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American Catch

 

Though commercial fishing is a multi-billion dollar business in America, the country’s seafood supply is slipping from American hands with much of the catch headed overseas. Paul Greenberg, author of the new book American Catch, tells us about the unraveling of America’s seafood industry and what can be done to save it.

 

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A Green Building Blooms in the Bronx

 

Few think of affordable housing as a haven for nature on mean city streets. But Via Verde, an energy efficient, garden-filled affordable housing complex in the South Bronx, developed by the Jonathan Rose Companies and Phipps Houses, provides just that. We went to check it out.

 

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Baby Polar Bear Rescue

 

Climate Change is making life difficult for polar bears across the world. But an orphaned Alaska bear cub is about to get a new home, and a new sibling, at the Buffalo Zoo in upstate New York.

 

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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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Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

 

New research finds that every 1 degree Celsius of temperature rise eventually equates to 2.3 meters of sea level rise. Anders Levermann tells host Steve Curwood about the expectations for sea level rise over the next 2,000 years.

 

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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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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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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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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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CO2 Can Reduce Food Value

A November 2013 study published in the journal Nature found that key agricultural crops grown in an environment with elevated carbon dioxide levels can be less nutritious in terms of zinc, iron and protein than those grown in lower carbon dioxide conditions.

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Power Shift - Big Battery Breakthrough

A new battery technology could make large-scale electrical storage affordable. Researchers at Harvard University say their flow-battery using organic molecules would be an affordable and efficient game-changer.

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The Extreme Life of the Sea

Underwater life has been a mystery to humans since the beginning of time. The Extreme Life of the Sea by Stephen and Anthony Palumbi is a book that sheds an entertaining and informative light on life for the ocean’s oddest creatures, making you think of fish as characters, not seafood.

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This Week’s Show
August 22, 2014
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CO2 Can Reduce Food Value

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A November 2013 study published in the journal Nature found that key agricultural crops grown in an environment with elevated carbon dioxide levels can be less nutritious in terms of zinc, iron and protein than those grown in lower carbon dioxide conditions.

Power Shift - Big Battery Breakthrough

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A new battery technology could make large-scale electrical storage affordable. Researchers at Harvard University say their flow-battery using organic molecules would be an affordable and efficient game-changer.

Chef Bun’s Sustainable Sushi

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Sushi Chef Bun Lai connects with scientists and organizations including the New England Aquarium to deliver sustainable sushi to restaurant-goers.

New Protection For Bluefin Tuna

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The National Marine Fisheries Service looks to protect the sharply reduced population of bluefin tuna in the Atlantic.

Sound in the Sea

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Many creatures in the sea depend on sound to create a picture of their environment, and humans are increasingly disrupting that soundscape.

BirdNote: Gliding with Tropicbirds

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Above the sun-baked beaches of the Hawaiian islands, glistening white Tropicbirds float with long tail feathers streaming out behind them.

The Extreme Life of the Sea

listen / download
Underwater life has been a mystery to humans since the beginning of time. The Extreme Life of the Sea by Stephen and Anthony Palumbi is a book that sheds an entertaining and informative light on life for the ocean’s oddest creatures, making you think of fish as characters, not seafood.


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