The Best Climate Change Podcasts

UPDATE: August 2017, This post is updated regularly as new podcasts on climate change are published.  Only the best podcasts make it on this page. Are you hungry for a good podcast on climate change?  I know I am.  Unfortunately the pickings are slim.  But I’m sure that will change in the coming years as climate change comes to dominate the nightly news. Fortunately, there are a few shining stars out there in podcast land, with more coming along every few months. Currently, the two best climate change podcasts out there are – Climate One from the Commonwealth Club in California, and Climate Cast from Minnesota Public News.  America Adapts is a rising star, with great podcasts about climate adaptation, and interviews with people and organizations at the Read More …

Fight Climate Change – Install Your Own LED Lights

LED lights are efficient, clean, and the quality of light can’t be beat, even by ancient incandescents.  Incandescent bulbs are down right primitive by comparison – it’s technology straight out of the 1800s, literally. Changing all of your bulbs to LEDs is pretty straightforward in most cases.  It can be as simple as buying a box of LED bulbs from your local superstore or online, and swapping them out.  However, sometimes you might have a pesky fluorescent fixture in your house. I just moved into a new house not long ago.  The place was built in the late 1980s and is loaded with fluorescent fixtures — in the laundry room, in the bathrooms, in the kitchen.  They give off that ugly fluorescent light, and make Read More …

What’s Hot in Climate Change, June 2017

Welcome back to What’s Hot in Climate Change!  We start out with concerning new research that shows the planet may cross the 1.5C threshold of warming within 15 years.  The 1.5C threshold is what the Paris Climate Talks identified as an important goal to hold global warming under.  One result of global warming is sea level rise.  A recent study of US population displacement shows us that sea level rise is not just a coastal problem, but a problem for those places where the people displaced from the coasts will end up. If all this concerns you, there are plenty of ways we can help keep the temperature below 1.5 C.  Tesla is taking deposits for their amazing, new solar roofing that looks like a regular Read More …

Five Ways You Can Fight Climate Change Without Washington’s Help

Legislation, policy and diplomacy are the best ways to fight climate change.  President Obama had a great impact through policy and diplomacy. But now Trump comes along and puts in place one of the most anti-environmental cabinets ever.  The next four years will see a roll back of environmental protections of epic proportions — at a time when we can least afford it.  So what avenues do we have to pursue positive change? Here are five ways that YOU can fight climate change without Washington’s help… 1. Lead by Example When you lead by example your life is a model for others.  That means you reduce-reuse-repurpose and recycle to decrease your impact on the environment.  This is especially important for Americans, Europeans and others living in developed countries. Read More …

What’s Hot in Climate Change, Jan 2017

It’s been a while since “What’s Hot” was posted, and a lot has happened.  Trump is now President of the US, for better or worse.  What the impact will be is not entirely known, although he has installed possibly the worst cabinet imaginable with respect to the environment.  Scott Pruitt, former Oklahoma Attorney General and industry shill, caps the list of robber barons as the newly nominated head of the EPA .  Although in typical Trump fashion he is sending mixed signals.  He recently cancelled the Transpacific Partnership, which may actually be a good move for the environment, because the TPP would have allowed other countries to challenge or supersede US environmental regulations. Beyond Trump there were a few other major stories that stood out over the Read More …

How can we have extreme winter AND global warming??

How can we have “global warming” and still have monster snow storms and frigid winters?  Somehow that never made sense to me, until one day I stumbled upon the answer. How global warming causes extreme weather came to me in a revelation about five years ago from an insurance company, Swiss Re, that had written a report about how climate change effects insurance payouts. Swiss Re is a “reinsurance” company that insures other insurance companies.  “Reality-based” organizations, like the U.S. military, or large insurance corporations that pay out millions of dollars of claims money, tend to focus on pesky details like evidence, cost versus benefit, and their bottom line. They’re really good at getting to the heart of matters.   A Quick Explanation The Swiss Re report described how warming of the climate Read More …

How to prepare for and survive a flood

This article is taken from a previous, longer article about the health impacts of flooding.  Here we focus mostly on flood preparation and recovery. A recent study titled Increasing Vulnerability to Health Effects before, during and after Floods, observed the following  in people who had experienced a major flood… Males had a higher risk of dying due to risk taking behaviors Females had a higher risk for anxiety, depression and PTSD Young children, the elderly, and those with a chronic disease (e.g. heart disease, lung disease, etc) had a higher chance of getting sick or sicker Poor people have bad outcomes because they don’t have the resources to avoid the worst All persons who prepare in advance have better outcomes! Do you fit into one or more Read More …