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Yale Climate Media Forum: Fear of flying

For those who fly regularly, boarding airplanes for far-flung vacation destinations and distant family gatherings, flights could account for a large and growing share of their carbon footprint. A single round-trip between New York and Los Angeles produces more than

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2018-07-18 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: The Sahara Desert is getting bigger

The Sahara Desert covers an area of northern Africa larger than the lower 48 United States. And it’s growing even bigger. Over the past century, rainfall levels have decreased along the southern edge of the Sahara. So some areas that

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2018-07-18 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: One man’s fast for climate change

For five days in April, Richard Thomas of Waterville, Maine, ate no solid food. He was not sick, and it was not part of a cleansing diet. He was fasting to encourage deeper reflection on climate change. Thomas: “Climate change

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2018-07-17 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: 1,000 newborns receive gift of trees

Newborn babies are often showered with gifts of onesies, board books, blankets, and rattles. But this spring, a thousand babies born at a Pittsburgh hospital received a different kind of gift. Graziano: “Plant Five for Life gave five trees native

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2018-07-16 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Spin class sends electricity to the grid

At Clif Bar headquarters in Emeryville, California, indoor cycling classes energize employees – and, the electrical grid. Last year, the company retrofitted its spin bikes with special generators made by a company called “Rock the Bike.” When you pedal one,

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2018-07-13 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: In a warming world, some species grow smaller

Species respond in many different ways to a warming world. Some may be producing physically smaller offspring. A number of researchers are finding certain species, including some beetles, sparrows, fish, and mountain goats, may be among those producing smaller offspring

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2018-07-12 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: How the Red Cross uses climate science

When disasters strike, the Red Cross mobilizes to provide victims with food, water, and medical supplies. But the organization does more than respond to disasters after they occur. As climate change makes heat waves, droughts, floods, and extreme storms more

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2018-07-12 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: As temperatures rise, cows produce less milk

Extreme heat can feel unbearable – for people and animals. Barcellos: “Dairy cows are just like us humans. When it gets extremely hot, you look for shade, you look for ways to comfort yourself.” Tom Barcellos has owned a dairy

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2018-07-11 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: A utility’s offer: Leave the grid

Two years ago, Green Mountain Power in Vermont decided that it no longer made sense to maintain an old power line to remote campgrounds at Emerald Lake State Park. So the company installed a system of solar panels and battery

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2018-07-10 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Texas peach farmer faces climate challenges

For more than 80 years, Eckhardt Orchards in Fredericksburg, Texas has been known for its juicy, delicious peaches. Eckhardt: “My fathers’ mother and father planted peach trees in the 30s.” That’s co-owner Dianne Eckhardt. Eckhardt: “I’m very proud to be

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2018-07-09 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Colorado’s 416 Fire raises wildfire uncertainties

Heidi Steltzer lives close enough to the 416 Fire blazing through Colorado’s San Juan Mountains that she can see it from her window. “Our house is distant enough to not be at risk of being burned,” she said. But the

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2018-07-06 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: City offers energy makeovers for local homes

More than 1,200 homes in Knoxville, Tennessee have new makeovers. But instead of window treatments, accent walls, and throw pillows, they got new insulation, water heaters, and heating and cooling systems. Low-income people often struggle to pay utility bills. So

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2018-07-06 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Climate change is already reshaping America

I launched my monthly “Burning Worlds” column in February 2017, in the Chicago Review of Books, to explore how writers of contemporary fiction – novelists, poets, short-story authors – are addressing climate change. This month, I’m shaking things up with

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2018-07-05 11:10   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: ICYMI … News from faraway places

It is likely true that stories closest to home affect us most sharply, but many of us also care about more distant lands and people. Fact is, reliable news from faraway places can be harder to come by. One excellent

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2018-07-05 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Climate change adds stress for first responders

When storms, floods, and fires strike, emergency responders work around the clock to save families and their homes. Friese: “We’re already in a situation for a lot of communities, where resources, whether it be E.M.S, police, or fire are sort

