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
01:31

The Connecticut bungalow shows that climate-friendly construction doesn’t require a bigger budget.  Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 19, 2019
States move to regulate HFCs
01:31

The heat-trapping gases are used in refrigerators and air conditioners. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 18, 2019
Could we use sand or concrete as batteries?
01:31

The low-cost materials could store energy generated by wind and solar farms. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 17, 2019
Christian author sees climate change as a moral issue
01:31

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

Jul 16, 2019
Helping people could help endangered species
01:31

People and animals — like Rwanda’s mountain gorillas — are under increasing pressure as the climate changes. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 15, 2019
A climate policy designed to appeal to conservatives
01:31

It would reduce income taxes, but polluters would pay taxes on carbon emissions. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 12, 2019
Curriculum helps students identify misleading claims
01:31

‘Unfortunately, most schools are not well-prepared to deal with the onslaught of misinformation.’ Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 11, 2019
Climate pledges by businesses, local governments add up
01:31

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 http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 10, 2019
Wastewater treatment plants turn waste into energy
01:31

Facilities in Santiago, Chile, could one day generate as much energy as they use. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 09, 2019
The military tests renewable energy
01:31

It could save money and soldiers’ lives. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 08, 2019
New York Botanical Garden cuts vehicle pollution
01:31

It’s better for the climate and for visitors. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 05, 2019
Rural New Hampshire residents often struggle to afford utilities
01:31

Better energy efficiency could cut their expenses. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 04, 2019
Energy efficiency projects can create jobs
01:31

‘These jobs cannot be outsourced.’ Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 03, 2019
Smart energy district tests clean energy
01:31

A redevelopment project in Jackson, Michigan, will offer lessons on ways to cut carbon pollution. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 02, 2019
How Burnsville, Minnesota, cut its carbon pollution
01:31

Under the leadership of GOP Mayor Elizabeth Kautz. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jul 01, 2019
It’s getting easier to road-trip in an EV
01:31

Electrify America is on track to install 500 new charging stations by the end of this year. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 28, 2019
Residents fight back after California gas leak
01:31

And their efforts made a difference. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 27, 2019
Affordable healthcare reduces logging in Borneo
01:31

Many residents were cutting timber in order to pay for medical assistance. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 26, 2019
Support group helps young fire survivors heal
01:31

The fifth graders created a video to support other young fire victims. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 25, 2019
Climate change could outpace cities’ capacity to adapt
01:31

It will likely take decades to build new, climate-resilient infrastructure. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 24, 2019
‘Glacier’ ballet depicts melting ice
01:31

It helps audiences see the value of what’s being lost. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 21, 2019
Why climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’
01:31

Extreme weather and water shortages increase the risk of political instability and terrorism. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 20, 2019
‘Farming While Black’ author on creating a just food system
01:31

At Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York, she’s helping people of color grow fresh produce. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 19, 2019
Environmental science class focuses on solutions
01:31

There’s no room for doom or gloom in this high-school classroom. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 18, 2019
A low-carbon approach to natural restoration
01:31

The project revitalized a stream and forest near the Chesapeake that had been damaged by hogs. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 17, 2019
Arid Phoenix prepares for even drier future
01:31

The city is encouraging water conservation, and it’s working. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 14, 2019
Charleston residents identify flood problems that models missed
01:31

Scientists can use their reports to improve predictions. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 13, 2019
Material inspired by an ant could cool buildings
01:31

It could one day reduce the need for air conditioning. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 12, 2019
Deploying EVs will require careful planning
01:31

Policies to promote them could wind up at odds with other climate initiatives, says a Harvard attorney. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 11, 2019
Reverend asks Christians to support clean energy
01:31

‘We’re destroying God’s creation.’ Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 10, 2019
‘Bill clinics’ help Illinois residents save money and electricity
01:31

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

Jun 07, 2019
Why are some parts of a city hotter than others?
01:31

It’s part of a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 06, 2019
Energy efficiency job is a path to financial security
01:31

For a time when he was a student, Richard Quaofio couldn’t even afford dishes. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 05, 2019
A task force could help investors fund a low-carbon economy
01:31

If only investors knew about it. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 04, 2019
How New Orleans’ 7th Ward is fighting floods
01:31

