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UN Climate Talks On Hot Seat

 

With heat waves, fires and drought raging around the world, UN climate negotiators recently gathered in Bonn, Germany to prepare for the next climate summit this fall in Egypt, but these talks are not moving as fast as climate disruption itself. Alden Meyer, a 30-year veteran of climate conferences, discusses the session, including the hot topic of financial assistance for poor nations.

 

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With heat waves, fires and drought raging around the world, UN climate negotiators recently gathered in Bonn, Germany to prepare for the next climate summit this fall in Egypt, but these talks are not moving as fast as climate disruption itself. Alden Meyer, a 30-year veteran of climate conferences, discusses the session, including the hot topic of financial assistance for poor nations.

Pregnancy and Heat Waves

 

Extreme heat events such as India and Pakistan recently endured are among the deadliest impacts of climate change, and pregnant women and fetuses are among the most vulnerable to heat stress. The risks include complications of pregnancy such as eclampsia, preterm birth and stillbirth.

 

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Putting Coal Miners Back to Work

 

To help revitalize Appalachia as coal mining dries up, the United Mine Workers of America is teaming up with an electric vehicle battery company to bring the lithium-ion battery industry to West Virginia. Why unemployed coal workers and miners are looking forward to jobs in the clean energy transition.

 

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Gotta Getta Fish!

 

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence, Mark Seth Lender, shares the story of a juvenile osprey striking out on his own to find his first meal not delivered from his parents' beaks.

 

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One in Five Deaths from Fossil Fuels

 

Fine particulate matter produced from fossil fuel combustion is known to cause numerous health issues, and a 2021 study found that this pollution is responsible for one in five early deaths worldwide, hitting people of color especially hard. Pediatrician Aaron Bernstein, who is the interim director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment at Harvard, joins Host Steve Curwood to discuss the implications of the research.

 

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Redlined Real Estate and Extreme Urban Heat

 

In the 1930s, while the world was digging out of the Great Depression, the US government came up with a plan to rate neighborhoods based on their presumed suitability to receive home loans, with those considered riskiest outlined in red. These “redlined” neighborhoods tended to be in city centers and home to black Americans. Today as climate change exacerbates urban heat, they’re experiencing much higher temperatures than surrounding areas. Vivek Shandas is a lead author of the research and speaks with Bobby Bascomb about the unequal impacts of racist ‘redlining’ practices.

 

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Beyond the Headlines

 

Peter Dykstra of the Daily Climate and Environmental Health News brings us some far-flung environmental stories from this past week that didn’t make the headlines. This week: salt intrusion in Bangladesh and rare earth mining in Greenland.

 

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Hummingbirds Citizen Science Project

 

The Rufous hummingbird follows the Rocky Mountains to migrate from Alaska to Mexico (Photo: Diana Douglas for Hummingbirds at Home).

 

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Australia May Scrap Carbon Tax

 

China is the world’s largest emitter, and much of its coal comes from Australia. With the election of a new Prime Minister, Australia looks set to revoke its carbon tax, leaving many environmentalists worried about their country’s contribution to climate change. (photo: Bigstockphoto.com)

 

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UN Climate Talks On Hot Seat

With heat waves, fires and drought raging around the world, UN climate negotiators recently gathered in Bonn, Germany to prepare for the next climate summit this fall in Egypt, but these talks are not moving as fast as climate disruption itself. Alden Meyer, a 30-year veteran of climate conferences, discusses the session, including the hot topic of financial assistance for poor nations.

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Putting Coal Miners Back to Work

To help revitalize Appalachia as coal mining dries up, the United Mine Workers of America is teaming up with an electric vehicle battery company to bring the lithium-ion battery industry to West Virginia. Why unemployed coal workers and miners are looking forward to jobs in the clean energy transition.

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Pregnancy and Heat Waves

Extreme heat events such as India and Pakistan recently endured are among the deadliest impacts of climate change, and pregnant women and fetuses are among the most vulnerable to heat stress. The risks include complications of pregnancy such as eclampsia, preterm birth and stillbirth.

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This Week’s Show
June 24, 2022
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UN Climate Talks On Hot Seat

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With heat waves, fires and drought raging around the world, UN climate negotiators recently gathered in Bonn, Germany to prepare for the next climate summit this fall in Egypt, but these talks are not moving as fast as climate disruption itself. Alden Meyer, a 30-year veteran of climate conferences, discusses the session, including the hot topic of financial assistance for poor nations.

Beyond the Headlines

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This week, we cover the appellate court decision ordering the EPA to reexamine the health and environmental risks of glyphosate, the key ingredient in the weed killer Roundup. Also, the potential of urine as a cheap and environmentally-friendly fertilizer. And in history, a look back at climatologist James Hansen’s 1988 testimony in front of Congress on a hot day that raised public awareness on global warming’s causes and consequences.

Pregnancy and Heat Waves

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Extreme heat events such as India and Pakistan recently endured are among the deadliest impacts of climate change, and pregnant women and fetuses are among the most vulnerable to heat stress. The risks include complications of pregnancy such as eclampsia, preterm birth and stillbirth.

Putting Coal Miners Back to Work

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To help revitalize Appalachia as coal mining dries up, the United Mine Workers of America is teaming up with an electric vehicle battery company to bring the lithium-ion battery industry to West Virginia. Why unemployed coal workers and miners are looking forward to jobs in the clean energy transition.

Note on Emerging Science: A Sign of SIDS Risk

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS takes the lives of more than 1,000 infants in the United States every year. New research has identified a biochemical marker in the blood of newborn babies that suggests why some babies are more vulnerable and might one day help screen for SIDS risk.

Gotta Getta Fish!

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Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence, Mark Seth Lender, shares the story of a juvenile osprey striking out on his own to find his first meal not delivered from his parents' beaks.

Hiking in 6-Inch Heels

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Growing up as a queer person, photographer Wyn Wiley was often told: The great outdoors is for everybody, but only if you look and act a certain way. Now, he works to break down this barrier. His drag queen alter-ego, Pattie Gonia, hikes in 6-inch heels and a full face of makeup, preaching on Instagram that enjoying the outdoors transcends gender identity and sexual orientation.


Special Features

Field Note: Gotta Getta Fish!
Living on Earth's Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender elaborates on the singular moment when a young osprey first leaves the nest.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender Field Notes

Field Note: "Trust" - Great Blue Heron
Living on Earth's Explorer-in-Residence muses on the importance of communication and trust between a great blue heron couple as they share equally the duties of raising their young.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender Field Notes


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