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
Can EVs meet the needs of rural drivers?

Manufacturers are offering a growing number of electric vehicles with longer ranges and all-wheel drive. Learn more at  

Jan 27, 2023
Simple energy-saving tips for winter

Reducing energy use during the winter can save money and reduce pollution. Learn more at  

Jan 26, 2023
Tree thinning in dense forests could bolster Western snowpack, researchers suggest

In a Washington state forest, a research team thinned trees and created small clearings, leading to more snow accumulation on the forest floor. Learn more at 

Jan 25, 2023
Seattle-area agency distributes free air filtration kits to low-income residents

The Seattle and King County Public Health Department is working to ensure that all residents have access to tools for protecting themselves against wildfire smoke. Learn more at 

Jan 24, 2023
People build artificial beaver dams in drought-stricken Montana

They’re hoping that the new dams will eventually attract real beavers. Learn more at

Jan 23, 2023
‘Heat Ready Schools’ project helps schools keep students safe during extreme heat

Shaded playgrounds, reusable water bottles, and training for teachers can help. Learn more at 

Jan 20, 2023
Zoning law helps protect South Carolina’s St. Helena Island from sea level rise

The island is a cultural center for the Gullah/Geechee people. Learn more at 

Jan 19, 2023
Researchers study how to help forests thrive in a warmer climate

At a clear-cut area in Washington state, they planted 14,000 trees adapted to warmer conditions. The researchers are sharing lessons learned with others. Learn more at 

Jan 18, 2023
For many Puerto Ricans who moved after Hurricane Maria, a sense of loss remains

A researcher at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, has been studying the mental health impacts of relocation after a disaster. Learn more at 

Jan 17, 2023
How to clear wildfire smoke from indoor air with a DIY air filter

You’ll need a box fan and a furnace filter. Learn more at 

Jan 16, 2023
Smartphone apps help rural Alaskans monitor effects of warming climate

Participants can record coastal erosion rates, sea ice melt dates, and other data. Learn more at 

Jan 13, 2023
How artists can raise awareness of climate risks and solutions

With chalk art, colorful shade structures, and more, artists can help people understand and address climate change. Learn more at 

Jan 12, 2023
Youth community center in Richmond, California, becomes a ‘resilience hub’

With the addition of a solar and battery system, it will soon be a place where residents can gather when grid power goes out. Learn more at 

Jan 11, 2023
19th-century records help show impact of climate change on plants

Some plants in New York state are flowering an average of 10 days earlier and leafing out 19 days earlier in the spring than they did in the 1800s. Learn more at 

Jan 10, 2023
Puerto Rico group helps protect abuse survivors during and after disasters

Breakdowns after Hurricane Maria left some domestic abuse survivors in an especially dangerous situation. Learn more at 

Jan 09, 2023
North Carolina has suffered disastrous floods. Could farmers help?

Researchers are exploring whether farmers could hold water on their land temporarily, reducing floods downstream. Learn more at 

Jan 06, 2023
Researchers identify potential climate havens for vulnerable plants and animals

Known as ‘climate refugia,’ these places are better buffered from severe impacts of global warming. Learn more at 

Jan 05, 2023
Boston-area organizer helps communities get ready for more extreme heat waves

She says listening to residents’ input is crucial. Learn more at 

Jan 04, 2023
Older adults can be particularly vulnerable during weather disasters

It’s an urgent issue as extreme weather grows more common. Learn more at 

Jan 03, 2023
The warming climate is altering a key amphibian habitat

Many amphibians lay their eggs in shallow, seasonal wetlands known as vernal pools. Learn more at 

Jan 02, 2023
‘Amphibious’ houses are designed to float during floods

Buoyant blocks help the house float, and rails ensure it returns to its original placement when the water recedes. Learn more at 

Dec 30, 2022
Puerto Ricans and Florida residents show how communities help each other after disasters

Many Floridians hosted friends or family after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017. Learn more at 

Dec 29, 2022
Discarded oyster shells used to build new reefs in coastal Louisiana

The oyster reefs help protect the state’s coasts from extreme weather. Learn more at 

Dec 28, 2022
New building code in Kaua’i accounts for projected sea level rise

The island in the Hawaiian archipelago has developed ambitious requirements for some new construction. Learn more at 

Dec 27, 2022
New guide helps church communities respond to climate change

They can provide spiritual guidance, and in some cases, a physical sanctuary after a disaster.  Learn more at 

