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Image from podcastOne Person’s Waste…Another’s Energy. A Wisconsin firm converts cow manure and methane to provide electricity for a nearby chicken processor. (12/18/14)

 

 

Image from podcastUnderstanding Important Energy Wording. Using less energy vs. using energy better are keys in appreciating energy conservation and energy efficiency. (12/17/14)

 

 

Image from podcast‘Pushing the Edge’ to Improve Weather Forecasts. Forecasting weather disasters with more advance notice is getting a boost, but improvements still needed in flood forecasting. (12/16/14)

 

Image from podcastCitizen Scientists Tracking Trees’ Adaptations. Quantity, color, size, and other factors are among characteristics volunteers look for in tracking how some trees adapt to climate change. (12/15/14)

 

Image from podcastYouth Group Taking Action on Climate Change. Feeling ‘Old’ at Age 26? DoSomething.org seeks to combine climate relevancy, simple actions, and fun. (12/12/14)

 

Image from podcastCheerios Company Moving to Reduce CO2 Footprint. ‘Cheerioats’ to ‘Cheerios’ evolution at General Mills now includes actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (12/11/14)

 

Image from podcastA Quieter…and Cleaner…Trash Truck. Chicago is exploring long-term economics of electricity-powered trash trucks. (12/10/14)

 

 

Image from podcastDepressed Denver Neighborhood an ‘Ecodistrict’?. Sun Valley to incorporate sustainability to help combat economic challenges. (12/9/14)

 

 

Image from podcastResearchers Seeking Better Car Batteries. Coming Soon? Improvements to lithium ion batteries for tomorrow’s electric vehicles. (12/8/14)

 

 

Image from podcastVolunteers’ Findings Point to Birds’ Shifting Patterns. Citizen scientists are recording the ‘where and when’ of various bird species, showing changes in breeding and migration patterns in a warming world. (12/5/14)

 

Image from podcastSki Company, Coal Company Partner on Methane Emissions. Aspen Ski Company and Elk Creek Coal Mine join to capture and use waste methane. (12/4/14)

 

 

Image from podcast‘Golden State’ Passes Threshold with Sale of 100,000th Plug-in Electrics. State sets goal of having one-million electric vehicles sold by 2020…100,000-plus down, so the count is on. (12/3/14)

 

Image from podcastFrom Passive to Interactive to Save Energy on the Grid. If our homes ‘talk’ to the electricity grid — what’s called ‘transactive energy’ — electricity customers should find savings…and reduced CO2 emissions, too. (12/2/14)

 

Image from podcastCommon Loons’ Haunting Call Facing Silence Ahead?. The iconic loon, Minnesota’s state bird, isn’t alone in migrating northward in a warming climate. (12/1/14)

 

 

Image from podcastBattening the Hatches to Address Midwest’s Climate Challenges. More frequent and more intense extreme weather events foreseen for U.S. Midwest. (11/28/14)

 

 

Image from podcastEmerging Roles for NOLA Rain Gardens. Native tree and shrub rain gardens offer hope for managing New Orleans stormwaters. (11/27/14)

 

 

Image from podcastTrees: A Means of Cooling Without ‘Chilling’?. A Tualatin River, Oregon, project seeks to use trees and shade to cool water naturally…saving electricity and costs associated with ‘chillers.’ (11/26/14)

 

Image from podcastA Breakthrough in Making Plastic from Methane?. Efforts to convert methane to plastic offer one glimpse into using market-driven approaches to managing climate change. (11/25/14)

 

Image from podcastSmart Grids: One Key to Saving Energy. Utilities are modernizing their electricity distribution approaches to improve energy efficiency. (11/24/14)

 

 

Image from podcastEngaged, Proactive Community Seen Critical to Resiliency Efforts. A buzzword among city planners, the concept of ‘resiliency’ calls for preparing for new day-to-day realities. (11/21/14)

 

Image from podcastBattery Storage Progress Seen Key to Clean Energy Future. Promising energy storage technologies could speed transition to clean-energy future. (11/20/14)

 

 

Image from podcastBasic Goal of ‘Boulder Strong’ … Resiliency. Clean energy, affordable housing, and local ag products seen critical in city ravaged by wildfires, drought, and massive flooding. (11/19/14)

 

Image from podcastMultiple Benefits Seen from Portland, Oregon’s ‘Ecoroof’ Initiative. Portland Green Roof Project is leading to energy savings, less runoff into storm drains and into local rivers and streams, and increased habitat for some species. (11/18/14)

 

Image from podcastBiochar: When Their Waste Stream Becomes Our Energy. ‘For us it’s gold,’ says a North Carolina entrepreneur on how his company can dry saw mill wood scraps, leading to energy that helps reduce carbon emissions. (11/17/14)

 

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Loss of Land Ice (Not Sea Ice) = More Sea Level Rise. Although the melting of both types of ice affects climate change, only one is related to sea level rise. (11/14/14)

 

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Feeding A Growing Population In A Warmer World. Careful planning will be needed to feed a growing world population in a sustainable way. (11/13/14)

 