Their weapons are rain gardens, rain barrels, and other ‘green’ infrastructure. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Jun 03, 2019
Farmer profits from sustainable choices
01:31

The solar panels on his barn have been a good investment, Ted Barbour says. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 31, 2019
Empowerment program helps teens heal
01:31

Some young people in Monroe, Louisiana, suffered emotionally after a major flood. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 30, 2019
Church-goers pick up fresh produce on Sundays
01:31

‘It's almost a euphoric feeling for some people just to experience real food again.’ Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 29, 2019
The ozone hole vs. global warming
01:31

They’re actually two distinct problems. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 28, 2019
Something’s changed in a Kansas cemetery
01:31

Decades ago, the cemetery’s colorful peonies regularly bloomed in time for Memorial Day. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 27, 2019
Energy efficiency is paying off in Wisconsin
01:31

Every dollar spent by a utility-funded program results in more than $5 in benefits. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 24, 2019
Game demonstrates consequences of U.N. negotiations
01:31

‘Some participants respond rather emotionally.’ Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 23, 2019
Self-driving cars could clog streets with traffic
01:31

So we need more electric cars and more ridesharing, says expert Dan Sperling. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 22, 2019
New England wildflowers slow to catch on to climate change
01:31

They’re losing a crucial period of sunlight that occurs before trees put out their leaves. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 21, 2019
Climate change threatens hunting and fishing
01:31

Warming rivers, worsening pests, and intensifying wildfires are harming fish and game habitat. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 20, 2019
Salt marshes help protect shorelines
01:31

Don’t underestimate these wetlands. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 17, 2019
Climate change could cause L.A. blackouts
01:31

Extreme heat adds stress to the electricity grid. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 16, 2019
Desert mangroves store vast amounts of carbon
01:31

‘They are one of the most important defenses against climate change.’ Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 15, 2019
Tools help farmers adapt to changing conditions
01:31

They can help farmers and communities in the Northeast U.S. prepare for a warmer future. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 14, 2019
Chicago groups turn schoolyards into green spaces
01:31

New gardens, sports fields, and playgrounds absorb stormwater, so they reduce urban flooding. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 13, 2019
Oregon wineries salvage rejected grapes
01:31

They created new wines sold under the ‘Oregon Solidarity’ label. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 10, 2019
Twin Oaks residents share almost everything
01:31

It’s their way of reducing consumption. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 09, 2019
LED bulbs cost more in poor areas
01:31

That’s according to research conducted in the Detroit area. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 08, 2019
Norway is rapidly adopting electric vehicles
01:31

Last year, a third of new cars sold in the country were EVs. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 07, 2019
Innovative greenhouse stores heat underground
01:31

It enables Threefold Farm in Pennsylvania to harvest figs well into December. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 06, 2019
A.I. could track climate impacts
01:31

Algorithms can be used to monitor forest cover, water levels, and the distribution of animals. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 03, 2019
Why wildfires can lead to mudflows
01:31

Scorched ground and heavy rain make a dangerous combination. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 02, 2019
Energy efficiency could help world meet Paris goals
01:31

‘It’s a massive part of the solution.’ Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

May 01, 2019
Rain plagues Pennsylvania farms
01:31

Too much rain washes away plantings, erodes soil, and promotes disease. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 30, 2019
Stone Age village could be lost
01:31

Storms and rising seas threaten 5,000-year-old archaeological sites. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 29, 2019
Why don’t more people buy sustainable products?
01:31

Making the eco-friendly choice can feel like a sacrifice. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 26, 2019
Future tropical forests may hold fewer big trees
01:31

If intense storms grow more common, trees could be killed before reaching full size. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 25, 2019
Leah Penniman reclaims a farming legacy
01:31

Many climate-friendly farming techniques were originally developed by people of color. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 24, 2019
Greensboro, N.C., invests in electric buses
01:31

‘We think it’s the future of the industry.’ Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 23, 2019
Map shows your city’s hotter future
01:31

It reveals how climate change could transform your home. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 22, 2019
U.S. cities pledge to switch to renewables
01:31

It’s a response to citizen pressure. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 19, 2019
High-school students prepare for wind jobs
01:31

It’s an emerging industry. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 18, 2019
Could nuclear fusion solve our energy problems?
01:31

