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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

[Broadcast] All We Can Save, Arctic Sea Ice Overdue, Fall Gardening Tips, and more

10/30/2020
Arctic Sea Ice Overdue / Beyond the Headlines / All We Can Save / How Wildfires Benefit Wildlife / Remembering Mario Molina / Fall Gardening Tips An influential new collection of essays seeks to elevate women's voices in the climate movement and makes a strong case that diversity and inclusion are fundamental to addressing the climate crisis. Also, after record heat in the far north this summer, Arctic sea ice is unusually late to re-form this year. What this delay could mean for the...

Duration:00:51:26

[Broadcast] Climate and the Elections, Melting Ice and Rising Seas, Overcoming Climate Anxiety, Hiking in Six-Inch Heels and more

10/23/2020
Environmental Justice Debated / Climate and Senate Races in North Carolina and Georgia / Rapid Ice Melt and Rising Seas / Overcoming Climate Anxiety / Beyond the Headlines / Hiking in 6-Inch Heels The final presidential debate and US Senate races in North Carolina and Georgia underscore the growing climate concerns of voters. The Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are melting at alarming rates thanks to climate change, and will continue to do so for decades even if the Paris Climate...

Duration:00:51:31

[Broadcast] EPA Devalues Science, China Leads on Climate, Prairie Senate Races Show Climate Divide, and more

10/16/2020
Prairie Senate Races Show Climate Divide / Beyond the Headlines / Note on Emerging Science: Puffins Use Tools / China Leads on Climate / California's Electric Vehicle Future / EPA Devalues Science To Downplay Chemical Risk / BirdNote®: October Migrants / Urban Farming During COVID Studies show that children exposed in utero to the pesticide chlorpyrifos suffer brain damage. But in a new risk assessment the EPA is claiming that data is "inconclusive" because it protects the identities of...

Duration:00:51:28

[Broadcast] Amy Coney Barrett and Environmental Law, VP Debate on Climate, Endurance Against Tough Odds, and more

10/9/2020
Judge Barrett and Environmental Law / Vice Presidential Debate on Climate / The Environment in Western Senate Races / Climate Change Disrupts Major Transportation Corridor / Beyond the Headlines / Enduring Against Seemingly Impossible Odds Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is a textualist who tends to interpret the law narrowly, meaning that if she is confirmed, she would generally rule against innovative environmental advocacy legislation. Also, Vice President Mike Pence and...

Duration:00:51:35

[Broadcast] Maine Senate Race and the Environment, John Kerry Cochairs Biden Climate Plan, Beavers Return to England, and more

10/2/2020
Maine Senate Race and the Environment / BirdNote®: Swallows on Wires / Climate on Chaotic Debate Stage / John Kerry Cochairs Biden Climate Plan / Black Lung and COVID-19 / Scylla and Charybdis on the Zambezi River / Beavers Return to England One of the key races in the 2020 elections is for the US Senate in Maine, where the environment is consistently rated as a priority issue for voters. Incumbent Senator Susan Collins is known for having a strong environmental record compared to her...

Duration:00:51:04

[Broadcast] Southern Senate Candidates on Climate, A Win for Tribal Sovereignty, RBG and Environmental Law, and more

9/25/2020
Key Southern US Senate Races and the Climate / Beyond the Headlines / A Win for Native American Sovereignty / BirdNote®: Eastern Whip-Poor-Will - Bird of the Night Side of the Woods / Megafire Hard Times / Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Environment Climate and the environment are controversial subjects in several closely-watched US Senate races in the South this fall. The South faces significant climate impacts, and residents are concerned, but candidates are taking low key approaches to the...

