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Night Moves

 

When the sun sets in Africa, a pride of lions relies on more than just sight to communicate. Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender tells of how African lions who hunt together trade their unique roars amid the nighttime hours.

 

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When the sun sets in Africa, a pride of lions relies on more than just sight to communicate. Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender tells of how African lions who hunt together trade their unique roars amid the nighttime hours.

John Kerry: ‘Respect Democracy – By Going Out And Voting’

 

As Secretary of State under President Obama, John Kerry made climate change one of his top priorities and played a key role in the success of the Paris Agreement. Even as the new administration walks back those climate policies, Kerry says he’s not without hope and urges American citizens to bring about change through voting. This is the second of a two part interview.

 

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John Kerry Looks Back – And Ahead

 

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is the author of a new bestselling book, Every Day Is Extra. Kerry says that the clock is ticking on our ability to respond to the climate crisis, but he retains optimism and says citizens need to push their governments for smarter climate policies.

 

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Cool Fix For A Hot Planet: A Tiny, Carbon-Sucking Fern

 

Fifty million years ago, Earth’s CO2 levels were sky-high. A tiny but fast-growing fern called Azolla changed that, pulling trillions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and scientists suggest the fern can be used again to address our current carbon crisis.

 

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Walrus Changes His Mind

 

Svalbard, Norway is home to a variety of Arctic life, some of which are quite intimidating. Living on Earth Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender recounts a close encounter with a large and wrinkled old walrus.

 

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Billion Dollar Losses Related to Roundup

 

Pharmaceutical and chemical giant Bayer lost some $20 billion in market value in the weeks after a jury finds its new subsidiary Monsanto failed to warn a plaintiff of the cancer risks of its herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate. With thousands of similar cases in the pipeline, Bayer may be on the hook for billions more.

 

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Cape Wind in Doubt

 

Wind turbines in the Irish Sea. The United States has yet to establish offshore wind, but countries in Europe have taken the plunge (photo: Andy Dingley)

 

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Bayou Community Struggles with Sinkhole

 

A huge sinkhole in the tiny swamp community of Bayou Corne is giving residents unique and unpleasant challenges. It is now approximately 20 acres in size.

 

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Nuclear Storage Crisis

 

The meltdown at Fukushima in Japan may be grabbing all the headlines, but with the Yucca Mountain project in perpetual limbo the United States has a nuclear storage problem on its hands as well.

 

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Kavanaugh On Environmental Law

Newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh brings a long record of business-friendly and anti-regulatory opinions from his tenure on an appeals court. VT Law Prof. Pat Parenteau says Justice Kavanaugh will likely tip the high court’s balance in favor of narrower interpretations of environmental law.

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Global Warming Is Heating Up

A special report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) spells out the need to move quickly to reduce carbon emissions and avoid global warming that exceeds 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Princeton Professor Michael Oppenheimer has worked on drafts for many IPCC reports and discusses what overshooting the 1.5°C mark could mean for societies around the world.

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John Kerry: ‘Respect Democracy – By Going Out And Voting’

As Secretary of State under President Obama, John Kerry made climate change one of his top priorities and played a key role in the success of the Paris Agreement. Even as the new administration walks back those climate policies, Kerry says he’s not without hope and urges American citizens to bring about change through voting. This is the second of a two part interview.

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This Week’s Show
October 12, 2018
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Kavanaugh On Environmental Law

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Newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh brings a long record of business-friendly and anti-regulatory opinions from his tenure on an appeals court. VT Law Prof. Pat Parenteau says Justice Kavanaugh will likely tip the high court’s balance in favor of narrower interpretations of environmental law.

Beyond The Headlines

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This week we discuss the outbreak of large, aggressive mosquitoes following Hurricane Florence, and an endocrine disruptor that’s reducing human sperm counts. And we look back at the beginnings of the environmental justice movement.

Global Warming Is Heating Up

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A special report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) spells out the need to move quickly to reduce carbon emissions and avoid global warming that exceeds 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Princeton Professor Michael Oppenheimer has worked on drafts for many IPCC reports and discusses what overshooting the 1.5°C mark could mean for societies around the world.

Bringing Back Butternut Trees

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Butternut trees used to be abundant in the forests of the Northeast and Midwest but are now being been devastated by a fungus. But hope for the butternut may soon come, as Allegheny Front reporter Andy Kubis tells us about a recently-discovered stand of healthy butternuts that resisted the fungus.

Night Moves

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When the sun sets in Africa, a pride of lions relies on more than just sight to communicate. Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender tells of how African lions who hunt together trade their unique roars amid the nighttime hours.

BirdNote®: Starlings Say It With Flowers

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Every now and then, a European Starling in its daily foraging will pluck a marigold or other bright flower to bring back to the nest. These flowers aren't just for decoration, as Michael Stein explains.

John Kerry: ‘Respect Democracy – By Going Out And Voting’

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As Secretary of State under President Obama, John Kerry made climate change one of his top priorities and played a key role in the success of the Paris Agreement. Even as the new administration walks back those climate policies, Kerry says he’s not without hope and urges American citizens to bring about change through voting. This is the second of a two part interview.


Special Features

Field Note: Night Moves
Our Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender elaborates on the huffing sound African lions make, as depicted in his essay "Night Moves", and on how alternative forms of communication can contribute to a social group's success.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender Field Notes

Field Note: Walrus Changes His Mind
Living on Earth's Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender reflects on the risks of photographing an imposing -- and approaching -- walrus in Svalbard, Norway.
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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