The technology would create abundant clean electricity, but deployment is still decades away. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 17, 2019
Climate change makes air pollution worse
01:31

Bad news for those of us who need to breathe. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 16, 2019
Advocate: Climate policy must also address inequality
01:31

‘Doing both is not a luxury. It's a necessity.’ Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 15, 2019
Company wants to help Americans eat bugs
01:31

Their cricket-powder chips come in Sriracha, cheddar, and barbecue flavors. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 12, 2019
Bison ranch puts carbon into the soil
01:31

It starts with protecting the grass. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 11, 2019
Union leader: Every industry will need to change
01:31

So governments and businesses must make plans to protect vulnerable workers, she argues. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 10, 2019
How an island doubled its solar capacity
01:31

‘We can make a difference at the local level.’ Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 09, 2019
Solar keeps lights on at Zimbabwe clinics
01:31

Reliable electricity ensures safe storage of medicines and vaccines. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 08, 2019
‘Telenovela’ plays teach about the environment
01:31

Star-crossed love, betrayal … and climate change? Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 05, 2019
Armadillos are moving north
01:31

Another sign that the climate is changing. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 04, 2019
GOP mayor turns city into pedestrian paradise
01:31

The walkable downtown boasts green space, wide sidewalks, and bike paths. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 03, 2019
Researcher: Tackling climate will help protect economy
01:31

When extreme weather strikes, it costs big bucks. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 02, 2019
Tennessee family dramatically cuts carbon emissions
01:31

Before making changes, they actually were polluting more than average Americans. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Apr 01, 2019
City slashes carbon emissions in one vote
01:31

The sweeping move makes clean energy the default. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 29, 2019
Australian attempts 100 marathons in 100 days
01:31

She ran in places around the world that face water shortages. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 28, 2019
California could see intense rains in the future
01:31

That’s good for the freshwater supply, but it’s a double-edged sword. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 27, 2019
Researcher suggests limiting fossil fuel production
01:31

Coal, oil, and gas companies are still exploring for new reserves. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 26, 2019
A pro-life Republican’s journey to energy advocacy
01:31

She had a life-changing conversation with her doctor. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 25, 2019
Microgrid system saves tribe $200,000 a year
01:31

The Blue Lake Rancheria’s solar-powered system makes the California tribe more self-sufficient. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 22, 2019
Indiana, spring break destination of the future?
01:31

The state’s tourist attractions may need to rebrand as temperatures rise. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 21, 2019
Poor? You probably pay more for electricity
01:31

Some low-income Atlanta residents spend more than 11 percent of their incomes on utilities. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 20, 2019
Farmers plant trees alongside crops
01:31

Known as agroforestry, the practice offers several advantages. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 19, 2019
Tiny solar cells harvest indoor light
01:31

They could be used in agriculture, health care, and building maintenance. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 18, 2019
TV journalist spreads the word about climate change
01:31

Telemundo’s Vanessa Hauc wants climate information to reach those who need it most. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 15, 2019
A startup is farming corals
01:31

The farmed corals will be sold to tourist destinations where reefs are ailing. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 14, 2019
How ambitious cities are cutting carbon pollution
01:31

A recent report highlights the most effective strategies. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 13, 2019
Researcher: Indigenous people are best forest stewards
01:31

One study found that granting forest property rights to indigenous inhabitants significantly reduced logging. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 12, 2019
Man advocates removing carbon from the air
01:31

Finding a way to do it at scale is a huge technological challenge. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 11, 2019
Oxfam director: Climate change is harming women
01:31

But she says women are also working together to adapt. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 08, 2019
Architects pledge to design carbon-neutral buildings
01:31

Right now, buildings account for almost 40 percent of U.S. energy consumption. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 07, 2019
U.S. businesses work toward Paris goals
01:31

“The U.S. may not be in the Paris accord, but we still are.”  Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 06, 2019
Coffee roaster helps farmers adapt
01:31

Farmers are using options that work best in their own areas. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 05, 2019
Forest Service works with tribes to manage fire
01:31

More than a century after it instituted a zero-tolerance approach on controlled burns, the Forest Service is rethinking its policies. Learn more at http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org.

Mar 04, 2019