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Democratic Wins And The Environment

 

The blue wave 2018 US midterm elections ushered in a new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and state reps who have strong climate agendas. It also ushered out some climate-denying Republicans. Peter Dykstra discusses who won, who lost and how the environment will fare under this new group of governmental leaders.

 

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The blue wave 2018 US midterm elections ushered in a new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and state reps who have strong climate agendas. It also ushered out some climate-denying Republicans. Peter Dykstra discusses who won, who lost and how the environment will fare under this new group of governmental leaders.

The Place Where You Live: Glacier National Park

 

Software executive and writer Björn Beer describes the breathtaking beauty of Montana’s Glacier National Park and mourns the impending loss of the park's namesakes. It's the latest installment in Living on Earth's collaboration with Orion magazine that gives a voice to Orion's longtime feature in which readers write about the places they call home.

 

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How To Be A Good Creature

 

From tarantulas to octopuses to the dogs and chickens in her own backyard, Sy Montgomery connects with creatures of all walks of life. They are her friends, her family and especially her teachers. In her latest book, How To Be A Good Creature, she reflects on the lessons she’s learned from her furry, feathered and tentacled friends.

 

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Your Health And Fluoride

 

Most public water supplies in the United States add fluoride to reduce tooth decay. But as Brian Bienkowski, Editor of Environmental Health News, explains, recent studies show a correlation between fluoridated drinking water and health problems such ADHD and hypothyroidism, which is linked to weight gain and fatigue.

 

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Brazil To Increase Amazon Deforestation

 

The Brazilian people have chosen Jair Bolsonaro, a conservative candidate, as their next president. Gustavo Faleiros, a former Knight International Journalism Fellow, discusses President-Elect Bolsonaro’s support for mining, agribusiness and the reduction of indigenous rights, all at the expense of Amazon Rainforest protections.

 

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Gaza Water Crisis

 

In the Middle East’s hotly contested Gaza Strip, where three out of four people are refugees, access to electricity is severely limited and a lack of clean drinking water creates health problems among Gaza’s children. Their issues are exacerbated by the long-running conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

 

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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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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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Antarctic Volcano

 

Many scientists are concerned about the impact global warming is having on Antarctica, and now scientists from Washington University in St. Louis have discovered a new kind of threat lurking beneath the vulnerable West Antarctic ice sheet—an active volcano. (Photo: Doug Wiens)

 

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A Blue-Green Wave

The day after the 2018 elections, some of America’s most prominent green organizations gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss their priorities for the new Democratic majority in the House. They laid out plans on oversight of government corruption, EPA rollbacks and areas of the environmental agenda where bipartisanship seems possible.

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Trump Boosts Offshore Wind Power

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who has been embroiled in ethics allegations, recently announced leasing actions for offshore wind power in Massachusetts and soon, in California and Rhode Island. Joe Romm, former Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary under the Clinton Administration, explains the challenges and opportunities for the power source.

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How To Be A Good Creature

From tarantulas to octopuses to the dogs and chickens in her own backyard, Sy Montgomery connects with creatures of all walks of life. They are her friends, her family and especially her teachers. In her latest book, How To Be A Good Creature, she reflects on the lessons she’s learned from her furry, feathered and tentacled friends.

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This Week’s Show
November 9, 2018
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Democratic Wins And The Environment

listen / download
The blue wave 2018 US midterm elections ushered in a new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and state reps who have strong climate agendas. It also ushered out some climate-denying Republicans. Peter Dykstra discusses who won, who lost and how the environment will fare under this new group of governmental leaders.

A Blue-Green Wave

listen / download
The day after the 2018 elections, some of America’s most prominent green organizations gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss their priorities for the new Democratic majority in the House. They laid out plans on oversight of government corruption, EPA rollbacks and areas of the environmental agenda where bipartisanship seems possible.

Trump Boosts Offshore Wind Power

listen / download
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who has been embroiled in ethics allegations, recently announced leasing actions for offshore wind power in Massachusetts and soon, in California and Rhode Island. Joe Romm, former Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary under the Clinton Administration, explains the challenges and opportunities for the power source.

The Place Where You Live: Glacier National Park

listen / download
Software executive and writer Björn Beer describes the breathtaking beauty of Montana’s Glacier National Park and mourns the impending loss of the park's namesakes. It's the latest installment in Living on Earth's collaboration with Orion magazine that gives a voice to Orion's longtime feature in which readers write about the places they call home.

How To Be A Good Creature

listen / download
From tarantulas to octopuses to the dogs and chickens in her own backyard, Sy Montgomery connects with creatures of all walks of life. They are her friends, her family and especially her teachers. In her latest book, How To Be A Good Creature, she reflects on the lessons she’s learned from her furry, feathered and tentacled friends.

BirdNote®: How Free Is A Free-Range Chicken?

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When it comes to buying meat, certifications can be confusing. The term “free-range” chicken sounds good, but what exactly does it mean? If you’re looking for humanely raised poultry, there are a few labels to be aware of.


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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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