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Yale Climate Media Forum: Massachusetts prepares for wind energy

Off-shore wind energy is common in Europe. It’s never taken off in the U.S. But now Massachusetts is changing that. The state will soon request competitive bids for off-shore wind development – at sites 14 miles or more from Martha’s

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Yale Climate Media Forum: Introducing city kids to national parks

Climate change is threatening our national parks. Preserving them will require a long-term commitment and a new generation of champions. A program called “YouthWorks in the Parks” introduces young people – like Salt Lake City high school student Melvin Moreno

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2017-05-19 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Cli-fi novel retells Joan of Arc story

Yuknavitch: “What’s always been so cool about science fiction writers is that they can take all our fears, intentions, and hopes, and dreams, and kind of pitch them forward into the imagination.” That’s Lidia Yuknavitch, the author of a novel

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2017-05-18 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Tidewater: Sea-level rise, but no word of cause

In Hampton Roads, a moniker for both a massive natural harbor in southeast Virginia and a metropolitan region comprising 17 small cities and municipalities, tidal flooding is as common as Chesapeake Bay blue crabs. Oh yes. Lest one forget, Hampton

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2017-05-17 12:10   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: New climate, new challenges for farmers

In the Midwest, you know spring has arrived when tractors start to hold up traffic on the highway. But well before the tractors arrived this year, people were seeing signs of early spring across the Plains and the Midwest: Butterflies

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2017-05-17 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Teen fights air pollution

Eighteen-year-old Dianna Espinoza grew up in the shadow of oil refineries. She lives in Wilmington, a largely Latino neighborhood of Los Angeles that’s heavily polluted by refineries, traffic, and power plants. Espinoza: “The pollution definitely impacts my day-to-day life.” Caustic

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2017-05-17 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: In polluted town, first-generation Americans take action

From the beaches of Oxnard, California, you can often see plumes of smoke filling the sky. Lopez: “Sometimes when the smokestacks are on, you cannot tell where the clouds end and the plume begins.” That’s Raul Lopez, a community organizer

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2017-05-16 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Mom aims to protect her children, planet

“Listen to your mother.” It’s advice we’ve all heard, and mom Carrie Becker says there’s a reason: Mothers want what’s best for their children. Becker: “I think if moms ruled the world, we would have less issues. I really do.”

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2017-05-15 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Mom hopes parents will step up for kids

Ganahl: “I had a nagging concern about climate change for many years, but I didn’t think there was much I could do about it.” Robin Ganahl says she ignored the issue until the day she read an article that made

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2017-05-12 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Waste-to-energy plants could reduce methane

The U.S. generates almost a quarter of a billion tons of solid waste every year. After recycling, about 80 percent is sent to landfills, and 20 percent is burned in waste-to-energy facilities. Nickolas Themelis of Columbia University has compared the

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2017-05-11 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Pros and cons on ‘negative emissions’ prospects

Picture this: the carbon-dioxide spewed from our stacks and tailpipes is converted to stone and stored underground. While no one forecasts it will become commonplace in the short term, a team of researchers has published promising results of a trial

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2017-05-10 14:47   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Climate concerns raised at many ‘town halls’

Climate change has gotten a fair share of attention at the “town halls” members of Congress have held in and around their home districts during their recesses. In this month’s “This is Not Cool” video, independent videographer Peter Sinclair of

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2017-05-10 14:20   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Miami Beach spends to hold back the sea

Sea levels in South Florida could rise up to two feet over the next four decades. That puts Miami Beach – an island three miles off the Florida coast – at risk. The city is already experiencing sunny day flooding

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Yale Climate Media Forum: Should you buy a house in Miami?

