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 …

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 – 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 …

The shocking truth about alternative energy!

If you want to save money switch to LED lighting, insulate your home and buy energy-efficient appliances.  If you want to keep carbon dioxide out of the air the single biggest thing you can do is switch to alternative energy. That’s the “shocking truth”.  Why shocking?  Because no other single thing you do as an individual will have as big an impact on climate change.   In this post you will see the huge impact you can make by switching to alternative energy and how to get it for your home.  You can save money, prevent carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere, and improve you and your family’s health, all by switching to alternative energy. Getting your home powered by alternative energy may seem like a daunting task, Read More …

The one big thing YOU can do to save the world!

It may sound a bit crazy, but at least as far as carbon dioxide goes, it may not matter how much electricity you use, what kind of appliances you have, how well your house is insulated, or any other factor. Probably THE single BIGGEST thing you can do to reduce you and your family’s impact on the world’s climate is to use alternative energy.  Using less power and switching to alternative energy means you make less carbon dioxide.  Carbon dioxide is made by combustion of fossil fuels, and it is THE cause of global warming, and the destructive climate change that goes with it. You may remember a recent post on this blog that showed how using CFL or LED lights saves energy and reduces your carbon footprint.  That was followed by another post Read More …

Showertime is Fun Time!

I’ve been away at a medical conference and on a badly needed vacation the past two weeks, but fear not, this blog is back in action! We’ll start with something just for fun, a really fun and informative video from Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, from Texas Tech, who asks ‘What if climate change is real?” Followed by a demo of my new bluetooth controlled, multicolored LED light I just installed over my shower. And of course, that dern post about climate change and your allergies is still coming your way… Enjoy! Dr. Kathrine Hayhoe asks an important questions (and gives great answers)… Showertime is fun time! If you want this bulb for your very own, click on the affiliate links below; this blog will make a Read More …

The shocking truth about LED lights!

We recently learned that one LED light can save you money and cut your CO2 emissions. Question is… what happens if we replace ALL the lights in our house with LED lights?  Glad you asked.  I calculated a few numbers for you and put the results into some handy tables and graphs.  But first, a little bit of background info is required. According to an interesting blog post by a lighting company in Florida, the average house has 47 light bulbs.  So we’ll look at numbers for three different sized houses: a small house or apartment (24 bulbs), a typical family home (47 bulbs), and a typical McMansion (94 bulbs).  Like last time, we will also see how using solar power stacks up against coal. Some other assumptions include Read More …