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 surprisingly cost-effective zero-energy house

The Connecticut bungalow shows that climate-friendly construction doesn’t require a bigger budget.  Learn more at

Jul 19, 2019
States move to regulate HFCs

The heat-trapping gases are used in refrigerators and air conditioners. Learn more at

Jul 18, 2019
Could we use sand or concrete as batteries?

The low-cost materials could store energy generated by wind and solar farms. Learn more at

Jul 17, 2019
Christian author sees climate change as a moral issue

‘Caring for God's creation is one of the most important mandates that he gave us as his children.’ Learn more at

Jul 16, 2019
Helping people could help endangered species

People and animals — like Rwanda’s mountain gorillas — are under increasing pressure as the climate changes. Learn more at

Jul 15, 2019
A climate policy designed to appeal to conservatives

It would reduce income taxes, but polluters would pay taxes on carbon emissions. Learn more at

Jul 12, 2019
Curriculum helps students identify misleading claims

‘Unfortunately, most schools are not well-prepared to deal with the onslaught of misinformation.’ Learn more at

Jul 11, 2019
Climate pledges by businesses, local governments add up

If they follow through on existing promises, that would get the U.S. two-thirds of the way to its Paris agreement goal. Learn more at

Jul 10, 2019
Wastewater treatment plants turn waste into energy

Facilities in Santiago, Chile, could one day generate as much energy as they use. Learn more at

Jul 09, 2019
The military tests renewable energy

It could save money and soldiers’ lives. Learn more at

Jul 08, 2019
New York Botanical Garden cuts vehicle pollution

It’s better for the climate and for visitors. Learn more at

Jul 05, 2019
Rural New Hampshire residents often struggle to afford utilities

Better energy efficiency could cut their expenses. Learn more at

Jul 04, 2019
Energy efficiency projects can create jobs

‘These jobs cannot be outsourced.’ Learn more at

Jul 03, 2019
Smart energy district tests clean energy

A redevelopment project in Jackson, Michigan, will offer lessons on ways to cut carbon pollution. Learn more at

Jul 02, 2019
How Burnsville, Minnesota, cut its carbon pollution

Under the leadership of GOP Mayor Elizabeth Kautz. Learn more at

Jul 01, 2019
It’s getting easier to road-trip in an EV

Electrify America is on track to install 500 new charging stations by the end of this year. Learn more at

Jun 28, 2019
Residents fight back after California gas leak

And their efforts made a difference. Learn more at

Jun 27, 2019
Affordable healthcare reduces logging in Borneo

Many residents were cutting timber in order to pay for medical assistance. Learn more at

Jun 26, 2019
Support group helps young fire survivors heal

The fifth graders created a video to support other young fire victims. Learn more at

Jun 25, 2019
Climate change could outpace cities’ capacity to adapt

It will likely take decades to build new, climate-resilient infrastructure. Learn more at

Jun 24, 2019
‘Glacier’ ballet depicts melting ice

It helps audiences see the value of what’s being lost. Learn more at

Jun 21, 2019
Why climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’

Extreme weather and water shortages increase the risk of political instability and terrorism. Learn more at

Jun 20, 2019
‘Farming While Black’ author on creating a just food system

At Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York, she’s helping people of color grow fresh produce. Learn more at

Jun 19, 2019
Environmental science class focuses on solutions

There’s no room for doom or gloom in this high-school classroom. Learn more at

Jun 18, 2019
A low-carbon approach to natural restoration

The project revitalized a stream and forest near the Chesapeake that had been damaged by hogs. Learn more at

Jun 17, 2019
Arid Phoenix prepares for even drier future

The city is encouraging water conservation, and it’s working. Learn more at

Jun 14, 2019
Charleston residents identify flood problems that models missed

Scientists can use their reports to improve predictions. Learn more at

Jun 13, 2019
Material inspired by an ant could cool buildings

It could one day reduce the need for air conditioning. Learn more at

Jun 12, 2019
Deploying EVs will require careful planning

Policies to promote them could wind up at odds with other climate initiatives, says a Harvard attorney. Learn more at

Jun 11, 2019
Reverend asks Christians to support clean energy

‘We’re destroying God’s creation.’ Learn more at

Jun 10, 2019
‘Bill clinics’ help Illinois residents save money and electricity

They’re helping residents navigate the ever-growing list of renewable incentives, energy efficiency programs, and pricing options. Learn more at

Jun 07, 2019
Why are some parts of a city hotter than others?

It’s part of a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. Learn more at

Jun 06, 2019
Energy efficiency job is a path to financial security

For a time when he was a student, Richard Quaofio couldn’t even afford dishes. Learn more at

Jun 05, 2019
A task force could help investors fund a low-carbon economy

If only investors knew about it. Learn more at

Jun 04, 2019
How New Orleans’ 7th Ward is fighting floods

Their weapons are rain gardens, rain barrels, and other ‘green’ infrastructure. Learn more at

Jun 03, 2019
Farmer profits from sustainable choices

The solar panels on his barn have been a good investment, Ted Barbour says. Learn more at

May 31, 2019
Empowerment program helps teens heal

Some young people in Monroe, Louisiana, suffered emotionally after a major flood. Learn more at

May 30, 2019
Church-goers pick up fresh produce on Sundays

‘It's almost a euphoric feeling for some people just to experience real food again.’ Learn more at

May 29, 2019
The ozone hole vs. global warming

They’re actually two distinct problems. Learn more at

May 28, 2019
Something’s changed in a Kansas cemetery

Decades ago, the cemetery’s colorful peonies regularly bloomed in time for Memorial Day. Learn more at

