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Yale Climate Media Forum: Microgrid system saves tribe $200,000 a year

When the power goes out in Humboldt County, California, the lights stay on in a small tribal community there. Blue Lake Rancheria has a 500-kilowatt solar array, paired with battery storage. It’s a microgrid, feeding renewable energy to the local […]

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2019-03-22 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Climate change in the movies in 2018

2018 was a remarkable year for cli-fi, both for the number and variety of fictional films that addressed climate change. Global warming played a leading role in a comedy and in an art-house social drama. It played a supporting role […]

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2019-03-21 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Indiana, spring break destination of the future?

Tourism could take a hit as the climate changes. Ski slopes may get less snow, and beaches will face more extreme storms. But Jonathon Day of Purdue University says tourism in the middle of the country will also need to […]

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2019-03-21 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Five winners and losers of premature springs

Spring is usually a coordinated dance of singing birds, bursting leaves, buzzing insects, and blooming flowers, but climate change is throwing off the rhythm. With warming temperatures, the average spring in the eastern U.S. is starting earlier. This year, flowers […]

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2019-03-20 11:10   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Key readings before visiting National Parks

Planning to be one of 330 million-plus visitors to America’s national parks this year? Curious about impacts of climate change to these important places? Not surprisingly, that impact is and will be considerable and varied. Here are several pieces that […]

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2019-03-20 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Poor? You probably pay more for electricity.

Americans commonly spend three or four percent of their income on energy bills. But in many low-income communities, that number is higher. Smith: “In Atlanta, for example, you have some people paying over eleven percent of their income on utility […]

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2019-03-20 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Farmers plant trees alongside crops

At a farm in Missouri, rows of pecan trees grow between narrow fields of wheat. The towering trees provide nuts that the farmer sells for extra income. The practice of growing trees alongside annual crops or livestock is called agroforestry, […]

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2019-03-19 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Clean energy facts belie common myths

Recent public opinion data from the Yale Program on Climate Communication, publisher of this site, spells out what many have already noticed. More and more Americans accept the science of climate change, are worried about the problem, and say they […]

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2019-03-18 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Tiny solar cells harvest indoor light

Solar panels are installed where they can absorb sunlight. But a different type of solar technology is designed to harvest indoor light instead. Barry Breen is CEO of 3G Solar Photovoltaics in Jerusalem, Israel. His company’s solar cells work under […]

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2019-03-18 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: TV journalist spreads the word about climate change

TV journalist Vanessa Hauc wants to make sure that people on the front lines of climate change are fully informed on the topic. Huac: “Latino communities and minorities are the most affected.” For example, hurricanes and wildfires have hit Florida, […]

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2019-03-15 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: A startup is farming corals

As a scuba-diver, Sam Teicher has long been worried about threats to coral reefs, including pollution and global warming. After college, he worked on a reef restoration project on the island of Mauritius, off the coast of Africa. He wanted […]

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2019-03-14 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: How ambitious cities are cutting carbon pollution

Cities around the world are taking climate action, but some are making especially ambitious commitments. Partin: “When you look at what it takes to get to an 80 to 100 percent greenhouse gas reduction target, it’s a radical transformation in […]

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2019-03-13 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: ‘How will global warming change springtime?’

Dear Sara, I would like to read your prediction of the effects of climate change on the traditional four weather seasons. From a lifestyle preference, it has been nice for me to know that in the summer, there will be […]

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2019-03-12 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Researcher: Indigenous people are best forest stewards

Cutting down trees leads to more carbon in the atmosphere – and it’s happening at an alarming rate. In 2017 alone, tropical forests lost 39 million acres – that’s larger than the state of Georgia. Seymour: “If tropical deforestation were […]

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2019-03-12 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: New stories capture Andes climate impacts

It’s not news that climate change is affecting the world’s mountain ranges, along with their human inhabitants and their ecosystems. In these four stories about the Andes, the general becomes specific and distant places come to life. Dan Collyns (The […]

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2019-03-11 11:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Man advocates removing carbon from the air

