Climate Connections

Climate Connections
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.

Army Corps uses nature to help protect communities
Aug 16 • 1 min
Islands and reefs decrease the energy of waves, and wetlands can hold floodwater.
Young birds threatened as the Great Basin’s freshwater dries up
Aug 15 • 1 min
Millions of waterbirds migrate through the Western region every year.
East Coast vineyards face new climate challenges
Aug 14 • 1 min
Insect pests and increased rainfall are growing threats.
Yard signs show risks of sea-level rise
Aug 13 • 1 min
Artist Xavier Cortada wanted to get people talking about the problem.
Military bases prepare for more extreme weather
Aug 12 • 1 min
Fort Hood is developing a renewable-powered microgrid system that could provide electricity even if the local grid goes down.
How protecting a Pennsylvania stream makes the area more resilient
Aug 9 • 1 min
Protecting a Pennsylvania stream improves resiliency
Hurricane clean-up can be hazardous to your health
Aug 8 • 1 min
people are learning to stay safe through a program funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Energy efficiency can help nonprofits serve more people
Aug 7 • 1 min
Efficient light bulbs will enable a medical facility for the homeless to save $100,000.
Critics challenge insurance companies
Aug 6 • 1 min
The industry has invested hundreds of billions of dollars in fossil fuel companies.
Conservative says climate should be a priority
Aug 5 • 1 min
He says it’s essential to protect future generations
How ‘resilience hubs’ could protect communities
Aug 2 • 1 min
The rest of the year, the spaces could serve communities in other ways
Why small homes can be appealing
Aug 1 • 1 min
If you share amenities with your neighbors, you can live well at a lower cost.
National Aquarium teaches climate science to visitors
Jul 31 • 1 min
‘We’ve made the decision at the National Aquarium to be bold in our messaging.’
Miami Beach is trying to save its historic buildings
Jul 30 • 1 min
Some buildings may need to be elevated — and that could get expensive.
Farming a forest — and helping the climate
Jul 29 • 1 min
Lincoln Smith’s forested designs provide food, shade, and carbon storage.
Polluted neighborhood turns farm into a green space
Jul 26 • 1 min
Now it’s a refuge for birds — and people, too.
Son of coal country now manages wind farms
Jul 25 • 1 min
Lee Van Horn’s father worked as an underground coal miner.
Heat waves are a threat to public health
Jul 24 • 1 min
Low-income people, who often lack AC, may suffer the most.
Nonprofit builds an army of climate lobbyists
Jul 23 • 1 min
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is teaching volunteers how to influence politicians
Pennsylvania farmer puts his pigs to work
Jul 22 • 1 min
His inventions also cut carbon pollution.
A surprisingly cost-effective zero-energy house
Jul 19 • 1 min
The Connecticut bungalow shows that climate-friendly construction doesn’t require a bigger budget.
States move to regulate HFCs
Jul 18 • 1 min
The heat-trapping gases are used in refrigerators and air conditioners
Could we use sand or concrete as batteries?
Jul 17 • 1 min
The low-cost materials could store energy generated by wind and solar farms.
Christian author sees climate change as a moral issue
Jul 16 • 1 min
‘Caring for God’s creation is one of the most important mandates that he gave us as his children.’
Helping people could help endangered species
Jul 15 • 1 min
People and animals — like Rwanda’s mountain gorillas — are under increasing pressure as the climate changes.
A climate policy designed to appeal to conservatives
Jul 12 • 1 min
It would reduce income taxes, but polluters would pay taxes on carbon emissions.
Curriculum helps students identify misleading claims
Jul 11 • 1 min
‘Unfortunately, most schools are not well-prepared to deal with the onslaught of misinformation.’
Climate pledges by businesses, local governments add up
Jul 10 • 1 min
If they follow through on existing promises, that would get the U.S. two-thirds of the way to its Paris agreement goal.
Wastewater treatment plants turn waste into energy
Jul 9 • 1 min
Facilities in Santiago, Chile, could one day generate as much energy as they use.
The military tests renewable energy
Jul 8 • 1 min
It could save money and soldiers’ lives.
New York Botanical Garden cuts vehicle pollution
Jul 5 • 1 min
It’s better for the climate and for visitors.
Rural New Hampshire residents often struggle to afford utilities
Jul 4 • 1 min
Better energy efficiency could cut their expenses.
