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UN Climate Chief Calls for Urgent Action

 

Earth Day 2016 brought a significant milestone for the Paris Agreement, as some 175 nations signed on at the UN in New York. Yet the ambitious goals of this climate agreement are not guaranteed without aggressive moves to curb carbon pollution. UN climate chief Christiana Figueres discusses what’s required to give civilization a fighting chance.

 

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The 2016 North American Goldman Prize Winner, a Student from Baltimore

 

Destiny Watford was still a high school student when she discovered that a massive trash incinerator planned for her hometown would likely be a source of choking pollution. Here’s her story of how she galvanized her fellow students and citizens to oppose this threat to her community’s health.

 

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Youth Win Right to Sue Feds Over Climate Change

 

A federal judge in Oregon has found that 21 young people have the right to sue the federal government for failing to properly protect future generations from the dangers of climate change. If the case makes it to trial, it could become the science trial of the century.

 

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Great Green Wonder of the World

 

Africa’s Great Green Wall is making slow progress, and helping provide employment to keep young people on the land. We take a closer look at the hopes for the project to help local economies and the environment.

 

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Elephant Matriarch Puts Her Foot Down

 

On a blistering day at an African watering hole, Living on Earth’s Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender witnesses a confrontation between basking crocodiles and a small herd of elephants seeking to quench their thirst.

 

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Louisianans Rally Against New Gulf Oil Leases

 

After the 2010 BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Louisiana’s residents are more aware with the risks associated with fossil fuel extraction. Hundreds of people recently rallied at the Superdome in New Orleans to protest the sale of federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, as part of a growing local and national movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

 

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Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

 

New research finds that every 1 degree Celsius of temperature rise eventually equates to 2.3 meters of sea level rise. Anders Levermann tells host Steve Curwood about the expectations for sea level rise over the next 2,000 years.

 

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Romance and Spring Harvest At Paradise Lot

 

For most gardeners, springtime means a few seedlings on a window sill. But for perennial gardeners spring is a time of harvest. The new book, Paradise Lot, is a personal and heartwarming account of finding romance and growing a permaculture food forest on a degraded backyard plot in a gritty neighborhood of Holyoke, MA.

 

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Deepwater Disaster Three Years On

 

Just three years ago, the Deep Water Horizon oil spill poured 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Now, a team of chemists, engineers, and biologists is attempting to assess the damage to the Gulf ecosystem.

 

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UN Climate Chief Calls for Urgent Action

Earth Day 2016 brought a significant milestone for the Paris Agreement, as some 175 nations signed on at the UN in New York. Yet the ambitious goals of this climate agreement are not guaranteed without aggressive moves to curb carbon pollution. UN climate chief Christiana Figueres discusses what’s required to give civilization a fighting chance.

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Happy Birthday, Living on Earth!

Twenty-five years ago, Living on Earth started its weekly broadcasts with the mission to tell the story of climate change — though few in the public cared at that time — along with pollution, human health and habitat loss issues. Our host and founder, Steve Curwood, reflects on how even as climate awareness has grown, we have nearly run out of time to avoid plunging into the climate abyss.

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The 2016 North American Goldman Prize Winner, a Student from Baltimore

Destiny Watford was still a high school student when she discovered that a massive trash incinerator planned for her hometown would likely be a source of choking pollution. Here’s her story of how she galvanized her fellow students and citizens to oppose this threat to her community’s health.

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This Week’s Show
April 22, 2016
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UN Climate Chief Calls for Urgent Action

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Earth Day 2016 brought a significant milestone for the Paris Agreement, as some 175 nations signed on at the UN in New York. Yet the ambitious goals of this climate agreement are not guaranteed without aggressive moves to curb carbon pollution. UN climate chief Christiana Figueres discusses what’s required to give civilization a fighting chance.

Paris and Climate Justice

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As the climate talks in Paris drew to a close, activists gathered in the streets to demand a global shift away from fossil fuels and protection of the people most vulnerable to the impacts of global warming. Living on Earth’s Emmett Fitzgerald recorded an audio postcard from the protests.

Next-Gen Climate Activism

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Student activists calling for a shift away from fossil fuels say that institutions that refuse to act forfeit their status as moral leaders. A Harvard Law student discusses the lawsuit that’s attempting to compel Harvard to divest its portfolio of fossil fuels, and the connections between divestment and the broader climate movement.

Beyond the Headlines

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Peter Dykstra and Steve Curwood discuss a remote indigenous tribe in Guyana that is monitoring illegal deforestation with the help of a DIY drone, and right-wing public figures who once accepted climate change, but have since flip-flopped on their position. We then look back at environmental situations that have improved, stayed the same, or taken a turn for the worse since the first Earth Day in 1970.

Happy Birthday, Living on Earth!

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Twenty-five years ago, Living on Earth started its weekly broadcasts with the mission to tell the story of climate change — though few in the public cared at that time — along with pollution, human health and habitat loss issues. Our host and founder, Steve Curwood, reflects on how even as climate awareness has grown, we have nearly run out of time to avoid plunging into the climate abyss.

The 2016 Goldman Environmental Prizes

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The Goldman Foundation annually honors six activists from around the world who have fought for the protection of the environment. This year, the winners include Máxima Acuña, a grandmother who is putting her life at risk to stop mining development in the mountains of Peru.

The 2016 North American Goldman Prize Winner, a Student from Baltimore

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Destiny Watford was still a high school student when she discovered that a massive trash incinerator planned for her hometown would likely be a source of choking pollution. Here’s her story of how she galvanized her fellow students and citizens to oppose this threat to her community’s health.


Special Features

A River Town in Transition

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Wrangell, Alaska is a small, isolated town at the mouth of the mighty Stikine River and a former a timber capital. But since the saw mills shut down in the ‘90s, the small town has reinvented itself as a tourist destination and a commercial fishing hub. Since both of these industries are dependent on the Stikine, some locals worry that a mining development upriver could put the whole town’s livelihood at risk.
Blog Series: Alaskan River Riches

Cowee, North Carolina

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Living on Earth is giving a voice to Orion magazine’s longtime feature in which people write about the place they call home. In this week’s edition, songwriter Angela-Faye Martin uses her words and music to picture her North Carolina valley on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Blog Series: The Place Where You Live


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...Ultimately, if we are going prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we are going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them...

-- President Barack Obama, November 6, 2015 on why he declined to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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