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2018-07-05 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: How climate change could hurt bald eagles

Over the past 50 years, bald eagles in the U.S. have returned from the brink of extinction. Now, the birds perch on tree branches over rivers and lakes across much of the country. But as the climate changes, eagles will

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2018-07-04 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Gold’s ugly impact on the climate

The gold in your jewelry may be beautiful, but mining it has an ugly impact on the global climate. Mudd: “If we think of gold mining, we have to dig the rock out of the ground and digging rock out

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2018-07-03 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: The teacher-friendly book on climate change

Searching for information about climate change can turn up confusing or misleading material. So one group is helping teachers sort fact from fiction. Moore: “They’re in this very mixed-message environment where they’re hearing a whole bunch of different things, and

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2018-07-02 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: This detective hunts for wasted energy

Kelly Shelton is a Sherlock Holmes of the energy world. She does not wear a deerstalker cap or smoke a pipe. But she can be found in schools and municipal buildings, examining appliances, lights, and windows … Shelton: “… to

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2018-06-29 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Rising seas eat into Puerto Rico beaches

Last summer, violent waves from hurricanes Irma and Maria battered Puerto Rico’s beaches and washed tons of sand out to sea. Then, six months later, a winter storm pummeled the island with 30 foot waves that knocked down trees and

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2018-06-28 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: In ‘First Reformed’: A shepherd in wolf’s clothing?

First Reformed, Paul Schader’s new film starring Ethan Hawke, unequivocally meets the first criterion for a good cli-fi movie: that it address climate change clearly and directly. In an important early scene, viewers see, taped to a wall, a chart

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2018-06-27 15:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: When solar is a family affair

For Tim Martinez, installing solar panels has become a family affair. Martinez has worked in solar for more than 15 years. He started in California. Then a few years ago, he moved to his wife’s home state of Wisconsin. Now,

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2018-06-27 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Father-son chats led to climate action

Jose Regalado was not always an early riser. But after his mother passed away, Jose moved back home. And he started getting up at 4:30 each morning to join his father, Tomás, for a cup of Cuban Coffee. Regalado: “We

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2018-06-26 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: RIP Commentator Charles Krauthammer

Those steadfastly rejecting climate change science or arguments for “doing something” about the issue lost a strong voice with the passing of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer, who died at age 68 on June 21. An online search of Krauthammer’s

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2018-06-25 17:37   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Juvenile shark numbers grow along Outer Banks

With its wide-open, shallow waters and pristine views, North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound is a haven for people who love the shore. But humans are not the only ones enjoying this part of the Outer Banks. As the world warms and

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2018-06-25 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Books for the summer solstice

Summer is a time for escape reading. But that designation need not be limited to fiction; books written for the general reader on topics outside one’s area of expertise can also provide passage to exciting new places. This month’s bookshelf

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2018-06-22 11:10   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: ICYMI … For those new to climate change

Sometimes you just want a simple, short, and very clear set of FAQs for climate change, maybe to give to someone who is just now starting to pay attention. Where to find such a primer? A pair of Q&A pieces

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2018-06-22 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: New book helps parents act on climate

As a parent, Mary DeMocker of Eugene, Oregon, is concerned about climate change and how it will affect the world her kids will inherit. She thinks a lot of other parents feel the same way. DeMocker: “Many of them are

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2018-06-22 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Traffic jams point to climate solutions

For Shannon Binns, fighting climate change means not talking about climate change. Binns is executive director of Sustain Charlotte, a nonprofit that advocates for smart growth in booming Charlotte, North Carolina. Since founding the organization in 2010, he’s led initiatives

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2018-06-21 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Website hosts children’s climate discussions

Jordyn: “I wrote on the website that kids should start planting trees.” Nate: “I wrote that kids should use other forms of transportation instead of cars.” Alek: “I wrote it is very important for people to turn off lights that

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2018-06-21 11:00   Click to comment


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