Bite-sized climate talk: Yale preps daily 90-second pubradio show on climate change

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A glacier in Greenland in August 2011, with a passage through which an 18-person boat could pass. Climate Connections will cover a wide range of climate-related issues. (Photo: Bud Ward/Yale Climate Connection)

A glacier in Greenland in August 2011, with a passage big enough for an 18-person boat. Climate Connections, a new module for public radio, will cover a wide range of climate-related issues. (Photo: Bud Ward, Yale Climate Connection)

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.


    Given that it’s only 90 seconds long, I wonder if Yale might offer this feature to commercial radio stations (especially all-news ones) in markets where no noncommercial station picks this feature up.

    • Bud Ward

      Yes, we’re certainly eager to consider offering the program at no cost to stations, commercial or otherwise, reaching audiences not otherwise reached. Please contact us directly at Thanks. Bud Ward, Editor