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Red Tide Boosts Blue Wave

 

In Florida a surge of toxic algae blooms has fueled frustration with the Republican Governor Rick Scott. Critics blame “Red Tide Rick,” who is running for a US Senate seat, while he says his incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is at fault. Politico Reporter Michael Grunwald for a look at how the blooms are shaping the November election.

 

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In Florida a surge of toxic algae blooms has fueled frustration with the Republican Governor Rick Scott. Critics blame “Red Tide Rick,” who is running for a US Senate seat, while he says his incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is at fault. Politico Reporter Michael Grunwald for a look at how the blooms are shaping the November election.

A Warmer World Superchraged Hurricane Michael

 

Supercharged by a warmer world, Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle, with Category four winds and 8-12 foot storm surges. It’s sudden burst of speed is is linked to warmer waters and rising seas, and Penn State Climate Expert Michael Mann says that swift action on reducing climate-changing gas emissions is more critical than ever.

 

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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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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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Solar Powered Ship

 

The world’s largest solar powered boat made history by circumnavigating the globe. The ship is now busy in the Atlantic collecting data about the Gulf Stream.

 

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Migrations Off Schedule

 

The monarch butterflies are late, the wildebeest have turned around, and the North Atlantic right whales are missing. What’s going on with the world’s great animal migrations?

 

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Tibetan Monks Saving Snow Leopards

 

Snow Leopards are among the most endangered of the world’s big cats, but now Tibetan monks are giving the leopard hope. (Camera trap photo of a snow leopard on the Tibetan plateau (photo: Panthera))

 

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Red Tide Boosts Blue Wave

In Florida a surge of toxic algae blooms has fueled frustration with the Republican Governor Rick Scott. Critics blame “Red Tide Rick,” who is running for a US Senate seat, while he says his incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is at fault. Politico Reporter Michael Grunwald for a look at how the blooms are shaping the November election.

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A Warmer World Superchraged Hurricane Michael

Supercharged by a warmer world, Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle, with Category four winds and 8-12 foot storm surges. It’s sudden burst of speed is is linked to warmer waters and rising seas, and Penn State Climate Expert Michael Mann says that swift action on reducing climate-changing gas emissions is more critical than ever.

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Barbara Kingsolver, Unsheltered

Writer Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel tells the story of one family’s crisis in modern America, and the tribulations of another family that lived in the same house more than a century ago. Barbara Kingsolver looks back at where we were on social and environmental issues, and takes stock of where we are headed.

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This Week’s Show
October 19, 2018
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Red Tide Boosts Blue Wave

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In Florida a surge of toxic algae blooms has fueled frustration with the Republican Governor Rick Scott. Critics blame “Red Tide Rick,” who is running for a US Senate seat, while he says his incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is at fault. Politico Reporter Michael Grunwald for a look at how the blooms are shaping the November election.

Beyond The Headlines

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Peter Dykstra covers the states where the environment is a hot issue this midterm election season, and then takes a look at one Prime Minister’s plan to plant billions of trees. In this week’s look into the history vault, they discuss the Harding Administration scandal in the 1920’s known as “Teapot Dome.”

A Warmer World Superchraged Hurricane Michael

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Supercharged by a warmer world, Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle, with Category four winds and 8-12 foot storm surges. It’s sudden burst of speed is is linked to warmer waters and rising seas, and Penn State Climate Expert Michael Mann says that swift action on reducing climate-changing gas emissions is more critical than ever.

Fly-fishing Saved From Pollution

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The trout in Central Pennsylvania’s waterways face pollution from agriculture and development, but the area still has some great fly-fishing. Local conservationists want to keep it that way.

Barbara Kingsolver, Unsheltered

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Writer Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel tells the story of one family’s crisis in modern America, and the tribulations of another family that lived in the same house more than a century ago. Barbara Kingsolver looks back at where we were on social and environmental issues, and takes stock of where we are headed.

Vegan Generation Gap

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Traditional family recipes can go back through the generations, and that can become a challenge when a younger member of the family goes vegan. Ratatouille can be one answer.


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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