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

But with proper management, the fishing industry can continue to thrive. Learn more at

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

If managed well, farmland can soak up heat-trapping carbon pollution. Learn more at

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

More than a third of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten. Learn more at

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

The beetles have killed more than 5% of the forested area in the Western U.S. Learn more at

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

Their futuristic car was a serious contender at the Automotive X Prize competition. Learn more at

Mar 30, 2020
Designer cuts carbon from her clothing line

She strives to produce low-waste clothing that will last a long time. Learn more at

Mar 27, 2020
Current oil and gas projects will warm Earth past 1.5°C:

Holding warming to only 1.5 degrees Celsius would greatly reduce the consequences of climate change. Learn more at

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

An app alerts customers when it’s time to harvest. Learn more at

Mar 25, 2020
Global warming shortens Arctic ice road season

Isolated communities depend on a network of roads on frozen rivers and lakes. Learn more at

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

It’s ‘a way to start a conversation that wasn’t politicized right from the beginning.’ Learn more at

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

The home’s wealthy owner wanted to invest in green design. Learn more at

Mar 20, 2020
Fish swim away from warming waters

It’s creating a ‘massive issue’ for the fishing industry. Learn more at

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

Heavy rains have been ‘wreaking havoc’ downtown. Learn more at

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

Staffer Juan Parra wants clean, renewable energy to reach the people who need it most. Learn more at

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

Buildings that take advantage of natural light and ventilation require much less energy. Learn more at

Mar 16, 2020
Solutions journalism covers more than bad news

Under this approach, journalists rigorously report on potential solutions to society’s problems. Learn more at

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

Carbon pollution from residents and businesses is falling at a similar pace. Learn more at

Mar 12, 2020
EPA encourages manufacturers to save energy

More than 1,000 plants have signed up for the Energy Star Challenge for Industry.  Learn more at

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

The Hoosier Resilience Index offers projections for precipitation and heat. Learn more at

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

Today, about 80% of the global supply is grown in California. Learn more at

Mar 09, 2020
App helps restaurants reduce food waste

Instead of discarding food at the end of the day, restaurants connect with customers looking for discounted meals. Learn more at

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

Composer Steven Bryant says the music expresses his psychological journey of wrestling with the problem. Learn more at

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

The wetlands buffer coastal communities from waves and flooding during storms. Learn more at

Mar 04, 2020
New York Olympic region earns LEED gold

The coveted certification has long been offered for buildings, but now communities can earn it, too. Learn more at

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

They also went door-to-door to help residents go solar. Learn more at

Mar 02, 2020
Skiers, snowboarders send snow data to scientists

Thousands of volunteers from around the world have submitted observations to the Community Snow Observations project. Learn more at

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

Hotter oceans are providing more fuel for the storms. Learn more at

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

Breathing wildfire smoke is harmful, especially for people with heart conditions or lung diseases such as asthma. Learn more at

Feb 26, 2020
Ice skaters help scientists monitor winter weather

The skaters are witnessing the consequences of warming winters firsthand. Learn more at

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

‘It's not just a novelty. It actually works.’  Learn more at

Feb 24, 2020
Dog groomer cuts his carbon footprint

He’s saving money, too. Learn more at

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

According to block-by-block temperature data. Learn more at

Feb 20, 2020
Wildfires could exacerbate water shortages

Snow that falls in burned areas melts more quickly in the spring. Learn more at

Feb 19, 2020
Farms inside shipping containers grow local produce

The crops grow vertically under LED lights. Learn more at

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

The area is known for its iconic cherry trees and the Jefferson Memorial. Learn more at

Feb 17, 2020
How ‘forest bathing’ can relieve stress

A forest therapy guide says the practice increases mindfulness and appreciation of trees. Learn more at

Feb 14, 2020
More cities buy electricity in bulk

It’s a strategy known as community choice aggregation. Learn more at

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

The emerging technology would enable cars to travel farther on a single charge. Learn more at

Feb 12, 2020
Severe wildfires transform forests in the Cascades

Some species are struggling to grow back, and more drought-tolerant trees are moving in. Learn more at

Feb 11, 2020
Climate change threatens health, but nurses could help

Warming temperatures increase the risk of heat stroke, asthma, and other health problems. Learn more at

Feb 10, 2020
Solar panels go online in Fayetteville, Arkansas

The recent installation generates enough electricity to run the city’s wastewater treatment plants. Learn more at

Feb 07, 2020
Therapist launches website about climate anxiety

He says it’s important to acknowledge and reflect on emotions about global warming. Learn more at

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

It can be used to grow crops in indoor hydroponic farms. Learn more at

Feb 05, 2020
California mom works to support youth climate movement

‘I’m extremely concerned about the future of my boys.” Learn more at

Feb 04, 2020
Louisiana’s $50 billion plan to protect its coast

Its land is sinking and eroding, and sea-level rise could make the problem worse. Learn more at

Feb 03, 2020
Electric vehicles likely to become dominant

But the change won’t happen overnight. Learn more at

Jan 31, 2020
Insurance companies drop some California homeowner policies

Other homeowners are seeing higher premiums. Learn more at

Jan 30, 2020
Save fuel and reduce pollution by avoiding idling

If you’re going to idle for more than 10 seconds, it’s more efficient to shut off your car. Learn more at

Jan 29, 2020
Jane Fonda turns to climate activism

‘When you're famous, there's a real responsibility to use that celebrity in the best possible way you can.’ Learn more at

