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Yale Climate Media Forum: New evidence of western forest decline

CORTEZ, COLO. – In Colorado’s San Juan National Forest, between 7,000 and 10,000 feet, quaking aspen grow in glorious, shimmering groves. In mid-2004, Forest Service rangers noticed the aspen groves sickening. Trees crowns browned in patchy clusters. Their lime-green, spear-shaped

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2017-08-17 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Man makes game of saving energy

David Herbert of Bremen, Maine, is serious about saving energy. About six years ago he started tracking his electricity use with the help of a kilowatt reader. Herbert: “You plug it into the wall and you plug your appliance into

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2017-08-17 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Bookshelf: Climate change threatens our health

Climate change represents a growing threat to human well-being — through heat waves, extreme weather events, expanding ranges for tropical diseases, shortfalls in nutrition due to effects on agriculture, and more. For these dog days of August, YCC offers a bookshelf

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2017-08-16 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Hot days endanger farmworkers

The luscious red tomatoes and juicy peaches in your local grocery store were most likely picked by hand to prevent bruising. But that personal touch comes at a price. On hot days, the workers who pick these crops are at

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2017-08-16 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Climate change could wreck beach vacations

Every summer, visitors flock to the beaches along Rhode Island’s 400 miles of coastline. And the locals gain the benefits of a five-billion-dollar tourism industry. But climate change is starting to interfere with Rhode Island’s beach season. Rubinoff: “We have

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2017-08-15 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Washington, D.C., is hot and getting hotter

Politics are not the only thing heating up in Washington, D.C. The climate is, too. Burkett: “By the end of the century, climate models show that if humans continue to burn fossil fuels at the same rate as today, that

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2017-08-14 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Orlando plans emissions cuts

When you think about Orlando, Florida, you might think of sunshine and Disney – not climate change. But Chris Castro, the city’s sustainability director, says Orlando is experiencing more intense rainfall, hotter summers, and warmer winters. To do its part

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2017-08-11 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Yes. Your streets are flooding more.

Destiney Bell’s yard is flooded, and this isn’t the first time. Most storms turn Bell’s lawn into a lake, transforming her house on a busy New Orleans corner into an island of inconvenience. A half hour of heavy rain means

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2017-08-10 19:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Bozeman lunch group – Civility on the menu

The letters to the editor in Montana’s Bozeman Daily Chronicle are probably similar to those in other small-town newspapers. People worry about the growth of the town, complain about dog poop, and debate the politics du jour. This past January,

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2017-08-10 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Why coastal insurance costs are rising

Many American homeowners in flood-prone areas are facing more expensive insurance premiums. Filer: “Particularly post-Katrina and post-Sandy, now, insurers are going back in and reevaluating the risk and that’s why we’re starting to see the increases in insurance.” That’s Larry

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2017-08-10 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Construction workers fight for breaks

On a sweltering day two summers ago, Roendy Granillo was at work, installing floors in a house near Dallas, Texas, when he started to feel ill. He asked for a break but he was unable to take one. That afternoon,

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2017-08-09 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Climate change visible in Glacier National Park

Montana’s Glacier National Park is famous for stunning landscapes, wild animals, and the glaciers that are its namesake. But those glaciers are disappearing. Last summer, Jeff Wegand and his family visited the park because his wife wanted to see the

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2017-08-08 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: The rising seas of climate change

For many Americans, an extended trip to the seashore will mark the high point of the summer, a chance to relax and recharge in the warm sunshine. For the climate-concerned, however, such a trip might be accompanied by a chilling

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2017-08-07 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Air conditioning can be a lifeline

Summer in Miami is getting longer and hotter. When people have air conditioning units in their home, it helps cool down their core body temperature. And that can greatly reduce the risks of a heat-related illness or even death. But

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2017-08-07 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Planners turn rising seas into game

Imagine it’s the year 2050, and you’re the city planner of an island that’s threatened by sea-level rise and storms. That’s the scenario in “Game of Floods,” a board game in which students and community members confront these real climate

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2017-08-04 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Why water bills are going up

Most of us take running water for granted. But it comes at a cost, and that cost is growing. Ed Osann, senior policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council, says residential water and wastewater rates have been rising for

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2017-08-03 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Mosquito season is getting more terrible

Mosquitoes are nothing new to Minnesotans, who sometimes refer to the infamous pest as their state bird. Seeley: “Mosquitoes are considered both a nuisance and a vector for certain types of diseases.” Mark Seeley is a climatologist and professor at

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2017-08-02 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Making climate change funny

Climate change isn’t something you’d consider, well, funny. But every now and again, a little gallows humor may come in handy … and may even lead to improved communications and public understanding. There are lots of examples, including a newly

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2017-08-01 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: A solar future for the Navajo?

The largest coal-fired power plant in the western U.S. is located near Page, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. It’s scheduled to close at the end of 2019. That’s worrisome news for the 800 people who work there and at the

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2017-08-01 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Climate fiction need not be science fiction

Climate fiction, or “cli-fi,” carries certain connotations among readers and critics alike. Most associate the genre with science fiction, and therefore sci-fi’s most recognizable tropes: post-apocalyptic worlds, non-human (or once-human) characters, futuristic technology. But what if we expand the genre’s

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2017-07-31 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: San Antonio: solar powerhouse

Most people know San Antonio, Texas for the Alamo, but in the energy sector, the city’s gaining a reputation as a solar powerhouse. In 2016, the San Antonio area added more than 250 megawatts of residential and commercial solar. That’s

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2017-07-31 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: House on jacks rises above floods

During a flood, a brick house rises into the air on metal stilts. Sound like sci-fi? Not quite. If an ambitious developer in the United Kingdom gets its way, this could be the future of homes in flood zones. Brotherton:

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2017-07-28 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: When clean energy is the default

For many Californians, clean energy is not only an option, it’s becoming the default. Take Marin County, where residents automatically get 50 percent of their electricity from a mix of solar, wind, and other renewable sources. There, a nonprofit called

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2017-07-27 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Middle-schoolers take climate action

You don’t need to be an expert to be a climate activist. You just have to want to make a change. Take a couple of middle schoolers from Portland, Oregon. Jeremy Clark of Northwest Academy and Charlie Abrams of Sellwood

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2017-07-26 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Climate art: More and better with time

When Philadelphia-based artist Diane Burko decided to paint glaciers, she couldn’t have predicted she’d in time be perched at age 68 atop a polar iceberg, decked out in her first pair of crampons and sharing the grayscale view with a

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2017-07-25 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Drought, heat spark Florida wildfires

In early April, lightning struck the Okefenokee Swamp on the Florida-Georgia border, igniting a fire. By late May, when heavy rain finally came, more than a hundred and fifty thousand acres had burned. That was just one of over 2,000

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2017-07-25 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Climate change could make turbulence worse

Many airplane travelers have experienced shaking trays and the sensation of a dropping stomach during turbulence. Usually the pilot warns you it’s coming so you can buckle up. But a phenomenon called clear-air turbulence can catch even the pilot by

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2017-07-24 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: NBA ad asks fans to save energy

In a recent video campaign, six cartoon bobblehead figures of NBA and WNBA all-stars like Jason Collins, Dikembe Mutombo, and Swin Cash call timeout in a street pickup game. While they dribble and spin the ball, they talk about saving

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2017-07-21 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Brooklynites sell home-grown solar energy

If you want to buy local fruits and vegetables, you can head to the farmers market. Now, a company in Brooklyn wants to make it possible to buy your energy locally, too. The Brooklyn Microgrid connects homes in a ten

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2017-07-20 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: More asthma attacks expected in warmer climate

If you have asthma, or know someone who does, heads up. Longer and hotter summers, associated with continued climate change, are creating hotspots of bad air across the nation, where smog and pollen combine to make life miserable, and for

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2017-07-19 12:05   Click to comment


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