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 …

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 …

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 …

Climate Change, Deadly Heat and You

Heat waves kill hundreds to thousands of people around the world every summer.  Global warming is making it worse.  An especially hot summer day today will be a normal summer day in the future.  And the rare, deadly heat wave of today will become common.  In this post we’ll take a deep dive into the medical aspects of heat illness and the link to climate change. According to the CDC, heat is the leading cause of weather related death in the US.  From 1999 to 2009 heat exposure killed 7,800 people.  Not only that, but heat makes chronic medical problems worse, so that more people end up in the emergency department because of the heat. In this post we’ll examine all things heat and climate change Read More …

What’s Hot in Climate Change – August 2016

Welcome back to What’s Hot in Climate Change, a sample of a few of the stories that stood out from the past few weeks in climate change news. We hope your summer has been a good one so far. It’s been pretty damn hot here in Houston, hot as ever, but even so 2016 is already on track to blow away global records for the hottest year ever recorded. Which brings us to out top stories — a story of fire and ice. Extreme Heat in the Middle East Two places in the Middle East hit 129 degrees fahrenheit (53 centigrade) on July 15th.  These are the hottest temps ever recorded on the planet, except for maybe Death Valley, CA.  Fortunately these temps occurred away from the coast where the Read More …

Climate Change and Deadly Floods: What you need to know

With extreme snowstorms in the northeastern U.S. and extreme rain in Texas, and the southeast, the obvious question arises… are these events linked to climate change? New research shows us the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.  It actually makes perfect sense.  Carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere, and a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture. When you combine warmer, moist air masses with disruption of the Jet Stream cased by a warming Arctic, you get huge, slow-moving weather fronts packed with moisture.  This is the exact recipe for epic, extreme storms. As an example, on Memorial Day in 2015, a massive storm parked over southern Texas and dropped nearly 11 inches of rain on the Houston metro area in less than 24 hours, with devastating results.     Downtown Houston was flooded, 23 counties were Read More …

Climate change, drought and the future of America

While parts of the U.S. were getting hammered this winter, the West was relatively warm and dry.  Which some might think is a good thing, but as we’ll see, it’s probably very bad. A warming climate will likely lead to droughts in the Southwest that make the historic Dust Bowl of the 1930’s look like good times.  A bunch of recent scientific studies assessing the risk of drought were recently covered in various media outlets, like the Washington Post, Forbes, National Geographic, Scientific American and elsewhere. Several of these media reports are based on an excellent paper, recently published in Science Advances, called “Unprecedented 21st century drought risk in the American Southwest and Central Plains.”  Their findings were not encouraging. In this paper, scientists from NASA, Columbia and Cornell Read More …