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.
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 warming. Listen 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).
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- By Rebecca Hersher Photo: Robyn Beck, AFP via Getty Images
- Correspondents Lauren Sommer and 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.
- By Jeanette Woods and Others
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry is preparing for the next major climate summit, in Dubai. He's calling for an end to permitting new, unabated coal-fired power anywhere in the world. We ask him about whether the U.S. has lived up to its climate commitments.
Breathing wildfire smoke can make you wheeze and cough. And it can trigger health emergencies — especially in people who have preexisting heart or lung conditions. So it’s critical to avoid smoky air.
- 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.
Jeff Masters, has worked as a hurricane scientist with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. He co-founded Weather Underground in 1995 and writes, he is also an author for Yale Climate Connections
- By Bill Chappell and Alisa Chang Photo: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- By YCC Team
Researchers are exploring whether farmers could hold water on their land temporarily, reducing floods downstream. The post North Carolina has suffered disastrous floods. Could farmers help? appeared first on Yale Climate Connections. ...
- By YCC Team
It’s an urgent issue as extreme weather grows more common. The post Older adults can be particularly vulnerable during weather disasters appeared first on Yale Climate Connections. ...
- By YCC Team Photo: M. Meisel
Many amphibians lay their eggs in shallow, seasonal wetlands known as vernal pools. The post The warming climate is altering a key amphibian habitat appeared first on Yale Climate Connections. ...
- By Francesca Rheannon
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.
- 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.
- By Dan Charles
When NPR interviewed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in February about her Green New Deal, she said that her goal was bigger than just passing some new laws. "What I hope we're able to do is rediscover the power of public imagination," she said.
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.
- By Anya Kamenetz
More than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change. And that support crosses political divides, according to the results of an exclusive new NPR/Ipsos poll: Whether they have children or not, two-thirds of Republicans and 9 in 10 Democrats agree that the subject needs to be taught in school.
- By Christopher Joyce
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.
- 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.
- 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.