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Pruitt Out, Wheeler In

 

With the departure of Scott Pruitt, former coal lobbyist and Senate staffer Andrew Wheeler takes over as acting EPA Administrator with plans to keep rolling back regulations. Britt Erickson, a senior editor at Chemical and Engineering News talks about the high-stakes transition.

 

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With the departure of Scott Pruitt, former coal lobbyist and Senate staffer Andrew Wheeler takes over as acting EPA Administrator with plans to keep rolling back regulations. Britt Erickson, a senior editor at Chemical and Engineering News talks about the high-stakes transition.

Hospital Farming For Better Health

 

Boston Medical Center is reimagining what it means to care for patients with a new rooftop agriculture project. Living on Earth's Jaime Kaiser visited this major teaching hospital to learn about the fresh produce that’s feeding hospital patrons.

 

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Conservatives Join Climate Agenda

 

Recent federal efforts to address global warming have been hobbled by partisan gridlock and denial of human-induced climate disruption from the right. Now, Americans for Carbon Dividends, a coalition that spans both sides of the aisle, is planning a post-election push for a market-based approach to curb emissions. As Democratic Senator John Breaux of Louisiana explains, the plan has buy-in from a number of senior Republicans, major environmental groups and fossil fuel companies.

 

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An American Eden: The Lost Garden Underneath Rockefeller Center

 

The generation that followed the “founding fathers” created civic institutions like museums, universities, and its first botanical garden to earn the fledgling republic world respect. Historian Victoria Johnson speaks about the foresighted physician who founded the Elgin Botanic Garden in New York City where Rockefeller Center still stands.

 

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Mark Seth Lender: Tern About

 

As the light fades on July 4th, Living on Earth’s explorer-in-residence Mark Seth Lender watches two boys angle for a fish dinner on the beach, as a flock of hungry terns comes to feed on their supper of insects. But an unfortunate tangle interrupts the peaceful evening, leaving neither bird nor man unscathed.

 

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Farm Bills Tough on Conservation and Food Stamps

 

Both House and Senate versions of the 2018 farm legislations would reduce resources for conservation measures, and the Republican House wants to make it harder for people to get food stamps. At stake is more than $660 billion federal dollars and a variety of programs that also include trade, rural development, crop supports and loan programs.

 

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Prairie Rattlesnake

 

A few months ago writer Mark Seth Lender met his first Prairie Rattlesnake up close and personal, and found the snake fascinating, and though venomous, not a threat.

 

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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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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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Pruitt Out, Wheeler In

With the departure of Scott Pruitt, former coal lobbyist and Senate staffer Andrew Wheeler takes over as acting EPA Administrator with plans to keep rolling back regulations. Britt Erickson, a senior editor at Chemical and Engineering News talks about the high-stakes transition.

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Judge Kavanaugh & Environmental Protection

President Trump has nominated Appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Vermont Law School Professor Pat Parenteau says his conservative record could affect a range of environment issues.

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Hospital Farming For Better Health

Boston Medical Center is reimagining what it means to care for patients with a new rooftop agriculture project. Living on Earth's Jaime Kaiser visited this major teaching hospital to learn about the fresh produce that’s feeding hospital patrons.

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This Week’s Show
July 13, 2018
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Pruitt Out, Wheeler In

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With the departure of Scott Pruitt, former coal lobbyist and Senate staffer Andrew Wheeler takes over as acting EPA Administrator with plans to keep rolling back regulations. Britt Erickson, a senior editor at Chemical and Engineering News talks about the high-stakes transition.

Fracking On The Rachel Carson Trail

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A popular hiking trail outside Pittsburgh is named after a hero of the environmental movement. It passes busy neighborhoods and other human infrastructure and industry. Now, a shale gas well has appeared too and as the Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier reports, some hikers aren’t happy about it.

Judge Kavanaugh & Environmental Protection

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President Trump has nominated Appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Vermont Law School Professor Pat Parenteau says his conservative record could affect a range of environment issues.

Beyond The Headlines

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First up, the NRA membership has high rates of solar panel ownership and the record temperatures that have scorched the Northern hemisphere. Later, they look back on the blight epidemic that nearly wiped out the American Chestnut tree, but also good news about its recovery.

BirdNote: Sparrow Sing In Arizona Monsoon

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The hot, dry summer months in the desert Southwest usually give way in July to the intense rains of the monsoon season. As BirdNote®’s Michael Stein reports, this reprieve can bring life back to the desert as some sparrows take the rain as a cue to begin singing.

Hospital Farming For Better Health

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Boston Medical Center is reimagining what it means to care for patients with a new rooftop agriculture project. Living on Earth's Jaime Kaiser visited this major teaching hospital to learn about the fresh produce that’s feeding hospital patrons.

The Place Where You Live: Anchorage, Alaska

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Teacher Sasha Johnson shares her essay on living in Anchorage, Alaska, a place of bold, adventurous folks willing to endure hardship in chasing their dreams. Part of Living On Earth’s partnership to give voice to Orion Magazine’s “The Place Where You Live.”


Special Features

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

Lawmakers Call for Pruitt to Resign

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is under heavy fire for alleged legal and ethical violations, and a record number of lawmakers say "enough is enough." Some 140 House members and 39 senators, all caucusing with Democrats, have signed on to a non-binding resolution introduced by Representative Kathy Castor of Florida and Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico calling for Mr. Pruitt’s resignation. Senator Tom Udall discusses with host Steve Curwood Pruitt's ethical red flags that have recently come to light, and the EPA rollbacks the Senator says are harmful to human health.
Blog Series: LOE Updates

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


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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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