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Yes, It’s Getting Hotter

 

A new analysis of sea surface temperatures validates the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated global warming record released in 2015. This confirmation rebuts allegations from some Republicans on Capitol Hill that NOAA manipulated the 2015 data, which shows continuing global warming as opposed to earlier NOAA research that had suggested a two-decade long warming pause.

 

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A new analysis of sea surface temperatures validates the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated global warming record released in 2015. This confirmation rebuts allegations from some Republicans on Capitol Hill that NOAA manipulated the 2015 data, which shows continuing global warming as opposed to earlier NOAA research that had suggested a two-decade long warming pause.

Missing Granny the Whale

 

They called her “Granny”, the matriarch of an orca pod in Puget Sound that has gone missing. Her tale is told by Ken Balcomb, founder of the Center for Whale Research, who studied Granny, officially named J2, for more than four decades. Granny might have been as old as 105.

 

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Saving Bears Ears

 

1.3 million acres of wilderness that include a pair of buttes in Southeastern Utah that look like the ears of a bear have joined a list of National Monuments designated by President Barack Obama as he ends his term. And the Native American tribes that called for the monument’s creation have a seat at the table in its administration.

 

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Let Sleeping Seals Lie!

 

On an island off the coast of Antarctica, an enormous Weddell Seal with impressive battle scars appears to slumber – but half of his brain remains alert while the other half dozes. Living on Earth’s Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender got as close as he dared, but finds the formidable seal disinclined to make friends.

 

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Pioneering Women in Science

 

Women have historically been underrepresented in science and engineering, but that didn’t stop Marie Curie, Jane Goodall, and Rachel Carson, and there are many more women in these fields who are not as famous. Artist and author Rachel Ignotofsky shares the contributions of some of the remarkable female scientists she profiles in her new book, Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World.

 

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America’s Climate Denial Madhouse

 

Although science has reached firm conclusions about the reality and dangers of human-induced climate change, many politicians and other leaders continue to live in denial of the grave threats of climate disruption to our modern way of life. In their new book, The Madhouse Effect, Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann and Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles address the widespread persistence of global warming denial in America.

 

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Ancient Underwater Forest in the Gulf of Mexico

 

Sixty feet beneath the water off the coast of Alabama is a forest of cypress trees that is more than 50,000 years old.

 

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Antarctic Volcano

 

Many scientists are concerned about the impact global warming is having on Antarctica, and now scientists from Washington University in St. Louis have discovered a new kind of threat lurking beneath the vulnerable West Antarctic ice sheet—an active volcano. (Photo: Doug Wiens)

 

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Prairie Rattlesnake

 

A few months ago writer Mark Seth Lender met his first Prairie Rattlesnake up close and personal, and found the snake fascinating, and though venomous, not a threat.

 

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Yes, It’s Getting Hotter

A new analysis of sea surface temperatures validates the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated global warming record released in 2015. This confirmation rebuts allegations from some Republicans on Capitol Hill that NOAA manipulated the 2015 data, which shows continuing global warming as opposed to earlier NOAA research that had suggested a two-decade long warming pause.

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Dark Side of Obama's Climate Legacy: $$ For Overseas Coal Gas & Oil

The federal Export-Import Bank finances overseas projects to help sell American goods. The bank gave coal, gas and oil projects nearly $34 billion worth of loans and guarantees during President Obama’s tenure, and the projects will emit about as much greenhouse gases as would be saved through embattled Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

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Missing Granny the Whale

They called her “Granny”, the matriarch of an orca pod in Puget Sound that has gone missing. Her tale is told by Ken Balcomb, founder of the Center for Whale Research, who studied Granny, officially named J2, for more than four decades. Granny might have been as old as 105.

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This Week’s Show
January 13, 2017
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Yes, It’s Getting Hotter

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A new analysis of sea surface temperatures validates the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated global warming record released in 2015. This confirmation rebuts allegations from some Republicans on Capitol Hill that NOAA manipulated the 2015 data, which shows continuing global warming as opposed to earlier NOAA research that had suggested a two-decade long warming pause.

Beyond The Headlines

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Continuing our coverage from last week, we look back at the year’s most prominent environmental feats and shortfalls, which include the Obama administration’s encounter with fake news, new chapters in the environmental justice movement and an unlikely city to turn to renewable energy for lighting up its famous nightlife.

Coal Country Wants to Believe Trump

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President-elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back coal miners jobs and reopen the mines, attracting broad support in Pennsylvania’s coal country. Allegheny Front reporter Reid Frazier interviewed miners and state lawmakers about their hopes and expectations under the new Presidency.

Dark Side of Obama's Climate Legacy: $$ For Overseas Coal Gas & Oil

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The federal Export-Import Bank finances overseas projects to help sell American goods. The bank gave coal, gas and oil projects nearly $34 billion worth of loans and guarantees during President Obama’s tenure, and the projects will emit about as much greenhouse gases as would be saved through embattled Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

BirdNote: Whistling Birds

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Birds can squawk, trill, or chirp, and a few whistle. As Michael Stein points out, those are often the easiest ones for humans to imitate.

Missing Granny the Whale

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They called her “Granny”, the matriarch of an orca pod in Puget Sound that has gone missing. Her tale is told by Ken Balcomb, founder of the Center for Whale Research, who studied Granny, officially named J2, for more than four decades. Granny might have been as old as 105.


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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