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California Moves Toward Carbon-Free Economy

 

California pledges 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045, and leaders from around the world recently convened in San Francisco at the Global Climate Action Summit organized by the state’s Governor, Jerry Brown. Former EPA Regional Chief Jared Blumenfeld discusses the swift progress towards decarbonization and the calls from activists who say California must go further.

 

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California pledges 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045, and leaders from around the world recently convened in San Francisco at the Global Climate Action Summit organized by the state’s Governor, Jerry Brown. Former EPA Regional Chief Jared Blumenfeld discusses the swift progress towards decarbonization and the calls from activists who say California must go further.

Resilience In Puerto Rico’s Tropical Forests After Hurricane Maria

 

When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in 2017, the direct hit turned a green island brown – destroying every ecosystem on the island from mangroves to cloud forests. But as Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb reports, forests that evolved in the hurricane belt have ways to cope and are coming back.

 

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Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Blocked

 

Canada’s Federal Appeals Court has blocked the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion unless and until the Trudeau government properly consults with First Nations and studies impacts to southern resident killer whales, a process expected to push the project well past Canada’s elections in 2019.

 

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Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers

 

The largest rodent in North America is sometimes seen as merely a pest, but a growing cohort of self-styled “beaver believers” is celebrating these toothy, dam-building creatures. A 2018 book takes readers up close and personal with their history, ecology and physiology and builds a case for why beavers can help store water and revitalize streams in the increasingly arid American West.

 

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Gulf Orphans

 

When the Gulf Stream's ocean currents circulate up the Atlantic coast of North America, they aren't just pulling warm water North, they’re carrying marine life as well. On a Rhode Island beach, local scientists seek to rescue juvenile tropical fish swept north from the Caribbean.

 

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Sexual Misconduct in the US Forest Service: One Woman’s Story

 

Abby Bolt loves her job as a Battalion Chief for the U.S. Forest Service, leading forest fire prevention efforts and commanding teams of hundreds of people in a disaster. But she says the agency casts a blind eye over sexual misconduct and harassment, protects harassers, and even punishes women who speak up.

 

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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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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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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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California Moves Toward Carbon-Free Economy

California pledges 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045, and leaders from around the world recently convened in San Francisco at the Global Climate Action Summit organized by the state’s Governor, Jerry Brown. Former EPA Regional Chief Jared Blumenfeld discusses the swift progress towards decarbonization and the calls from activists who say California must go further.

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Resilience In Puerto Rico’s Tropical Forests After Hurricane Maria

When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in 2017, the direct hit turned a green island brown – destroying every ecosystem on the island from mangroves to cloud forests. But as Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb reports, forests that evolved in the hurricane belt have ways to cope and are coming back.

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Rising: Dispatches From The New American Shore

As ocean levels rise, coastal communities contend with higher floods, stronger hurricanes, and saltwater intrusion. Some are even being forced to retreat to higher ground. From Louisiana to Staten Island to Pensacola, writer Elizabeth Rush set out to document the stories of people caught in these rising tides.

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This Week’s Show
September 14, 2018
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California Moves Toward Carbon-Free Economy

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California pledges 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045, and leaders from around the world recently convened in San Francisco at the Global Climate Action Summit organized by the state’s Governor, Jerry Brown. Former EPA Regional Chief Jared Blumenfeld discusses the swift progress towards decarbonization and the calls from activists who say California must go further.

Resilience In Puerto Rico’s Tropical Forests After Hurricane Maria

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When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in 2017, the direct hit turned a green island brown – destroying every ecosystem on the island from mangroves to cloud forests. But as Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb reports, forests that evolved in the hurricane belt have ways to cope and are coming back.

Beyond The Headlines

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Peter Dykstra and Host Steve Curwood discuss why climate change may be linked to tsunamis, and they also look at the “research whaling” loophole in Japan. The two then recount some of the deadliest hurricanes in modern US history.

Rising: Dispatches From The New American Shore

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As ocean levels rise, coastal communities contend with higher floods, stronger hurricanes, and saltwater intrusion. Some are even being forced to retreat to higher ground. From Louisiana to Staten Island to Pensacola, writer Elizabeth Rush set out to document the stories of people caught in these rising tides.


Special Features

What the Osprey Overheard

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As new osprey parents feed and care for their young, even the faintest of sounds – like a distant plane – seem a threat to the youngsters. Living on Earth’s resident explorer Mark Seth Lender watches as the ospreys keep a watchful eye, and ear, on their surroundings, and muses on how loud our anthropogenic world must be to them.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender Field Notes

Field Note: Fishing Line Endangers Birds
Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence, Mark Seth Lender, reflects on his tangle with a tern and fishing line on the 4th of July.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender Field Notes


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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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