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Exxon Sued Over Climate Risks of Storage
Sea level rise and intensifying storms put coastal homes and ecosystems at risk from a number of dangers, including disastrous industrial spills. The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has won the right to take ExxonMobil to trial over the alleged vulnerability of the company’s Boston Harbor storage facility. CLF President Brad Campbell talks about storm-induced spills from storage tanks, and the threat they pose to local communities and the fragile Boston harbor ecosystem.
Beyond The Headlines
Looking Beyond the Headlines, Peter Dykstra and Steve Curwood note Norway has decided against drilling in the oil-rich Lofoten Islands. But in Florida, President Trump pushes for offshore oil and gas drilling. Finally, they look back to President Richard Nixon’s environmental policies including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in light of President Trump’s attempts to weaken NEPA.
Earth Day Checkup
April 22nd, 1970 was the first ever Earth Day, and since then, much has been done to clean up our environment, in the U.S. and around the globe. But the earth isn’t curbing carbon emissions fast enough, and the leadership that the U.S. once showed on the climate change has almost vanished. Jonathan Pershing led the U.S. delegation to the UN climate talks during the Obama Administration. He discusses the current global outlook for addressing climate disruption.
BirdNote®: What’s Your State Bird?
Typically, state birds are among the more common species in a state, but Hawaii’s endangered Nene goose is an exception. As BirdNote®’s Mary McCann reports, in some cases, state birds aren’t even native to the North American continent.
Prepping for the City Nature Challenge
The City Nature Challenge is an international bioblitz – a brief, intensive survey of biodiversity over a set area and time. With a handy smartphone app, anyone can participate by cataloging the nature in their neighborhoods. The Boston BioBlitz Initiative for Girls took a trip out to Thompson Island in Boston Harbor to practice their observational skills as they get ready for the competition.
Exploring the Parks: Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
In the remote wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula, Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve stands as one of the least-traveled U.S. National Parks. Officially proclaimed a national monument and preserve in 1978, Aniakchak is always open to visitors, with no amenities, no cell service, and no park rangers -- hence its slogan, “No lines, no waiting!” Chris Solomon, who wrote about Aniakchak for Outside magazine, describes his experience there among the grizzly bears and volcanism.
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