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Unprecedented New England Pipeline Proposal

 

The New England region has seen spikes in energy prices during the winter, and its governors are entertaining Kinder Morgan’s natural gas Northeast Energy Direct pipeline to mitigate the issue. However, many argue that energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy market reforms could solve the problem without a new pipeline and an unorthodox tax to pay for it.

 

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Hottest June Ever

 

June 2014 was been the hottest on record, helping cause extreme drought and wildfires in the west. Living on Earth’s Emmett Fitzgerald reports on the drought, and the prospects for relief from the weather pattern known as el Nino.

 

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The Great Lakes and Climate Change

 

In the last 30 years the largest fresh water lake in the world in terms of surface area, Lake Superior, has warmed nearly six degrees Fahrenheight. The increased temperature is a boon to some fish but warmer water is also more suitable for some species.

 

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White House Confronts Climate Deniers

 

Some skeptical pundits have used the recent deep cold snap to suggest that climate change isn’t real. White House Science Advisor John Holdren says not so fast.

 

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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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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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Deepwater Disaster Three Years On

 

Just three years ago, the Deep Water Horizon oil spill poured 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Now, a team of chemists, engineers, and biologists is attempting to assess the damage to the Gulf ecosystem.

 

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Nicaraguan Canal

 

The first ships sailed down the Panama Canal in 1914. Now, nearly one hundred years later, Nicaragua has an agreement with a Chinese company to build a canal of its own to link the Pacific and Atlantic. (photo: Tim Rogers)

 

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Hottest June Ever

June 2014 was been the hottest on record, helping cause extreme drought and wildfires in the west. Living on Earth’s Emmett Fitzgerald reports on the drought, and the prospects for relief from the weather pattern known as el Nino.

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The Collapse of Western Civilization

Naomi Oreskes of Harvard and Erik Conway of CalTech are science historians. In their new book, The Collapse of Western Civilization, they turn to science fiction to show how failure to act on climate change could result in world destruction. Oreskes joined host us to discuss issues raised in the book, including climate science, democracy and the free market.

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Pennsylvania's Complicated Groundwater Contamination

In places in Pennsylvania, well water is unfit to drink, polluted with iron and manganese, but the source of the contamination is complex. Reid Frazier of the Allegheny Front reports that fracking, coal mining, and natural methane formations in the ground combine to muddle the picture.

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This Week’s Show
July 25, 2014
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Hottest June Ever

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June 2014 was been the hottest on record, helping cause extreme drought and wildfires in the west. Living on Earth’s Emmett Fitzgerald reports on the drought, and the prospects for relief from the weather pattern known as el Nino.

California's Water Crisis

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The drought in California is hitting the state’s agricultural economy hard. To deal with the water shortages, farmers are carefully selecting which crops they plant and pulling up California’s precious groundwater. But that can only last for so long.

Pennsylvania's Complicated Groundwater Contamination

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In places in Pennsylvania, well water is unfit to drink, polluted with iron and manganese, but the source of the contamination is complex. Reid Frazier of the Allegheny Front reports that fracking, coal mining, and natural methane formations in the ground combine to muddle the picture.

Unprecedented New England Pipeline Proposal

listen / download
The New England region has seen spikes in energy prices during the winter, and its governors are entertaining Kinder Morgan’s natural gas Northeast Energy Direct pipeline to mitigate the issue. However, many argue that energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy market reforms could solve the problem without a new pipeline and an unorthodox tax to pay for it.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week's trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells us about North Indian bandits extorting scarce water from villagers, a Canadian haven for honey bees and the anniversary of Los Angeles’ smog.

The Collapse of Western Civilization

listen / download
Naomi Oreskes of Harvard and Erik Conway of CalTech are science historians. In their new book, The Collapse of Western Civilization, they turn to science fiction to show how failure to act on climate change could result in world destruction. Oreskes joined host us to discuss issues raised in the book, including climate science, democracy and the free market.


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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