A new daily 90-second module from Yale University aims to bring discussion of climate change to the forefront on public radio.
Yale Climate Connections, formerly the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media, is producing Climate Connections, available to stations starting Aug. 18.
The program is funded by an annual $250,000 grant from the Grantham Foundation, which has given the same amount for Yale’s media work on climate change for the past several years. This year, the money has been redirected to the program and an accompanying website that will launch in coming months. Yale will provide additional funding.
The idea of the show is to “boost mainstream coverage of climate and science issues,” said Bud Ward, editor of Yale Climate Connections. The program will focus on regional efforts to combat climate change, and some episodes will explain aspects of climate change, such as the difference between climate and weather.
Ward will oversee production, with Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Center for Environmental Communication, as host. ChavoBart Digital Media, based in Ithica, N.Y., is handling editing, distribution and station relations. The program will be distributed via Public Radio Exchange and FTP.
Ward and his team at Yale also collaborate with Minnesota Public Radio on Climate Cast, a blog and 10-minute weekly podcast about local and national climate-related issues featuring MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner.