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Yale Climate Media Forum: How to love damaged places

Seeing the damage caused by a hurricane or a clear-cut forest can be emotionally painful. Pennsylvania activist and author Trebbe Johnson says this sadness often causes people to abandon damaged places. But she suggests a different approach. Johnson: “We face […]

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2018-11-16 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: How to break bad news about the climate

Dear Sara, Your column about the woman with the big beach house in Florida illustrates the difficulty of an honest conversation: If we stopped burning fossil fuels today, the climate will continue to warm and sea level will continue to […]

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2018-11-15 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Groundwater could fuel future U.S.-Mexico conflict

The Rio Grande River snakes along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. A treaty regulates the use of its water for drinking and irrigation. But as drought increasingly threatens the river, people on both sides of the border are […]

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2018-11-15 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Climate change and the oceans

Oceans cover about 71 percent of Earth’s surface. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, they have provided the single largest sink for the carbon dioxide released by the burning of fossil fuels. And they have absorbed much of the […]

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2018-11-14 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Former oil worker worries about the climate

As a young man, Allen Hubbard worked in oil exploration and production on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. Hubbard: “At the time, we thought we were being patriots, we were solving the energy crisis.” Hubbard had heard about global warming, […]

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2018-11-14 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: The many ways climate change worsens California wildfires

California has been ravaged by record wildfires in recent years. 2017 was the state’s costliest and most destructive fire season on record. The Mendocino wildfire in July 2018 was California’s largest-ever by a whopping 60 percent. Even though California’s wildfire […]

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2018-11-14 02:23   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Beavers can help combat global warming

Sherry Guzzi wasn’t thinking about climate change eight years ago when she set out to save a family of beavers living near her Lake Tahoe, California, home. A former architect and lifelong wildlife lover, Guzzi was mostly thinking it was […]

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2018-11-13 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Teen gun reform activist takes on climate change

As a high schooler, Faith Ward cared about climate change. But she didn’t believe anyone would pay attention if she voiced her deep concerns. Ward: “You don’t feel very listened to as a teenager, I think.” But when the school […]

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2018-11-13 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Retired admiral: Extreme weather threatens national security

As Hurricane Florence targeted the East Coast, the Navy moved its ships away from Hampton Roads, Virginia, to keep them safe. Retired Navy Rear Admiral Ann Phillips says as an isolated incident, this did not affect national security. But as […]

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2018-11-12 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Knitters turn climate data into tapestries

Temperature graphs are showing up on people’s living room walls, as knitters across the country transform climate data into textile art. In a so-called “tempestry,” each color represents a temperature, and each line, the daily high in a specific location. […]

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2018-11-09 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Dockless bike sharing: What you need to know

In many cities, people can rent bicycles that are docked at bike racks in busy areas. Now, to get even more people on bikes, some cities are experimenting with dockless bike-sharing. Magnusson: “The idea with dockless bikes is that you […]

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2018-11-08 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Common plastics emit global warming pollution

Plastic products like six-pack rings and plastic bags can pollute waterways and harm wildlife. They also contribute to climate change. Producing plastic generates carbon pollution. And new research shows that plastic releases greenhouse gases when it breaks down, too. Researcher […]

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2018-11-07 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: How bad could things get in Louisiana?

Communities in coastal Louisiana have long depended on the ocean for fishing, tourism, and transportation. But now, their proximity to the water is becoming a threat. Cleetus: “Accelerating sea-level rise is worsening tidal flooding already around the country. And if […]

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2018-11-06 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Man builds solar generators from laptop batteries

After Hurricane Maria, Javier Camacho wanted to help his fellow Puerto Ricans, who were struggling in homes with no electricity. Camacho: “I kept seeing people suffering and as a Christian, I was – God, I need to help my people. […]

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2018-11-05 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Former school now solar-powered senior housing

In Buffalo, New York, a large vacant school is being put to an unusual new use. Public School 77 closed twelve years ago. Now, it’s been reopened with office space, a theater company, a community gymnasium, and thirty affordable apartments […]

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2018-11-02 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Should we start geoengineering Antarctica?

