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Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D.
Director, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Yale University




Image source: BoxPower: Energy Anywhere video.

Eight months after Hurricane Maria, power had still not been fully restored to the town of Mariana, Puerto Rico.

So a company called BoxPower shipped solar panels, batteries, and a backup generator to power a café, laundromat, and community center there. But unlike most renewable energy systems, this one snapped together almost like Legos – with no engineers or electricians needed.

Campus: “If you can put together an Ikea bed-frame you can probably put together our microgrid system.”

Angelo Campus founded BoxPower. The company’s portable power systems, and tools needed to assemble them, come in shipping containers.

Campus: “The battery bank and generator can provide power from the minute it hits the ground and the solar array can be set up in about five hours to provide a completely renewable source of energy.”

BoxPower plans to sell these systems for use at music festivals and other events. The company will donate them to communities recovering after disasters. Campus says the need for emergency power is growing with climate change.


Campus: “With the frequency and severity of natural disasters increasing with every season, we are trying to position ourselves to bring reliable and clean power to the victims of those disasters globally when they strike.”

Reporting credit: Mark Knapp/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Filed under: Daisy Simmons

By Daisy Simmons
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The spruce forests of New York’s Whiteface Mountain are home to dozens of bird species, including yellow-bellied flycatchers, blackpoll warblers, and purple finches. Many of these birds have been moving uphill.

Ornithologist Jeremy Kirchman is curator of birds at the New York State Museum. He recently repeated a bird survey that was conducted on the mountain 40 years ago.

Kirchman: “What we found is that the majority of species, more than half, had shifted their ranges uphill.”

The elevation where each species is most abundant, on average, is about 270 feet higher.

Kirchman: “We hypothesize that that’s in response to the warming climate.”

Average daily high temperatures on the mountain have increased more than three degrees Fahrenheit over the past forty years. Kirchman suspects the birds are moving higher to find a more suitable climate.

For now, he says birds are still flourishing on Whiteface. But he’s concerned about species such as the Bicknell’s thrush that require high altitudes.


Kirchman: “One of the things people have been worried about is if birds that were already at the top are being pushed uphill, that there’s no place for them to go and they’ll actually just become pinched off the top of the mountain.”

Sarah is a Philadelphia-based writer and editor. She is interested in how people think and talk about the connections between climate change and their individual lives, livelihoods, and communities.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.

Filed under: Sarah Kennedy


As temperatures rise, birds move up an Adirondack mountain


Scientists hypothesize that they're heading up in search of cooler temperatures.

By Bruce Lieberman
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Rural Virginians pledge to cut carbon pollution


They're promising to cut pollution and waste by 20 percent by 2020.

Purple finch (Photo credit: Cephas)

By Daisy Simmons
Monday, June 18, 2018

How this man is helping Native Americans gain energy independence


Henry Red Cloud wants to

protect the generations to come.


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In Virginia’s Blue Ridge SustainFloyd, a nonprofit that created the “Personal Climate Pledge.” By signing, people promise to reduce their carbon pollution and trash by 20% before the year 2020. The downloadable pledge form comes with ideas for how to do it.

Crenshaw: “This is a tool which helps me or you commit ourselves to an action, no matter how small or modest it might be.”

Residents of this tiny town are leading a campaign to slow #globalwarming, one signature at a time.

About 150 people have signed so far.

Crenshaw: “At first it was just our community. But now we find that other communities and organizations are picking up on it. It’s starting to take off.”

Crenshaw says rural areas are often ideally suited to lead action on climate change.

Crenshaw: “Most of our communities are under-financed and far away from the sources of political power. But at the same time, we are, in a way, the stewards of the land and we need to feel a heartfelt wish to play that role earnestly.”

Reporting credit: Christina Hoover Moorehead/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy.

Filed under: Daisy Simmons

For the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe, the sun is more than a source of energy.

Red Cloud: “Native people’s way of life – language, song, dance, ceremonies – are all focused around the sun. So we’re looking to that energy to help us to create a more sustainable lifestyle.”

Henry Red Cloud is the founder of Lakota Solar Enterprises. The company manufactures and installs solar-powered furnaces for Native American families on reservations across the Great Plains.


When tribes outside the region expressed an interest in learning about his solar furnaces, Red Cloud partnered with a non-profit called Trees, Water & People to create the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center.


It opened a decade ago and taught people about the furnaces produced by Red Cloud’s company. But it has since expanded to include workshops on a wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency topics.

Each workshop is designed to provide tribal members with knowledge and skills to help their communities move toward energy independence.

Red Cloud: “Every step that we take, every decision, every idea that we take is for the generations to come.”

Reporting credit: Christina Hoover Moorehead/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Filed under: Bruce Lieberman

Lakota Solar Enterprises founder Henry Red Cloud (Photo:

Courtesy of Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center)

'Native people's way of life ... are all focused around the sun. So we're looking to that energy to help us to create a more sustainable lifestyle.'

If birds already at the top of the mountain are pushed 'uphill', where will they go? .

With this kit, you can set up a solar-powered microgrid


It snaps together kind of like Legos.

By Sarah Kennedy
Monday, June 4, 2018