Dec 26, 2022
How climate change influences ‘lake effect’ snow

As the Great Lakes get warmer and stay ice-free longer in the winter, more evaporation occurs, leading to some heavier snowfalls. Learn more at 

Dec 23, 2022
New Orleans company recycles glass by crushing it into sand

Some of Glass Half Full’s sand was used to help restore a marsh damaged by Hurricane Ida. Learn more at 

Dec 22, 2022
Community group helps prepare the Anacostia River for climate change

The Anacostia Watershed Society restores wetlands, installs rain gardens, and plants trees that filter pollution and slow stormwater. Learn more at 

Dec 21, 2022
Shift in tuna populations could cost small Pacific islands $90 million a year

Warming ocean waters are expected to push the tuna out of the islands’ jurisdiction. Learn more at 

Dec 20, 2022
Nonprofit helps a Detroit neighborhood learn about solar

Many people in the community struggle with expensive electricity bills. Going solar can help. Learn more at 

Dec 19, 2022
Changing rainfall patterns threaten insects in the tropics

Arthropod populations fall during both drought and periods of heavy rain, recent research finds. Learn more at 

Dec 16, 2022
Eight states, 30 cities team up to reduce flooding threat along the Mississippi

They’ve partnered with Ducks Unlimited to restore more than 60 wetlands that will hold floodwaters during storms. Learn more at 

Dec 15, 2022
New Jersey wants to restore 10,000 acres of ‘fairy-tale’ forest

Rising seas threaten to kill the state’s dwindling Atlantic white cedar forests. Learn more at 

Dec 14, 2022
Fayetteville, Arkansas, establishes fund for climate refugees

A resident donated $100,000 to help resettle new people. Learn more at 

Dec 13, 2022
Confusion over food labels creates unnecessary waste and pollution

ReFED, a food waste nonprofit, is pushing for regulations to standardize the dates that appear on food packaging. Learn more at 

Dec 12, 2022
What’s the difference between a hurricane, a typhoon, and a cyclone?

No matter what you call these storms, climate change is making them more dangerous. Learn more at 

Dec 09, 2022
Hydropower could provide electricity to more people in sub-Saharan Africa

And it could be paired with other renewable sources to ensure a reliable energy supply, says Carnegie Mellon researcher Paulina Jaramillo.  Learn more at 

Dec 08, 2022
Specialists still assessing damage months after flood soaks Appalachian artifacts

Original recordings, interviews, and film footage were inundated during last summer’s flood in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Learn more at 

Dec 07, 2022
New solar-powered car designed to travel up to 40 miles on sunshine alone

That’s enough to cover many people’s daily commutes. Learn more at 

Dec 06, 2022
The trouble with toilet paper (and other tissue)

Many tissue products come with a cost to the climate. Learn more at 

Dec 05, 2022
An idea that could help replenish California’s groundwater supplies

Groundwater pumping during droughts is straining the state’s underground aquifers, but this approach might help. Learn more at 

Dec 02, 2022
How rising sea levels could damage building foundations

Salty water can seep through cracks, corroding steel supports. Learn more at 

Dec 01, 2022
Unusually warm Pacific Ocean waters contributed to devastating storm in Alaska

The remains of Typhoon Merbok wreaked havoc in the state in September. Warm waters enabled it to form much closer to Alaska than normal. Learn more at 

Nov 30, 2022
Teen school board member wants to expand climate change curriculum

High school senior Shiva Rajbhandari won a seat on the Boise Board of Education in September. Learn more at 

Nov 29, 2022
Climate change made rain more extreme during Pakistan’s deadly 2022 floods

The disaster killed more than 1,500 people and destroyed over 2 million homes. Learn more at 

Nov 28, 2022
Warmer winters limit lake ice skating opportunities in Vermont

It’s getting more challenging for Lake Morey Resort to maintain its four-mile-long skating track. Learn more at 

Nov 25, 2022
How to reduce food waste from your Thanksgiving feast

About 300 million pounds of food go to waste around the holiday. Learn more at 

Nov 24, 2022
Wisconsin program aim to boost diversity in clean energy economy

Participants in a recent pilot project learned about ways to build their businesses. Learn more at 

Nov 23, 2022
Tree planting project aims to cool Tucson neighborhoods, provide food

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is helping people grow and care for velvet mesquite trees. Learn more at 

