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As the planet we call home faces a climate emergency, Living on Earth is your go-to source for the latest coverage of climate change, ecology, and human health. Hosted by Steve Curwood and brought to you by PRX.

As the planet we call home faces a climate emergency, Living on Earth is your go-to source for the latest coverage of climate change, ecology, and human health. Hosted by Steve Curwood and brought to you by PRX.

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Cambridge, MA

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As the planet we call home faces a climate emergency, Living on Earth is your go-to source for the latest coverage of climate change, ecology, and human health. Hosted by Steve Curwood and brought to you by PRX.

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English

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[Broadcast] Siberian Heat Wave, GMO Mosquitoes, Dancing With Bees: A Journey Back to Nature, and more

7/3/2020
Siberian Heat Wave / Beyond the Headlines / EPA Approves GMO Mosquito Trials / Court Finds EPA Violated Pesticide Safety Procedures / Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature The town of Verkhoyansk, Siberia recently hit a record-high temperature of 100.4º F, though it is well north of the Arctic Circle. Why the Far North is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and the implications of this for the rest of the world. Also, EPA has given biotech company Oxitec the go-ahead...

Duration:00:51:29

A Texas Town Refuses Fracking Expansion

7/1/2020
The City Council of Arlington, Texas has taken a historic stand by refusing to expand a fracking complex located next to a preschool that serves primarily Black and Latino children. Also, eye contact can be powerful, a knowing look exchanged between beings. And for Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence, Mark Seth Lender, nothing compares to catching the eye of a wild elephant. LEARN MORE about these stories and everything in our decades of archives at loe.org. We've got audio,...

Duration:00:19:44

Bill McKibben on the Divestment Movement

6/29/2020
Harvard is one of the latest in a series of wealthy institutions around the world announcing steps towards pulling their investments in the fossil fuel industry. But Harvard's announcement has been called too little, too late. Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature" and cofounder of 350.org, reflects on what the divestment movement has achieved so far and how it all began. Also, why racial justice goes hand in hand with the fight for a cleaner environment, and the big takeaways that the...

Duration:00:26:43

[Broadcast] Bill McKibben on the Divestment Movement, A Texas Town Refuses Fracking Expansion, and more

6/26/2020
A Texas Town Refuses Fracking Expansion / Beyond the Headlines / Bill McKibben on the Divestment Movement / Eye Contact with a Wild Elephant / BirdNote®: Salmonberry Bird The fossil fuel divestment movement is making inroads at major institutions, including Ivy League schools, massive pension funds and more. Author and climate activist Bill McKibben reflects on what the divestment movement has achieved so far and how it all began. Also, why racial justice goes hand in hand with the fight...

Duration:00:51:50

How Systemic Racism Exposes Black Americans to Pollution and Extreme Heat

6/24/2020
Systemic racism has set Black Americans up for far greater exposure to pollution, and extreme heat brought by climate change. Both environmental concerns have been primarily caused and exacerbated by white Americans, yet it's Black communities that bear the brunt of the harm. Also, some stereotypes about who can be "outdoorsy" can leave people of color out. So environmental educator CJ Goulding actively and creatively works to encourage young people of color to feel that they belong in...

Duration:00:25:54

Juneteenth and African Foodways + Farming While Black

6/22/2020
African Americans celebrate their ancestors' emancipation from slavery on June 19th, a holiday known as Juneteenth. On that day, families gather to picnic and cook out. The voyage from Africa isn't often on people's minds, but it is in their stomachs, by way of the foodways from across the Atlantic. Also, Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York is dedicated to not only growing food, but also cultivating environmental, racial and food justice. Its ten black, brown and Jewish farmers aim to...

Duration:00:25:22

[Broadcast] Celebrating Juneteenth, Farming While Black and more

6/19/2020
Juneteenth and African Foodways / The Racial Gap of Pollution Responsibility / Redlined Real Estate & Extreme Urban Heat / Why I Wear Jordans in the Great Outdoors / Farming While Black: A Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land June 19th marks the holiday known as Juneteenth, when African Americans gather to celebrate emancipation of ancestors from slavery with picnics and cook outs. The voyage from Africa isn't often on people's minds, but it is in their stomachs, by way of the...

Duration:00:51:48

COVID-19 and Healthy Buildings + Pandemic Reduces Rhino Poaching

6/17/2020
The pandemic continues to spread, with over 7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide by June 12, and research has shown that much of this spread has happened indoors. What we can do in our own homes, buildings, and even cars to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. Also, more than 80 percent of the world's African rhino population lives in South Africa, making the country the epicenter of the rhino poaching world. Though the number of rhinos killed has steadily decreased since...

Duration:00:18:36

Climate Loss and Damage from Big Oil + Lyme Disease Risk in City Parks

6/15/2020
Several coastal counties and cities in California are suing Big Oil to seek compensation for the steep costs of adapting to sea level rise. Now the litigation is one step closer to trial. Also, people in cities have been relying on parks for a dose of fresh air during the pandemic, but lurking in the leaf litter and elsewhere in the park might be the tiny ticks infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. LEARN MORE about these stories and everything in our decades of archives...

Duration:00:25:05

[Broadcast] Racial Justice and Eco Health, COVID-19 and Healthy Buildings, Climate Loss and Damage from Big Oil, and more

6/12/2020
Race and Environmental Justice / Beyond the Headlines / COVID-19 and Healthy Buildings / Red-Billed Oxpeckers and Black Rhinos / Coronavirus Reduces Rhino Poaching / Climate Liability Cases Seek Big Damages from Big Oil / Lyme Disease Risk is High in City Parks, Too Environmental pollution and exposure to climate risks like heat waves are closely linked with systemic racism. Yet national environmental organizations have long sidelined Black organizers working for environmental...

