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
UK’s National Health Service plans to eliminate contribution to climate change

It would be the world’s first national health system to do so. Learn more at

Jan 20, 2021
Lizards and snakes will feel global warming’s effects

These cold-blooded creatures may move farther north or to higher elevations as temperatures rise. Learn more at

Jan 19, 2021
Advocate and scholar Beverly Wright wants justice at center of climate policies

Her experiences after Hurricane Katrina laid bare how inequity worsens the impacts of extreme weather. Learn more at

Jan 18, 2021
Missouri meteorologist teaches his viewers about climate change

‘I hope that the lasting effect of me talking about climate is just more acceptance and more understanding.’ Learn more at

Jan 15, 2021
Salt Lake City’s two sustainable fire stations

The stations are equipped with solar panels, efficient lighting, and more. Learn more at

Jan 14, 2021
Environmental organizations remain overwhelmingly white

Executive Director Andrés Jimenez says increasing diversity is crucial for addressing the climate crisis. Learn more at

Jan 13, 2021
Solar-powered battery packs offer cheap electricity in Tanzania

A company called Jaza Energy is providing electricity access without relying on fossil fuels. Learn more at

Jan 12, 2021
Many states get poor grades on climate education standards

A recent report evaluates each state’s science standards to see how clearly and accurately they cover climate change. Learn more at

Jan 11, 2021
App helps electric vehicle drivers share private charging stations

EVmatch wants to make it easier for drivers to find places to power up. Learn more at

Jan 08, 2021
Small Wisconsin city becomes a renewable energy leader

River Falls, Wisconsin, ranked No. 2 in the nation in 2019 for participation in its green power program. Learn more at

Jan 07, 2021
Pandemic may lead to wider acceptance of online meetings

Business meetings held online can save money, time, and carbon pollution. Learn more at

Jan 06, 2021
Wildfires torch dwindling sage-grouse habitat

The charismatic greater sage-grouse is under threat as wildfires become more frequent. Learn more at

Jan 05, 2021
Mobile app helps Inuit hunters monitor ice conditions

As the Arctic warms, thinning sea ice poses a growing danger to hunters. Learn more at

Jan 04, 2021
Climate change is influencing Marshall Islands residents’ decisions to move

The low-lying island country in the Pacific is vulnerable to sea-level rise, freshwater shortages, and extreme heat. Learn more at

Jan 01, 2021
The link between wine corks and climate change

Give a toast to cork forests, which store a great deal of carbon pollution. Learn more at

Dec 31, 2020
Scientists search for ways to lock more carbon in the soil

Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies want to develop plants that can bury carbon pollution deep underground. Learn more at

Dec 30, 2020
More frequent, heavier rains strain U.S. dams

Many of the country’s 90,000 dams are aging and poorly maintained. Learn more at

Dec 29, 2020
Celebrating climate action during Kwanzaa

Environmental activist Heather McTeer Toney says African-American-led responses to climate change embody the principles of the holiday. Learn more at

Dec 28, 2020
Lovers of winter sports call for climate action

Warmer winters are threatening their favorite sports. Learn more at

Dec 25, 2020
Reindeer deaths in the Arctic linked to erratic weather

The losses are devastating for the animals and the Indigenous herders who depend on them. Learn more at

Dec 24, 2020
Young leader helps her generation protect the ocean

She launched the nonprofit Sustainable Ocean Alliance while still in college. Learn more at

Dec 23, 2020
How energy efficiency can help make the electric grid cleaner

When customers reduce demand for electricity, utilities can avoid turning on polluting backup power plants. Learn more at

Dec 22, 2020
Climate change alters a Louisiana tribe’s way of life

Citizens of the United Houma Nation have long depended on the land for food and medicine. Learn more at

Dec 21, 2020
Selective breeding could help oysters adapt to ocean acidification

The oceans are growing more acidic as they absorb carbon pollution, making it harder for oysters to form shells. Learn more at

Dec 18, 2020
As sea levels rise, water creeps up beneath people’s feet

Rising seas are pushing groundwater upward, worsening flooding. Learn more at

Dec 17, 2020
Farming like Indigenous people did could bolster Hawaii’s food supply

