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
Global warming could devastate Mexican fisheries
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But with proper management, the fishing industry can continue to thrive. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Apr 03, 2020
Preserving farmland could help the climate, advocate says
01:31

If managed well, farmland can soak up heat-trapping carbon pollution. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Apr 02, 2020
Tennessee encourages organizations, businesses to cut food waste
01:31

More than a third of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Apr 01, 2020
Global warming fuels tree-killing bark beetles
01:31

The beetles have killed more than 5% of the forested area in the Western U.S. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 31, 2020
Amateur team builds ultra-efficient electric car in a barn
01:31

Their futuristic car was a serious contender at the Automotive X Prize competition. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 30, 2020
Designer cuts carbon from her clothing line
01:31

She strives to produce low-waste clothing that will last a long time. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 27, 2020
Current oil and gas projects will warm Earth past 1.5°C:
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Holding warming to only 1.5 degrees Celsius would greatly reduce the consequences of climate change. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 26, 2020
Remotely managed farms help amateur farmers grow food indoors
01:31

An app alerts customers when it’s time to harvest. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 25, 2020
Global warming shortens Arctic ice road season
01:31

Isolated communities depend on a network of roads on frozen rivers and lakes. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 24, 2020
Citizen science project is changing the climate conversation
01:31

It’s ‘a way to start a conversation that wasn’t politicized right from the beginning.’ Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 23, 2020
Chicago house was designed to send a message
01:31

The home’s wealthy owner wanted to invest in green design. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 20, 2020
Fish swim away from warming waters
01:31

It’s creating a ‘massive issue’ for the fishing industry. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 19, 2020
Iowa city has clever solution for flooding problem
01:31

Heavy rains have been ‘wreaking havoc’ downtown. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 18, 2020
Nonprofit helps low-income people go solar
01:31

Staffer Juan Parra wants clean, renewable energy to reach the people who need it most. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 17, 2020
To design a more climate-friendly building, borrow from nature
01:31

Buildings that take advantage of natural light and ventilation require much less energy. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 16, 2020
Solutions journalism covers more than bad news
01:31

Under this approach, journalists rigorously report on potential solutions to society’s problems. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 13, 2020
Fort Collins cuts carbon from city operations by 20%
01:31

Carbon pollution from residents and businesses is falling at a similar pace. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 12, 2020
EPA encourages manufacturers to save energy
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More than 1,000 plants have signed up for the Energy Star Challenge for Industry.  Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 11, 2020
Tool helps Indiana towns prepare for climate change
01:31

The Hoosier Resilience Index offers projections for precipitation and heat. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 10, 2020
Northwest climate may support almond crops by 2050
01:31

Today, about 80% of the global supply is grown in California. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 09, 2020
App helps restaurants reduce food waste
01:31

Instead of discarding food at the end of the day, restaurants connect with customers looking for discounted meals. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 06, 2020
A confrontational new musical piece about climate change
01:31

Composer Steven Bryant says the music expresses his psychological journey of wrestling with the problem. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 05, 2020
Oregon’s coastal high marshes likely to shrink as sea levels rise
01:31

The wetlands buffer coastal communities from waves and flooding during storms. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 04, 2020
New York Olympic region earns LEED gold
01:31

The coveted certification has long been offered for buildings, but now communities can earn it, too. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 03, 2020
Teens convince their city to act on climate
01:31

They also went door-to-door to help residents go solar. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Mar 02, 2020
Skiers, snowboarders send snow data to scientists
01:31

Thousands of volunteers from around the world have submitted observations to the Community Snow Observations project. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 28, 2020
Climate change is making some hurricanes more severe
01:31

Hotter oceans are providing more fuel for the storms. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 27, 2020
Cities set up shelters to protect residents from wildfire smoke
01:31

Breathing wildfire smoke is harmful, especially for people with heart conditions or lung diseases such as asthma. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 26, 2020
Ice skaters help scientists monitor winter weather
01:31

The skaters are witnessing the consequences of warming winters firsthand. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 25, 2020
Goats, a climate-friendly option for clearing brush
01:31

‘It's not just a novelty. It actually works.’  Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 24, 2020
Dog groomer cuts his carbon footprint
01:31

He’s saving money, too. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 21, 2020
Hottest places in a city often low-income neighborhoods
01:31

According to block-by-block temperature data. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 20, 2020
Wildfires could exacerbate water shortages
01:31

Snow that falls in burned areas melts more quickly in the spring. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 19, 2020
Farms inside shipping containers grow local produce
01:31

