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Mallardy

 

Much of the habitat on which Mallards and other ducks depend has been taken from them, leaving them in want of food and safety from hunters. Writer Mark Seth Lender observes as iridescent drakes and tawny hens gather, awaiting his arrival, and does what he can to provide for them.

 

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Losing Ground in Louisiana

 

Levees along the Mississippi river and years of oil and gas extraction have led to dramatic erosion, wetlands loss and subsidence along the Louisiana coast. Add sea-level-rise to the equation, and you’ve got America’s biggest land loss crisis.

 

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Australia May Scrap Carbon Tax

 

China is the world’s largest emitter, and much of its coal comes from Australia. With the election of a new Prime Minister, Australia looks set to revoke its carbon tax, leaving many environmentalists worried about their country’s contribution to climate change. (photo: Bigstockphoto.com)

 

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Tibetan Monks Saving Snow Leopards

 

Snow Leopards are among the most endangered of the world’s big cats, but now Tibetan monks are giving the leopard hope. (Camera trap photo of a snow leopard on the Tibetan plateau (photo: Panthera))

 

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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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Jim's Bees

 

Bees have remarkable skills to communicate and create wholesome food from flowers. Yet they can also terrify.

 

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Hummingbirds in the Canyon

 

Watching hummingbirds in Arizona's Madera Canyon gave Mark Seth Lender an up close view of their interactions, and a chance to take spectacular photos.

 

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Nuclear Storage Crisis

 

The meltdown at Fukushima in Japan may be grabbing all the headlines, but with the Yucca Mountain project in perpetual limbo the United States has a nuclear storage problem on its hands as well.

 

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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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Prosecutor Defends Climate Action Civil Disobedience

On May 15, 2013, two Massachusetts climate activists used a lobster boat to block a ship carrying coal from reaching the Brayton Point power plant. With years in prison on the line, District Attorney Samuel Sutter shocked everyone by dropping the criminal charges and declaring climate change one of the gravest crises our world has ever seen.

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Wilderness Act at 50

September 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. American nature writer Jordan Fisher Smith talks about the Wilderness Act and how the concept of wilderness is evolving and paradoxical.

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Organic-Friendly Weed Blaster

Researchers at the USDA have developed new technology to combat weeds on organic farms. The Forcella Weed Blaster is a modified sand blaster that utilizes high-velocity grit to fertilize and weed crop rows simultaneously.

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This Week’s Show
September 12, 2014
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Prosecutor Defends Climate Action Civil Disobedience

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On May 15, 2013, two Massachusetts climate activists used a lobster boat to block a ship carrying coal from reaching the Brayton Point power plant. With years in prison on the line, District Attorney Samuel Sutter shocked everyone by dropping the criminal charges and declaring climate change one of the gravest crises our world has ever seen.

Wilderness Act at 50

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September 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. American nature writer Jordan Fisher Smith talks about the Wilderness Act and how the concept of wilderness is evolving and paradoxical.

A Fight for New Wilderness

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Despite the 1964 Wilderness Act, Congress, local opposition and special interest groups are making it increasingly harder to pass wilderness bills, which would legally protect federal lands from development, but advocates in Southeast Oregon continues to fight for wilderness designation for Owyhee Canyon lands. Cassandra Profita from EarthFix reports.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra speaks about how living near green spaces positively impacts newborns’ health; also how invasive algae rock snot is spreading and journalists are pressuring the Canadian government; and remembering 1999’s Hurricane Floyd and the Hog Waste Crisis.

British Petroleum Guilty of Gross Negligence

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A judge recently ruled that BP acted with gross negligence of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, meaning it may have to pay as much as $18 billion dollars of additional fines. We sat down with Vermont Law School's Peter Parenteau to wade through the legal speak and discuss what the ruling means.

Organic-Friendly Weed Blaster

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Researchers at the USDA have developed new technology to combat weeds on organic farms. The Forcella Weed Blaster is a modified sand blaster that utilizes high-velocity grit to fertilize and weed crop rows simultaneously.

BirdNote® Bushtit - A Very Tiny Songbird

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Mary McCann observes sprightly bushtits as they hang upside-down from branches to feed on insects under leaves and tweet constantly as they fly in flocks of 30 or more from bush to bush.


Special Features

Listener Haikus
To honor Earth Day 2014 we asked you - our listeners - to tap your own creative muse and send us your haiku. The topic could be anything Earth Day inspired. The response was tremendous. In fact, we received more haiku than we could put on the air. Fortunately we can share them with you here.
Blog Series: Living on Earth

Arctic Reveal
Mark Seth Lender makes it to Greenland in his second dispatch from the arctic for Adventure Canada.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender: Farthest North


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