NPR is dominating our radio section with their numerous brilliantly produced shows from Science Friday to The Brian Lehrer Show and Morning Edition with Steve Inskeep. One of the most interesting special series they produced in 2019, and continues to be timely, is Getting to Zero Carbon with numerous shows using many of their best hosts — from Ari Shapiro and Ailsa Chang to Mary Louise Kelly — to create programming around companies taking on the challenge of climate change, Google’s aspirations to power all of its operations with carbon-free energy, bringing solar to communities of color, banning gas, capturing carbon, new battery technology, and more.

 Locally produced radio is also weighing in, even as it is often distributed to multiple markets. On Long Island’s East End, Francesca Rheannon, host of The Writer’s Voice, has a focus on global warmingListen to her spectacular interview with Michael Mann, author of The New Climate War and keep checking in as she interviews Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction and the newly published Under a White Sky (both of which have gold stars on our own BOOK list). 


‘We Don’t Have To Live This Way’: Doctors Call For Climate Action

By Rebecca Hersher Photo: Robyn Beck, AFP via Getty Images
Climate change is making people sick and leading to premature death, according to a pair of influential reports on the connections between global warming and health.


1A is a show for a changing America. Every day, host Joshua Johnson convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time. The show takes a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world. 1A is produced by WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR. Here’s how to listen live in your area and check out Why It’s Hard to Change Minds about Climate Change.

After Biden’s First Actions On Climate Change, How Much More Can He Do Alone?

Correspondents Lauren Sommer & Kirk Siegler Photo: Mandel Ngan, AFP via Getty Images
This past week, President Biden signed executive orders that represent his administration's first actions in the fight against climate change. Some changes will take longer than others — and many more will not be possible without help from Congress.

Climate Cast

MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner with the latest research on our changing climate.

Climate Wars Heat Up In Washington on Science Friday

A green wave is sweeping through Washington, and it’s picking up Republicans who are eager to share their ideas on clean energy and climate change.

Could New York Have Zero Fossil Fuel Emissions by 2050? This Proposal Says Yes

New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky (D 9, Nassau County) and New York Assembly Member Steve Englebright, (D 4, Setauket), chair of the environmental conservation committee, sponsors of the Climate and Community Protection Act, talk about the proposed legislation and its chances of passage before the June 19 end of session.

Fighting Global Warming Requires Changes In How Cows Are Fed

By Dan Charles
Stopping climate change won't just mean a halt to burning coal and gasoline. It will mean an end to cutting forests and mining the soil to grow more food. Fortunately, it is possible.

Greta Thunberg To U.S.: ‘You Have A Moral Responsibility’ On Climate Change

By Bill Chappell & Alisa Chang Photo by Mhari Shaw/NPR
Greta Thunberg led a protest at the White House on Friday. But she wasn't looking to go inside — "I don't want to meet with people who don't accept the science," she says.

How Fast Will Biden Need To Move On Climate? Really, Really Fast

By Lauren Sommer Photo: Anna Moneymaker, Getty Images
In a flurry of first-week executive orders, President Biden sent a definitive message that his administration would move faster on climate change than any before. Now, the question is whether it will be fast enough.


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In Iceland, turning CO2 into rock could be a big breakthrough for carbon capture

By Ari Daniel
Drive about a half hour east of Reykjavik, and the ground seethes with steam — a bizarre, thick fog pouring out of the pebbly earth. This is because Iceland sits on top of a geological hot spot that’s pushing up from the Atlantic floor. Just about everywhere you go in Iceland, there’s hot water and steam right beneath your feet. Some of it breaks right through the surface.

Introducing: The #plasticchallenge

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former EPA Region 2 administrator, helps us sort through all the types of plastics in our lives, and understand exactly how they are making an impact on climate change.

Is America Ready for a Climate Change Candidate?

By Ira Flatow Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Presidential candidate Jay Inslee has staked his bid for the White House on fighting climate change. But is that issue enough to get people to the polls?

Lessons Learned Helped Louisiana Minimize Barry’s Damage

By Rebecca Hersher
When Hurricane Barry came ashore over the weekend, it did not do as much damage as feared, But it tested a number of systems and hurricane protection entities put in place after previous storms.

Living On Earth

Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by Public Radio International. Every week approximately 250 Public Radio stations broadcast Living on Earth's news, features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues. 

Military bases prepare for more extreme weather

By Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media
As the climate warms, increasingly severe storms threaten homes and military bases. And with more extreme weather comes the risk of power outages.

New Research Shows Microplastics Have Invaded The Deep Ocean — And The Food Chain

The largest habitat for life on Earth is the deep ocean. It's home to everything from jellyfish to giant bluefin tuna. But the deep ocean is being invaded by tiny pieces of plastic — plastic that people thought was mostly floating at the surface, and in amounts they never imagined.

On a journey to Antarctica, a New Orleans chef awakens to the threat of melting ice

By Carolyn Beeler
Jack Gilmore, 23, had never left the US before he worked on a research vessel as a cook during a two-month expedition to Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica this past winter.

Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn’t The Whole Story

By Christopher Joyce
Plastic waste gets a lot of attention when photos of dead whales with stomachs full of plastic bags hit the news. Pieces of plastic also litter cities, and tiny plastic particles are even floating in the air.

Science Friday

Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the source for entertaining and educational stories about science, technology, and other cool stuff.

What Are The Costs Of Climate Change?

By Rebecca Hersher & Nathan Rott
More frequent and severe wildfires and hurricanes have caused billions of dollars of damage in the U.S. Climate experts warn the costs to the economy and to individual families are only rising.

Writer’s Voice

Francesca Rheannon
 Writer's Voice is national in scope, although it is locally hosted and produced by Francesca Rheannon. The show airs on 40+ stations nationwide, locally on Long Island’s East End WPKN 89.5FM and internationally as a podcast at Their climate series can be found here.