Last month, the United Nations released its 2018 IPCC report on climate change, its most urgent and dire report to date. It states that an increase in global temperature of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit could be reached within 11 years. The […]

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2018-11-01 11:10   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: ICYMI: Catching up on important IPCC report

October’s IPCC report about the 1.5 vs. 2 degrees C warming goals may well be the year’s most important climate news. But for those who didn’t read all about it when the IPCC report was first released – and who […]

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2018-11-01 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: This neighborhood is getting ready for floods

In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, almost one hundred auto-related businesses are clustered along the industrial waterfront. Chavez: “These are small businesses operating on small economic margins, many of them run by families, immigrant families.” That’s Ryan Chavez of Uprose, a local […]

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2018-11-01 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: In Alabama, a disincentive to going solar

Alabama is one of the sunniest states in the U.S. But it has been slow to adopt rooftop solar. One reason is that the state’s largest utility charges an extra fee to residents who generate their own electricity. Hansen: “It’s […]

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2018-10-31 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Unknowingly on edge of a climate ‘precipice’?

On September 17, a short paper in the journal Nature Climate Change caught the attention of Penn State University glaciologist Richard Alley. The article compared satellite observations of the Antarctic ice sheet between 2007 and 2017 with projections for the […]

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2018-10-30 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Heavy rains are eroding Lake Erie’s shore

Extreme weather is taking a toll on coastlines – and not just along the oceans. Lisa Kenion lives in Euclid, Ohio … Kenion: “… right about three doors away from Lake Erie.” At the end of her street, a tall, […]

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2018-10-30 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Heat seems to make us stupider

When the temperature rises, you get sweaty and sticky. But hot weather can harm more than your comfort. During a heat wave, even healthy young adults can lose their ability to think at their best. Jose Guillermo Cedeño-Laurent of the […]

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2018-10-29 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Readings on scientists who pioneered climate science

Over the summer, two publications called attention to the history of humanity’s effort to understand and, more belatedly, respond to climate change. In a book released in June, astrophysicist Adam Frank described how scientists who worked on NASA research missions […]

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2018-10-26 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Energy efficiency is key to addressing climate

Switching your lightbulbs to energy-efficient LED’s does not just lower your electric bills. It also reduces carbon pollution and global warming. Ralph Cavanagh of the Natural Resources Defense Council says LED’s are one of many recent innovations in energy efficiency. […]

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2018-10-26 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Arctic climate research dominated by two locations

The Arctic is a hotbed of climate change research and a vast and varied place, much of it remote and difficult to reach. That may explain why nearly one-third of study citations focusing on Arctic research were based on data […]

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2018-10-25 11:10   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Video explainer on Arctic warming

A six-minute “explainer” video produced by the Aspen Global Change Institute provides a highly accessible description of the impacts of rapidly warming Arctic surface temperatures and resulting weather patterns far beyond. The video’s creative approach to science communication provides a […]

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2018-10-25 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Meet a teen climate leader

Iris Fen Gillingham was raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York. At an early age, she experienced the hardships extreme weather can cause. Gillingham: “When I was six years old, my family was forced to stop farming for a […]

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2018-10-25 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Climate change could cause more sewage backups

Like many other cities, Chicago has a combined sewer system that moves rainwater and wastewater in the same pipes. So heavy rains can overwhelm the system, flooding residents’ basements with untreated sewage. Burns: “It’s just horrifying.” Lori Burns is a […]

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2018-10-24 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Citizen scientists document archaeological sites

Near Saint Augustine, Florida, a quiet rocky beach called Shell Bluff Landing has a unique history. Layers of oyster shells – leftover from prehistoric Native American dinners – lie beneath the soil. And above ground, a stone well built by […]

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2018-10-23 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: The rabbi who blessed electric vehicles

Last May, Rabbi Joel Abraham drove his Chevy Volt to Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. As rabbi of nearby Temple Sholom, he joined other local clergy for an interfaith blessing of electric vehicles. At the event, electric […]

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2018-10-22 11:00   Click to comment


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