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U.S. Nixes G20 Climate Finance Declaration

 

Leaders of 85% of the world’s economies called for elimination of fossil fuel subsidies back in 2009 to help address climate change. But now in a move that could hurt US businesses, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have blocked climate finance language from the communiqué of the March 2017 G20 session. Harvard economist Joe Aldy discusses the implications and also argues the U.S. should remain in the Paris Climate Agreement.

 

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Leaders of 85% of the world’s economies called for elimination of fossil fuel subsidies back in 2009 to help address climate change. But now in a move that could hurt US businesses, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have blocked climate finance language from the communiqué of the March 2017 G20 session. Harvard economist Joe Aldy discusses the implications and also argues the U.S. should remain in the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Place Where You Live: The American River, Sacramento, CA

 

Living on Earth gives a voice to Orion magazine’s longtime feature in which readers write about their favorite places. In this week’s edition, Jennifer Berry takes us through a portal into her suburban backyard, which fronts on the American River, and describes the radical changes she saw as the river flooded from California’s record rains this winter.

 

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Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

 

A California sociologist ventured out of her liberal bubble to try to grasp why some conservatives reject government regulations in Louisiana, even as industry pollution persists - largely unchecked - for years. Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of the book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, discusses what she found in economically-depressed rural Louisiana.

 

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Environmental Protection on the Chopping Block

 

Gina McCarthy, former administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, says deep budget cuts and staff reductions would damage the agency’s mission to protect the public with sound science, and harm communities that need the greatest environmental protection. McCarthy tells host Steve Curwood why she believes EPA’s Obama-era climate regulations are on firm legal footing, and why dozens of programs slated for gutting or total elimination by the Trump Administration are essential to ensure clean air and water for all Americans.

 

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Inoculating the Mind from Climate Misinformation

 

Concerns about so-called ‘fake news’ have never been higher. Google searches for the term have quintupled since the November 2016 election, and these days it’s hard to be sure what information out there is true. A new study suggests that ‘inoculating’ the public against false ideas can help protect citizens from buying into climate disinformation.

 

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Lessons From Mexico About the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

 

In 1979, the Ixtoc oil well blew out off the coast of Mexico – and an oil slick spread in the Gulf over the next nine months. When the Deepwater Horizon blowout happened in 2010, with its ensuing millions of gallons of oil released, scientists noted striking similarities to the Ixtoc spill. And now ocean floor expeditions near the Ixtoc site seek to find out how the ocean is recovering, three decades out, hoping their findings shed light on the future of Deepwater Horizon.

 

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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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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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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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U.S. Nixes G20 Climate Finance Declaration

Leaders of 85% of the world’s economies called for elimination of fossil fuel subsidies back in 2009 to help address climate change. But now in a move that could hurt US businesses, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have blocked climate finance language from the communiqué of the March 2017 G20 session. Harvard economist Joe Aldy discusses the implications and also argues the U.S. should remain in the Paris Climate Agreement.

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El Niño Returns?

Dramatic winter flooding in California followed by unprecedented rains that buried Peru in feet of mud signal that El Niño may be returning. El Niño phenomena are usually spaced years apart, but the seeming return of this disruptive weather pattern comes just after the one that occurred from 2015 into 2016. National Center for Atmospheric Research Senior Scientist Kevin Trenberth unpacks the science of this latest weather surprise on an ever-warming planet.

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Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

A California sociologist ventured out of her liberal bubble to try to grasp why some conservatives reject government regulations in Louisiana, even as industry pollution persists - largely unchecked - for years. Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of the book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, discusses what she found in economically-depressed rural Louisiana.

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This Week’s Show
March 24, 2017
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U.S. Nixes G20 Climate Finance Declaration

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Leaders of 85% of the world’s economies called for elimination of fossil fuel subsidies back in 2009 to help address climate change. But now in a move that could hurt US businesses, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have blocked climate finance language from the communiqué of the March 2017 G20 session. Harvard economist Joe Aldy discusses the implications and also argues the U.S. should remain in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Science Note: Enduring Swifts

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The common swift has a unique and remarkable ability to fly for 10 months at a time without landing, Swedish scientists have confirmed. The swifts land for just two months a year to breed in central Europe, but are airborne the other 10 months as they migrate to spend the winter in Africa.

El Niño Returns?

listen / download
Dramatic winter flooding in California followed by unprecedented rains that buried Peru in feet of mud signal that El Niño may be returning. El Niño phenomena are usually spaced years apart, but the seeming return of this disruptive weather pattern comes just after the one that occurred from 2015 into 2016. National Center for Atmospheric Research Senior Scientist Kevin Trenberth unpacks the science of this latest weather surprise on an ever-warming planet.

The Place Where You Live: The American River, Sacramento, CA

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Living on Earth gives a voice to Orion magazine’s longtime feature in which readers write about their favorite places. In this week’s edition, Jennifer Berry takes us through a portal into her suburban backyard, which fronts on the American River, and describes the radical changes she saw as the river flooded from California’s record rains this winter.

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

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A California sociologist ventured out of her liberal bubble to try to grasp why some conservatives reject government regulations in Louisiana, even as industry pollution persists - largely unchecked - for years. Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of the book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, discusses what she found in economically-depressed rural Louisiana.


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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