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.

There’s still hope for corals, study finds
Oct 18 • 1 min
But as the climate warms, reefs need protection from threats such as overfishing and pollution.
Farm shows benefits of silvopasture
Oct 17 • 1 min
At Dickinson College Farm in Pennsylvania, native trees are growing in cattle pastures.
A pollution source that deserves more attention
Oct 16 • 1 min
‘We haven’t done very much yet to address that large bucket of emissions.’
Researchers turn algae into strong, lightweight material
Oct 15 • 1 min
The material has two major benefits for the climate.
What are power purchase agreements?
Oct 14 • 1 min
They’re critical tools for transitioning to a clean energy economy.
The energy efficiency industry is growing
Oct 11 • 1 min
‘They are well-paid domestic jobs … and they are jobs that are not going to go away.’
Offsets project funds local energy efficiency projects
Oct 10 • 1 min
The program has paid for weatherization, energy-efficient heating systems, and other projects in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
A young person’s journey from fear to action
Oct 9 • 1 min
As a child, he covered his ears when he heard the words ‘global warming.’
Biologist wants to protect a bird as seas rise
Oct 8 • 1 min
MacGillivray’s seaside sparrow nests are flooding as seas rise.
Texan Marine finds his calling in the wind industry
Oct 7 • 1 min
Jake Thompson originally planned to follow his dad into the oil business.
NYC plan will fight traffic and climate change
Oct 4 • 1 min
Congestion pricing will reduce trips into the busiest areas — and generate revenue for the subway system.
Advocate: Include disabled people in climate solutions
Oct 3 • 1 min
Alex Ghenis of the World Institute on Disability says disabled people — 12 to 20% of the U.S. population — are too often overlooked.
Water utility collaborates with farmers to clean up pollution
Oct 2 • 1 min
New Water, a utility in northwest Wisconsin, wanted to stop phosphorus pollution at its source.
Climate change could undo progress in educating girls
Oct 1 • 1 min
So it could be life-altering for girls around the world.
City uses abandoned industrial sites to capture floodwater
Sep 30 • 1 min
Camden, New Jersey, is converting an old landfill site into a waterfront park with restored wetlands.
YouTube star showcases future of electric vehicles
Sep 27 • 1 min
His channel, “Fully Charged,” has racked up more than 70 million views.
As soils warm, microbes pump more CO2 into the air
Sep 26 • 1 min
It’s a dangerous feedback loop.
Rhode Island prepares for flooding
Sep 25 • 1 min
The state’s coastline, streams, and rivers are vulnerable to sea-level rise and extreme storms.
Communities repurpose retired coal plant sites
Sep 24 • 1 min
One now houses a Hard Rock Cafe.
Clean energy events bring together GOP and Dems
Sep 23 • 1 min
At a time when bipartisan collaboration sometimes seems impossible.
Circus performer changes careers after learning about climate change
Sep 20 • 1 min
‘It’s one of those things you can’t unlearn.’
Water filters help Guatemalans cut carbon pollution
Sep 19 • 1 min
And provide access to clean water, too.
Will fossil fuels replace shut-down nuclear plants?
Sep 18 • 1 min
Nuclear plants are the largest source of low-carbon electricity in the U.S.
9 states and D.C. work to cut pollution from transportation
Sep 17 • 1 min
Almost 30% of U.S. carbon pollution comes from transportation.
Nonprofit helps research labs go green
Sep 16 • 1 min
Cutting-edge science doesn’t need to come at the expense of the planet, according to My Green Lab.
Farm teaches students how to harvest energy
Sep 13 • 1 min
Dickinson College Farm in Pennsylvania doubles as a solar education facility.
Study: Countries with more female politicians pass more rigorous climate policies
Sep 12 • 1 min
‘We found that female representation in national parliaments does lead countries to adopt more stringent climate change policies.’
Colorado woman sounds the climate alarm by ringing a bell
Sep 11 • 1 min
She’s inspired others to join her.
Pastured poultry is vulnerable to climate change
Sep 10 • 1 min
Pastured chicken is seen as a humane choice, but the birds need protection from extreme weather.
How to protect high school athletes from heat
Sep 9 • 1 min
The risks are growing as the climate warms.
Why climate change is a disability rights issue
Sep 6 • 1 min
Emergency plans don’t always account for everyone’s needs.
Prof urges you to cut your lawn area in half
Sep 5 • 1 min
Adding plants, shrubs, and trees will store carbon and reduce mowing time.
Don’t underestimate storm surge risk
Sep 4 • 1 min
It’s becoming a bigger danger with sea-level rise.
Climate-friendly buildings can improve your health
Sep 3 • 1 min
Well-sealed buildings with natural light bolster health, performance, and profitability.
Algae could provide climate-friendly food and fuel
Sep 2 • 1 min
The newest farm bill offers support for algae growers.
Garden aims to reduce food insecurity
Aug 30 • 1 min
Population growth and climate change could lead to more food insecurity around the world.
Tackling climate requires more than cutting carbon
Aug 29 • 1 min
Effective climate action also addresses social and economic inequality, says ICLEI USA director Angie Fyfe.
New Mexico could be the Saudi Arabia of wind
Aug 28 • 1 min
It could produce a huge amount of cheap electricity. But there’s a catch.
Daughter inspires family business to go solar
Aug 27 • 1 min
Today, solar powers the press at the printing business.
Some Texas residents are still recovering from Harvey
Aug 26 • 1 min
“You still have those communities in Southeast Texas that are hurting and are in desperate need of support.”
The soil scientist who paints with dirt
Aug 23 • 1 min
She wants people to understand that healthy soil is as important as clean air and water.
U.S.-China Green Fund wants China to go green
Aug 22 • 1 min
And link Western green-tech startups to the country’s enormous market.
Rush for Arctic resources could pollute region
Aug 21 • 1 min
Shipping, fishing, and drilling opportunities are opening up as the ice melts.
Simple change to your thermostat saves energy
Aug 20 • 1 min
An agency in New York significantly cut its energy use with this strategy.
Friars start a sustainable farm
Aug 19 • 1 min
Their goal is to feed the poor and nurture the Earth.
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.