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
New fund aims to bring more people into the climate conversation

The Ohio Climate Justice Fund wants to ensure that the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of color are heard. Learn more at

Sep 24, 2021
Minneapolis project demonstrates a way to make solar arrays affordable

The program is installing solar on 24 properties in North Minneapolis, a primarily low-income, Black community. Learn more at

Sep 23, 2021
Electric cars can cost 40% less to maintain than gasoline cars

Electric vehicles have fewer parts to service, so they’re generally less expensive to repair and maintain than conventional cars. Learn more at

Sep 22, 2021
Psychiatrist helps people cope with mental health toll of extreme weather

She assisted people in her native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Learn more at

Sep 21, 2021
Initiative aims to create fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty

It was inspired by the nuclear non-proliferation treaty negotiated in the 1960s. Learn more at

Sep 20, 2021
Indie musician’s new album reckons with extreme weather

The album’s lyrical images of floods and storms explore broader themes of fear and helplessness. Learn more at

Sep 17, 2021
Emory to update med school curriculum to include climate risks

Medical students successfully pushed for the change. Learn more at

Sep 16, 2021
Santa Fe group home to go solar, save money

Casa Milagro, which supports people who have experienced homelessness and mental illness, will soon be powered by a 23-kilowatt solar array. Learn more at

Sep 15, 2021
More than a million people in drought-stricken Madagascar face food shortages

Climate change could bring more frequent droughts. Learn more at

Sep 14, 2021
Minority communities often lack access to safe biking infrastructure

Charles Brown, CEO of Equitable Cities, wants to make clean, two-wheeled transportation available to everyone. Learn more at

Sep 13, 2021
Climate change isn’t just a natural cycle

Here’s how we know that. Learn more at

Sep 10, 2021
Some crops can thrive in shade of solar panels, experiments suggest

Farmers in hot, dry climates might be able to produce food and electricity on the same plot of land. Learn more at

Sep 09, 2021
Low-income people more likely to be denied federal loans after Hurricane Harvey

The people who may need the most help after a disaster are less likely to get it, a recent study found. Learn more at

Sep 08, 2021
A young activist is working to shut down oil drilling across Los Angeles

Nearly 600,000 people in L.A. County live within a quarter mile of an active oil or gas well. Learn more at

Sep 07, 2021
Rabbi calls on Jews to commit to climate action

She says the Jewish New Year offers an opportunity for renewal and change. Learn more at

Sep 06, 2021
Wildfire smoke is especially dangerous for children, researcher warns

They’re more at risk because their bodies are still developing and they’re often more physically active than adults. Learn more at

Sep 03, 2021
California tree nursery sees surging demand for trees after wildfires

The L.A. Moran Reforestation Center distributes hundreds of thousands of seedlings each year. Learn more at

Sep 02, 2021
Poetry professor helps students process climate change

Craig Santos Perez was inspired to go beyond classic poetry themes such as love and death. Learn more at

Sep 01, 2021
Calif. will need more than 1.2 million electric vehicle chargers by 2030, report finds

Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a ban on new gas-powered cars by 2035. Learn more at

Aug 31, 2021
Wind farms off Long Island to create new jobs

But a local advocate says the industry must work with the community and unions to ensure those jobs are high-quality. Learn more at

Aug 30, 2021
Louisiana woman’s home floods twice in seven months

Trameka Rankins’ house took on water in Hurricane Delta and during a more recent bout of torrential rain. Learn more at

Aug 27, 2021
Investors ‘running out of patience’ with U.S. oil and gas companies

In May 2021, Exxon shareholders ousted three board members in an effort to push the company toward clean energy.  Learn more at

Aug 26, 2021
Seminole activist worries about threat of rising seas to her native land

Valholly Frank is part of a group of young people suing the state of Florida to force it to take action on climate change. Learn more at

Aug 25, 2021
Energy production contributes to tens of thousands of premature deaths each year

Air pollution from burning natural gas, oil, and other fuels continues to harm health even as coal use has dropped. Learn more at

Aug 24, 2021
Researchers rediscover coffee plant that could thrive in a warmer world

