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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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2017-04-27 12:00   Click to comment

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

Yale Climate Media Forum: Georgia island confronts ‘blue sky’ floods

On Sapelo Island, just off the coast of Georgia, change is everywhere: Saltwater marshes swell past their banks on sunny, cloudless days. Historic forests full of Spanish moss and centuries-old magnolia trees are dying. Mosquitoes coat white buildings in a

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2017-04-21 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Earth Day: Report card for the planet

Planet earth is heating up, and the signs of warming are everywhere. Broccoli: “We see this with global temperature. We see this with sea ice. We see this with sea level. And it’s painting a very consistent picture of a

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2017-04-21 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Why a 1-degree temperature rise matters

You’ve heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. Climate change is like the tortoise. It moves slowly, so its long-term effects can go unnoticed. Broccoli: “That’s why we really have to rely on the scientific approach to measuring

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2017-04-20 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Poetry for the planet

Listen to a few lines from poet Juliet Patterson. Patterson: Flared plates of trunk, a foot stalk With a seed in its heart, Clear sap. What thought burns here? Called “Sugar Maple Winter Drought,” it’s a poem from her recent

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2017-04-19 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Changing minds on a changing climate

The political environment in America is gripped by deep polarization. No news flash there. Throughout the Presidential campaign and in the initial months of the Trump presidency, the public and their national politicians dig themselves ever deeper into entrenched positions,

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2017-04-18 17:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: ‘Green bank’ finances renewable projects

If you want to start a renewable energy revolution, you’re going to need some money up front. That’s the challenge in New York State, where leaders want to generate half the state’s electricity from renewables within 13 years. To make

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2017-04-18 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: The woman who stopped a fracking truck

Oil and gas extraction releases ozone and methane. So when a fracking boom started near Dallas, Texas, air pollution there got worse. Elida Tamez lives in Denton, where the problem is especially bad. Tamez: “During the hottest part of the

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2017-04-17 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Saving seeds for an uncertain climate

When Rowen White was 17 she started working on an organic farm. And she discovered that there was more to the world of fruits and vegetables than what’s for sale in most supermarkets. White: “We were seeding, in the greenhouse,

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2017-04-14 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Murky outlook on California fuel economy standards

Mary Nichols, long-time clean air champion and chair of the powerful California Air Resources Board since 2007, is known for not pulling her punches. And she was having none of it at a recent CARB meeting where her agency unanimously

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2017-04-13 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Google ‘street view’ cars hunt for methane

Google gathers images for its street view application by sending cars with cameras to drive through cities and towns. Karin Tuxen-Bettman of Google says some of these cars have been given an additional mission. Tuxen-Bettman: “While the street view car’s

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2017-04-13 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Solar installations set new record in 2016

The future of solar energy in the U.S. looks bright. Although solar currently only provides about one percent of our electricity, Chris Namovicz of the U.S. Energy Information Administration says the market for new solar has grown … Namovicz: “…

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2017-04-12 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Share signs of warming where you live

A new app helps you make connections between NASA satellite data and global warming in your backyard. Drapkin: “NASA satellites are routinely assessing the state and health of our planet and systems but they’re doing that from very, very far

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2017-04-11 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Teen activist blocks incinerator

Burning trash to generate electricity can reduce global-warming pollution, so some tout the approach as a way to meet renewable energy goals. But the process emits other pollutants – like lead and mercury – that can affect health. So when

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2017-04-10 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Ethanol is making N.D. farmland less fertile

Until about 10 years ago, spring wheat was a favorite crop for farmers in North Dakota. Erickson: “Beginning in 2007, when the government heavily incentivized corn production for ethanol use, corn production really reached into North Dakota, and people began

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2017-04-07 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: How will N.Y. cope with climate change?

The respected Chicago Review of Books recently launched a regular monthly “cli-fi” feature, and Senior Editor Amy Brady in the second installment interviewed science-fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson about his new book. The interview is reposted here with permission of Brady

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2017-04-06 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: When the wells run dry

In 2014, Rafael Surmay’s faucets stopped running. After three years of California’s record-setting drought, his well had gone dry. He was not alone. Surmay lives in the small, rural community of East Porterville, California, and his was one of 500

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2017-04-06 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: The woman who helped thousands go solar

Eight years ago, Sara Ross and her husband decided to purchase solar panels for their Massachusetts home. But their bank did not offer solar loans. Frustrated by the lack of financing options, the Rosses paid for their solar panels out-of-pocket.

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2017-04-05 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Las Vegas city buildings go 100% renewable

Las Vegas has placed its bets on renewable energy, and it’s paying off. Last December, the city began powering its municipal buildings and operations with 100 percent clean electricity. Perrigo: “That’s been really quite an accomplishment when you think about

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2017-04-04 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Kids’ Polar Army artwork shows youths’ concerns

April is a critical time for focusing public attention on the risks posed by our warming climate. In the Nation’s Capital, the Trump administration and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are in the initial stages of what many in the environmental

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2017-04-03 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Will millennials support a carbon tax?

There are many ways to reduce global warming pollution – from saving energy to eating less red meat. But some students say there’s a more effective strategy. Green: “We’re asking to level the playing field and let the free market

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2017-04-03 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Kids send postcards to Trump

As a marine biologist and parent, Heidi Dewar is very worried about climate change. But with so many issues competing for national attention, she’s found it hard to make her voice heard. Then it occurred to her: Dewar: “If you

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2017-03-31 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Franciscan friar sees climate as a moral issue

Francesco di Bernardone, a young merchant living in Assisi, Italy, in the 1200s, gave up a life of affluence in favor of prayer and service to the poor. Known today as St. Francis of Assisi, he is also associated with

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2017-03-30 12:05   Click to comment


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