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The Amazon as Legal Person

 

The Amazon forest and river now have the legal standing of a person, accord to Colombia’s Supreme Court, following a successful lawsuit led by 25 youth plaintiffs.

 

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The Amazon forest and river now have the legal standing of a person, accord to Colombia’s Supreme Court, following a successful lawsuit led by 25 youth plaintiffs.

Valve-Turning Protestors

 

On October 11, 2016, climate activists closed valves on five major oil pipelines coming from Canada’s tar sands. Fully aware that they faced criminal charges, these five saw their actions as necessary to stopping the climate crisis.

 

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A Pipeline Eco Engineer Protests

 

A former environmental engineer for Trans Mountain is speaking out about the harms to land, water, the climate, and Indigenous rights that Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline could bring. She joined some 200 protestors, led by members of First Nations, and was among many who were arrested March 20 for protesting near pipeline construction.

 

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Making Big Oil Companies Pay for Climate Disruption

 

A growing list of US cities and counties are suing fossil fuel companies for damages linked to climate disruption. Among the biggest defendants are Shell and Exxon Mobil, and emerging evidence suggests that they understood the warming effects of greenhouse gas emissions decades ago.

 

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Leave No Poop Behind

 

Research shows that most dog owners pick up after their pets in the street and at the local park, but often don’t take along a plastic bag when out hiking in the backcountry, assuming it’s no big deal. But all that dog poop does add up – and it’s introducing foreign bacteria and nutrients to forests, fields, and streams.

 

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Bald Eagles At Play

 

Connecticut River ecosystems have been impoverished over centuries by logging and overfishing, but now American Bald Eagles are returning. Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender watches young eagles on the river as they lock talons and fly playfully and finds them compelling.

 

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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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Russia Nixes Antarctic Marine Reserve

 

Negotiators from 25 countries met in Germany recently in a bid to create a massive marine reserve in the seas around Antarctica. But at the last minute, Russia backed out of the deal.

 

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Jim's Bees

 

Bees have remarkable skills to communicate and create wholesome food from flowers. Yet they can also terrify.

 

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The Amazon as Legal Person

The Amazon forest and river now have the legal standing of a person, accord to Colombia’s Supreme Court, following a successful lawsuit led by 25 youth plaintiffs.

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Ancient Wisdom for Earth Day

At Earth Day’s 48th year, Host Steve Curwood reflects on the state of our only home today, and how principles urged by the Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu long ago can guide us to protect the environment today and for posterity.

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A Pipeline Eco Engineer Protests

A former environmental engineer for Trans Mountain is speaking out about the harms to land, water, the climate, and Indigenous rights that Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline could bring. She joined some 200 protestors, led by members of First Nations, and was among many who were arrested March 20 for protesting near pipeline construction.

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This Week’s Show
April 20, 2018
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The Amazon as Legal Person

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The Amazon forest and river now have the legal standing of a person, accord to Colombia’s Supreme Court, following a successful lawsuit led by 25 youth plaintiffs.

Ancient Wisdom for Earth Day

listen / download
At Earth Day’s 48th year, Host Steve Curwood reflects on the state of our only home today, and how principles urged by the Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu long ago can guide us to protect the environment today and for posterity.

Beyond The Headlines

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We discuss Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s cut-rate sale of leases to fossil fuel companies; also a ruling that could ban diesel cars in Germany’s most polluted cities. And we look back to a chemical plant explosion that rocked the New York city area.

The Green Berkeley Hills – The Place Where You Live

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Living on Earth collaborates with Orion magazine’s “Place Where You Live” essay project, this time to focus on the rolling green hills of Northern California that writer Wong Yoo-Chong now calls home. He reflects on a poem by the ancient Chinese sage, Li Po.

Valve-Turning Protestors

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On October 11, 2016, climate activists closed valves on five major oil pipelines coming from Canada’s tar sands. Fully aware that they faced criminal charges, these five saw their actions as necessary to stopping the climate crisis.

A Pipeline Eco Engineer Protests

listen / download
A former environmental engineer for Trans Mountain is speaking out about the harms to land, water, the climate, and Indigenous rights that Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline could bring. She joined some 200 protestors, led by members of First Nations, and was among many who were arrested March 20 for protesting near pipeline construction.


Special Features

Field Note: Eagles At Play
In this field note, Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender remarks on the powerful hold the American Bald Eagle has on our collective awe, and on how severely we have decimated their numbers in the centuries since Europeans landed on North America’s shores.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender Field Notes

Sexual Misconduct in the U.S. Forest Service: Michaela Myers' Story

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Michaela Myers finished college in 2017 and landed what she thought was a dream job: working with the US Forest Service fighting wildfires in Oregon. But a pattern of sexual harassment and hazing by her boss and colleagues turned that dream into a nightmare. She tells her story to Living on Earth host Steve Curwood.
Blog Series: LOE Updates

PBS Journalist Liz Flock on Sexual Misconduct in the U.S. Forest Service

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PBS NewsHour conducted an investigation into sexual harassment in the U.S. Forest Service, interviewing 34 women along the way. Reporter Liz Flock discusses with Living on Earth host Steve Curwood the culture of sexual harassment at the agency that the women she spoke with described.
Blog Series: LOE Updates


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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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