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

Debra Fischer has spent a career studying planets in other solar systems. Learn more at

Jan 27, 2020
How a Chicago suburb made solar simple for residents

Now panels are going up across town. Learn more at

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

Fresno is receiving $66 million for walking trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, and more. Learn more at

Jan 23, 2020
Cities can’t solve climate change on their own

They can make progress, but they need state and federal help, too, says sustainability manager Carol Davis of Blacksburg, Virginia. Learn more at

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

Solar and battery systems will power a few ambulance stations and community buildings. Learn more at

Jan 21, 2020
Solar systems power up South African shacks

A project in the !Kheis municipality has brought electricity to more than 500 homes. Learn more at

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

The price of vehicle batteries is falling rapidly. Learn more at

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

More high-density residential construction in urban areas could help alleviate the problem. Learn more at

Jan 16, 2020
Theater project helps people visualize flood scenarios

It enables people to connect with climate data in a visceral way. Learn more at

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

Air pollution, largely caused by burning coal, leads to more than one million early deaths in China each year. Learn more at

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

The region is experiencing more intense downpours as the climate changes. Learn more at

Jan 13, 2020
Knox College students build campus rain gardens

The gardens help the campus drainage system during heavy rains. Learn more at

Jan 10, 2020
Lawyers take a stand for renewable energy

A new initiative at Columbia University provides free help to people facing legal obstacles to renewable energy projects. Learn more at

Jan 09, 2020
Interactive tool shows climate threats to backyard birds

It displays information by ZIP code. Learn more at

Jan 08, 2020
Detroit Zoo turns poo into electricity

The zoo is harnessing energy from food waste and herbivore manure. Learn more at

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

The glaciers shrank 40% between 1981 and 2015, largely because of human-caused global warming. Learn more at

Jan 06, 2020
Cancun businesses insure a coral reef

A healthy reef helps protect Cancun’s hotels and resorts from storm damage. Learn more at

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

Meeting the targets is still possible, but it will take ambitious climate action. Learn more at

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

Collecting rainwater reduces the burden on the city’s water supply. Learn more at

Jan 01, 2020
HVAC manufacturers could play big role in cutting carbon pollution

Ingersoll Rand has pledged to cut its customers’ carbon footprint by one gigaton by 2030. Learn more at

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

Storm surge from Superstorm Sandy badly damaged the city’s transportation system. Learn more at

Dec 30, 2019
Artist uses artificial reefs as canvases

‘I wanted to really symbolize the human side of the ocean and how we're all connected.’ Learn more at

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

Participants work on projects ranging from solar installations to water quality testing. Learn more at

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

The Arctic has already lost 40% of its summertime ice cover. Learn more at

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

He biked from British Columbia to New Mexico to gather stories for a film about climate change. Learn more at

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

Lettuce titans California and Arizona are likely to experience more droughts as the climate warms. Learn more at

Dec 23, 2019
How buildings stayed cool before AC

Architects used clever techniques to help occupants stay comfortable. Learn more at

Dec 20, 2019
Dominica native wants to protect climate migrants

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

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

According to conservation psychologist John Fraser. Learn more at

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

Scientists are working on ways to suck carbon from the air. Learn more at

Dec 17, 2019
Environmental group plans satellite launch to monitor methane

Methane is a potent global warming pollutant. Learn more at

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

Birders across North America are capturing data that helps scientists understand how climate change is altering bird habitats. Learn more at

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

The fort was heavily bombarded during the Civil War — and now it faces new threats. Learn more at

Dec 12, 2019
Flooring manufacturer cuts carbon pollution

Large companies should prioritize climate change, Interface’s chief sustainability officer says. Learn more at

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

Many large apartment buildings need retrofits to boost their efficiency. Learn more at

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

Liam’s, on Cape Cod’s Nauset beach, was demolished in 2018. Learn more at

Dec 09, 2019
Hockey players plan game at North Pole

The goal is to bring attention to the climate crisis. Learn more at

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

They’re already in use in Long Beach, California. Learn more at

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

Protracted drought and crop failures are part of why people in Central America are fleeing their homes. Learn more at

Dec 04, 2019
Professor locks herself to pipeline construction equipment

She was arrested for her actions. Learn more at

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

She says an adult’s presence can help keep strikers safe — and it’s an act of solidarity. Learn more at

Dec 02, 2019
How heat pumps can shrink CO2 footprints

These efficient devices work even in cold climates. Learn more at

Nov 29, 2019
How Cornell is adapting to extreme weather

A rain garden, porous asphalt, and other features help the campus cope with heavier downpours. Learn more at

Nov 28, 2019
Energy costs burden low-income families

Weatherization programs can help. Learn more at

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

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

Nov 26, 2019
Energy efficiency jobs grow in the Midwest

Regional investments in efficiency have soared to $1.5 billion annually. Learn more at

Nov 25, 2019
Why a motorcyclist decided to go electric

‘I would unquestionably say that if you’re a motorcyclist you should at least try out an electric motorcycle.’ Learn more at

Nov 22, 2019
Many farmers feel unprepared for extreme weather

Fruit and vegetable growers in the Northeast say they lack the skills and money to cope with drought and record rainfall. Learn more at

Nov 21, 2019
Solar industry lacks diversity, report finds

But a growing number of companies are working to increase representation of women and people of color, the report says. Learn more at

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

It has to do with property taxes. Learn more at

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

Oceanographer Josh Willis is also known as ‘Climate Elvis.’ Learn more at

Nov 18, 2019