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Federal Land Conservation Under Fire

 

Despite the skepticism of legal scholars, the Trump Administration claims it can reverse national monument land protections by drastically shrinking the Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante monuments in Utah. Conservation and Native American groups have sued, saying only Congress can change National Monuments and not the President.

 

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Despite the skepticism of legal scholars, the Trump Administration claims it can reverse national monument land protections by drastically shrinking the Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante monuments in Utah. Conservation and Native American groups have sued, saying only Congress can change National Monuments and not the President.

Dog Lovers Live Longer

 

Having a dog in your household can help you feel loved and valued, and new research from Sweden shows that there can be measurable cardiovascular health benefits as well. And single people appear to benefit most.

 

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The Inner Lives of Fish

 

Aquatic creatures seem so different from us it is easy to think they don’t think. But some fish are actually pretty smart, exhibiting complex social behaviors, navigation skills, and even tool use. Pharmaceutical companies are using zebra fish to develop antidepressants, and fish owners can take steps to keep the fish in their home aquariums happy and healthy.

 

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Congress More Bipartisan on Climate Change

 

The House Climate Solutions Caucus now has 62 members, with equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans. Caucus co-founder and Republican Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo says it’s changing Capitol Hill perspectives about global warming and is already winning some climate-friendly legislation, even if the Trump Administration is standing in the way.

 

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The Tesla Truck

 

Elon Musk’s pioneering electric car company Tesla has introduced its latest creation: an all-electric heavy-duty truck. The big rig’s sleek design and promises of cost-savings have persuaded retailers like Walmart to pre-order the truck for their fleets.

 

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Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution

 

How much evolution is a matter of chance and how much its course is inevitable is up for debate – one that’s elaborated in a new book from evolutionary biologist Jonathan Losos. Examples from different ecosystems show nature’s inventiveness in evolution often turns up similar, but importantly different, solutions. And in our changing world, understanding how evolution works may be essential to human adaptation.

 

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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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Bayou Community Struggles with Sinkhole

 

A huge sinkhole in the tiny swamp community of Bayou Corne is giving residents unique and unpleasant challenges. It is now approximately 20 acres in size.

 

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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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Federal Land Conservation Under Fire

Despite the skepticism of legal scholars, the Trump Administration claims it can reverse national monument land protections by drastically shrinking the Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante monuments in Utah. Conservation and Native American groups have sued, saying only Congress can change National Monuments and not the President.

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Feds Move to Dismiss Youth Climate Suit

A group of 21 youths is suing the US government for its failure to protect their future by preventing harmful global warming impacts. But the Trump Administration says the case should be dismissed, and oral arguments before an appeals court on December 11th will help its judges decide whether the case should move ahead to trial.

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The Inner Lives of Fish

Aquatic creatures seem so different from us it is easy to think they don’t think. But some fish are actually pretty smart, exhibiting complex social behaviors, navigation skills, and even tool use. Pharmaceutical companies are using zebra fish to develop antidepressants, and fish owners can take steps to keep the fish in their home aquariums happy and healthy.

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This Week’s Show
December 8, 2017
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Federal Land Conservation Under Fire

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Despite the skepticism of legal scholars, the Trump Administration claims it can reverse national monument land protections by drastically shrinking the Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante monuments in Utah. Conservation and Native American groups have sued, saying only Congress can change National Monuments and not the President.

Beyond The Headlines

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This week we discuss a convicted felon’s campaign for the U.S. Senate and an Obama-era EPA coal cleanup rule that’s bitten the dust. For the history lesson, we celebrate a big birthday for the Kyoto Protocol, one of the first international efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Feds Move to Dismiss Youth Climate Suit

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A group of 21 youths is suing the US government for its failure to protect their future by preventing harmful global warming impacts. But the Trump Administration says the case should be dismissed, and oral arguments before an appeals court on December 11th will help its judges decide whether the case should move ahead to trial.

Dog Lovers Live Longer

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Having a dog in your household can help you feel loved and valued, and new research from Sweden shows that there can be measurable cardiovascular health benefits as well. And single people appear to benefit most.

The Inner Lives of Fish

listen / download
Aquatic creatures seem so different from us it is easy to think they don’t think. But some fish are actually pretty smart, exhibiting complex social behaviors, navigation skills, and even tool use. Pharmaceutical companies are using zebra fish to develop antidepressants, and fish owners can take steps to keep the fish in their home aquariums happy and healthy.

A Dinner for Fish

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Peering into the Sea of Cortez, Living on Earth’s Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender notices a trio of fearsome Wahoo that may be sizing him up for lunch.


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

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