The crops grow vertically under LED lights. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 18, 2020
Climate change is coming for D.C.’s Tidal Basin
01:31

The area is known for its iconic cherry trees and the Jefferson Memorial. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 17, 2020
How ‘forest bathing’ can relieve stress
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A forest therapy guide says the practice increases mindfulness and appreciation of trees. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 14, 2020
More cities buy electricity in bulk
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It’s a strategy known as community choice aggregation. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 13, 2020
Solid-state batteries could be game-changing for EVs
01:31

The emerging technology would enable cars to travel farther on a single charge. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 12, 2020
Severe wildfires transform forests in the Cascades
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Some species are struggling to grow back, and more drought-tolerant trees are moving in. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 11, 2020
Climate change threatens health, but nurses could help
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Warming temperatures increase the risk of heat stroke, asthma, and other health problems. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 10, 2020
Solar panels go online in Fayetteville, Arkansas
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The recent installation generates enough electricity to run the city’s wastewater treatment plants. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 07, 2020
Therapist launches website about climate anxiety
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He says it’s important to acknowledge and reflect on emotions about global warming. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 06, 2020
New York City startup turns food waste into fertilizer
01:31

It can be used to grow crops in indoor hydroponic farms. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 05, 2020
California mom works to support youth climate movement
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‘I’m extremely concerned about the future of my boys.” Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 04, 2020
Louisiana’s $50 billion plan to protect its coast
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Its land is sinking and eroding, and sea-level rise could make the problem worse. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Feb 03, 2020
Electric vehicles likely to become dominant
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But the change won’t happen overnight. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 31, 2020
Insurance companies drop some California homeowner policies
01:31

Other homeowners are seeing higher premiums. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 30, 2020
Save fuel and reduce pollution by avoiding idling
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If you’re going to idle for more than 10 seconds, it’s more efficient to shut off your car. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 29, 2020
Jane Fonda turns to climate activism
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‘When you're famous, there's a real responsibility to use that celebrity in the best possible way you can.’ Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 28, 2020
There’s no substitute for Earth, astronomer says
01:31

Debra Fischer has spent a career studying planets in other solar systems. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 27, 2020
How a Chicago suburb made solar simple for residents
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Now panels are going up across town. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 24, 2020
Calif. carbon trading program helps disadvantaged communities
01:31

Fresno is receiving $66 million for walking trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, and more. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 23, 2020
Cities can’t solve climate change on their own
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They can make progress, but they need state and federal help, too, says sustainability manager Carol Davis of Blacksburg, Virginia. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 22, 2020
Solar projects to help New Yorkers stay safe during disasters
01:31

Solar and battery systems will power a few ambulance stations and community buildings. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 21, 2020
Solar systems power up South African shacks
01:31

A project in the !Kheis municipality has brought electricity to more than 500 homes. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 20, 2020
EVs likely to be as cheap as conventional cars by 2025
01:31

The price of vehicle batteries is falling rapidly. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 17, 2020
California’s housing prices drive development in high-risk fire zones
01:31

More high-density residential construction in urban areas could help alleviate the problem. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 16, 2020
Theater project helps people visualize flood scenarios
01:31

It enables people to connect with climate data in a visceral way. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 15, 2020
Cleaning up the air in China could save lives
01:31

Air pollution, largely caused by burning coal, leads to more than one million early deaths in China each year. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 14, 2020
Midlothian, Illinois, residents fight ‘terrifying’ floods
01:31

The region is experiencing more intense downpours as the climate changes. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 13, 2020
Knox College students build campus rain gardens
01:31

The gardens help the campus drainage system during heavy rains. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 10, 2020
Lawyers take a stand for renewable energy
01:31

A new initiative at Columbia University provides free help to people facing legal obstacles to renewable energy projects. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 09, 2020
Interactive tool shows climate threats to backyard birds
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It displays information by ZIP code. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 08, 2020
Detroit Zoo turns poo into electricity
01:31

The zoo is harnessing energy from food waste and herbivore manure. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 07, 2020
Glaciers in the Olympic Mountains could vanish this century
01:31

The glaciers shrank 40% between 1981 and 2015, largely because of human-caused global warming. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 06, 2020
Cancun businesses insure a coral reef
01:31

A healthy reef helps protect Cancun’s hotels and resorts from storm damage. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 03, 2020
Few countries on track to meet Paris climate goals
01:31

Meeting the targets is still possible, but it will take ambitious climate action. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 02, 2020
Tucson-based programs help residents harvest rainwater
01:31