Duration:00:51:50

[Broadcast] Black and Latinx Voters Lean Green, World's Largest Wetlands on Fire, Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land, and more

9/18/2020
Black & Latinx Voters Lean Green / Beyond the Headlines / World's Largest Wetlands on Fire / BirdNote®: Thick-Billed Euphonia: Deceitful Mimic / Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land As wildfires blaze across the West Coast of the U.S., Brazil grapples with its own fires in its massive Pantanal wetlands, the largest in the world, and in the Amazon rainforest. Also, every four years a 6,000-mile marathon run called Peace and Dignity Journeys unites...

Duration:00:51:50

[Broadcast] Taming Wildfire, Firefighting Women Hotshots, Cutting Carbon for Healthier Kids, and more

9/11/2020
Mastering Fire with Fire / Women Hotshot Firefighters / Wetlands Mitigate Hurricane Damage / Millions of Americans Lack Clean, Affordable Water / Beyond the Headlines / BirdNote®: New Zealand's Kakapo / Cutting Carbon for Healthier Kids Fires are inevitable in much of the West due to the region's ecology, but devasting megafires aren't. How fire itself can be used as a tool to manage wildfires and keep communities safe. Also, stories of the first women "hotshot" firefighters who led...

Duration:00:51:32

[Broadcast] Eating More Organic Foods May Mean Less Cancer, Health Problems Associated with Black Hair Care Products, Treating Sewage to Remove Hormones, and more

9/4/2020
More Organics, Less Cancer / FaceTime: Bumblebees / Toxic Black Hair Products / Getting Hormones Out of Wastewater / HBO's "Ice On Fire" Offers Climate Solutions A major study finds a significant reduction in the risk of breast cancer and lymphoma among high consumers of organic food. Also, Black women in America commonly use hair relaxers and leave-in conditioners to straighten and smooth their textured hair. But many of these products contain hormone-disrupting chemicals, linked with...

Duration:00:52:12

[Broadcast] RNC On The Environment, Saving West Africa’s Last Rainforest, and Container Farming in the City

8/28/2020
Republican National Convention / Container Farming in the City / Saving West Africa's Last Rainforest Climate change was barely mentioned at the 2020 Republican National Convention but President Trump did brag of rolling back environmental regulations. Also, when an oil palm development in the poor West African country of Liberia uprooted indigenous communities, destroying their religious shrines and burial grounds, lawyer Alfred Brownell jumped into action. He was able to get the...

Duration:00:52:37

[Broadcast] Democrats Talk Climate at a Virtual Convention, Water Ranching in Mexico, Underland: A Deep Time Journey, and more

8/21/2020
Democratic National Convention / "Hadestown" Brings Climate Change To Broadway / Underland: A Deep Time Journey / Water Ranching in Mexico The 2020 Democratic National Convention featured voices from all across the country, some of whom highlighted climate change as a key concern for this election. But climate change appeared to take a backseat to other issues facing the nation. Also, for a couple of months each year, seasonal monsoons try to quench the thirst of the desert Southwest,...

Duration:00:53:21

[Broadcast] Kamala Harris and Environmental Justice, Healthy People Equal Healthy Forests, Cloning Giant Sequoias, and more

8/14/2020
Kamala Harris and Environmental Justice / Healthy People Equal Healthy Forests / Forests of Rain / Note on Emerging Science: Plastic-Eating Mushrooms / Cloning Giant Sequoias / 'Forest Bathing' for Health Former Vice President Joe Biden's choice of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate made history and highlighted the campaign's focus on environmental justice. Also, for many of those living in and near tropical forests, one of the only ways to get cash to pay for healthcare is by...

Duration:00:52:11

[Broadcast] The Great American Outdoors Act, Fishing Fleet Threatens the Galapagos, Healthy Buildings Boost Productivity, and more

8/7/2020
Bi-Partisan Victory for Great American Outdoors Act / Funding the National Parks, Finally / Beyond the Headlines / Fishing Fleet Threatens the Galapagos / BirdNote®: What Do Desert Birds Drink? / Healthy Buildings Boost Productivity / Trying to Train Crows For years national parks and public lands in the United States have been severely underfunded. The Great American Outdoors Act is set to help turn that around, with billions of dollars to address maintenance backlogs and support new...

