This might just be the most fun you’ve had learning about climate change…

From the Amazon rainforest to artificial intelligence, every week on The Sweaty Penguin, get to know one climate change issue in-depth and hear from an expert in the field to gain a deeper perspective on society’s most pressing climate concerns.  The goal? To make environmental issues more fun and less politicized so people of any political ideology or interest level can learn, engage, and find common ground.

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September 23, 2022

Avocado consumption the United States has tripled, in recent seasons, to more than eight pounds per person per year. Unfortunately, the avocado industry is up against several challenges, from high water demand to deforestation to extortion and violence at the hands of Mexican cartels. Today we explore the issues facing avocado growers, ...

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September 9, 2022

We at The Sweaty Penguin may be biased, but we fervently believe that penguins are a really cool animal. They play important roles in their ecosystems, they drive tourism revenue for many communities, and they themselves are fascinating for their special traits and rituals. Sadly, 11 out of 18 penguin ...

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August 31, 2022

Nicknamed “forever chemicals,” PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are now found throughout our environment, and have been linked to a long list of health problems including cancer. But according to a new paper in Science, an industrial solvent called dimethyl sulfoxide can actually break down a subset of PFAS chemicals. Host Ethan Brown explains how this solvent ...

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August 26, 2022

Recently The Guardian did a five-month investigation into “carbon bombs,” or fossil fuel projects that, over the course of their life, would emit over one billion tons of carbon. The conclusion was that there are 195 planned oil and gas carbon bombs around the world. If they proceed as planned, these projects alone would blow past internationally agreed-upon climate ...

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August 19, 2022

Cryptocurrency has been quite the trend in recent years. Currently there are over 19,000 cryptocurrencies circulating around the world. In 2021, the global market value of cryptocurrency doubled. But some coins have turned out to be major energy sucks, impacting the global climate and many local communities. Bitcoin alone uses 150 terra-watt hours of electricity ...

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August 17, 2022

The spotted lanternfly — an insect native to Asia — has now invaded fourteen states, mostly in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. The pest is not toxic to humans but threatens many important plants and crops, including apple trees, cherry trees, peach trees, and grapevines. Host Ethan Brown breaks down the ...

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August 12, 2022

Monarch butterflies are a scientifically unique, economically valuable, and culturally significant species. But monarchs are now under threat from climate change, habitat loss, pesticides and other factors. In recent weeks the International Union for the Conservation of Nature officially declared the monarch butterfly an endangered species. Today, we explore why monarch butterflies are important, how they became endangered, and what we ...

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August 5, 2022

Recently The Guardian completed a five-month investigation into “carbon bombs,” or fossil fuel projects that would, over the course of their life, emit over one billion tons of carbon. The report revealed a total of 195 planned oil and gas carbon bombs around the world. If they were to proceed as planned, these projects alone would ...

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August 3, 2022

Among a flurry of major climate news stories last week, one really big one failed to make front page news. The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring that access to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is a universal human right. Host Ethan Brown breaks down the significance of ...

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July 29, 2022

Skiing is a popular sport the world over. In the United States, ski and snowboarding resorts are a $3 billion industry. But climate change is bringing shorter winters and reduced snowfall, which places ski resorts in a risky situation. Artificial snowmaking has been the primary adaptation, but the process is ...

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