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Greening the Military

 

Deploying renewable energy helps the U.S. military function better, and saves the lives of soldiers, says Jim Goudreau, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He discusses how green technologies such as 'solar blankets' and hybrid vehicles have improved operations within the Marine Corps and the Navy.

 

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Deploying renewable energy helps the U.S. military function better, and saves the lives of soldiers, says Jim Goudreau, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He discusses how green technologies such as 'solar blankets' and hybrid vehicles have improved operations within the Marine Corps and the Navy.

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

 

A California sociologist ventured out of her liberal bubble to try to grasp why some conservatives reject government regulations in Louisiana, even as industry pollution persists - largely unchecked - for years. Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of the book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, discusses what she found in economically-depressed rural Louisiana.

 

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The Telescope in the Ice: The Hunt for the Ghost Particle

 

One of the world’s most sensitive telescopes is buried deep in Antarctic ice, searching for evidence of elusive neutrinos, tiny, subatomic particles. A new book chronicles the decades-long project to build the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, which has the ability to spot where neutrinos came from – making it a powerful new tool for understanding many mysteries of the universe.

 

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GOP Tax On Global Warming Gases

 

Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo of Florida has introduced the Market Choice Act, a proposal to tax CO2 and other greenhouse gases emissions, that aims to combat climate change. Former South Carolina Representative Bob Inglis is a Republican who was unseated after he introduced a carbon tax proposal of his own 10 years ago, and he speaks about how his fellow conservatives are responding to the legislation this time around.

 

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LED Impacts On Wildlife

 

LED lights can have adverse impacts on wildlife, from tiny organisms like flies to larger ones like sea turtles. Travis Longcore from the University of Southern California speaks with Living on Earth's Steve Curwood about why LED lights could be harmful to human health, too, and how to more safely illuminate our world.

 

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Meet the Rare, Shy, and Hungry Humboldt Marten

 

Deep in the coastal forests of California and Oregon, the small but voracious Humboldt marten hunts for its next meal. There are fewer than 400 left in the wild, due partially to cannabis farming and habitat loss. Senior Scientist Tierra Curry at the Center for Biological Diversity speaks with Living on Earth’s Jenni Doering about the long battle to get this charismatic creature protection.

 

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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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Otters and Climate Change

 

Sea Otters are known for their playful demeanor and cuddly appearance, but scientists at the University of California at Santa Cruz think that the cuddly creatures could help reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. (Photo: Imtiaz333 Flickr Creative Commons)

 

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Trout Are Speaking

 

Commentator Mark Seth Lender contemplates the rainbow trout.

 

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Greening the Military

Deploying renewable energy helps the U.S. military function better, and saves the lives of soldiers, says Jim Goudreau, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He discusses how green technologies such as 'solar blankets' and hybrid vehicles have improved operations within the Marine Corps and the Navy.

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Solar Eclipsing Coal in Jobs

Coal still produces much more energy in the U.S. than solar, which powers less than 1 and a half percent of the grid. Yet there are now twice as many solar jobs as those in coal. As the Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier reports, some former coal miners are becoming solar technicians, though it may involve a pay cut.

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India’s Renewable Energy Revolution

Prior to the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, few nations saw India as a leader in climate policy. But in 2015, the world’s third-biggest CO2 emitter began a breathtaking transformation, embracing renewable energy and slashing growth in carbon emissions. Now, the country of 1.3 billion people is a leader of clean energy in the developing world.

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This Week’s Show
August 10, 2018
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Greening the Military

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Deploying renewable energy helps the U.S. military function better, and saves the lives of soldiers, says Jim Goudreau, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He discusses how green technologies such as 'solar blankets' and hybrid vehicles have improved operations within the Marine Corps and the Navy.

Solar Eclipsing Coal in Jobs

listen / download
Coal still produces much more energy in the U.S. than solar, which powers less than 1 and a half percent of the grid. Yet there are now twice as many solar jobs as those in coal. As the Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier reports, some former coal miners are becoming solar technicians, though it may involve a pay cut.

India’s Renewable Energy Revolution

listen / download
Prior to the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, few nations saw India as a leader in climate policy. But in 2015, the world’s third-biggest CO2 emitter began a breathtaking transformation, embracing renewable energy and slashing growth in carbon emissions. Now, the country of 1.3 billion people is a leader of clean energy in the developing world.

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

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A California sociologist ventured out of her liberal bubble to try to grasp why some conservatives reject government regulations in Louisiana, even as industry pollution persists - largely unchecked - for years. Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of the book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, discusses what she found in economically-depressed rural Louisiana.


Special Features

What the Osprey Overheard

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As new osprey parents feed and care for their young, even the faintest of sounds – like a distant plane – seem a threat to the youngsters. Living on Earth’s resident explorer Mark Seth Lender watches as the ospreys keep a watchful eye, and ear, on their surroundings, and muses on how loud our anthropogenic world must be to them.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender Field Notes

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


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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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