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Conserving the Dark

 

In a world flooded with artificial night, a clear view of the night sky has become increasingly rare, but a National Park Service team is working to reduce light pollution in and around parks to make sure that people can always find a place to see the stars. Emmett Fitzgerald joins one of the rangers for a night walk through Utah’s Arches National Park.

 

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In a world flooded with artificial night, a clear view of the night sky has become increasingly rare, but a National Park Service team is working to reduce light pollution in and around parks to make sure that people can always find a place to see the stars. Emmett Fitzgerald joins one of the rangers for a night walk through Utah’s Arches National Park.

The End of Night

 

Humans have always had a primal fear of the dark, but the advent of electric light in the late 19th century brought the developed world control over the night. But with an explosion of light pollution blocking out the natural night sky in much of the world, and writer Paul Bogard says we may have gone too far.

 

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Kittiwake: A Life on the Edge

 

Iceland is a volcanic country lashed by the North Atlantic. Still, writer Mark Seth Lender finds Black-legged Kittiwake daring to nest on inhospitable cliffs, and to hunt for fish in the tumultuous waves.

 

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Boston's Not-So-Dirty Water

 

Years of pollution and waste dumping earned Boston harbor its infamous title as America’s filthiest harbor, but heavy cleanup efforts have turned it into an environmental success story, of which Deer Island’s state-of-the-art Treatment Plant played a key role.

 

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Flint, A Poster Child for Environmental Racism

 

The case of Flint, Michigan’s lead poisoning and water crisis is a blatant example in a long history of environmental injustice in the United States, and as Prof. Robert Bullard, the “father of environmental justice” says, racism and classism often contribute to incidents like these and slow governmental responses.

 

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Planting the Seeds for Women Farmers

 

Women are increasingly joining the "back to the land" and local food movements as farmers. We spoke with one woman farmer who has written a detailed handbook for anyone who would like to start farming, with special hints for women and anyone who seeks sustainable and back-saving approaches to the rigors and joys of tending life on good dirt.

 

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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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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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Trout Are Speaking

 

Commentator Mark Seth Lender contemplates the rainbow trout.

 

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Climate Change Threatens Trillions Worth of Financial Assets

A new study from the London School of Economics finds that once more investors factor the risks of climate change, the present value of a broad range of stocks and other financial assets could drop 2.5 trillion dollars, or even much, much more.

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The End of Night

Humans have always had a primal fear of the dark, but the advent of electric light in the late 19th century brought the developed world control over the night. But with an explosion of light pollution blocking out the natural night sky in much of the world, and writer Paul Bogard says we may have gone too far.

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A Prayer to Share Earth as a Commons

Jesuit Priest Al Fritsch has long called for “Earth Healing” through his website and his work with advocacy groups in the nation’s capitol and in rural Kentucky. Now, he’s using his chemistry background to lead his parish in discussions about Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical.

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This Week’s Show
August 19, 2016
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Climate Change Threatens Trillions Worth of Financial Assets

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A new study from the London School of Economics finds that once more investors factor the risks of climate change, the present value of a broad range of stocks and other financial assets could drop 2.5 trillion dollars, or even much, much more.

I Feel the Earth Move

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Climate change is doing more than melting ice sheets: it’s actually changing the Earth’s rotation. The wobble is minor, so the Earth itself is not necessarily going to spin out of control — though the same can’t be said for the climate.

The End of Night

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Humans have always had a primal fear of the dark, but the advent of electric light in the late 19th century brought the developed world control over the night. But with an explosion of light pollution blocking out the natural night sky in much of the world, and writer Paul Bogard says we may have gone too far.

Conserving the Dark

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In a world flooded with artificial night, a clear view of the night sky has become increasingly rare, but a National Park Service team is working to reduce light pollution in and around parks to make sure that people can always find a place to see the stars. Emmett Fitzgerald joins one of the rangers for a night walk through Utah’s Arches National Park.

The Night Bird

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Most songbirds sing during the daylight hours, but it’s the Eastern Whip-poor-will that comes alive as the sun sets. BirdNote’s Michael Stein reads Henry David Thoreau’s account of the lovely nightjar bird’s song and notes how habitat loss is causing the population’s decline.

A Prayer to Share Earth as a Commons

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Jesuit Priest Al Fritsch has long called for “Earth Healing” through his website and his work with advocacy groups in the nation’s capitol and in rural Kentucky. Now, he’s using his chemistry background to lead his parish in discussions about Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical.


Special Features

A River Town in Transition

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Wrangell, Alaska is a small, isolated town at the mouth of the mighty Stikine River and a former a timber capital. But since the saw mills shut down in the ‘90s, the small town has reinvented itself as a tourist destination and a commercial fishing hub. Since both of these industries are dependent on the Stikine, some locals worry that a mining development upriver could put the whole town’s livelihood at risk.
Blog Series: Alaskan River Riches

Cowee, North Carolina

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Living on Earth is giving a voice to Orion magazine’s longtime feature in which people write about the place they call home. In this week’s edition, songwriter Angela-Faye Martin uses her words and music to picture her North Carolina valley on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Blog Series: The Place Where You Live


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...Ultimately, if we are going prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we are going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them...

-- President Barack Obama, November 6, 2015 on why he declined to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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