Duration:00:51:24

[Broadcast] Systemic Racism and Green Groups, Race and the Nature Gap, Saving Forests Could Save Us From Diseases, and more

7/31/2020
Saving Forests Could Save Us from Diseases / Beyond the Headlines / Race and the Nature Gap / Parktracks: Sounds of the Kiowa Nation Buffalo Songs / Systemic Racism and Green Groups The environmental movement in America has deep ties to the nation's history of systemic racism and white supremacy. Now, as Americans confront racial injustice, powerful green groups like the Sierra Club are beginning to reckon with their own histories of hate and exclusion. Also, Americans of color...

Duration:00:51:53

Extended Version: The Sirens of Mars

7/29/2020
The search for life elsewhere in the Universe is focused now on Mars, our closest planetary neighbor, with the Perseverance mission planned to launch sometime between the end of July and the middle of August. Astrobiologist Sarah Stewart Johnson is a Georgetown associate professor and NASA scientist who has spent her career searching for answers to these questions. Her book Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World captures the intersection between planetary science and her life's...

Duration:00:35:59

[Broadcast] Trump Rolls Back Nat’l Enviro Policy Act, "Goatscaping" for Chemical-Free Weed Control, Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay, and more

7/24/2020
Trump Rolls Back National Enviro Policy Act / Beyond the Headlines / "Goatscaping" for Chemical-Free Weed Control / Farmland Losing to Development / Crab-Eater Seals Take a Break / Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Blue Jay The Trump Administration has rolled back rules for a 50-year-old bedrock environmental law that requires careful study of possible impacts from major infrastructure projects. Also, a herd of hungry goats will happily mow down invasive blackberries,...

Duration:00:51:44

[Broadcast] New Frontiers in Space, from Mars to Clean Energy to Animal Tracking; and more

7/17/2020
Climate Disinformation on Facebook / Beyond the Headlines / Tracking Migratory Species from Space / Clean Energy in Space to Save Planet Earth / The Sirens of Mars The Mars Perseverance Rover is set to leave Earth in late July or early August with the mission of helping to find out if there is evidence of past or present life on Mars. We'll talk with an astrobiologist who is part of the mission team and also the author of the new book, "Sirens of Mars". Also, with an historic SpaceX...

Duration:00:51:35

Extended Version: Jane Goodall on 60+ Years of Conservation and Research

7/15/2020
The iconic Jane Goodall has spent her life advocating for the conservation of the natural world. Sixty years ago on July 14th, 1960, Jane arrived in what is now Gombe National Park, Tanzania, to begin her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees. In this extended interview version, Jane Goodall joins Steve Curwood to discuss her career studying chimps, the work her organization is doing now, what we can learn about our relationship with the natural world from the current pandemic, and much...

Duration:00:26:13

Democratic Climate Action Plan

7/13/2020
House Democrats on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis have released a massive climate action plan that aims to end carbon pollution and build new clean energy and transportation systems, while also helping communities adapt to climate disruption. Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor (D-FL) joins Steve Curwood to discuss what the plan means for environmental policy and environmental justice communities moving forward. And as tickborne diseases like Lyme disease...

Duration:00:24:06

[Broadcast] Jane Goodall on 60+ Years of Conservation and Research, House Dems Climate Action Plan, and more

7/10/2020
Democratic Climate Action Plan / Beyond the Headlines / Guinea Fowl and Tick Control / BirdNote®: The Paradise-Whydah / Jane Goodall On 60+ Years of Conservation And Research The iconic Jane Goodall has spent her life advocating for the conservation of the natural world. Sixty years ago on July 14th, 1960, Jane arrived in what is now Gombe National Park, Tanzania, to begin her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees. She joins Living on Earth to discuss her career studying chimps, the work...

Duration:00:51:17