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?
01:31

Manufacturers are offering a growing number of electric vehicles with longer ranges and all-wheel drive. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/  

Jan 27, 2023
Simple energy-saving tips for winter
01:31

Reducing energy use during the winter can save money and reduce pollution. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/  

Jan 26, 2023
Tree thinning in dense forests could bolster Western snowpack, researchers suggest
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 25, 2023
Seattle-area agency distributes free air filtration kits to low-income residents
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 24, 2023
People build artificial beaver dams in drought-stricken Montana
01:31

They’re hoping that the new dams will eventually attract real beavers. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/.

Jan 23, 2023
‘Heat Ready Schools’ project helps schools keep students safe during extreme heat
01:31

Shaded playgrounds, reusable water bottles, and training for teachers can help. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 20, 2023
Zoning law helps protect South Carolina’s St. Helena Island from sea level rise
01:31

The island is a cultural center for the Gullah/Geechee people. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 19, 2023
Researchers study how to help forests thrive in a warmer climate
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 18, 2023
For many Puerto Ricans who moved after Hurricane Maria, a sense of loss remains
01:31

A researcher at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, has been studying the mental health impacts of relocation after a disaster. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 17, 2023
How to clear wildfire smoke from indoor air with a DIY air filter
01:31

You’ll need a box fan and a furnace filter. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 16, 2023
Smartphone apps help rural Alaskans monitor effects of warming climate
01:31

Participants can record coastal erosion rates, sea ice melt dates, and other data. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 13, 2023
How artists can raise awareness of climate risks and solutions
01:31

With chalk art, colorful shade structures, and more, artists can help people understand and address climate change. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 12, 2023
Youth community center in Richmond, California, becomes a ‘resilience hub’
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 11, 2023
19th-century records help show impact of climate change on plants
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 10, 2023
Puerto Rico group helps protect abuse survivors during and after disasters
01:31

Breakdowns after Hurricane Maria left some domestic abuse survivors in an especially dangerous situation. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 09, 2023
North Carolina has suffered disastrous floods. Could farmers help?
01:31

Researchers are exploring whether farmers could hold water on their land temporarily, reducing floods downstream. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 06, 2023
Researchers identify potential climate havens for vulnerable plants and animals
01:31

Known as ‘climate refugia,’ these places are better buffered from severe impacts of global warming. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 05, 2023
Boston-area organizer helps communities get ready for more extreme heat waves
01:31

She says listening to residents’ input is crucial. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 04, 2023
Older adults can be particularly vulnerable during weather disasters
01:31

It’s an urgent issue as extreme weather grows more common. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 03, 2023
The warming climate is altering a key amphibian habitat
01:31

Many amphibians lay their eggs in shallow, seasonal wetlands known as vernal pools. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Jan 02, 2023
‘Amphibious’ houses are designed to float during floods
01:31

Buoyant blocks help the house float, and rails ensure it returns to its original placement when the water recedes. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 30, 2022
Puerto Ricans and Florida residents show how communities help each other after disasters
01:31

Many Floridians hosted friends or family after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 29, 2022
Discarded oyster shells used to build new reefs in coastal Louisiana
01:31

The oyster reefs help protect the state’s coasts from extreme weather. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 28, 2022
New building code in Kaua’i accounts for projected sea level rise
01:31

The island in the Hawaiian archipelago has developed ambitious requirements for some new construction. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 27, 2022
New guide helps church communities respond to climate change
01:31

They can provide spiritual guidance, and in some cases, a physical sanctuary after a disaster.  Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 26, 2022
How climate change influences ‘lake effect’ snow
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 23, 2022
New Orleans company recycles glass by crushing it into sand
01:31

Some of Glass Half Full’s sand was used to help restore a marsh damaged by Hurricane Ida. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 22, 2022
Community group helps prepare the Anacostia River for climate change
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The Anacostia Watershed Society restores wetlands, installs rain gardens, and plants trees that filter pollution and slow stormwater. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 21, 2022
Shift in tuna populations could cost small Pacific islands $90 million a year
01:31

Warming ocean waters are expected to push the tuna out of the islands’ jurisdiction. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 20, 2022
Nonprofit helps a Detroit neighborhood learn about solar
01:31

Many people in the community struggle with expensive electricity bills. Going solar can help. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 19, 2022
Changing rainfall patterns threaten insects in the tropics
01:31

