Climate change is upon us. Fires, droughts, hurricanes, sea level rise, and melting ice caps are all part of our new normal. But something else is happening as well. Scientists, innovators, organizations, cities, companies, and citizens are taking action, making progress, and finding solutions.
Climate Break brings you stories of climate progress and interviews with climate innovators from California and around the world, in under 2 minutes. Our solution-oriented, radio-ready shows are produced by students and climate law and policy experts at the University of California, Berkeley.
Climate Break is a co-production of the Center for Law, Energy, and Environment at UC Berkeley Law and KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco Bay Area, in conjunction with the Berkeley School of Journalism.
(For a transcript of the trailer, visit https://climatebreak.org/about-climate-break/)
Pedaling Towards A Sustainable Future, with Manuel de Araujo
The Earth's carbon emission levels have been on the rise since the Industrial Revolution, showing no signs of slowing down especially as developing countries rise to prosperity. A series of new policies must be made to proactively alleviate the effects of climate change. We spoke to Mayor Manuel de Araujo of Quelimane, Mozambique, about his administration's innovative vision of paving extensive bike lanes throughout the city as a means of encouraging sustainable transportation.
For a transcript of this episode, please visit https://climatebreak.org/pedaling-towards-a-sustainable-future-with-manuel-de-araujo/
Making Electric Heating Accessible and Affordable for Low-Income Residents, with Sarah Moskowitz
People in many parts of the US rely on fossil gas to heat their homes during winter. Clean, all-electric heat, such as from heat pumps, is otherwise unaffordable to many low-income people, due to the higher upfront costs compared to a fossil gas furnace. We spoke to Sarah Moskowitz, the Executive Director at the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) of Illinois, a ratepayer advocacy organization, about Chicago's pioneering effort to support lower-income residents with accessing cheap, accessible all-electric heating.
Restoring Urban Waterways to Create Climate Resiliency, with Nick Wesley
As cities around the world grew in size, population, and development over the past decades, green spaces receded and ecosystems were damaged. Restoring urban waterways to support habitats threatened by climate change has become a crucial step in sustaining the prosperity of nearby communities. We spoke to Nick Wesley, the executive director of Urban Rivers, an organization installing floating gardens and eco-parks on the Chicago River, about his goal of seeding new, climate resilient habitats for local wildlife.
For a transcript of this episode, please visit https://climatebreak.org/restoring-urban-waterways-with-nick-wesley/
Solar Power On Farms, with Byron Kominek
Weather complications have always been a major concern to farmers around the world. Crops’ frequent exposure to freezing temperatures or extreme heat often prevent farms from operating at optimal capacities, with farmers having to devote extra resources in irrigation and sheltering to counter the effects of crop loss. Agrivoltaics, the co-location of solar panels and regenerative agriculture to help maintain crop yields and protect biodiversity while simultaneously increasing solar output, emerges as a promising solution. We invited Byron Kominek, owner and manager of Jack’s Solar Garden in Colorado, to share with us about spearheading sustainability-minded land utilization and agricultural practices.
For a transcript, please visit https://climatebreak.org/solar-power-on-farms-with-byron-kominek/.
Reducing Plastic Pollution with Bioplastics, with Raegan Kelly
Petroleum-based plastics have a profound impact on human health and the environment. The production of greenhouse gasses from the creation of plastics and the sheer quantity of plastic waste yielded from human activities significantly contribute to climate change, disrupting marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Bioplastics are a promising solution, upholding the strength of petroleum-based plastics but compostable and biodegradable. We spoke with Raegan Kelly of Better for All about shifting the paradigm of human consumption of plastic by using biodegradable cups.
For a transcript of this episode, please visit https://climatebreak.org/reducing-plastic-pollution-with-bioplastics-with-raegan-kelly/
RERUN: The Clean Energy Potential of Nuclear Fusion, with Annie Kritcher
Unlike nuclear fission made famous by the atomic bomb, nuclear fusion produces energy by fusing together hydrogen isotopes. It’s been an elusive but ultimately unattainable goal. That is until a recent breakthrough at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Physicist Annie Kritcher led the team that made this advance.
For a transcript, please visit https://climatebreak.org/the-clean-energy-potential-of-nuclear-fusion-with-annie-kritcher/