Many millennials want to settle down and buy a home. But in coastal cities like Miami, the decision comes with new risks. Ariza: “Investing in Miami … is kind of a scary prospect.” That’s Mario Alejandro Ariza. He wanted to

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2017-05-09 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Cranberry farmer grows new ‘crop’: solar energy

Michael Paduch, a farmer in Carver, Massachusetts, has more than 20 acres of cranberry bogs. But with prices low in recent years, he’s started harvesting a new crop on his land: energy. Paduch: “Economically, it’s been difficult to figure out

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2017-05-08 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Raising climate awareness with humor

Climate change has very serious consequences. But to attract public attention, Ontario, Canada has created a series of videos that are … well, silly. Take this one, in which a man fails to impress his wife with an amazing fish

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2017-05-05 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Record snow, record snowmelt?

It’s been more than a month since Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency for seven days. At the time, he was alarmed at the prospect of snowmelt in the Eastern Sierra flooding the Owens Valley and

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2017-05-04 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Dutch trains ride the wind

In the Netherlands, the NS railway company now powers its 1,200 electric trains with wind energy. Boon: “We transport about 600,000 commuters every day, which generates 1.2 million train travels each day.” Ton Boon is the spokesperson for NS. He

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2017-05-04 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Postcard from the science and climate marches

Tens of thousands of marchers gathered April 22 in Washington, D.C., and in some 600 other places scattered across the globe for the March for Science, designed to show support for scientific research and U.S. agencies such as EPA and

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2017-05-03 16:40   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Small city sets big clean-energy goal

Traverse City, Michigan, may be small, but it has set a big goal: to power all city operations with 100 percent clean energy within four years. Madigan: “That includes city buildings, streetlights, wastewater treatment plants … all of the operations

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2017-05-03 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: The campaign to end coal power

Hitt: “Wherever you live in this country, there are decisions being made right now about where your electricity will come from, and those are decisions that need your voice.” That’s Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal

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2017-05-02 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Coal-country native, clean-energy advocate

Growing up in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Mary Anne Hitt was surrounded by the lush Smoky Mountains. So she was upset when she learned that local mining companies were blowing the tops off mountains to mine coal. Hitt: “It was not only

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2017-05-01 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Louisville tree program aims to cool the city

Louisville – the home of the Kentucky Derby – is warming faster than other similar cities. The rapid warming is partly caused by a lack of shade trees. Mature trees help keep cities cool, so a group called Love Louisville

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2017-04-28 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Worrisome first quarter of 2017 climate trends

With the first quarter of 2017 now past, the year is shaping up to be one of climate extremes: high temperatures, low sea ice, and coral bleaching. Global surface temperatures continue to increase in-line with climate model predictions, and the

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2017-04-27 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Republicans and democrats alike go solar

In Washington D.C., solar energy is sometimes seen as a political issue. But research suggests constituents – both Democrats and Republicans – feel differently. A solar consulting company called PowerScout pulled the addresses of one-and-a-half million political donors. Then, they

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Yale Climate Media Forum: Reversing climate change

First, the good news. In 2015, 195 nations agreed at a meeting in Paris to take measures to reduce carbon emissions. In early 2016, national leaders from around the world began signing the Paris Agreement. Now, the bad news. President

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2017-04-26 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Costa Rica is 98% renewable-powered

Costa Rica’s pouring rains support the country’s lush ecosystems. They fill its powerful rivers, which generate massive amounts of hydropower. For the last two years, Costa Rica has generated 98 percent of its electricity from renewables. Orozco: “We’re very proud

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2017-04-26 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Columnist: ‘Swamped’ coastal Louisiana

Two weeks ago President Donald Trump announced a trade: A few thousand temporary jobs for West Virginia coal miners in exchange for letting the Gulf of Mexico drown much of south Louisiana over the next 50 years. Not a single

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2017-04-25 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Skier says winter has turned weird

For professional skier Lexi duPont, there’s nothing like the swish of skis against packed powder. duPont travels around the world to ski. Over the years, she’s noticed changing snow patterns and more erratic weather, which is expected to increase as

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2017-04-25 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: As springs come early, so do robins

The official start of spring is March 20th, but for many of us, it’s the sight of a robin hunting for worms in the warming soil that says winter is finally over. Temple: “The robin’s status as a familiar backyard

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2017-04-24 12:00   Click to comment


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