About Climate Break

Climate Solutions in under 2 minutes

Climate change is upon us. Fire, drought, heat, sea level rise, hurricanes, wildfire smoke, and melting ice caps are all part of our new normal. But something else is happening, as well. Scientists, innovators, organizations, cities, companies, and residents are taking action, making progress, and finding solutions.

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Climate Break brings you stories of climate progress and interviews with climate innovators from California and around the world, in under 2 minutes. Some episodes offer extended interviews with the people taking action and finding solutions. Get new episodes delivered to your favorite podcast platform by subscribing!

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Climate Break: A Brief History

Climate Break is a production of Project Climate at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy, & Environment (CLEE) in conjunction with the UC Berkeley Journalism School. Our solution-oriented, radio-ready shows are produced by students and climate law and policy experts at the University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco Bay Area.

But how did all of this happen?

The Beginning

Climate Break began as an idea from Ken Alex. Ken, who is the director of Project Climate, is focused on moving promising climate solutions more quickly to policy and scale. What better way to do so than by letting the public know about all the cool solutions that are being developed? Ethan, who is the director of CLEE’s Climate Program and a regular host of the weekly call-in radio show State of the Bay on KALW, was excited at the prospect of hosting CLEE’s new podcast.

Not long after, Climate Break was born! Our first episode was published on August 20, 2020. Climate Break is produced almost entirely by UC Berkeley students and climate law and policy experts at the University of California, Berkeley. By working on the podcast, students get to see how the things they’re learning in the classroom play out through innovations across the globe. They also learn and hone skills critical to their professional development, whether that’s researching subject matter, editing audio streams to produce the show, or learning to think like a journalist.

Expansion Era & Partnership with KALW

KALW was a supporter from the start, helping the Climate Break team identify the best format for our podcast and encouraging us in our efforts. In January 2023, KALW began airing our weekly episodes three times a week: Thursdays at 7:19 am PT and 3:48 pm PT and again on Sundays at 5:04 am PT. 

Blue lettering spells out K A L W, with their FM radio station below.

KALW also helps to grow our audience by connecting us with production support and other NPR-affiliated radio stations that might be interested in airing us. Through their efforts, we are pursuing multiple opportunities and are now aired on KSFP-LP, 102.5FM San Francisco. KSFP is a low-power community radio station, launched in August 2019, that offers a mix of original local and national talk radio including news, public affairs and storytelling programs. If you’re not in the San Francisco area, you can check them out online:

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Transcript of Trailer

Ethan Elkind:  Welcome to Climate Break from the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. I’m your host, Ethan Elkind. 

Climate change is upon us. Fires, droughts, heat, sea level rise, hurricanes, wildfire smoke, sea level rise, and melting ice caps. As our climate continues to shift, these events have grown more frequent and severe.

But there’s also positive news. Scientists and innovators, companies and organizations, cities and citizens are all taking action, making progress, and finding solutions. Climate Break brings you these stories. We bring you  interviews with climate innovators from UC Berkeley and around the world, in under 2 minutes at a time.

Join us for Climate Break on radio, by podcast, and on our website at climatebreak.org. And check out what we’re up to at the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at clee.berkeley.edu


Meet the Team

Associate Producers

Climate Break Alumni