The island state is heavily reliant on imports. Learn more at

Dec 16, 2020
Drug traffickers fuel deforestation in Central America

Crackdowns on the drug trade have helped drive smugglers into forests, where they can do a lot of damage. Learn more at

Dec 15, 2020
Sixteen-year-old First Nations advocate speaks up for clean water

Like her great-aunt Josephine Mandamin, she’s working to protect the environment in the Great Lakes region. Learn more at

Dec 14, 2020
The tantalizing promise of green hydrogen

This zero-pollution energy source is still too expensive to compete in the mass market. Learn more at

Dec 11, 2020
Extreme weather puts new strains on olive oil production

The oil is central to the story of Hanukkah. Learn more at

Dec 10, 2020
Late Triassic extinctions linked to climate change

Volcanic eruptions that occurred over hundreds of thousands of years released enormous amounts of carbon dioxide, warming the climate. Learn more at

Dec 09, 2020
Instagram influencer uses his platform to teach environmental concepts

His postings under the handle Queer Brown Vegan have amassed a following in the tens of thousands. Learn more at

Dec 08, 2020
Gas stoves can generate indoor air pollution

In some cases, indoor air pollution can rise to levels that would violate outdoor air standards. Learn more at

Dec 07, 2020
Farmer mimics ecosystem where mastodons once roamed

He’s taking inspiration from the oak savannas that were once widespread in the Midwest. Learn more at

Dec 04, 2020
Redlining left neighborhoods vulnerable to heat

Formerly redlined areas tend to have more pavement and fewer trees than other neighborhoods. Learn more at

Dec 03, 2020
Group aims to pinpoint sources of carbon pollution

They’re using satellite data and other tools to monitor global emissions in real time. Learn more at

Dec 02, 2020
Farmworkers need more protections from wildfire smoke, union leader says

Despite smoky conditions during the September 2020 fires in Oregon, some farms kept harvesting. Learn more at

Dec 01, 2020
Flooding in Norfolk, Virginia, now chronic

As sea levels rise, water is spilling onto many roads during high tide. Learn more at

Nov 30, 2020
Free returns come at a cost to the climate

Returned goods create about 15 million metric tons of carbon pollution in the U.S. each year, according to one estimate. Learn more at

Nov 27, 2020
The lasting influence of the Tofurky

The tofu-based roast debuted a quarter century ago. Learn more at

Nov 26, 2020
Why frightening facts don’t always move people to action on climate change

A conversational approach often works better, says psychologist Renée Lertzman. Learn more at

Nov 25, 2020
Many roads aren’t ready for climate change

They may wear out faster than planned, driving up costs to communities. Learn more at

Nov 24, 2020
Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier on the value of ice and snow

She’s the author of the book “The Right To Be Cold.” Learn more at

Nov 23, 2020
Identifying climate risks can help businesses become more resilient

Disclosing climate-related threats  — and preparing for them — can build investor confidence. Learn more at

Nov 20, 2020
Low-cost sensors help Savannah, Georgia, track flooding

They’re helping people monitor water levels along bridges and roads and in neighborhoods. Learn more at

Nov 19, 2020
Real-time pricing could help keep EVs from burdening the grid

Utilities use this strategy to encourage drivers to charge their cars when demand is low, such as at night. Learn more at

Nov 18, 2020
Arctic fires are burning more intensely

They’re also spreading in areas farther north than they did in the past. Learn more at

Nov 17, 2020
Energy-efficient homes stay more comfortable during power outages

Even during a winter blackout, you can expect a high-efficiency home to stay warm for several days. Learn more at

Nov 16, 2020
Why some labor unions are talking about climate change

Some unions are embracing climate action, while others are wary of job losses in the fossil-fuel sector. Learn more at

Nov 13, 2020
Reliance on single-use supplies can leave hospitals vulnerable to shortages

Extreme weather — or a pandemic — can disrupt manufacturing and transportation of crucial medical supplies and equipment. Learn more at