Arthropod populations fall during both drought and periods of heavy rain, recent research finds. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 16, 2022
Eight states, 30 cities team up to reduce flooding threat along the Mississippi
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They’ve partnered with Ducks Unlimited to restore more than 60 wetlands that will hold floodwaters during storms. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 15, 2022
New Jersey wants to restore 10,000 acres of ‘fairy-tale’ forest
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Rising seas threaten to kill the state’s dwindling Atlantic white cedar forests. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 14, 2022
Fayetteville, Arkansas, establishes fund for climate refugees
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A resident donated $100,000 to help resettle new people. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 13, 2022
Confusion over food labels creates unnecessary waste and pollution
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ReFED, a food waste nonprofit, is pushing for regulations to standardize the dates that appear on food packaging. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 12, 2022
What’s the difference between a hurricane, a typhoon, and a cyclone?
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No matter what you call these storms, climate change is making them more dangerous. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 09, 2022
Hydropower could provide electricity to more people in sub-Saharan Africa
01:31

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

Dec 08, 2022
Specialists still assessing damage months after flood soaks Appalachian artifacts
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Original recordings, interviews, and film footage were inundated during last summer’s flood in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 07, 2022
New solar-powered car designed to travel up to 40 miles on sunshine alone
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That’s enough to cover many people’s daily commutes. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 06, 2022
The trouble with toilet paper (and other tissue)
01:31

Many tissue products come with a cost to the climate. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 05, 2022
An idea that could help replenish California’s groundwater supplies
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Groundwater pumping during droughts is straining the state’s underground aquifers, but this approach might help. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 02, 2022
How rising sea levels could damage building foundations
01:31

Salty water can seep through cracks, corroding steel supports. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Dec 01, 2022
Unusually warm Pacific Ocean waters contributed to devastating storm in Alaska
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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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 30, 2022
Teen school board member wants to expand climate change curriculum
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High school senior Shiva Rajbhandari won a seat on the Boise Board of Education in September. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 29, 2022
Climate change made rain more extreme during Pakistan’s deadly 2022 floods
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The disaster killed more than 1,500 people and destroyed over 2 million homes. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 28, 2022
Warmer winters limit lake ice skating opportunities in Vermont
01:31

It’s getting more challenging for Lake Morey Resort to maintain its four-mile-long skating track. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 25, 2022
How to reduce food waste from your Thanksgiving feast
01:31

About 300 million pounds of food go to waste around the holiday. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 24, 2022
Wisconsin program aim to boost diversity in clean energy economy
01:31

Participants in a recent pilot project learned about ways to build their businesses. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 23, 2022
Tree planting project aims to cool Tucson neighborhoods, provide food
01:31

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is helping people grow and care for velvet mesquite trees. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 22, 2022
More than half of infectious diseases may be aggravated by climate change
01:31

Warmer temperatures, changes in precipitation, and extreme weather can all shift the distribution and risk of disease, researchers find. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 21, 2022
How a hurricane changed a Texas woman’s life
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She decided to take action to protect the climate. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 18, 2022
Olympic cross-country skier pushes Congress to act on climate
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He’s worried about the toll climate change is taking on snow — and his sport. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 17, 2022
Five countries have cost the world $6 trillion in global warming losses
01:31

Climate change is causing substantial economic damage, recent research finds. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 16, 2022
Jackson, Mississippi water crisis put dialysis patients in danger
01:31

Many dialysis clinics had to scramble to bring in clean water. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 15, 2022
National Weather Service revises Spanish terms for severe storms
01:31

Differences in dialects can make it tricky to communicate weather risks to Spanish speakers. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 14, 2022
California produces disaster-readiness guides in more than 20 languages
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Some state residents speak a language other than Spanish or English. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 11, 2022
Researchers design wind turbine inspired by flexible palm trees
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The turbine can better withstand high winds. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 10, 2022
Historic Black cemeteries threatened by extreme weather
01:31

‘When you lose that cemetery, you lose a huge part of African American history and cultural identity.’ Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 09, 2022
Nonprofit helps Latino residents implement climate solutions in their communities
01:31

Defensores de la Cuenca conducts programs in Spanish, and participants are paid for their time. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 08, 2022
How climate change could dry up hydropower in some regions
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But other areas are expected to see increased hydropower capacity as precipitation increases. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 07, 2022
The Red Cross needs disaster relief volunteers more than ever
01:31

Volunteers set up shelters, arrange hot meals, and provide psychological first aid. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 04, 2022
Weather Channel launches 24/7 Spanish-language streaming network
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 03, 2022
Reducing fossil fuel use will help make life easier for many people with asthma
01:31

Especially residents of low-income, minority communities that are overburdened with pollution. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 02, 2022
Why experts worry about ‘rapid intensification’ of hurricanes
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The consequences can be devastating. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Nov 01, 2022
‘Phantom’ power is responsible for up to 10% of a home’s energy use
01:31

The electricity that your gadgets use during standby mode could be driving up your utility bill. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 31, 2022
U.S. coal use is falling, but some communities still bear pollution burden
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 28, 2022
Latina leader wants to build a more inclusive climate movement
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 27, 2022
Economic benefits of wind, solar in rural Appalachia could top $65 billion
01:31

