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Sex and Sustainability in the Sea

 

The extensive ecosystem under the waves depends upon the intricate, complex and mysterious mating rituals of its inhabitants. Lobster urine spraying, clownfish sex changes and coral’s mass sperm and egg expulsion are only a few clever and unusual reproductive strategies unique to sea-dwellers, and as author and marine biologist Marah Hardt says, understanding these methods is critical for maintaining these resources.

 

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Great Bear Rainforest Protected From Massive Logging

 

Logging is now banned in 85% of the vibrant Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, the result of decades of negotiations involving a diverse group of stakeholders, including the timber industry, environmental activists, First Nations, and the BC government. Temperate rainforests are one of the most rare ecosystems on Earth.

 

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A Vision to End the Hassle of Urban Parking

 

Looking for parking in a city is frustrating for the driver and bad for the climate as circling cars emit unnecessary carbon dioxide, but self-diving cars could soon bring an end to congested urban parking as we know it—making cities more climate friendly, transportation cheaper and more efficient, and freeing up acres of valuable urban space.

 

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Flint and Environmental Racism

 

The case of Flint, Michigan’s lead poisoning and water crisis is a blatant example in a long history of environmental injustice in the United States, and as Prof. Robert Bullard, the “father of environmental justice” says, racism and classism often contribute to incidents like these and slow governmental responses.

 

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The End of Night

 

Humans have always had a primal fear of the dark, but the advent of electric light in the late 19th century brought the developed world control over the night. But with an explosion of light pollution blocking out the natural night sky in much of the world, and writer Paul Bogard says we may have gone too far.

 

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Conserving the Dark

 

In a world flooded with artificial night, a clear view of the night sky has become increasingly rare, but a National Park Service team is working to reduce light pollution in and around parks to make sure that people can always find a place to see the stars. Emmett Fitzgerald joins one of the rangers for a night walk through Utah’s Arches National Park.

 

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Baby Polar Bear Rescue

 

Climate Change is making life difficult for polar bears across the world. But an orphaned Alaska bear cub is about to get a new home, and a new sibling, at the Buffalo Zoo in upstate New York.

 

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Climate Departure Date

 

A group of scientists at the University of Hawaii have figured out a way to project when the climate at a given location will move outside the range of anything we’ve known in modern times. It’s sooner then you think.

 

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White House Confronts Climate Deniers

 

Some skeptical pundits have used the recent deep cold snap to suggest that climate change isn’t real. White House Science Advisor John Holdren says not so fast.

 

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HIgh Court Puts Clean Power Plan On Hold

The US Supreme Court has put a hold on Obama's Clean Power Plan that could delay mandatory emissions cuts from the electric power sector. But other legal options that were strengthened by the Paris Climate Agreement might be better suited for tackling climate change domestically and internationally.

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Sierra Snows Ease, But Won't End California Drought

When it comes to alleviating California’s drought, the only thing better than rain is snow in the Sierra Mountains, but years of light snow and water extraction has left the region parched. This year, scientists are pleased with the record high snowfalls, but water managers know that despite the good news, California’s water problems aren’t going away any time soon.

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Sex and Sustainability in the Sea

The extensive ecosystem under the waves depends upon the intricate, complex and mysterious mating rituals of its inhabitants. Lobster urine spraying, clownfish sex changes and coral’s mass sperm and egg expulsion are only a few clever and unusual reproductive strategies unique to sea-dwellers, and as author and marine biologist Marah Hardt says, understanding these methods is critical for maintaining these resources.

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This Week’s Show
February 12, 2016
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HIgh Court Puts Clean Power Plan On Hold

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The US Supreme Court has put a hold on Obama's Clean Power Plan that could delay mandatory emissions cuts from the electric power sector. But other legal options that were strengthened by the Paris Climate Agreement might be better suited for tackling climate change domestically and internationally.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, we discuss a liberal arts college that’s now powered by the sun and a recent effort to open-up buried streams in Detroit, Michigan. We also remember a 1950s television personality who vividly predicted the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.

Sierra Snows Ease, But Won't End California Drought

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When it comes to alleviating California’s drought, the only thing better than rain is snow in the Sierra Mountains, but years of light snow and water extraction has left the region parched. This year, scientists are pleased with the record high snowfalls, but water managers know that despite the good news, California’s water problems aren’t going away any time soon.

Sex and Sustainability in the Sea

listen / download
The extensive ecosystem under the waves depends upon the intricate, complex and mysterious mating rituals of its inhabitants. Lobster urine spraying, clownfish sex changes and coral’s mass sperm and egg expulsion are only a few clever and unusual reproductive strategies unique to sea-dwellers, and as author and marine biologist Marah Hardt says, understanding these methods is critical for maintaining these resources.


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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