The species was once commonly grown in West Africa. Learn more at

Aug 23, 2021
App offers bargains on food, reduces waste

The app connects users with unsold food from restaurants, grocery stores, and bakeries. Learn more at

Aug 20, 2021
How water conservation can help save energy, too

About 20% of California’s energy consumption is associated with water. Learn more at

Aug 19, 2021
New rule requires SoCal warehouses to clean up or pay up

Diesel exhaust from truck traffic around shipping warehouses is polluting local communities. Learn more at

Aug 18, 2021
How OkCupid matched people who love the climate

Nine in 10 OkCupid users want to date someone who cares about the environment, says a company spokesperson. Learn more at

Aug 17, 2021
Philipstown, New York, residents work together to cut carbon

The town is aiming to become carbon-neutral by 2040. Learn more at

Aug 16, 2021
Climate change is harming people’s health, ER doctor says

Worsening heat and pollen are sending people to the hospital. Learn more at

Aug 13, 2021
Why a retired Texas shrimper went on 36-day hunger strike

Diane Wilson opposes a dredging project that will enable more oil exports. Learn more at

Aug 12, 2021
Researchers breed sunflowers to better withstand extreme weather

They’re crossing domesticated sunflower varieties with wild ones that thrive in deserts and wetlands. Learn more at

Aug 11, 2021
Faith powers a climate advocate in coastal Georgia

In her work at Interfaith Power and Light, Hermina Glass-Hill encourages people of faith to be good stewards of the Earth. Learn more at

Aug 10, 2021
Student-athletes especially at risk this year from heat-related illnesses

Many young athletes are deconditioned after spending a year at home during the pandemic, a pediatrician says. Learn more at

Aug 09, 2021
Allergy season is now more than a week longer, thanks to climate change

Rising carbon dioxide levels also make plants produce more pollen. Learn more at

Aug 06, 2021
Older adults face higher risk of heat-related illnesses

Chronic health problems like diabetes or heart disease increase their vulnerability to heat-related illnesses. Learn more at

Aug 05, 2021
Deep sea trawling unleashes carbon from the ocean floor

Sediments at the bottom of the ocean store more carbon than all the soil on Earth. Learn more at

Aug 04, 2021
Indigenous rancher is a 125th-generation land steward

Kelsey Ducheneaux-Scott uses regenerative grazing to mimic the impact that bison once had on the Great Plains. Learn more at

Aug 03, 2021
Maritime shipping causes more carbon pollution than airlines

Fossil-fuel-burning ships transport a vast amount of cargo across the world’s oceans each year. Learn more at

Aug 02, 2021
Households waste more than 500 million metric tons of food each year

That’s more than is wasted in restaurants and grocery stores combined. Learn more at

Jul 30, 2021
Sea-level rise rates more than double along part of East Coast

Melting glacial ice and warming oceans are the biggest causes of this change. Learn more at

Jul 29, 2021
How to keep groceries and the planet cool

Many older refrigerators contain potent heat-trapping gases, so they must be recycled properly. Learn more at

Jul 28, 2021
Heat waves pose extra dangers to people experiencing homelessness

It’s hard to stay cool when you must spend many hours outdoors. Learn more at

Jul 27, 2021
Greek island goes renewable, gets more reliable electricity

A wind and solar system with battery storage now provides 60-70% of the island’s power. Learn more at

Jul 26, 2021
Volunteers work to protect iconic saguaro cactuses

An invasive, drought-tolerant grass is spreading across the Sonoran desert, increasing the risk of wildfires. Learn more at

Jul 23, 2021
Lack of affordable housing makes wildfire recovery more difficult

Some Oregonians whose homes burned in the September 2020 Alameda fire are still living in hotels. Learn more at

Jul 22, 2021
National coalition of community groups fights for flooding solutions

Anthropocene Alliance helps amplify the voices of people experiencing extreme weather. Learn more at

Jul 21, 2021
The Grand Canyon can get dangerously hot

And the risk to hikers in the canyon’s interior is growing as the climate warms. Learn more at

Jul 20, 2021
Coral reefs prevent more than $1.8 billion a year in U.S. flood damage

But climate change and habitat destruction threaten reefs and their ability to offer this protection. Learn more at