Each year, when his children were young, Peter Fiekowsky took them to Yosemite for the 4th of July. Fiekowsky: “The high country was closed usually at the beginning of our vacation because there was still snow on the road. And […]

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2019-03-11 11:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Oxfam director: Climate change is harming women

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a time to reflect on how women are helping their communities overcome enormous challenges. Byanyima: “Where I come from in Uganda, we are seeing the impacts of climate change already … droughts, flooding, droughts, […]

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2019-03-08 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: New poetry that grapples with climate change

There’s something like a perverse poetry to climate change. In its all-encompassing largeness it defies straightforward description, inspires awe and terror, and demands rumination on the past. Perhaps it will come as no surprise, then, that poets have begun to […]

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2019-03-07 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Architects pledge to design carbon-neutral buildings

As the climate warms, many architects are concerned about more than aesthetics. Buildings consume nearly 40% of the energy used in the U.S each year. Elefante: “So getting the carbon footprint of the building sector down soon is a really […]

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2019-03-07 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: U.S. businesses work toward Paris goals

President Trump plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. But thousands of local governments, businesses, and other groups across the U.S are sending a different message: Rabinovitch: “Well, the U.S. may not be in the Paris Accord, […]

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2019-03-06 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Is the grid ready for EVs?

Some Americans appear increasingly ready to give up their gas cars for electric vehicles. But are the country’s electric grids prepared for them? The question is a critical one in the quest to address climate change, because transportation is now […]

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2019-03-05 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Coffee roaster helps farmers adapt

Coffee may be an important part of your morning. But for 25 million farmers, it’s their livelihood. And many of those farmers face problems as warming temperatures and changing rainfall patterns make it harder to grow high quality beans. Meredith […]

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2019-03-05 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Forest Service works with tribes to manage fire

For generations, the Karuk Tribe set small fires in northwestern forests. This cleared excess brush, and promoted culturally important species like hazel. Lake: “Those hazel sticks only produced long, straight, flexible, strong shoots after they were burned. Two springs later, […]

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2019-03-04 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Hmong farmers face new challenges

At farmers’ markets across Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Hmong farmers sell vegetables, fruits, and flowers. The Hmong are an ethnic minority group from East Asia. After the Vietnam War, many fled Laos as refugees, and settled in Minnesota. There, some continue to […]

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2019-03-01 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Conversation: An antidote to climate despair

When young people and elders get together, they can learn a lot from one another. Philip Cook is the founder of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development. The group held three events last fall where young activists and […]

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2019-02-28 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Green New Deal decisions hinge on four key questions

In the few weeks since it was introduced as a non-binding resolution before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Green New Deal (GND) Resolution has generated more discussion and coverage of climate change – positive and negative – […]

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2019-02-27 12:10   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Editorial cartoonists lampoon, praise Green New Deal

Like journalists, opinion writers, and TV newscasters and commentators, political cartoonists were quick to respond to the Green New Deal (GND) climate change initiative put out in early February by two liberal northeastern Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House […]

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2019-02-27 12:05   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Green New Deal: An ‘RFP’ and what more?

The ambitious, and some would say wholly unrealistic and impractical, Green New Deal (GND) pending as a non-binding “sense of the Senate” resolution deserves credit for having raised the visibility of the clearly urgent climate change issue, not only across […]

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2019-02-27 12:00   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: Green New Deal puts focus on climate justice

With climate activists’ spotlight on liberal Democrats’ Green New Deal as an outline for climate change action comes a new focus on social justice: on the adverse and unequal impacts environmental problems, and sometimes their solutions, can have on historically […]

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2019-02-27 11:55   Click to comment

Yale Climate Media Forum: What is the EPA ‘endangerment finding’?

In the sixties, smog clouded many U.S. skylines. Since the Clean Air Act of 1970 was enacted, a lot of that smog has disappeared. But now invisible pollution is the more important threat. Ten years ago, the EPA issued a […]

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2019-02-27 11:50   Click to comment


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