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Boston Residents Learning Ways to Reduce GHG Emissions. The City of Boston offers simple, earth-friendly changes anyone can make to reduce carbon emissions. (11/12/14)

 

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Gardeners Adapting to Changing Weather, Rain Patterns. Early warm spring weather and more extreme rains are just two examples of how climate change is impacting one New York gardener. (11/11/14)

 

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Costly and Devastating Fires Plaguing Far West. A recent report blames climate change and people’s actions for making wildfires worse. (11/10/14)

 

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Boston Bike Sharing. In Boston and many other cities, more urban residents are pedaling around town. (11/7/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Booming Business of Global Warming. Some may see profits gain from a changing climate…at least initially. (11/6/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Planners Moving Beyond Historical Experiences Alone. Planning for the future may mean looking beyond historical experiences​. (11/5/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Food Waste to Fuel: Less Waste = Less Excess Warming?. ​A new Massachusetts law aims to reduce the volume of food waste going to landfills. (11/4/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Annapolis Landmarks at Risk in Warming World. ​Annapolis, Md., is taking steps to protect its historic buildings from rising floodwaters and storm surge. (11/3/14)

 

Image from podcast For Climate Photos, Global Equals Local. Respected climate photojournalist suggests focus on local climate change impacts​. (10/31/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Evacuteers: New Orleans’ Evacuation Access Spots. ‘Evacuteers’ hope efforts can help in any future storm-induced evacuation of New Orleans. (10/30/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Safely Feeding More People…in a Warming World. How to go about feeding a growing global population without commensurate increase in greenhouse gas emissions. (10/29/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Rising Storm Tides in NY Harbor. A researcher explores whether Superstorm Sandy was biggest storm ever to hit New York City​. (10/28/14)

 

 

Image from podcast LA Cool Roofs. Light-colored roofs are helping keep Los Angeles cool. (10/27/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Tule Fog and California Agriculture. ​Tule fogs are​ important for agriculture, but ​they struggle in a warmer and drier climate​. (10/24/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Food Service. Your fork and diet are powerful weapons in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (10/23/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Virginia Sea Level Rise. Experts point to Virginia’s long coastline as especially vulnerable to sea level rise​. (10/22/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Southwest Impacts. The American southwest is likely to be among the country’s hardest-hit areas. (10/21/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Seals in Antarctic. Seals in the harsh Atlantic are collecting data in places that humans can’t get to. (10/20/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Straight From the Earth. Making a difference ‘one meal at a time’ is how Earthbound Farm co-founder Myra Goodman strives for her goal of seeing people eat more plant-based foods … and more often. (10/17/14)

 

Image from podcast Hoboken. ‘Long-term solutions’ is what Hoboken, New Jersey, Mayor Dawn Zimmer is looking for after Superstorm Sandy filled the city ‘like a bathtub’ … and convinced her the town now is on the climate change ‘front line.’ (10/16/14)

 

Image from podcast San Diego’s Desalination Plant. San Diego’s plans to open the world’s largest desalination plant over the next few years is a critical step — one of many — in the efforts of southern California to support a growing population in a warmer and drier climate. (10/15/14)

 

Image from podcast Purchasing Power. Large institutional purchasers — those buying for government agencies, universities, and large enterprises — hold a vital key in shaping the economy’s selections driving trends in greenhouse gas emissions and concentrations. (10/14/14)

 

Image from podcast Great Plains Impacts. Additional heat-related stresses on the region’s agricultural interests are in the cards for the country’s Great Plains states, where new approaches to farming and adaptation will be key in a warmer climate. (10/13/14)

 

Image from podcast Climate Change and Winter Sports. Many of today’s available venues for hosting Winter Olympic sports competitions may not be able to do so much longer. (10/10/14)

 

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Improv. Improvisational jazz and theater exercises are proving useful tools in disaster aid training. (10/9/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Charleston. Historic Charleston civic leaders are investing millions of dollars to protect their proud city from mounting rising tides and flooding problems. (10/8/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Crop Nutrition. Lower nutritional values of many plants seen as one concerning impact of rising CO2 atmospheric concentrations. (10/7/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Greenovate Boston. ‘A real issue here and now’ is how some Boston-area civic leaders view the climate and weather challenges facing their region. (10/6/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Village In Retreat. Some of the ‘world’s first climate refugees’ appear to have no option other than to evacuate their Newtok, Alaska, homes. (10/3/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Facing Climate Change. Personalized stories, rather than over-reliance on science alone, are the focus of some Pacific Northwest storytellers. (10/2/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Florida Climate Compact. Officials from four south Florida counties are united in pursuing ‘practical solutions’ to climate and weather challenges they see across their region now. (10/1/14)

 

Image from podcast Comedy and Climate. If you can get them laughing, you have a good chance of getting them learning, a stand-up climate comedian advises. (09/30/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Liberty Island. The National Park Service is taking steps in New York to help reduce future storm surge inundations of some of the nation’s most well-known national landmarks. (09/29/14)

 

Image from podcast Urban Heat Islands. More and more urban areas are undertaking ‘cool strategies’ to deal with large cities’ ‘urban heat island’ challenges. (09/26/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Tourism. An ‘uncertain future’ lies ahead for those involved with — and enjoying — tourism, one of the world’s largest industries. (09/24/14)

 

 

Image from podcast OCO-2. A decade in the making, a new NASA satellite may soon provide much-needed data on just where the world’s carbon dioxide is emitted and absorbed. (09/24/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Drought and California Agriculture. Drought-suffering California agricultural interests are having to drill for and pump finite groundwater supplies to support their crops. (09/23/14)

 

Image from podcast Climate Change As Catalyst of Conflict. High-ranking retired top military officials advise that climate change poses national security risks as a ‘catalyst,’ and no longer solely as a ‘force multiplier.’ (09/22/14)

 

Image from podcast Boston Monuments Face Risk. Boston’s historic national monuments and treasures face serious threats from gathering storms and rising seas, but help is on the way. (09/19/14)

 

Image from podcast Risky Business. A powerful group of bipartisan and nonpartisan experts unite to provide a look at climate challenges confronting U.S. business interests. (09/18/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Volcanic vs. Human Emissions. Erupting volcanoes prove graphic and memorable mental images, but their total CO2 emissions pale compared with those of human beings. (09/17/14)

 

Image from podcast Classroom Energy Buddies. Eighth-grade ‘energy buddies’ in a North Carolina community illustrate that teaching and learning go hand-in-hand. (09/16/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Louisiana’s Vulnerable Highway One. Louisiana’s vital two-lane ‘oil supply highway’ faces risks of being closed off by a combination of rising sea levels and land subsidence. (09/15/14)

 

Image from podcast Gainesville Solar Program. Nearly one-quarter of Gainesville’s electricity now comes from renewable energy despite the city’s no longer adding more solar power. (09/12/14)

 

Image from podcast Cows And Climate. Improved grass management and more efficient grazing practices can combine with less beef consumption as tools for feeding a growing global population. (09/11/14)

 

Image from podcast Climate Variability. Think Climate: Many ups and downs along a mountain trail hike, but in the end you’re higher up than when you started the march. (09/10/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Climate Change Ethics. Benefiting friends, family, children, and grand children makes addressing climate change challenges a ‘positive thing,’ and not a burden or a sacrifice. (09/09/14)

 

Image from podcast Water’s Flexible Future. ‘Practical and tangible’ are seen as hallmarks in securing water supplies and sanitation and in meeting agricultural needs in a changing climate. (09/08/14)

 

Image from podcast The Arts and Science. Engaging both the mind and the heart is seen as key in efforts to communicate climate science through the arts. (09/05/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Peak Change. Mountain climbers can offer their unique perspectives as first-hand witnesses to a rapidly changing world. (09/04/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Mock UN Summit. Role-playing in a mock-United Nations climate summit fills some summer weeks for a handful of youths exploring grand issues they’ll face down the road as adults. (09/03/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Scientist Turns Solar. A resident helps neighbors in a North Carolina community find economical approaches to installing solar panels on their homes. (09/02/14)

 

 

Image from podcast Science Museum Energy Retrofit. Capturing heat that otherwise would escape to the atmosphere leads to cost savings for a leading science museum sure to have experienced its share of brisk wintry days. (09/01/14)

 

Image from podcast Alpine of the Americas Project. Side-by-side then/now photos of a particular landscape are offering visual proof of often dramatic changes occurring over the course of years. (08/29/14)

 

Image from podcast Climate or Weather. Understanding similarities and differences between weather and climate is key to understanding both, but often not widely understood. (08/28/14)

 

Image from podcast Alligator River. Tree plantings and reefs made from oyster shells are among tools being used in a North Carolina wildlife refuge to help fend-off one of the highest rates of sea-level rise in the country. (08/27/14)

 

Image from podcast Lyme Disease. The number of incidences of Lyme disease, brought on by some tick bites, stems in part from warmer winters and wetter summers, and Lyme now is the country’s fastest-growing vector-borne disease. (08/26/14)

 

Image from podcast Allergies Alert. Millions of Americans experience seasonal allergies, some pointing to earlier onsets and longer-lived effects, and researchers point to more pollen in our future. (08/25/14)

 

Image from podcast Climate and Steroids. We see more home runs when a baseball player gets “juiced” by improperly using steroids, and scientists warn that the climate can get “juiced” too. (08/22/14)

 

Image from podcast El Niño. Scientists are concerned that the next strong El Niño — when it occurs and not if it occurs — may pack a greater wallop and more widespread and costly damages across North America. (08/21/14)

 

Image from podcast Crazy About Coffee. “Peace of mind in a cup” — it’s what some of us want in our much-needed morning cup of coffee, but in a warmer climate it’s likely to come with an increased price tag. (08/20/14)

 

Image from podcast Climate As Local Narrative. Iowa City has long been a writer’s haven in America’s heartland. But now it’s also a city of climate action, as writers plant seeds of change. (08/19/14)

 

Image from podcast Green Tea Coalition. Environmentalists and Tea Partiers are frequently at odds with each other, but in Georgia, they sometimes dance to the same tune. (08/18/14)

 

 

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