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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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Romance and Spring Harvest At Paradise Lot

 

For most gardeners, springtime means a few seedlings on a window sill. But for perennial gardeners spring is a time of harvest. The new book, Paradise Lot, is a personal and heartwarming account of finding romance and growing a permaculture food forest on a degraded backyard plot in a gritty neighborhood of Holyoke, MA.

 

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Solar Powered Ship

 

The world’s largest solar powered boat made history by circumnavigating the globe. The ship is now busy in the Atlantic collecting data about the Gulf Stream.

 

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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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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 Citizen Science Project

 

The Rufous hummingbird follows the Rocky Mountains to migrate from Alaska to Mexico (Photo: Diana Douglas for Hummingbirds at Home).

 

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Beyond the Headlines

 

Peter Dykstra of the Daily Climate and Environmental Health News brings us some far-flung environmental stories from this past week that didn’t make the headlines. This week: salt intrusion in Bangladesh and rare earth mining in Greenland.

 

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Otters and Climate Change

 

Sea Otters are known for their playful demeanor and cuddly appearance, but scientists at the University of California at Santa Cruz think that the cuddly creatures could help reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. (Photo: Imtiaz333 Flickr Creative Commons)

 

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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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California's Water Crisis

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.

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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

listen / download
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

listen / download
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

listen / download
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

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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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