Jul 19, 2021
Environmentalist drag queen says the outdoors belongs to everyone

Wearing six-inch stilettos, Pattie Gonia is using social media to spread awareness about climate change and other environmental issues. Learn more at

Jul 16, 2021
Underserved communities could miss out on access to electric vehicles

Only a few states and utilities are working to ensure that charging infrastructure is deployed equitably. Learn more at

Jul 15, 2021
Wildfire smoke may be even more toxic than previously thought

During a wildfire, hospital admissions for respiratory illnesses in Southern California increase, according to a recent study. Learn more at

Jul 14, 2021
Seagrass can help reduce ocean acidification at local scales

Underwater seagrass meadows absorb carbon dioxide, reducing acidification in the area, recent research shows. Learn more at

Jul 13, 2021
Wildfires are especially dangerous for people with disabilities

Mobility limitations can make it hard to evacuate in an emergency, for example.  Learn more at

Jul 12, 2021
Many cities want to plant trees. Why are some residents reluctant?

In Pittsburgh, a plan to plant 100,000 trees will be coupled with a strategy to maintain the trees and communicate their benefits. Learn more at

Jul 09, 2021
EVs are better for the climate, even on today’s electricity grid

Electric cars already have a smaller carbon footprint than gasoline vehicles, and the grid is getting cleaner all the time. Learn more at

Jul 08, 2021
Superior National Forest could be a refuge to wildlife as the climate warms

The forested region in northeastern Minnesota is a critical habitat for many species. Learn more at

Jul 07, 2021
Invasive plants could benefit from climate change

They’re incredibly good at adapting to changes in the environment. Learn more at

Jul 06, 2021
Extreme weather is costing the military billions of dollars

It’s one reason the Department of Defense is taking climate change seriously. Learn more at

Jul 05, 2021
Thunder may become more common in Alaska

The number of thunderstorms in the rapidly warming state could triple by 2100. Learn more at

Jul 02, 2021
Goats help prevent wildfires by doing what they do best
Jul 01, 2021
Will green jobs pay well?

Jason Walsh of the nonprofit BlueGreen Alliance says careful planning is needed to build a clean-energy economy that supports workers. Learn more at

Jun 30, 2021
Scientist uses sound recordings to monitor rainforest biodiversity

When you walk through a tropical rainforest, you might not see animals, but you can hear them.  Learn more at

Jun 29, 2021
One woman is preparing her neighborhood for the next flood

Frances Acuña is getting residents ready for emergencies and is pushing the city to improve stormwater systems. Learn more at

Jun 28, 2021
The NAACP offers free flood risk training for vulnerable communities

Communities of color are more likely to flood and to lack flood protection. Learn more at

Jun 25, 2021
The Catholic Church’s landholdings could help protect the climate

For example, by conserving forest land that can absorb and store carbon pollution. Learn more at

Jun 24, 2021
Electric vehicle chargers to go up on street light poles in Kansas City

The idea is to make charging stations more accessible to everyone, including renters. Learn more at

Jun 23, 2021
Pastor pushes for a Green New Deal that would empower Southern communities

Marginalized communities across the South are on the front lines of climate change. Learn more at

Jun 22, 2021
Poorly timed traffic lights can make climate change worse

Pointless delays result in unnecessary idling. Learn more at

Jun 21, 2021
Fatherhood can make the climate crisis personal

Two Philadelphia-based fathers launched ‘Climate Dads,’ a group for dads who want to take action. Learn more at

Jun 18, 2021
Startup turns carbon dioxide into diamonds

Aether says that for every one-carat diamond it manufactures, it removes about 20 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Learn more at

Jun 17, 2021
New Orleans group pushes back on gentrification in higher-elevation neighborhoods

After Hurricane Katrina, many longtime residents were priced out of historically Black neighborhoods. Learn more at

Jun 16, 2021
How to cut the internet’s big carbon footprint

Even before the pandemic surge in teleconferencing, internet data centers accounted for about 1% of global electricity use. Learn more at

Jun 15, 2021
Maryland students to catch a cleaner ride to school

‘We know that one of the huge benefits of this will be cleaner air inside of school buses, where students are.’ Learn more at