Duration:00:51:07

Border Wall Threatens Sacred Lands; and Reopening National Parks

6/10/2020
The Tohono O'odham Nation has been confined to a tiny fraction of the lands it once held in the desert Southwest. Now the Trump Administration's border wall expansion threatens to further damage and restrict their access to sacred and archeological sites. Also, during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, most National Parks closed their doors to visitors, allowing wildlife including bears, pronghorn, and desert tortoises to venture into usually-crowded areas of the parks. As parks gradually...

Duration:00:16:52

Poetry of "The Park", and #BlackBirdersWeek

6/8/2020
Now more than ever, public parks are providing some relief for those self-isolating in cities. But some have been closed for fear of overcrowding and even without a pandemic, some public spaces may not be truly open to all. A new book of poetry called "The Park" uses the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris as a lens to peer into inequality and exclusion. Also, in the wake of a confrontation and false accusation against Black birder Christian Cooper by a white dog walker he confronted in New York...

Duration:00:29:20

[Broadcast] #BlackBirdersWeek, Border Wall Threatens Sacred Lands, and Poetry of "The Park"

6/5/2020
#BlackBirdersWeek / Beyond the Headlines / Border Wall Threatens Sacred Native Lands / Reopening National Parks / Poetry of "The Park" A group of Black scientists, birders, and nature enthusiasts recently convened on social media to create the first ever Black Birders Week. It's giving a voice to birders of color everywhere, who face prejudicial suspicion and policing while pursuing their passion. Also, the Tohono O'odham Nation has been confined to a tiny fraction of the lands it once...

Duration:00:51:25

Outdoor Learning Safer in the Pandemic + "The Pear Tree"

6/3/2020
As some schools and pre-schools prepare to reopen, educators are considering the health and educational benefits of outdoor learning to help lower the risk of Covid-19 transmission. In Scotland, nature-based preschools were already popular before the pandemic. Also, writer Jennifer Berry reflects on the wonders of a pear tree from her pre-pandemic life. Warblers, mockingbirds, and cedar waxwings are just a few of the creatures that find a feast in an old yet fruitful pear tree. LEARN...

Duration:00:14:35

Lulu Miller on "Why Fish Don't Exist"

6/1/2020
Lulu Miller of NPR's "Invisibilia" joins Host Steve Curwood to discuss her new book, "Why Fish Don't Exist", which follows the astonishing story of fish scientist David Starr Jordan. He discovered thousands of new fish species around 1900, and kept going even as he faced repeated disasters that threatened to obliterate his life's work. But his stubborn optimism had a dark side. LEARN MORE about these stories and everything in our decades of archives at loe.org. We've got audio,...

Duration:00:17:12

[Broadcast] Hurricanes and Covid-19, Outdoor Learning Safer In the Pandemic, Why Fish Don't Exist, and more

5/29/2020
Hurricanes and COVID-19 / Beyond the Headlines / Outdoor Learning Safer in the Pandemic / The Pear Tree / Climate and Marine Disease / Why Fish Don't Exist The year 2020 could be the warmest ever and its Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be busier than average. The US may face three or more extremely dangerous storms at a time when FEMA is already swamped with pandemic relief and working through a backlog from other natural disasters throughout the country. Also, as some...

Duration:00:51:46

Backyard Tigers in America + The Lion in the Living Room

5/27/2020
Private ownership of big cats is completely legal in several US states. In fact, experts estimate more tigers live in captivity in the United States than remain in the wild. Bobby Bascomb speaks with investigative journalist Rachel Nuwer, host of the podcast "Cat People", about the exotic predators living in roadside zoos and backyards. Also, America is a nation of cat-lovers, but the reality is that they don't always bother to love us back. They don't need to, as we provide for them...

Duration:00:26:29

Animal City: The Domestication of America

5/25/2020
American cities were once home to large numbers of livestock: cows grazing Boston Common, pigs roaming through what's now downtown Manhattan. Then the nineteenth century brought cultural change and reform, and a new relationship with animals. The history of this transformation is the focus of Animal City: The Domestication of America by environmental historian Andrew Robichaud, who spoke with Living on Earth's Jenni Doering. LEARN MORE about these stories and everything in our decades...

Duration:00:19:15

[Broadcast] Joe Biden's Climate Task Force, Backyard Tigers in America, Animal City: The Domestication of America, and more

5/22/2020
Democrats Launch Climate Change Task Force / Beyond the Headlines / Backyard Tigers in America / The Farmer The Grain The Miller The Sea / Animal City: The Domestication of America Former Vice President Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee following Senator Bernie Sanders' April departure from the race. Despite stark ideological differences, the two have formed several unity task forces on topics ranging from immigration to climate change. Also, more tigers live...

Duration:00:51:20

Tips for Tackling Food Waste and Low-Waste Living

5/20/2020
Long before the COVID-19 disruptions forced dairy farmers to dump swimming pool quantities of milk into fields, a third of all food produced was going to waste. That waste has huge consequences for hunger and the climate, but it's also a major opportunity to reduce food waste, feed the hungry, save money and reduce carbon emissions. Also, sustainable living can be as much about returning to old, thrifty traditions as it is about innovative technologies. How to make your own food scrap...

Duration:00:22:02