Nov 22, 2022
More than half of infectious diseases may be aggravated by climate change

Warmer temperatures, changes in precipitation, and extreme weather can all shift the distribution and risk of disease, researchers find. Learn more at 

Nov 21, 2022
How a hurricane changed a Texas woman’s life

She decided to take action to protect the climate. Learn more at 

Nov 18, 2022
Olympic cross-country skier pushes Congress to act on climate

He’s worried about the toll climate change is taking on snow — and his sport. Learn more at 

Nov 17, 2022
Five countries have cost the world $6 trillion in global warming losses

Climate change is causing substantial economic damage, recent research finds. Learn more at 

Nov 16, 2022
Jackson, Mississippi water crisis put dialysis patients in danger

Many dialysis clinics had to scramble to bring in clean water. Learn more at 

Nov 15, 2022
National Weather Service revises Spanish terms for severe storms

Differences in dialects can make it tricky to communicate weather risks to Spanish speakers. Learn more at 

Nov 14, 2022
California produces disaster-readiness guides in more than 20 languages

Some state residents speak a language other than Spanish or English. Learn more at 

Nov 11, 2022
Researchers design wind turbine inspired by flexible palm trees

The turbine can better withstand high winds. Learn more at 

Nov 10, 2022
Historic Black cemeteries threatened by extreme weather

‘When you lose that cemetery, you lose a huge part of African American history and cultural identity.’ Learn more at 

Nov 09, 2022
Nonprofit helps Latino residents implement climate solutions in their communities

Defensores de la Cuenca conducts programs in Spanish, and participants are paid for their time. Learn more at 

Nov 08, 2022
How climate change could dry up hydropower in some regions

But other areas are expected to see increased hydropower capacity as precipitation increases. Learn more at 

Nov 07, 2022
The Red Cross needs disaster relief volunteers more than ever

Volunteers set up shelters, arrange hot meals, and provide psychological first aid. Learn more at 

Nov 04, 2022
Weather Channel launches 24/7 Spanish-language streaming network

Spanish-language weather information can be hard to find in the U.S. The Weather Channel en Español wants to fill that gap. Learn more at 

Nov 03, 2022
Reducing fossil fuel use will help make life easier for many people with asthma

Especially residents of low-income, minority communities that are overburdened with pollution. Learn more at 

Nov 02, 2022
Why experts worry about ‘rapid intensification’ of hurricanes

The consequences can be devastating. Learn more at 

Nov 01, 2022
‘Phantom’ power is responsible for up to 10% of a home’s energy use

The electricity that your gadgets use during standby mode could be driving up your utility bill. Learn more at 

Oct 31, 2022
U.S. coal use is falling, but some communities still bear pollution burden

A recent study of 11 states finds that natural gas plants are disproportionately located in communities of color and low-income areas. Learn more at 

Oct 28, 2022
Latina leader wants to build a more inclusive climate movement

Latino communities are among the most harmed by climate change, but language barriers and busy work schedules can make it difficult for people to get involved. Learn more at 

Oct 27, 2022
Economic benefits of wind, solar in rural Appalachia could top $65 billion

Renewable energy projects would generate local tax revenue, land lease payments, and wages. Learn more at 

Oct 26, 2022
California ranch works to replenish groundwater supplies

Rainwater percolates from farm fields into an underground aquifer. Learn more at 

Oct 25, 2022
New book helps parents have ‘the climate talk’ with kids

It stars a squirrel named Coco. Learn more at 

Oct 24, 2022
Indianapolis adds more than 80 electric and electric-hybrid buses

The transition away from diesel will reduce the fleet’s air pollution. Learn more at 

Oct 21, 2022
Fire lookout and TikTok star gets her audience thinking about wildfires

She makes funny videos about her job in the New Mexico wilderness. Learn more at 

Oct 20, 2022
Cryptocurrencies use more electricity in a year than Norway

But the industry could cause less harm by adopting processes that use less computing power and by switching to renewable energy sources. Learn more at 

Oct 19, 2022
Titanium dioxide coating could keep roads and bike paths cooler

Like mineral sunscreen, it works by reflecting UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Learn more at 

Oct 18, 2022
Fresno youth train as community environmental advocates

Participants in the Transform Youth Leadership Development Program learn about public speaking and community engagement. Learn more at 

