Climate Change

Climate change affects all of us and all the systems on planet Earth - from natural disasters to disrupted growing seasons, our changing climate is having widespread effects. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, how to adapt and how to try and cut down on the change while we still can.

A woman stands between rows of cultivated plants, wearing a large straw hat and a grey hoodie, smiling at the camera.

(Courtesy of Candace Clark)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
Hannah Krantz and Aleena Fayaz speak to Candace Clark, a Ph.D. candidate at Tuskegee University, in this high-spirited podcast that discusses the importance of black voices in climate solutions, sustainable housing, and much more. 
A handful of people walk down a street next to a large wall that extends into the distance. Logos and advertisements for COP27 cover the entire length of the wall.

Walking to the COP27 Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. (Claire Lee)

University of Connecticut
Science or legislation? My experience at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt highlighted the importance of bringing interdisciplinary action and voices to the climate spotlight.
Sheets of ice float atop a calm ocean. The sun appears muted behind a layer of clouds.

(Kai Boggild/ BY 3.0)

Northwestern University
Comer Conference geoscience and climate science graduate students investigate the effect of climate change from ancient life forms to theoretical models. 

Researchers from Pennsylvania State Ice and Climate Exploration Research Center and affiliated collaborators in Iceland. (Byron Parizek)

Northwestern University
A team of researchers from Penn State traveled to Iceland last year to study the impacts of climate change on glacial melt.
A group of small light-colored mushrooms growing out of moss-covered ground.

(Jesse Bauer/Unsplash License)

SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
How can fungi play an important role in mitigating climate change? In this podcast, I talk with two experts who discuss the different ways that fungi are often misunderstood and overlooked.

Trees above the Stanislaus River forest are obscured by smoke from the Lightning Complex fire, in August 2022. (Kay Jewler)

George Washington University
How did my temperate, mild suburb in the Bay Area turn into a record-breaking crisis point of climate change and what does this hold for the future?
Medill News Service
Antarctica took center stage recently, as emperor penguins were designated a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited the continent.
A tea set laid out on a well-lit table.

Pu'er is named after a Yunnan town that is an important tea-processing and trading center in the province. (Photo courtesy Manki Kim/Unsplash)

George Washington University
Will the taste of Pu'er tea, associated with memories of my family in China, remain the same despite the effects of climate change?
A small white boat rests buoyed on clear, blue-green waters under a cloudy blue sky with a gentle mountain in the distance.

The shores of Pointe d'Esny, Mauritus, as seen from Île aux Aigrettes, one of the most prominent reserves in the Indian Ocean, on July 21, 2022. Almost two years prior, this water was blackened by an oil spill from the MV Wakashio. (Zoey England/University of Connecticut)

University of Connecticut
This July marks two years since the MV Wakashio oil spill. Though environmental NGOs have left the island and news coverage of the disaster has ceased, youth around Mauritius are still reeling from the effects of the tragedy.
A grey, rocky peak juts up from the center of the frame and overlooks trees and a view all the way to a foggy-looking horizon.

View from Hawk Mountain (Rachel Freed/George Washington University)

George Washington University
As climate change worsens and people migrate, seeking safety in higher elevations, Appalachia is expected to become a prime destination for thousands of Americans. How can this new community create a sustainable future?