Energy efficiency projects can create jobs
Jul 3 • 1 min
‘These jobs cannot be outsourced.’
Smart energy district tests clean energy
Jul 2 • 1 min
A redevelopment project in Jackson, Michigan, will offer lessons on ways to cut carbon pollution.
How Burnsville, Minnesota, cut its carbon pollution
Jul 1 • 1 min
Under the leadership of GOP Mayor Elizabeth Kautz.
It’s getting easier to road-trip in an EV
Jun 28 • 1 min
Electrify America is on track to install 500 new charging stations by the end of this year.
Residents fight back after California gas leak
Jun 27 • 1 min
And their efforts made a difference.
Affordable healthcare reduces logging in Borneo
Jun 26 • 1 min
Many residents were cutting timber in order to pay for medical assistance.
Support group helps young fire survivors heal
Jun 25 • 1 min
The fifth graders created a video to support other young fire victims.
Climate change could outpace cities’ capacity to adapt
Jun 24 • 1 min
It will likely take decades to build new, climate-resilient infrastructure.
‘Glacier’ ballet depicts melting ice
Jun 21 • 1 min
It helps audiences see the value of what’s being lost.
Why climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’
Jun 20 • 1 min
Extreme weather and water shortages increase the risk of political instability and terrorism.
‘Farming While Black’ author on creating a just food system
Jun 19 • 1 min
At Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York, she’s helping people of color grow fresh produce.
Environmental science class focuses on solutions
Jun 18 • 1 min
There’s no room for doom or gloom in this high-school classroom.
A low-carbon approach to natural restoration
Jun 17 • 1 min
The project revitalized a stream and forest near the Chesapeake that had been damaged by hogs.
Arid Phoenix prepares for even drier future
Jun 14 • 1 min
The city is encouraging water conservation, and it’s working.
Charleston residents identify flood problems that models missed
Jun 13 • 1 min
Scientists can use their reports to improve predictions.
Material inspired by an ant could cool buildings
Jun 12 • 1 min
It could one day reduce the need for air conditioning.
Deploying EVs will require careful planning
Jun 11 • 1 min
Policies to promote them could wind up at odds with other climate initiatives, says a Harvard attorney.
Reverend asks Christians to support clean energy
Jun 10 • 1 min
‘We’re destroying God’s creation.’
‘Bill clinics’ help Illinois residents save money and electricity
Jun 7 • 1 min
They’re helping residents navigate the ever-growing list of renewable incentives, energy efficiency programs, and pricing options.
Why are some parts of a city hotter than others?
Jun 6 • 1 min
It’s part of a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect.
Energy efficiency job is a path to financial security
Jun 5 • 1 min
For a time when he was a student, Richard Quaofio couldn’t even afford dishes.
A task force could help investors fund a low-carbon economy
Jun 4 • 1 min
If only investors knew about it.
How New Orleans’ 7th Ward is fighting floods
Jun 3 • 1 min
Their weapons are rain gardens, rain barrels, and other ‘green’ infrastructure.
Farmer profits from sustainable choices
May 31 • 1 min
The solar panels on his barn have been a good investment, Ted Barbour says.
Empowerment program helps teens heal
May 30 • 1 min
Some young people in Monroe, Louisiana, suffered emotionally after a major flood.
Church-goers pick up fresh produce on Sundays
May 29 • 1 min
‘It’s almost a euphoric feeling for some people just to experience real food again.’
The ozone hole vs. global warming
May 28 • 1 min
They’re actually two distinct problems.
Something’s changed in a Kansas cemetery
May 27 • 1 min
Decades ago, the cemetery’s colorful peonies regularly bloomed in time for Memorial Day.
Energy efficiency is paying off in Wisconsin
May 24 • 1 min
Every dollar spent by a utility-funded program results in more than $5 in benefits.
Game demonstrates consequences of U.N. negotiations
May 23 • 1 min
‘Some participants respond rather emotionally.’
Self-driving cars could clog streets with traffic
May 22 • 1 min
So we need more electric cars and more ridesharing, says expert Dan Sperling.
New England wildflowers slow to catch on to climate change
May 21 • 1 min
They’re losing a crucial period of sunlight that occurs before trees put out their leaves.
Climate change threatens hunting and fishing
May 20 • 1 min
Warming rivers, worsening pests, and intensifying wildfires are harming fish and game habitat.
Salt marshes help protect shorelines
May 17 • 1 min
Don’t underestimate these wetlands.
Climate change could cause L.A. blackouts
May 16 • 1 min
Extreme heat adds stress to the electricity grid.
Desert mangroves store vast amounts of carbon
May 15 • 1 min
‘They are one of the most important defenses against climate change.’
Tools help farmers adapt to changing conditions
May 14 • 1 min
They can help farmers and communities in the Northeast U.S. prepare for a warmer future.
Chicago groups turn schoolyards into green spaces
May 13 • 1 min
New gardens, sports fields, and playgrounds absorb stormwater, so they reduce urban flooding.
Oregon wineries salvage rejected grapes
May 10 • 1 min
They created new wines sold under the ‘Oregon Solidarity’ label.
Twin Oaks residents share almost everything
May 9 • 1 min
It’s their way of reducing consumption.
LED bulbs cost more in poor areas
May 8 • 1 min
That’s according to research conducted in the Detroit area.
Norway is rapidly adopting electric vehicles
May 7 • 1 min
Last year, a third of new cars sold in the country were EVs.
Innovative greenhouse stores heat underground
May 6 • 1 min
It enables Threefold Farm in Pennsylvania to harvest figs well into December.
A.I. could track climate impacts
May 3 • 1 min
Algorithms can be used to monitor forest cover, water levels, and the distribution of animals.
Why wildfires can lead to mudflows
May 2 • 1 min
Scorched ground and heavy rain make a dangerous combination.
Energy efficiency could help world meet Paris goals
May 1 • 1 min
‘It’s a massive part of the solution.’
Rain plagues Pennsylvania farms
Apr 30 • 1 min
Too much rain washes away plantings, erodes soil, and promotes disease.
Stone Age village could be lost
Apr 29 • 1 min
Storms and rising seas threaten 5,000-year-old archaeological sites.
Why don’t more people buy sustainable products?
Apr 26 • 1 min
Making the eco-friendly choice can feel like a sacrifice.
Future tropical forests may hold fewer big trees
Apr 25 • 1 min
If intense storms grow more common, trees could be killed before reaching full size.
Leah Penniman reclaims a farming legacy
Apr 24 • 1 min
Many climate-friendly farming techniques were originally developed by people of color.
Greensboro, N.C., invests in electric buses
Apr 23 • 1 min
‘We think it’s the future of the industry.’
Map shows your city’s hotter future
Apr 22 • 1 min
It reveals how climate change could transform your home.
U.S. cities pledge to switch to renewables
Apr 19 • 1 min
It’s a response to citizen pressure.
High-school students prepare for wind jobs
Apr 18 • 1 min
It’s an emerging industry.
Could nuclear fusion solve our energy problems?
Apr 17 • 1 min
The technology would create abundant clean electricity, but deployment is still decades away.
Climate change makes air pollution worse
Apr 16 • 1 min
Bad news for those of us who need to breathe.
Advocate: Climate policy must also address inequality
Apr 15 • 1 min
‘Doing both is not a luxury. It’s a necessity.’
Company wants to help Americans eat bugs
Apr 12 • 1 min
Their cricket-powder chips come in Sriracha, cheddar, and barbecue flavors.
Bison ranch puts carbon into the soil
Apr 11 • 1 min
It starts with protecting the grass.
Union leader: Every industry will need to change
Apr 10 • 1 min
So governments and businesses must make plans to protect vulnerable workers, she argues.
How an island doubled its solar capacity
Apr 9 • 1 min
‘We can make a difference at the local level.’
Solar keeps lights on at Zimbabwe clinics
Apr 8 • 1 min
Reliable electricity ensures safe storage of medicines and vaccines.
‘Telenovela’ plays teach about the environment
Apr 5 • 1 min
Star-crossed love, betrayal … and climate change?
Armadillos are moving north
Apr 4 • 1 min
Another sign that the climate is changing.
GOP mayor turns city into pedestrian paradise
Apr 3 • 1 min
The walkable downtown boasts green space, wide sidewalks, and bike paths.
Researcher: Tackling climate will help protect economy
Apr 2 • 1 min
When extreme weather strikes, it costs big bucks.
Tennessee family dramatically cuts carbon emissions
Apr 1 • 1 min
Before making changes, they actually were polluting more than average Americans.