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Defending Public Lands

 

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) is the newly-named chair for the powerful House Natural Resources Committee. He joins us to talk about his plans for the committee and his determination to address climate change, protect public lands, and bring science back to federal agency decisions.

 

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) is the newly-named chair for the powerful House Natural Resources Committee. He joins us to talk about his plans for the committee and his determination to address climate change, protect public lands, and bring science back to federal agency decisions.

Youth Activists Call for a Minnesota Green New Deal

 

A nationwide Green New Deal isn’t coming fast enough for a group of young Minnesotan activists. They’re working with Governor Tim Walz (D-MN) to get the state to move away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy. One of these activists, Lia Harel, joins us to talk about her group’s vision.

 

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Brazil’s President Targets Amazon

 

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s newly-elected President, has shifted regulation of traditional indigenous land in the Amazon to the country’s development-friendly agricultural ministry. Dan Nepstad, Founder and President of the Earth Innovation Institute, joins us to talk about what this means for the Amazon lands and the indigenous people who live there.

 

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Lead in Newark’s Water

 

Newark, New Jersey is the latest US municipality to make national headlines for lead-contaminated water. The city handed out water filters to citizens when their plans to replace the lead piping system fell through. Erik Olson, the Senior Director of Health and Food joins us to discuss the lead water crisis.

 

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'Forest Bathing' for Health

 

The Japanese practice of ‘shinrin-yoku’, or ‘forest bathing’ is gaining international popularity as a form of nature therapy. As Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple reports, a walk in the woods may be just what your health care provider ordered.

 

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The Conservation Costs of Shutdowns

 

The government shutdown during the Trump administration began December 22nd, 2018. This resulted in the closing of such public lands as the National Mall and Joshua Tree National Park, subjecting them to massive amounts of litter, illegal off-roading, poaching and increased safety risks for visitors. Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior, joins us to discuss what shutdowns mean for our public lands.

 

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White House Confronts Climate Deniers

 

Some skeptical pundits have used the recent deep cold snap to suggest that climate change isn’t real. White House Science Advisor John Holdren says not so fast.

 

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Climate Departure Date

 

A group of scientists at the University of Hawaii have figured out a way to project when the climate at a given location will move outside the range of anything we’ve known in modern times. It’s sooner then you think.

 

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Ancient Underwater Forest in the Gulf of Mexico

 

Sixty feet beneath the water off the coast of Alabama is a forest of cypress trees that is more than 50,000 years old.

 

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Defending Public Lands

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) is the newly-named chair for the powerful House Natural Resources Committee. He joins us to talk about his plans for the committee and his determination to address climate change, protect public lands, and bring science back to federal agency decisions.

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Youth Activists Call for a Minnesota Green New Deal

A nationwide Green New Deal isn’t coming fast enough for a group of young Minnesotan activists. They’re working with Governor Tim Walz (D-MN) to get the state to move away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy. One of these activists, Lia Harel, joins us to talk about her group’s vision.

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Brazil’s President Targets Amazon

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s newly-elected President, has shifted regulation of traditional indigenous land in the Amazon to the country’s development-friendly agricultural ministry. Dan Nepstad, Founder and President of the Earth Innovation Institute, joins us to talk about what this means for the Amazon lands and the indigenous people who live there.

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This Week’s Show
January 18, 2019
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Defending Public Lands

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) is the newly-named chair for the powerful House Natural Resources Committee. He joins us to talk about his plans for the committee and his determination to address climate change, protect public lands, and bring science back to federal agency decisions.

Beyond the Headlines

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Peter Dykstra joins us to take a look at the Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s pledge to go coal-free in the next ten years. We also discuss Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and his protection of the Everglades. Then, we take a trip back to the EPA’s creation of the Citizen’s Right to Know list.

Ocean Warming Speeding Up

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A study published in the journal Science finds ocean warming is happening at a rate 40% higher than the findings of a 2013 IPCC report. Faster warming leads to rising seas, intense droughts, and bigger storms. Kevin Trenberth, Distinguished Senior Scientist for the National Center for Atmospheric Research joins us to talk about these warming waters.

Youth Activists Call for a Minnesota Green New Deal

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A nationwide Green New Deal isn’t coming fast enough for a group of young Minnesotan activists. They’re working with Governor Tim Walz (D-MN) to get the state to move away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy. One of these activists, Lia Harel, joins us to talk about her group’s vision.

Brazil’s President Targets Amazon

listen / download
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s newly-elected President, has shifted regulation of traditional indigenous land in the Amazon to the country’s development-friendly agricultural ministry. Dan Nepstad, Founder and President of the Earth Innovation Institute, joins us to talk about what this means for the Amazon lands and the indigenous people who live there.

An Amazon Tribe Turns to Modern Technology to Save Their Trees

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In Brazil’s Southwest Amazon region, the Surui tribe is turning to modern technology to save their forest, culture, and perhaps the planet’s climate. The Surui people have preserved their forest for millennia, and in recent years they embarked on a plan to protect it in the future. We check back in on how that effort is going.


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

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