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Senate Passes Bipartisan Public Lands Bill

 

92 Senators recently passed the most sweeping land conservation bill in a decade, which designated 1.3 million new acres of protected wilderness, five new national monuments, and hundreds of miles of wild and scenic rivers. It also permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell (D- WA) joins Bobby Bascomb to tell us what helped get this bipartisan bill across the finish line.

 

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92 Senators recently passed the most sweeping land conservation bill in a decade, which designated 1.3 million new acres of protected wilderness, five new national monuments, and hundreds of miles of wild and scenic rivers. It also permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell (D- WA) joins Bobby Bascomb to tell us what helped get this bipartisan bill across the finish line.

Monarch Butterflies Rebound

 

Things are looking promising for eastern monarch butterflies – their population has grown 144 percent from last year. But western monarch are down to just 30,000 individuals, on the edge of extinction. Senior Scientist from the Center for Biological Diversity, Tierra Curry, tells us all about monarchs’ annual migration, and what can be done to boost their numbers.

 

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The Border Wall's Wildlife Impacts

 

President Trump has declared a state of emergency to secure funding for a wall along the US border with Mexico. The proposed wall would disturb critical habitats and block migration routes for animals already stressed by climate change. It could even lead to extinction for some rare and endangered species. Sergio Avila, Biologist and Outdoors Coordinator for the Sierra Club, talks with Bobby Bascomb about how the border wall could have a lasting impact species such as jaguars and pygmy owls.

 

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Toxicants in Diapers and Sanitary Pads

 

A recent study has revealed phthalates and volatile organic compounds in brands of single-use diapers and sanitary pads. Exposure to these toxic chemicals can lead to a variety of health complications, including birth defects and endocrine disruption. Jodi Flaws, a co-author on the paper, joins Bobby Bascomb to talk about these toxicants and how they impact health.

 

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A Green New Deal For All

 

Green For All is one of over 600 environmental groups that has signed a letter calling on Congress to bring forth the Green New Deal, a piece of legislation designed to address economic inequality and environmental concerns. Vien Truong, CEO of Green For All, joins Steve Curwood to talk about why environmental justice and economic justice go hand-in-hand.

 

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Bangladesh’s Climate Migration Crisis

 

Rising seas in Bangladesh are creating a massive climate migration crisis, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to uproot from their coastal homes and move to already-crowded city slums. Tim McDonnell, journalist and 2018 National Geographic Explorer, joins host Steve Curwood to discuss Bangladesh’s climate migration crisis.

 

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Nicaraguan Canal

 

The first ships sailed down the Panama Canal in 1914. Now, nearly one hundred years later, Nicaragua has an agreement with a Chinese company to build a canal of its own to link the Pacific and Atlantic. (photo: Tim Rogers)

 

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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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Turkish Development Threatens Marine Life

 

Recent protests in Turkey were sparked by the government's plans to pave over a public park. Journalist Sulmaan Khan joins host Steve Curwood to explain how rapid development in Turkey is causing a host of environmental problems. (photo: bigstockphoto.com)

 

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Senate Passes Bipartisan Public Lands Bill

92 Senators recently passed the most sweeping land conservation bill in a decade, which designated 1.3 million new acres of protected wilderness, five new national monuments, and hundreds of miles of wild and scenic rivers. It also permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell (D- WA) joins Bobby Bascomb to tell us what helped get this bipartisan bill across the finish line.

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Monarch Butterflies Rebound

Things are looking promising for eastern monarch butterflies – their population has grown 144 percent from last year. But western monarch are down to just 30,000 individuals, on the edge of extinction. Senior Scientist from the Center for Biological Diversity, Tierra Curry, tells us all about monarchs’ annual migration, and what can be done to boost their numbers.

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The Border Wall's Wildlife Impacts

President Trump has declared a state of emergency to secure funding for a wall along the US border with Mexico. The proposed wall would disturb critical habitats and block migration routes for animals already stressed by climate change. It could even lead to extinction for some rare and endangered species. Sergio Avila, Biologist and Outdoors Coordinator for the Sierra Club, talks with Bobby Bascomb about how the border wall could have a lasting impact species such as jaguars and pygmy owls.

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This Week’s Show
February 15, 2019
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Senate Passes Bipartisan Public Lands Bill

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92 Senators recently passed the most sweeping land conservation bill in a decade, which designated 1.3 million new acres of protected wilderness, five new national monuments, and hundreds of miles of wild and scenic rivers. It also permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell (D- WA) joins Bobby Bascomb to tell us what helped get this bipartisan bill across the finish line.

Understanding the Green New Deal

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A resolution calling for a Green New Deal has been released by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). It follows in the footsteps of President Roosevelt’s New Deal, in that it seeks to boost the economy, but with an emphasis on reducing greenhouse gases. Nathaniel Keohane from Environmental Defense Fund takes Bobby Bascomb through the Green New Deal outline and explores where the movement goes from here.

Beyond The Headlines

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This week beyond the headlines Peter Dykstra and host Bobby Bascomb talk about the conservative criticism of the Green New Deal. Then, a trip down under, where an Australian court decision stopped a new coal mine proposal in its tracks. Finally, a look back fifteen years, to when the Pentagon commissioned a report to see how climate change could cause severe global destabilization.

Monarch Butterflies Rebound

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Things are looking promising for eastern monarch butterflies – their population has grown 144 percent from last year. But western monarch are down to just 30,000 individuals, on the edge of extinction. Senior Scientist from the Center for Biological Diversity, Tierra Curry, tells us all about monarchs’ annual migration, and what can be done to boost their numbers.

The Border Wall's Wildlife Impacts

listen / download
President Trump has declared a state of emergency to secure funding for a wall along the US border with Mexico. The proposed wall would disturb critical habitats and block migration routes for animals already stressed by climate change. It could even lead to extinction for some rare and endangered species. Sergio Avila, Biologist and Outdoors Coordinator for the Sierra Club, talks with Bobby Bascomb about how the border wall could have a lasting impact species such as jaguars and pygmy owls.

Refugees Cultivate Healing Through Gardening

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The Neighbor’s Field is a community garden in rural Georgia which is designed to help refugees heal from the pain and trauma of war by planting a garden. Producer Sean Powers of Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Bitter Southerner podcast has the story.


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-- President Barack Obama, November 6, 2015 on why he declined to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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