Nov 12, 2020
California’s state pension fund pushes companies to cut carbon

It’s helping to lead a coalition of large investors that are pressing for action. Learn more at

Nov 11, 2020
Florida hires mental health coordinator to help people recover from disasters

Extreme weather can leave lingering mental health consequences. Learn more at

Nov 10, 2020
Wildfire smoke leaves people more vulnerable to COVID-19

So it’s important for people in fire-prone regions to minimize exposure to the virus and to avoid smoke. Learn more at

Nov 09, 2020
Tucson launches massive tree-planting effort

Mayor Regina Romero says new trees will help cool the fast-warming city. Learn more at

Nov 06, 2020
Some key climate solutions aren’t ‘particularly sexy’

Reducing soil erosion, for example. Learn more at

Nov 05, 2020
Measuring air pollution block-by-block in Brooklyn

The data will show residents how much pollution they’re exposed to at home, school, or work. Learn more at

Nov 04, 2020
Young voters could help elect candidates who promise climate action

Youth are more concerned about climate change than their elders, but they’re less likely to vote. Learn more at

Nov 03, 2020
Why one Louisiana voter is casting his ballot with the climate in mind

Daniel Rogers of Pineville worries about the increasing threat of extreme weather. Learn more at

Nov 02, 2020
‘Zombie fires’ a growing risk in the warming Arctic

Thawing permafrost and drying peatlands are expected to provide more fuel for these fires. Learn more at

Oct 30, 2020
Ghost forests are an eerie sign of rising seas

Look for these weird stands of dead or dying trees the next time you’re driving along the Atlantic coast. Learn more at

Oct 29, 2020
Many Latino voters in Nevada are worried about the climate

A recent poll found that almost half the state’s Latino voters say they were personally affected by climate change in the last year. Learn more at

Oct 28, 2020
U.S. can’t meet Paris goals without federal leadership, researcher says

But if the federal government, states, cities, and businesses work together, big cuts to carbon pollution are still possible. Learn more at

Oct 27, 2020
Energy efficiency, cleaner grid would cut carbon pollution from buildings

The U.S. building sector could reduce its energy-related emissions nearly 80% by 2050, a new study finds. Learn more at

Oct 26, 2020
Artist and glaciologist illustrate ice loss from glacier in Peru

Their work helps viewers imagine how much of the glacier has already disappeared. Learn more at

Oct 23, 2020
Fracking can harm human health, physicians group warns

Physicians for Social Responsibility has called for a ban on this method of extracting natural gas. Learn more at

Oct 22, 2020
Minnesota family saves energy through simple living

David Abazs and his family live in an off-grid home powered by wood, wind, and the sun. Learn more at

Oct 21, 2020
Energy efficiency can help make housing affordable

Making buildings more efficient can reduce utility bills. Learn more at

Oct 20, 2020
Children are especially vulnerable to extreme weather

They can’t protect themselves, so they must rely on adults to care for them. Learn more at

Oct 19, 2020
‘Youth Climate Leaders’ helps young people build careers as climate leaders

Cassia Moraes and her organization are helping youth access training, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Learn more at

Oct 16, 2020
What is an IPCC report?

Members of the IPCC are tasked with providing a scientific view of climate change and its impacts. Learn more at

Oct 15, 2020
Austin’s population is booming. Its energy consumption is not

Thanks in part to energy audits, the city is keeping its carbon pollution under control. Learn more at

Oct 14, 2020
Owning a business on the front line of sea-level rise

Jamie Anderson’s bookstore in Manteo, North Carolina, has flooded six times in eight years. Learn more at

Oct 13, 2020
Dakota Access Pipeline opponent says she’s a protector, not a protestor

Madonna Thunder Hawk of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has spent decades fighting for Native land and water. Learn more at

Oct 12, 2020
New charging stations help EV owners road-trip

Electrify America is installing stations along major highways on two east-west corridors. Learn more at

Oct 09, 2020
Many companies pledge to cut carbon. But that’s just the first step

A nonprofit called the Climate Registry is helping businesses measure their emissions and share the results.  Learn more at

Oct 08, 2020
Could a perennial wheatgrass help farmers adapt to climate change?