Collecting rainwater reduces the burden on the city’s water supply. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Jan 01, 2020
HVAC manufacturers could play big role in cutting carbon pollution
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Ingersoll Rand has pledged to cut its customers’ carbon footprint by one gigaton by 2030. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 31, 2019
New York City spends billions on flood protection
01:31

Storm surge from Superstorm Sandy badly damaged the city’s transportation system. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 30, 2019
Artist uses artificial reefs as canvases
01:31

‘I wanted to really symbolize the human side of the ocean and how we're all connected.’ Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 27, 2019
D.C. program trains young people in environmental leadership
01:31

Participants work on projects ranging from solar installations to water quality testing. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 26, 2019
Santa’s North Pole home is melting
01:31

The Arctic has already lost 40% of its summertime ice cover. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 25, 2019
Man trades his desk chair for a bicycle seat
01:31

He biked from British Columbia to New Mexico to gather stories for a film about climate change. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 24, 2019
The case for growing lettuce in New England
01:31

Lettuce titans California and Arizona are likely to experience more droughts as the climate warms. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 23, 2019
How buildings stayed cool before AC
01:31

Architects used clever techniques to help occupants stay comfortable. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 20, 2019
Dominica native wants to protect climate migrants
01:31

International law offers little protection to people displaced by the impacts of climate change, says Columbia University’s Ama Francis. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 19, 2019
Why hope is critical to addressing climate change
01:31

According to conservation psychologist John Fraser. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 18, 2019
What is carbon removal, and why is it important?
01:31

Scientists are working on ways to suck carbon from the air. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 17, 2019
Environmental group plans satellite launch to monitor methane
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Methane is a potent global warming pollutant. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 16, 2019
It’s time for Audubon’s Christmas bird count
01:31

Birders across North America are capturing data that helps scientists understand how climate change is altering bird habitats. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 13, 2019
Fort Sumter contends with rising seas and storms
01:31

The fort was heavily bombarded during the Civil War — and now it faces new threats. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 12, 2019
Flooring manufacturer cuts carbon pollution
01:31

Large companies should prioritize climate change, Interface’s chief sustainability officer says. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 11, 2019
New York City targets carbon pollution from buildings
01:31

Many large apartment buildings need retrofits to boost their efficiency. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 10, 2019
Clam shack lost to rising seas and storms
01:31

Liam’s, on Cape Cod’s Nauset beach, was demolished in 2018. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 09, 2019
Hockey players plan game at North Pole
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The goal is to bring attention to the climate crisis. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 06, 2019
Electric buses charge up quickly with wireless systems
01:31

They’re already in use in Long Beach, California. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 05, 2019
How climate change influences immigration to the U.S.
01:31

Protracted drought and crop failures are part of why people in Central America are fleeing their homes. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 04, 2019
Professor locks herself to pipeline construction equipment
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She was arrested for her actions. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 03, 2019
Advocate: Parents can play a role in youth climate strikes
01:31

She says an adult’s presence can help keep strikers safe — and it’s an act of solidarity. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Dec 02, 2019
How heat pumps can shrink CO2 footprints
01:31

These efficient devices work even in cold climates. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Nov 29, 2019
How Cornell is adapting to extreme weather
01:31

A rain garden, porous asphalt, and other features help the campus cope with heavier downpours. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Nov 28, 2019
Energy costs burden low-income families
01:31

Weatherization programs can help. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Nov 27, 2019
Wind energy on the rise in the Great Plains
01:31

A U.S. grid operator in the region briefly generated more than 65% of its power from wind last April. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Nov 26, 2019
Energy efficiency jobs grow in the Midwest
01:31

Regional investments in efficiency have soared to $1.5 billion annually. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Nov 25, 2019
Why a motorcyclist decided to go electric
01:31

‘I would unquestionably say that if you’re a motorcyclist you should at least try out an electric motorcycle.’ Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Nov 22, 2019
Many farmers feel unprepared for extreme weather
01:31

Fruit and vegetable growers in the Northeast say they lack the skills and money to cope with drought and record rainfall. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Nov 21, 2019
Solar industry lacks diversity, report finds
01:31

But a growing number of companies are working to increase representation of women and people of color, the report says. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Nov 20, 2019
One reason why cities keep building in coastal areas
01:31

It has to do with property taxes. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Nov 19, 2019
NASA scientist injects humor into the climate conversation
01:31

Oceanographer Josh Willis is also known as ‘Climate Elvis.’ Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Nov 18, 2019