Learn more at

Jan 17, 2019
Mangroves help protect us from climate impacts

But they’re in danger. Learn more at

Jan 16, 2019
Young farmers face new climate challenges

Extreme weather is increasing the financial risks of farming. Learn more at

Jan 15, 2019
Improving climate education in Mississippi

Dominika Parry developed a new curriculum for middle-school students. Learn more at

Jan 14, 2019
Orlando offers free trees to all

A tree sapling is delivered right to the door. Learn more at

Jan 11, 2019
Bank won’t lend to fossil fuel projects

The bank is also increasing financing for renewables and energy efficiency. Learn more at

Jan 10, 2019
Gina McCarthy says climate change hurts kids

“We care about our kids way more than we care about polar bears.” Learn more at

Jan 09, 2019
New book: Nuclear worth another look

The authors say coal is a bigger threat. Learn more at

Jan 08, 2019
Georgia farmer abandons his father’s methods

He took a big risk. Learn more at

Jan 07, 2019
Initiative aims for small changes that add up

Founder Natalie Isaacs had a literal lightbulb moment. Learn more at

Jan 04, 2019
Stone Age village could be lost

Storms and rising seas threaten 5,000-year-old archaeological sites. Learn more at

Jan 03, 2019
Iraq vet aims to reduce oil dependency

Chris Boggiano says climate change is a national security threat. Learn more at

Jan 02, 2019
Connecting Latino communities to climate action

Linda Escalante is linking lawmakers to people on the front lines of environmental problems. Learn more at

Jan 01, 2019
Rising temperatures and an underwater drama

Big salamanders usually control a stream’s best real estate. Warmer water could shift this underwater power dynamic. Learn more at

Dec 31, 2018
Art exhibit puts coral bleaching on display

Visitors to New York’s Whitney Museum can see it until April 14, 2019. Learn more at

Dec 28, 2018
NYC pension fund to invest in climate solutions

The mayor’s climate advisor hopes that other cities will do the same. Learn more at

Dec 27, 2018
Company sells diesel made from fat, veggie oil

It’s already sold more than a billion gallons in the U.S. Learn more at

Dec 26, 2018
‘Net zero’ buildings are catching on

A new U.S. Green Building Council certification gives bragging rights to people who own them. Learn more at

Dec 25, 2018
Biologist says green roofs could protect her city

The plants can absorb excess rain and air pollution. Learn more at

Dec 24, 2018
Atlanta airport cuts wait times, emissions

Some planes now have a speedier route to the gate. Learn more at

Dec 21, 2018
Climate change spells trouble for fishermen

Heat stress and rising seas could harm fish, crabs, and shrimp. Learn more at

Dec 20, 2018
San Diego building owners to reduce pollution

They’ve committed to reducing energy use, water use, and transportation emissions by 50 percent by 2030. Learn more at

Dec 19, 2018
Some winter days seem more like spring

Flowers and tadpoles just don’t seem right for December in Illinois. Learn more at

Dec 18, 2018
The best job for fighting climate change

It may be the one you already have. Learn more at

Dec 17, 2018
‘Green zones’ help communities fight pollution

New rules will help three overburdened Los Angeles neighborhoods. Learn more at

Dec 14, 2018
Retired couple says solar is a good investment

“If you can do it, do it.” Learn more at

Dec 13, 2018
Bounty hunter fights air pollution

He and other New York City residents can earn money for reporting vehicles that violate anti-idling laws. Learn more at

Dec 12, 2018
E-commerce pollutes communities near mega-warehouses

Free shipping has a cost. Learn more at

Dec 11, 2018
Old seeds could help indigenous farmers adapt

They’ve saved seeds that could help them grow food under extreme conditions.  Learn more at

Dec 10, 2018
Moms lobby for clean air

“Mothers can solve problems, and that’s what we really need right now.” Learn more at

Dec 07, 2018
Teach climate science, teachers’ association urges

“No scientific controversy exists.” Learn more at

Dec 06, 2018
Soil holds more carbon than the atmosphere

So it’s important to store as much there as possible. Learn more at

Dec 05, 2018
City sues fossil-fuel companies

Mayor Serge Dedina wants the companies to pay the costs of moving schools and roads to higher ground. Learn more at

Dec 04, 2018
Rabbi urges climate action during Hanukkah

He says the Festival of Lights is a good opportunity to work for clean energy. Learn more at

Dec 03, 2018
Arizona woman empowers Latina moms to speak out

She says Latino communities are disproportionately harmed by pollution. Learn more at

Nov 30, 2018
Phoenix, Louisiana, makes a stand against rising seas

The community learned valuable lessons as it recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Learn more at

Nov 29, 2018
Scientists find climate clues in old race footage

Here’s what researchers discovered when they watched videos during the past four decades. Learn more at

Nov 28, 2018
Connecticut initiatives help low-income people go solar

Two programs make solar more affordable for state residents. Learn more at

Nov 27, 2018
Isotopes point to the culprit behind climate change

Scientists can measure how much of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is caused by us. Learn more at

Nov 26, 2018
Nonprofit trains Latinos to act on climate

Polls suggest the problem is a huge concern among Latinos. Learn more at

Nov 23, 2018
Students to imagine new solutions in cli-fi course

Arizona State University instructor Malik Toms says cli-fi helps students think about how the problem is affecting their own lives. Learn more at

Nov 22, 2018
Ikea wants a zero-emissions delivery fleet

The company plans to make the switch in five cities by 2020. Learn more at

Nov 21, 2018
Teen protects farm workers from wildfire smoke

The smoke contains carcinogens and lung-damaging particles. Learn more at

Nov 20, 2018
Rising seas, storms threaten Gullah Geechee land

Higher tides and storm waves have flooded croplands and damaged fisheries. Learn more at

Nov 19, 2018
How to love damaged places

Author Trebbe Johnson offers advice on coping with environmental destruction in her new book, “Radical Joy for Hard Times.” Learn more at

Nov 16, 2018
Groundwater could fuel future U.S.-Mexico conflict

The Rio Grande river is drying up. Learn more at

Nov 15, 2018
Former oil worker worries about the climate

He’s volunteering his time with a climate advocacy group. Learn more at

Nov 14, 2018
Teen gun reform activist takes on climate change

After the shooting in Parkland, Florida, she realized that people will listen to teenagers if they’re organized. Learn more at

Nov 13, 2018
Retired admiral: Extreme weather threatens national security

“This is a real threat … the need to act, to get ahead of this, is urgent.” Learn more at

Nov 12, 2018
Knitters turn climate data into tapestries

The finished pieces are a visually striking way of showing change over time. Learn more at

Nov 09, 2018
Dockless bike sharing: What you need to know

What it is, who it benefits, and how it could get more people riding on two wheels. Learn more at

Nov 08, 2018
Common plastics emit global warming pollution

Six-pack rings, plastic bags, and similar products are among the culprits. Learn more at

Nov 07, 2018
How bad could things get in Louisiana?

By 2100, more than 100,000 homes in the state could face routine flooding. Learn more at

Nov 06, 2018