Oct 17, 2022
Unauthorized immigrants face challenges during wildfire evacuations

Some don’t have the money to leave. And others don’t receive warnings if they’re provided only in English. Learn more at 

Oct 14, 2022
Extreme heat waves are stunting kids’ growth in West Africa

Heat waves can cause crop failures, worsen poverty, and increase disease prevalence. Learn more at 

Oct 13, 2022
Delaware program repairs homes so they can be weatherized

Houses in need of fixes may not be eligible for federal weatherization assistance, so this program makes those repairs happen. Learn more at 

Oct 12, 2022
Man lives on roof to raise money for rooftop solar

Frank Hruska spent a week atop the Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads in Virginia, earning $224,000 in donations. Learn more at 

Oct 11, 2022
Engineers use the sun to roast New Mexico’s famous green chiles

Traditionally, the peppers are roasted by burning propane, but that releases carbon pollution. Learn more at 

Oct 10, 2022
Detroit nonprofit inspires youth to pursue environmental careers

Through the Green Door Initiative, students from underserved neighborhoods learn about environmental issues. Learn more at 

Oct 07, 2022
Teens help plant trees for new ‘cool corridors’ in Phoenix

The city is adding shade trees along busy pedestrian routes. Learn more at 

Oct 06, 2022
How caregivers can help people with dementia prepare for evacuations

Get an emergency kit and care instructions ready ahead of time. Learn more at 

Oct 05, 2022
Front-line health care workers need protection from heat, researcher says

So they can stay safe while helping others. Learn more at 

Oct 04, 2022
Climate change is making rainfall during hurricanes more extreme

And storm surge is getting worse as a result of higher sea levels. Learn more at 

Oct 03, 2022
Activists in Los Angeles won a ban on new oil and gas wells

Now they’re making sure the city follows through. Learn more at 

Sep 30, 2022
How misael soto uses public art to help Miami Beach reckon with sea-level rise

For one project, they created an amphitheater out of sandbags. Learn more at 

Sep 29, 2022
Artificial islands could provide a refuge to people threatened by sea-level rise

But constructing them can damage underwater ecosystems. Learn more at 

Sep 28, 2022
Utah house designed to be fossil-fuel-free

Roslynn McCann, who designed and lives in the home, gives tours to show the possibility of sustainable buildings. Learn more at 

Sep 27, 2022
Scientists map hidden waterways under Naples

Researchers with the Cool Cities project believe that the water could be used to cool the city. Learn more at 

Sep 26, 2022
Massachusetts DOT adds solar panels to stretch of highway noise barrier

The barrier near Lexington, which protects residents from the sound of traffic, will now also generate clean energy. Learn more at 

Sep 23, 2022
App helps California volunteers prevent food waste

California is starting to require grocery stores and restaurants to donate unsold food, but businesses need help getting it to hungry people. Learn more at 

Sep 22, 2022
Nonprofit trains women and gender-nonconforming people for green jobs

Energy and construction are historically male-dominated industries. Learn more at 

Sep 21, 2022
Community forest project brings together people who have been excluded from environmentalism

With a new $4.5 million grant, the Shelterwood Collective will manage the land using Indigenous methods. Learn more at 

Sep 20, 2022
New Orleans group helps families feed infants during emergencies

Birthmark Doula Collective trains first responders and distributes emergency feeding kits when disaster strikes. Learn more at 

Sep 19, 2022
70% of recent home buyers considered disaster risk in deciding where to live

So now shows the risk of wildfire for specific properties. Learn more at 

Sep 16, 2022
Almost half a million people have played this climate change card game

The game was created by Climate Fresk, a French organization, to make it easier for people to understand climate science. Learn more at 

Sep 15, 2022
Colorado program helps homeowners reduce wildfire risk

The Boulder County consultation program is free to participants. Learn more at 

Sep 14, 2022
How parks could help communities stay safe in extreme weather

Shady, tree-filled green spaces can help people stay cool during heat waves. Learn more at 

Sep 13, 2022
San Francisco restaurant turns food waste into pizza

From off-cuts of meat to spent-oats in the crust, food waste is used in all stages of pizza served at Shuggie’s Trash Pie. Learn more at 

Sep 12, 2022
Seattle utility aims to make electric vehicle charging more accessible

Seattle City Light plans to install 30 fast EV chargers on streets, giving priority to those near apartments, condos and mobile home parks. Learn more at 

Sep 09, 2022