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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.

Location:

Cambridge, MA

Networks:

PRI

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

20 Holland Street Suite 408 Somerville, MA 02144-2749 1-800-218-9988


Episodes

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

Christiana Figueres on "The Future We Choose"

5/18/2020
The success of the Paris Climate Agreement took the thoughtful cooperation of all nations of the world and coordination by the UN team led by Christiana Figueres. In her new book "The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis", Figueres shares her personal experience of leading the 2015 Paris talks and outlines key strategies for moving our society towards ecological responsibility. Figueres joined Steve Curwood at a recent "Good Reads on Earth" virtual event to discuss the urgent need...

Duration:00:21:47

[Broadcast] Christiana Figueres on "The Future We Choose"; Tips for Low-Waste Living; Trump Stalls Clean Energy Loans; and more

5/15/2020
Trump Stalls Clean Energy Loans / Beyond the Headlines / World's Largest Parrot: Note on Emerging Science / Food Waste Increase in the Pandemic / Tips for Low-Waste Living / The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis Paris Climate Agreement lead UN diplomat Christiana Figueres recently wrote the book "The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis" and speaks about how making the urgently needed transition away from fossil fuels could also help rebuild economies broken by...

Duration:00:51:30

The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court

5/13/2020
Against long odds, in 2007 the United States Supreme Court decided the case Massachusetts v. EPA in favor of the states and environmental groups that had sought regulation of climate disrupting emissions. The case had enormous implications for environmental law, and it laid the legal groundwork for the Obama administration's climate change policies as well as the global Paris Climate Accord. Harvard Law Professor Richard Lazarus, the author of the new book "The Rule of Five: Making...

Duration:00:31:28

Turning Backyards Into Pollinator Havens

5/11/2020
Spring is in the air, and as insects face sharp declines, it's a great time to plant a pollinator-friendly garden. Also, it's dandelion season and that means Grammy is on the prowl. At age 97 Virginia Dobell relishes picking the lawn-choking weeds and cooking them up for her family. LEARN MORE about these stories and everything in our decades of archives at loe.org. We've got audio, transcripts, links, photos and more! . . . PITCH IN with your tax-deductible contribution at...

Duration:00:16:40

[Broadcast] Coronavirus Shocks US Food System, The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court, and more

5/8/2020
Coronavirus Shocks US Food System / Beyond the Headlines / The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court The coronavirus has disrupted the economy, with grocery shortages and news of massive food dumping some of the most visible effects. Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and other books, on how the pandemic exposes the vulnerabilities in the American food supply. Also, the Supreme Court's 2007 landmark decision in Massachusetts v. EPA requires the...

Duration:00:51:28

Zoos and Aquariums Adapt to the Coronavirus

5/6/2020
With shelter-in-place orders affecting much of the country, zoos, aquariums, and wildlife centers have had to close their doors. Many of these facilities have gone online to continue their mission with virtual visits, exhibit livestreams, and enrichment programs. Zoos and aquariums like the New England Aquarium are also facing the question of how to care for their animals without visitor revenue during the coronavirus shutdown. And Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence, Mark Seth...

Duration:00:17:31

Farmworkers and the Virus

5/4/2020
Migrant farmworkers are considered essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and if they don't continue to tend and harvest the crops that feed America, there will be food shortages. Many face special risks during the pandemic, as they work in crowded conditions and more than half of them are undocumented, with poor access to healthcare and federal aid. We'll hear from a longtime California farmworker about his fears and frustrations about working with little protection in the midst of...

Duration:00:19:41

[Broadcast] Farmworkers and the Virus, Supreme Court Clean Water Win, Zoos and Aquariums Online, and more

5/1/2020
Farmworkers and the Virus / A Migrant Farmworker Shares COVID-19 Fears / Beyond the Headlines / Supreme Court Clean Water Win / Note on Emerging Science: The Days the Earth Stood Still / Zoos and Aquariums Online / Behind the Quarantine at the New England Aquarium / Sap-Iens: Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers Farmworkers are considered essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and without them there will be food shortages. Migrant farmworkers face special risks as more than half of them are...

Duration:00:51:02

Springtime Birding with David Sibley, and more

4/29/2020
A great migration is underway in the northern hemisphere, as migratory birds head north to start a family. Throughout their journeys these long-distance travelers rely on well-stocked pit-stops, like Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, Massachusetts. That's where Host Steve Curwood meets up with ornithologist David Sibley one fine spring morning, to listen to copious birdsong and discuss the second edition of Sibley's popular Guide to Birds. Also, Living on Earth's Explorer...

Duration:00:21:03

A Conversation With Terry Tempest Williams

4/27/2020
Writer Terry Tempest Williams' latest book, "Erosion: Essays of Undoing", grapples with the erosion of democracy, science, compassion, and trust, as her beloved Utah red rock landscape faces oil and gas extraction, and the planet faces destructive warming. At a Good Reads on Earth live event, Williams spoke with Steve Curwood about how science and Native knowledge alike can guide us on a more sustainable path, and why erosion also creates an opportunity for evolution towards a better...

Duration:00:35:37

Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day and Environmental Law, and 30 Years of LOE; and more

4/24/2020
Reflecting on 50 Years of Earth Day / Celebrating 30 Years of 'Living on Earth' / Beyond the Headlines / 50 Years of Environmental Law / Stories and Poetry for Earth Day This year, Earth Day turns 50. And from humble beginnings Earth Day has grown into the world's largest secular holiday, celebrated around the world each year by more than a billion people. Activists, scientists, poets and pastors alike share their reflections for this special Earth Day. 1970 also saw the birth of major...

Duration:00:51:18

The Earth Day Ethos Over the Years

4/22/2020
This year, Earth Day turns 50. And from humble beginnings Earth Day has grown into the world's largest secular holiday, celebrated around the world each year by more than a billion people. Activists, scientists, poets and pastors share their reflections for this special Earth Day, and Host and Executive Producer Steve Curwood reminisces on 30 years of Living on Earth. Also, Vermont Law School Professor Pat Parenteau reflects on the evolution of environmental law over the past 50 years,...

Duration:00:33:43

Earth Day At Fifty

4/20/2020
April 22nd, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, when some 20 million Americans peacefully rallied for protecting the planet. Denis Hayes, coordinator of that very first Earth Day, discusses with Host Steve Curwood how this year's grand Earth Day plans have adapted to the coronavirus disruptions. Earth Day at fifty, and beyond, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX. LEARN MORE about these stories and everything in our decades of archives at loe.org. We've got...

Duration:00:19:47