May 27, 2019
Energy efficiency is paying off in Wisconsin

Every dollar spent by a utility-funded program results in more than $5 in benefits. Learn more at

May 24, 2019
Game demonstrates consequences of U.N. negotiations

‘Some participants respond rather emotionally.’ Learn more at

May 23, 2019
Self-driving cars could clog streets with traffic

So we need more electric cars and more ridesharing, says expert Dan Sperling. Learn more at

May 22, 2019
New England wildflowers slow to catch on to climate change

They’re losing a crucial period of sunlight that occurs before trees put out their leaves. Learn more at

May 21, 2019
Climate change threatens hunting and fishing

Warming rivers, worsening pests, and intensifying wildfires are harming fish and game habitat. Learn more at

May 20, 2019
Salt marshes help protect shorelines

Don’t underestimate these wetlands. Learn more at

May 17, 2019
Climate change could cause L.A. blackouts

Extreme heat adds stress to the electricity grid. Learn more at

May 16, 2019
Desert mangroves store vast amounts of carbon

‘They are one of the most important defenses against climate change.’ Learn more at

May 15, 2019
Tools help farmers adapt to changing conditions

They can help farmers and communities in the Northeast U.S. prepare for a warmer future. Learn more at

May 14, 2019
Chicago groups turn schoolyards into green spaces

New gardens, sports fields, and playgrounds absorb stormwater, so they reduce urban flooding. Learn more at

May 13, 2019
Oregon wineries salvage rejected grapes

They created new wines sold under the ‘Oregon Solidarity’ label. Learn more at

May 10, 2019
Twin Oaks residents share almost everything

It’s their way of reducing consumption. Learn more at

May 09, 2019
LED bulbs cost more in poor areas

That’s according to research conducted in the Detroit area. Learn more at

May 08, 2019
Norway is rapidly adopting electric vehicles

Last year, a third of new cars sold in the country were EVs. Learn more at

May 07, 2019
Innovative greenhouse stores heat underground

It enables Threefold Farm in Pennsylvania to harvest figs well into December. Learn more at

May 06, 2019
A.I. could track climate impacts

Algorithms can be used to monitor forest cover, water levels, and the distribution of animals. Learn more at

May 03, 2019
Why wildfires can lead to mudflows

Scorched ground and heavy rain make a dangerous combination. Learn more at

May 02, 2019
Energy efficiency could help world meet Paris goals

‘It’s a massive part of the solution.’ Learn more at

May 01, 2019
Rain plagues Pennsylvania farms

Too much rain washes away plantings, erodes soil, and promotes disease. Learn more at

Apr 30, 2019
Stone Age village could be lost

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

Apr 29, 2019
Why don’t more people buy sustainable products?

Making the eco-friendly choice can feel like a sacrifice. Learn more at

Apr 26, 2019
Future tropical forests may hold fewer big trees

If intense storms grow more common, trees could be killed before reaching full size. Learn more at

Apr 25, 2019
Leah Penniman reclaims a farming legacy

Many climate-friendly farming techniques were originally developed by people of color. Learn more at

Apr 24, 2019
Greensboro, N.C., invests in electric buses

‘We think it’s the future of the industry.’ Learn more at

Apr 23, 2019
Map shows your city’s hotter future

It reveals how climate change could transform your home. Learn more at

Apr 22, 2019
U.S. cities pledge to switch to renewables

It’s a response to citizen pressure. Learn more at

Apr 19, 2019
High-school students prepare for wind jobs

It’s an emerging industry. Learn more at

Apr 18, 2019
Could nuclear fusion solve our energy problems?

The technology would create abundant clean electricity, but deployment is still decades away. Learn more at

Apr 17, 2019
Climate change makes air pollution worse

Bad news for those of us who need to breathe. Learn more at

Apr 16, 2019
Advocate: Climate policy must also address inequality

‘Doing both is not a luxury. It's a necessity.’ Learn more at

Apr 15, 2019
Company wants to help Americans eat bugs

Their cricket-powder chips come in Sriracha, cheddar, and barbecue flavors. Learn more at

Apr 12, 2019
Bison ranch puts carbon into the soil

It starts with protecting the grass. Learn more at

Apr 11, 2019
Union leader: Every industry will need to change

So governments and businesses must make plans to protect vulnerable workers, she argues. Learn more at

Apr 10, 2019
How an island doubled its solar capacity

‘We can make a difference at the local level.’ Learn more at

Apr 09, 2019
Solar keeps lights on at Zimbabwe clinics

Reliable electricity ensures safe storage of medicines and vaccines. Learn more at

Apr 08, 2019
‘Telenovela’ plays teach about the environment

Star-crossed love, betrayal … and climate change? Learn more at

Apr 05, 2019
Armadillos are moving north

Another sign that the climate is changing. Learn more at

Apr 04, 2019
GOP mayor turns city into pedestrian paradise

The walkable downtown boasts green space, wide sidewalks, and bike paths. Learn more at

Apr 03, 2019
Researcher: Tackling climate will help protect economy

When extreme weather strikes, it costs big bucks. Learn more at

Apr 02, 2019
Tennessee family dramatically cuts carbon emissions

Before making changes, they actually were polluting more than average Americans. Learn more at

Apr 01, 2019
City slashes carbon emissions in one vote

The sweeping move makes clean energy the default. Learn more at

Mar 29, 2019
Australian attempts 100 marathons in 100 days

She ran in places around the world that face water shortages. Learn more at

Mar 28, 2019
California could see intense rains in the future

That’s good for the freshwater supply, but it’s a double-edged sword. Learn more at

Mar 27, 2019
Researcher suggests limiting fossil fuel production

Coal, oil, and gas companies are still exploring for new reserves. Learn more at

Mar 26, 2019
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