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Renting Trees Keeps the Christmas Spirit Alive

 

For Scott Martin, the joy of Christmas was spoiled by the sight of spent Christmas trees kicked to the curb, so he founded a company that rents living Christmas trees. His alter ego “Scotty Claus” shares why renting a living tree is better for the environment and says “Christmas” in a way that cut and artificial trees can’t.

 

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Republican AGs Fight Environmental Regulations

 

US Attorneys General are not usually big players in national policy-making, but in recent years that's changed. Now Republican AGs are allying with fossil fuel companies to challenge federal environmental regulations in court, and this is could be a dangerous development for the environment and for democracy.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cape Wind in Doubt

 

Wind turbines in the Irish Sea. The United States has yet to establish offshore wind, but countries in Europe have taken the plunge (photo: Andy Dingley)

 

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Republican AGs Fight Environmental Regulations

US Attorneys General are not usually big players in national policy-making, but in recent years that's changed. Now Republican AGs are allying with fossil fuel companies to challenge federal environmental regulations in court, and this is could be a dangerous development for the environment and for democracy.

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Renting Trees Keeps the Christmas Spirit Alive

For Scott Martin, the joy of Christmas was spoiled by the sight of spent Christmas trees kicked to the curb, so he founded a company that rents living Christmas trees. His alter ego “Scotty Claus” shares why renting a living tree is better for the environment and says “Christmas” in a way that cut and artificial trees can’t.

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Quiet Places Around the World

Trevor Cox, a professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford, explores the world looking for its most interesting sounds and wrote about it in The Sound Book. In one chapter, he considers silence. Cox discusses the uncomfortable silence of an echoic chamber, the natural silence of the Mojave Desert and the importance of preserving quiet places to our wellbeing.

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This Week’s Show
December 12, 2014
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Republican AGs Fight Environmental Regulations

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US Attorneys General are not usually big players in national policy-making, but in recent years that's changed. Now Republican AGs are allying with fossil fuel companies to challenge federal environmental regulations in court, and this is could be a dangerous development for the environment and for democracy.

An Amusement Park’s Unruly Squirrels

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Cute fox squirrels in California’s Fairyland amusement park aren’t playing nicely, but rather wreaking havoc: stealing food and destroying property. Park managers are not amused and are turning to animal control scientists to limit the aggressive squirrels and return harmony to Fairyland.

Icy Roads Prescribed a Low-Sodium Diet

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Road salt helps to melt ice and keep travelers safe but too much can harm the environment and wildlife. Living on Earth’s Jenni Doering reports that scientists are testing unusual salt alternatives like waste products from sugar beets, barley and cheese to cut the salt and keep roads clear.

Renting Trees Keeps the Christmas Spirit Alive

listen / download
For Scott Martin, the joy of Christmas was spoiled by the sight of spent Christmas trees kicked to the curb, so he founded a company that rents living Christmas trees. His alter ego “Scotty Claus” shares why renting a living tree is better for the environment and says “Christmas” in a way that cut and artificial trees can’t.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra discusses the efforts of the last founder of the modern environmental movement, a clever scheme to expose predatory science journals, and a possible environmental connection between the Unabomber and his targets.

Quiet Places Around the World

listen / download
Trevor Cox, a professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford, explores the world looking for its most interesting sounds and wrote about it in The Sound Book. In one chapter, he considers silence. Cox discusses the uncomfortable silence of an echoic chamber, the natural silence of the Mojave Desert and the importance of preserving quiet places to our wellbeing.


Special Features

Gaborone, Botswana

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Living on Earth gives voice to Orion Magazine’s long-time feature, The Place Where You Live, where essayists write about their favorite places. This week, we travel to Gaborone, Botswana, a city right in the middle of an African Savanna, as Karin Vermilye recounts how a burst water pipe flooded her yard, and revived her thirsty land. Vermilye and her family observe wildlife at a nearby game reserve.
Blog Series: The Place Where You Live

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


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-- Nancy Caruso, Marine Biologist and Get Inspired! Founder

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