The Best Climate Change Podcasts

UPDATE: December 2016, 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.

If you search iTunes or the web for “climate change podcast” a bunch of stuff comes up.  Most of them aren’t very recent or updated often.  Seems like folks started out with good intentions, then petered out.  Even some big name organizations like the American Meteorological Society or the scientific journal Nature Climate Change can’t seem to put out a consistent podcast on climate change despite publishing loads of great data and articles every month.

But for now we’ll have to make do.  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.  Although there are several great, new podcasts that I’m listening to that have been added to the list.

climateOneLogoClimate One

From their website…

“Climate One at The Commonwealth Club is a thriving leadership dialogue on energy, the environment and the economy. It brings together top thinkers and doers from business, government, academia and advocacy groups to advance the discussion about a clean energy future.”

These folks manage to consistently put out great content almost every week.  They do in-depth interviews and panel discussions with important scientists, sociologists, activists, CEOs and politicians from the national to local level. Sometimes the focus is on California, but even then it’s still relevant and interesting. It’s an excellent podcast that I highly recommend.

Subscribe in iTunes by clicking here. They also have video excerpts too.

MPR News - Climate CastClimate Cast from Minnesota Public Radio

This podcast is usually about 10 to 30 minutes long, so it’s an easy listen.  It usually has a Minnesota focus, but they also interview people from government, companies and organizations at the national level.

It is especially interesting because the farther north you go, the larger and more evident the impacts of climate change become. So in this regard, as Minnesota goes, sooner or later the rest of us will follow.

Subscribe in iTunes by clicking here.

America Adapts

America Adapts is a fairly new podcast focussing more specifically on adaptation to climate change.  The podcast is hosted by Doug Parsons who has an interesting resume working on various environmental and conservation issues.  When I first listened to this podcast it seemed like the host was working his way through his address book of friends and coworkers (who are all experts in the field!).  He has since branched out to interview a wider range of experts in the field of adaptation and climate change, from state and local government to business.  I highly recommend giving this podcast a listen.  The show on the “banning” of climate change in Florida by Governor Rick Scott was especially good.

Subscribe in iTunes by clicking here.

Radio EcoShock

This podcast was suggested by reader Gove, who said this podcast is great for keeping up with the latest climate science.  I have been listening to this podcast and I agree.  The podcast takes a deep dive into one or two topics from recent scientific literature, where the podcast host Alex Smith interviews climate scientists from around the world that are actually in the trenches doing the research.  He also interviews other folks, such as journalists and activists.  One thing that’s nice is that it usually has two or three segments, where a different person is interviewed or another topic is covered, so if one part is not to your liking, fast forward to the next section.

Subscribe in iTunes by clicking here.

GreenBiz 350

GreenBiz 350 is another fairly recent entry into podcasts focussed on climate change.  This podcast focusses on business and corporate sustainability and adaptation to climate change.  It can be interesting, but also quite dull at times.  But that may just reflect my personal preferences.  If you’re interested specifically on sustainable business and supply chains then you will go nuts for this show. Also, the podcast is part of a larger website that deals with business issues related to sustainability and climate change, so be sure to check that out too.

Subscribe in iTunes by clicking here.

Besides these great serial podcasts above, there are many individual podcasts from various shows out there that are pretty good.

Here are two of them…

MIT - All EarsMIT All Ears – What’s the science behind climate change?

MIT science faculty members discuss the history and science behind Earth’s warming climate, and whether anything can be done to mitigate a rising global temperature.

Listen on SoundCloud by clicking here.

This American Life – Hot In My Backyard

From May 2013… “After years of being stuck, the national conversation on climate change finally started to shift — just a little — last year, the hottest year on record in the U.S., with Hurricane Sandy flooding the New York subway, drought devastating Midwest farms, and California and Colorado on fire. Lots of people were wondering if global warming had finally arrived, here at home. This week, stories about this new reality.”

Listen by clicking here.

If you have a good climate change podcast that you listen too, please drop me a tweet (@DocGoodwell) or an email and if the podcast (or vlog!) makes the cut I’ll add it to this page.


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