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Urban Foraging at the End of Nature

 

Many of today’s environmental writers grew up in urban landscapes, during economic recessions. But urban nature can also offer riches for those who are willing to look. University of New Mexico professor Amaris Ketcham reads and discusses her essay “Urban Foraging,” featured in a new collection, Coming of Age at the End of Nature.

 

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Many of today’s environmental writers grew up in urban landscapes, during economic recessions. But urban nature can also offer riches for those who are willing to look. University of New Mexico professor Amaris Ketcham reads and discusses her essay “Urban Foraging,” featured in a new collection, Coming of Age at the End of Nature.

Jill Stein and the Planet

 

Dr. Jill Stein is the 2016 Green Party nominee for President of the United States. In a wide-ranging interview, she discusses her “Green New Deal” to avert a climate emergency, her plans to scale back military spending, and why she participated in protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline that led to a warrant for her arrest.

 

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Hubbard Brook: An 8,000-acre Test Tube

 

In the 1950s, the U.S. Forest Service set aside a swath of the White Mountains for forest science research. The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest has proven invaluable as the site of long-term and groundbreaking studies. Scientists Gene Likens and Dick Holmes helped begin the project and have been involved in research there for decades, leading to discoveries of acid rain and the consequences of clear-cutting.

 

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Saving East Coast Sea Life

 

President Obama has designated nearly 5000 square miles of canyons and deep ravines in the seas off Massachusetts, the first marine national monument in the Atlantic. This maritime treasure’s extraordinarily rich biological diversity ranges from massive corals to single-celled organisms the size of softballs.

 

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'Fish Guy' Aims To Scan All The Fishes

 

University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers has a deep ambition: to make CT scans of every species of fish in the world, and he is well on his way. Researchers anywhere have free access to this growing database of digitized images.

 

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War Veterans Farm For Health

 

Veterans must often wait months for health appointments at VA facilities. So a combat vet in Georgia founded a farm designed to immerse returning soldiers in the restorative rigors of working the land, a special boost for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Reporter Sean Powers has the story.

 

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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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Migrations Off Schedule

 

The monarch butterflies are late, the wildebeest have turned around, and the North Atlantic right whales are missing. What’s going on with the world’s great animal migrations?

 

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Turkish Development Threatens Marine Life

 

Recent protests in Turkey were sparked by the government's plans to pave over a public park. Journalist Sulmaan Khan joins host Steve Curwood to explain how rapid development in Turkey is causing a host of environmental problems. (photo: bigstockphoto.com)

 

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Jill Stein and the Planet

Dr. Jill Stein is the 2016 Green Party nominee for President of the United States. In a wide-ranging interview, she discusses her “Green New Deal” to avert a climate emergency, her plans to scale back military spending, and why she participated in protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline that led to a warrant for her arrest.

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SEC Probes Exxon

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Exxon Mobil properly values its assets in relation to the regulatory risks associated with climate disruption and drastically reduced oil prices. Exxon diverges from most oil and gas companies in such accounting.

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Urban Foraging at the End of Nature

Many of today’s environmental writers grew up in urban landscapes, during economic recessions. But urban nature can also offer riches for those who are willing to look. University of New Mexico professor Amaris Ketcham reads and discusses her essay “Urban Foraging,” featured in a new collection, Coming of Age at the End of Nature.

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This Week’s Show
September 30, 2016
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Jill Stein and the Planet

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Dr. Jill Stein is the 2016 Green Party nominee for President of the United States. In a wide-ranging interview, she discusses her “Green New Deal” to avert a climate emergency, her plans to scale back military spending, and why she participated in protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline that led to a warrant for her arrest.

A Speedy Road for Paris

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The Paris Climate Agreement was signed in December 2015, and there’s been rapid progress towards its implementation. 61 countries have ratified the accord, well above the required number. And if just a few more countries accede, the deal will reach the global emissions threshold required to finally bring it into force.

SEC Probes Exxon

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Exxon Mobil properly values its assets in relation to the regulatory risks associated with climate disruption and drastically reduced oil prices. Exxon diverges from most oil and gas companies in such accounting.

Paris Dirty Car Ban

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To reduce pollution in Paris, recent regulations ban cars built before 1997 from the city center during workdays. This move is expected to reduce emissions of particulate matter and nitrous oxide, a major public health issue in the city.

BirdNote: Sandhill Cranes Wait Out the Storm

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Fall can be full of fruit and flashy foliage, but can also deliver wild winds and severe storms. As Mary McCann notes in this BirdNote, such weather can disrupt migration.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week’s trip Beyond the Headlines, we recap portions of the September 26, 2016 presidential debate and climate change attitudes and also discuss developments in energy politics. And in environmental history, we note the legacy of the Society of Environmental Journalists in American news coverage.

Urban Foraging at the End of Nature

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Many of today’s environmental writers grew up in urban landscapes, during economic recessions. But urban nature can also offer riches for those who are willing to look. University of New Mexico professor Amaris Ketcham reads and discusses her essay “Urban Foraging,” featured in a new collection, Coming of Age at the End of Nature.


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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