Farmers are testing a long-lived, long-rooted relative of conventional wheat. Learn more at

Oct 07, 2020
Why young people sued the U.S. government over climate change

A lawyer for Juliana v. United States says the plaintiffs’ strategy is worthwhile, despite a legal setback. Learn more at

Oct 06, 2020
Why one man decided to cut back on air travel

He wants his actions to line up with his personal values. Learn more at

Oct 05, 2020
Vail Resorts invests in massive Nebraska wind farm

The ski resort company has committed to buying 310,000 megawatt hours of electricity each year. Learn more at

Oct 02, 2020
How green banks drive investment in renewable energy

Collectively, efforts by members of the American Green Bank Consortium have led to over $5 billion in new clean energy investments. Learn more at

Oct 01, 2020
What is ‘intersectional environmentalism’?

Activist Leah Thomas is calling on environmentalists to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Learn more at

Sep 30, 2020
Global demand for U.S. military assistance grows

The military often provides aid when a weather disaster or humanitarian crisis strikes. Learn more at

Sep 29, 2020
Savannah residents nurture young trees in vacant lots

The trees will help replace those lost to storms and development. Learn more at

Sep 28, 2020
Renewables could help Caribbean become more hurricane-resilient

Solar panels connected to microgrids can come back online quickly after a storm. Learn more at

Sep 25, 2020
Low-income communities of color must be included climate action, activist says

‘If we don't have a total effort in this country to deal with the reduction in our greenhouse gas, we’re just spinning our wheels in mud.' Learn more at

Sep 24, 2020
Why a farmer is nurturing his soil

He’s decreasing the need for synthetic fertilizers and helping store carbon in the ground. Learn more at

Sep 23, 2020
Clean energy transition will strengthen national security, Navy veteran says

Dan Misch says it will reduce U.S. reliance on foreign fuels and reduce the worst impacts of climate change. Learn more at

Sep 22, 2020
Why Miami is vulnerable to sea-level rise

Miami resident Mario Alejandro Ariza, who wrote a book on the topic, explains. Learn more at

Sep 21, 2020
Scientist seeks old vacation photos from Acadia National Park

Stephanie Spera is studying the potential impact of climate change on fall foliage in the park. Learn more at

Sep 18, 2020
Sen. Debbie Stabenow calls Great Lakes’ rapid warming ‘incredibly alarming’

Warming waters are a threat to Michigan’s economy and way of life, she says. Learn more at

Sep 17, 2020
Apple-growing is getting more difficult in many areas

One Midwest grower says his industry will need to adapt to a wetter climate. Learn more at

Sep 16, 2020
Risk of gender-based violence grows after weather disasters

It’s important for emergency planners to consider as the weather grows more extreme. Learn more at

Sep 15, 2020
Obstacles remain to getting electric trucks on the road

Consultant David Gardiner says offering government incentives and adding more charging stations could help.  Learn more at

Sep 14, 2020
Evangelical author encourages Christians to care for the Earth

Many scriptures describe people as caretakers of creation, Lindsay Linsky says. Learn more at

Sep 11, 2020
Are buses an overlooked climate solution?

Unlike hyperloops or self-driving cars, bus systems are here and now. Learn more at

Sep 10, 2020
NYC residents document sea-level rise in coastal neighborhoods

The Community Flood Watch Project is collecting resident reports of flooding in Jamaica Bay. Learn more at

Sep 09, 2020
Tech startup aims to connect small farms with local consumers

Founder Janelle Maiocco says people are hungry for convenient, sustainable options. Learn more at

Sep 08, 2020
One woman’s story of living through California’s recent wildfires

‘We've never seen one like this in my lifetime here.’ Learn more at

Sep 07, 2020
Sen. Debbie Stabenow says farmers can help reduce global warming

The Democrat from Michigan says many people in agriculture want to address the problem. Learn more at

Sep 04, 2020
Young conservative speaks up about the climate

‘Now I know that I'm not the only one that sees things the way that I do.’ Learn more at

Sep 03, 2020