Carolyn Beeler


The World

Carolyn Beeler is co-host of The World.

Carolyn Beeler is the co-host of The World.She joined the show in 2015 to cover the environment, and for eight years reported and edited stories about climate change across the globe.Beeler has reported from all seven continents and been recognized with some of journalism’s top awards.Before working at The World, Beeler reported for WHYY in Philadelphia, helping pilot the weekly health and science show, "The Pulse." She also reported from Berlin for a year as a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow.Beeler studied journalism at Northwestern University and learned how to make radio as a Kroc fellow at NPR.

A person in all black walks past a logo at the media center ahead of the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit.

Confidence in UN climate talks at a low point ahead of COP28 in Dubai


Optimism soared after the Paris Agreement was established in 2015. But progress at UN climate talks since then has been incremental at best.

Panelist for the online event on the environmental impact of the war in Ukraine.

LIVE Event: The Environmental Cost of the War in Ukraine

Wind turbines turn behind a solar farm in Rapshagen, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. 

War in Ukraine spurs ‘rapid deployment’ for renewables, energy chief says

oil and gas platform surrounded by water

Norway becomes top gas supplier to Europe after Russia invasion

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Coalition of small island states makes a case that greenhouse gas emissions are covered by UN Law of the Sea

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Left to right: Streets are flooded in Kherson, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 7, 2023 after the walls of the Kakhovka dam collapsed; Screen shot form video; Vehicles on fire at an oil depot after missiles struck the facility in an area controlled by Russian-bac

VIDEO: The environmental impact of the war in Ukraine


Damages to the environment are widespread and will continue to impact Ukrainians for decades to come.

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Flooding from Ukraine’s ‘Hero River’ may be a silver lining of war


​​​​​​​ In order to prevent Russian troops from advancing toward Kyiv, Ukrainian forces destroyed a dam on the Irpin River early on in the war. The flooding, as it turned out, created new wetland areas. Some conservationists hope to see the wetlands stay. Even residents whose cellars remain flooded are glad the water came and the Russian troops did not. 


Farmland off-limits in Ukraine due to mines


Ukraine is now considered the most heavily mined country in the world. Nearly 1,000 civilians have been killed or injured by landmines and unexploded ordnances since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022. And about a third of the country needs to be cleared of these explosives. Much of that land is farmland.

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A coalition of Ukrainians is documenting environmental crimes 


The Ukrainian government is doing an unusually thorough job of documenting environmental damages being caused by Russian attacks. Their primary goal, according to the Ministry of the Environment, is to eventually win compensation for these damages.

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The environmental cost of war in Ukraine


Nearly a year and a half into Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, its impact has been felt most acutely in lost lives, flattened cities and destroyed infrastructure. But the environmental damage from combat has also contaminated Ukraine’s soil, water and air, at a cost the government is estimating to be $56 billion. This impact is likely to be one of the longest-lasting legacies of the war, persisting for decades after the fighting stops.