Renewable energy projects would generate local tax revenue, land lease payments, and wages. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 26, 2022
California ranch works to replenish groundwater supplies
01:31

Rainwater percolates from farm fields into an underground aquifer. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 25, 2022
New book helps parents have ‘the climate talk’ with kids
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It stars a squirrel named Coco. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 24, 2022
Indianapolis adds more than 80 electric and electric-hybrid buses
01:31

The transition away from diesel will reduce the fleet’s air pollution. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 21, 2022
Fire lookout and TikTok star gets her audience thinking about wildfires
01:31

She makes funny videos about her job in the New Mexico wilderness. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 20, 2022
Cryptocurrencies use more electricity in a year than Norway
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 19, 2022
Titanium dioxide coating could keep roads and bike paths cooler
01:31

Like mineral sunscreen, it works by reflecting UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 18, 2022
Fresno youth train as community environmental advocates
01:31

Participants in the Transform Youth Leadership Development Program learn about public speaking and community engagement. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 17, 2022
Unauthorized immigrants face challenges during wildfire evacuations
01:31

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

Oct 14, 2022
Extreme heat waves are stunting kids’ growth in West Africa
01:31

Heat waves can cause crop failures, worsen poverty, and increase disease prevalence. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 13, 2022
Delaware program repairs homes so they can be weatherized
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Houses in need of fixes may not be eligible for federal weatherization assistance, so this program makes those repairs happen. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 12, 2022
Man lives on roof to raise money for rooftop solar
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Frank Hruska spent a week atop the Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads in Virginia, earning $224,000 in donations. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 11, 2022
Engineers use the sun to roast New Mexico’s famous green chiles
01:31

Traditionally, the peppers are roasted by burning propane, but that releases carbon pollution. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 10, 2022
Detroit nonprofit inspires youth to pursue environmental careers
01:31

Through the Green Door Initiative, students from underserved neighborhoods learn about environmental issues. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 07, 2022
Teens help plant trees for new ‘cool corridors’ in Phoenix
01:31

The city is adding shade trees along busy pedestrian routes. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 06, 2022
How caregivers can help people with dementia prepare for evacuations
01:31

Get an emergency kit and care instructions ready ahead of time. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 05, 2022
Front-line health care workers need protection from heat, researcher says
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So they can stay safe while helping others. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 04, 2022
Climate change is making rainfall during hurricanes more extreme
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And storm surge is getting worse as a result of higher sea levels. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Oct 03, 2022
Activists in Los Angeles won a ban on new oil and gas wells
01:31

Now they’re making sure the city follows through. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 30, 2022
How misael soto uses public art to help Miami Beach reckon with sea-level rise
01:31

For one project, they created an amphitheater out of sandbags. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 29, 2022
Artificial islands could provide a refuge to people threatened by sea-level rise
01:31

But constructing them can damage underwater ecosystems. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 28, 2022
Utah house designed to be fossil-fuel-free
01:31

Roslynn McCann, who designed and lives in the home, gives tours to show the possibility of sustainable buildings. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 27, 2022
Scientists map hidden waterways under Naples
01:31

Researchers with the Cool Cities project believe that the water could be used to cool the city. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 26, 2022
Massachusetts DOT adds solar panels to stretch of highway noise barrier
01:31

The barrier near Lexington, which protects residents from the sound of traffic, will now also generate clean energy. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 23, 2022
App helps California volunteers prevent food waste
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 22, 2022
Nonprofit trains women and gender-nonconforming people for green jobs
01:31

Energy and construction are historically male-dominated industries. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 21, 2022
Community forest project brings together people who have been excluded from environmentalism
01:31

With a new $4.5 million grant, the Shelterwood Collective will manage the land using Indigenous methods. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 20, 2022
New Orleans group helps families feed infants during emergencies
01:31

Birthmark Doula Collective trains first responders and distributes emergency feeding kits when disaster strikes. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 19, 2022
70% of recent home buyers considered disaster risk in deciding where to live
01:31

So Realtor.com now shows the risk of wildfire for specific properties. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 16, 2022
Almost half a million people have played this climate change card game
01:31

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

Sep 15, 2022
Colorado program helps homeowners reduce wildfire risk
01:31

The Boulder County consultation program is free to participants. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 14, 2022
How parks could help communities stay safe in extreme weather
01:31

Shady, tree-filled green spaces can help people stay cool during heat waves. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 13, 2022
San Francisco restaurant turns food waste into pizza
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 12, 2022
Seattle utility aims to make electric vehicle charging more accessible
01:31

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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/ 

Sep 09, 2022