Jun 14, 2021
How one company is building affordable, sustainable homes

Solar Home Factory is working to make climate-friendly housing accessible to more people, including renters. Learn more at

Jun 11, 2021
Why warm temperatures at nighttime can be dangerous

Cool nights give your body a break. During a heatwave, you might not get one. Learn more at

Jun 10, 2021
‘Community solar’ programs can help low-income people benefit from solar energy

The programs can help people save money on their utility bills. Learn more at

Jun 09, 2021
Virtual reality forest takes users for a walk in the woods of the future

Penn State researchers are experimenting with a prototype modeled after a forest in northern Wisconsin. Learn more at

Jun 08, 2021
How extreme heat can ground hot air balloons

A heat wave forced balloonists to cancel flights at a 2019 Michigan festival. Learn more at

Jun 07, 2021
Youth-led Sunrise Movement calls for national job guarantee

Organizer Dejah Powell says such a program would help build the labor force needed to transition the U.S. from fossil fuels to clean energy. Learn more at

Jun 04, 2021
Foresters use fire and goats to care for Mark Twain National Forest

Their work will help reduce the threat of severe wildfires. Learn more at

Jun 03, 2021
How Swiss utilities got their customers to buy renewable energy

After they made the change, participation in clean energy programs skyrocketed. Learn more at

Jun 02, 2021
Can fossil-fuel-dependent Wyoming build a more diverse economy?

The coal, oil, and gas industries generate about half of the state’s revenue. Learn more at

Jun 01, 2021
New Mexico imposes strict rule to prevent venting, flaring of natural gas

Venting and flaring at oil fields and refineries release heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere. Learn more at

May 31, 2021
Outer Banks communities see beach renourishment as lifeline

Rising seas and extreme storms are accelerating coastal erosion, threatening homes, hotels, and roads.  Learn more at

May 28, 2021
Solar panels over California’s canals could save 65 billion gallons of water a year

The panels would shade the water, reducing evaporation. Learn more at

May 27, 2021
Denmark plans massive wind-energy hub on an artificial island

The project is expected to eventually produce enough electricity for 10 million European households. Learn more at

May 26, 2021
95% of bull kelp forests have vanished from portion of California coast

The underwater seaweed forests once supported species such as salmon, crabs, and jellyfish. Learn more at

May 25, 2021
Dominican Catholic sisters help create climate-friendly investment funds

The funds focus on projects that help vulnerable communities around the world. Learn more at

May 24, 2021
Renovations put Seattle hockey arena closer to zero-carbon goal

The ‘Climate Pledge Arena,’ home to the Seattle Kraken, is expected to become the first net-zero arena. Learn more at

May 21, 2021
The moral imperative behind the ‘Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest’

A five-day event was designed to connect Jewish values with climate action. Learn more at

May 20, 2021
Bladeless wind turbine generates electricity by vibrating

It’s a promising technology still in its infancy. Learn more at

May 19, 2021
Increases in extreme precipitation cost the U.S. $73 billion over three decades

The U.S. is already paying the price of a warmer world, says Stanford researcher Frances Davenport. Learn more at

May 18, 2021
California’s ‘Climate Action Corps’ fights climate change

A similar program could soon roll out nationwide. Learn more at

May 17, 2021
Portsmouth Village under threat from hurricanes and rising seas

It’s getting harder to preserve a piece of history on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Learn more at

May 14, 2021
Hundreds of airports at risk from flooding, sea-level rise, study finds

Nearly 600 airports globally could face flooding problems by 2100 if global warming continues unchecked. Learn more at

May 13, 2021
Santa Fe women built homemade air purifiers to help protect people from smoke

Members of the Three Sisters Collective, a group of Indigenous activist women, mobilized to help the local community during last summer’s wildfires. Learn more at

May 12, 2021
Devastating disease in dolphins linked to extreme downpours

Dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere around the world are developing horrific lesions. Learn more at

May 11, 2021
Heavier downpours strain septic systems in some rural areas

When the systems fail, sewage can leak into yards or back up into sinks and bathtubs. Learn more at

May 10, 2021