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The Goldman Winners 2017

 

They call the award the Green Nobel; each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize celebrates the achievements of grassroots activists. This year’s winners include mark! Lopez, who took on a smelter in East Los Angeles that was polluting the air with lead, and 83-year-old grandmother Wendy Bowman, who fights strip coal mining destruction in her native Australia.

 

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They call the award the Green Nobel; each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize celebrates the achievements of grassroots activists. This year’s winners include mark! Lopez, who took on a smelter in East Los Angeles that was polluting the air with lead, and 83-year-old grandmother Wendy Bowman, who fights strip coal mining destruction in her native Australia.

Marching for Science

 

Hundreds of thousands worldwide turned out for the more than 600 marches for Science on Earth Day. The signs, chants, and songs at these events expressed frustration over proposed US federal funding cuts for research, and celebrated the fruits of science.

 

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Wildebeest Jousting

 

Kenya’s vast Maasai Mara Reserve is home to large herds of wildebeest and sometimes even among the mass of the herd, individuals can distinguish themselves with a good old-fashioned brawl. Living on Earth’s Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender shares his blow-by-blow account of a fierce battle between two males.

 

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The Traveler’s Guide to Space

 

Humanity’s adventure in space is more than half a century old, and soon anyone with enough money may take a trip beyond the stratosphere. They’ll need a guidebook, and now there is one that supplies both tourists and scientists with a field manual called “The Traveler’s Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists.”

 

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Marching for the Earth and Science

 

As Earth Day celebrates its 47th year on April 22 a billion people gather around the globe to celebrate our green planet. Thousands also meet on the National Mall to defend science as well with teach-ins on climate change and scientific literacy. Host Steve Curwood discusses the elements that galvanized this planetary celebration with Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers and why this year’s theme is so vital.

 

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How to Save Most Species

 

Within decades Earth may lose as many as 50% of the species currently living on our planet. To avert ecological disaster, renowned conservationist and Harvard Professor E.O. Wilson has proposed a radical idea in his book Half-Earth: to set aside half of Earth’s land and sea for nature. Wilson describes his vision and why it could save 80% of species in this conversation with host Steve Curwood.

 

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Tibetan Monks Saving Snow Leopards

 

Snow Leopards are among the most endangered of the world’s big cats, but now Tibetan monks are giving the leopard hope. (Camera trap photo of a snow leopard on the Tibetan plateau (photo: Panthera))

 

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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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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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The Goldman Winners 2017

They call the award the Green Nobel; each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize celebrates the achievements of grassroots activists. This year’s winners include mark! Lopez, who took on a smelter in East Los Angeles that was polluting the air with lead, and 83-year-old grandmother Wendy Bowman, who fights strip coal mining destruction in her native Australia.

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Marching for Science

Hundreds of thousands worldwide turned out for the more than 600 marches for Science on Earth Day. The signs, chants, and songs at these events expressed frustration over proposed US federal funding cuts for research, and celebrated the fruits of science.

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Alaskan Bears and Wolves Under Gun

Republicans in Congress, spearheaded by keen hunter and Alaska Congressman Don Young, have repealed Obama-era restrictions on hunting predators in National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Alaska Dispatch News reporter Erica Martinson discusses how this will affect wolves and bears.

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This Week’s Show
April 28, 2017
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The Goldman Winners 2017

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They call the award the Green Nobel; each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize celebrates the achievements of grassroots activists. This year’s winners include mark! Lopez, who took on a smelter in East Los Angeles that was polluting the air with lead, and 83-year-old grandmother Wendy Bowman, who fights strip coal mining destruction in her native Australia.

Marching for Science

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Hundreds of thousands worldwide turned out for the more than 600 marches for Science on Earth Day. The signs, chants, and songs at these events expressed frustration over proposed US federal funding cuts for research, and celebrated the fruits of science.

Alaskan Bears and Wolves Under Gun

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Republicans in Congress, spearheaded by keen hunter and Alaska Congressman Don Young, have repealed Obama-era restrictions on hunting predators in National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Alaska Dispatch News reporter Erica Martinson discusses how this will affect wolves and bears.

Wildebeest Jousting

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Kenya’s vast Maasai Mara Reserve is home to large herds of wildebeest and sometimes even among the mass of the herd, individuals can distinguish themselves with a good old-fashioned brawl. Living on Earth’s Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender shares his blow-by-blow account of a fierce battle between two males.

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The Traveler’s Guide to Space

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Humanity’s adventure in space is more than half a century old, and soon anyone with enough money may take a trip beyond the stratosphere. They’ll need a guidebook, and now there is one that supplies both tourists and scientists with a field manual called “The Traveler’s Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists.”


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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