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Fossil Fuel Divestment Gains New Supporters

 

There’s a growing movement across the US of people demanding that large institutions pull their investments from fossil fuel companies. In Massachusetts pensioners, professors, and students are all calling for divestment from the corporations most responsible for climate disruption.

 

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Hummingbirds in the Canyon

 

Watching hummingbirds in Arizona's Madera Canyon gave Mark Seth Lender an up close view of their interactions, and a chance to take spectacular photos.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top Banana

In honor of Earth month we’ve been revisiting some of our favorite stories. This week- the 2004 tale of the humble Cavendish banana at risk from a devastating pathogen.

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Beyond the Headlines

In this week’s trip Beyond the Headlines, we learn how ocean acidification could alter fish’s sense of smell, and examine the origins of the word Luddite.

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Earthday Haikus

April is National Poetry Month, and with Earth Day on the 22nd, we asked you to send us your best earth-related Haikus. Here are some highlights!

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This Week’s Show
April 18, 2014
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Bargain Time For Climate Protection

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Some may think that the price of addressing climate change today is high—but the IPPC’s 2104 mitigation report says it’s cheap compared to what it would cost in the future. Joseph Romm discusses the report’s cost-benefit analysis.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Gains New Supporters

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There’s a growing movement across the US of people demanding that large institutions pull their investments from fossil fuel companies. In Massachusetts pensioners, professors, and students are all calling for divestment from the corporations most responsible for climate disruption.

Top Banana

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In honor of Earth month we’ve been revisiting some of our favorite stories. This week- the 2004 tale of the humble Cavendish banana at risk from a devastating pathogen.

Bananageddon

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Update-Tropical Race 4 Panama Disease first struck Cavendish bananas in Asia, but over the last decade has spread to the Middle East and Africa. Now agronomists are concerned that the pathogen could also make its way to Latin America.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week’s trip Beyond the Headlines, we learn how ocean acidification could alter fish’s sense of smell, and examine the origins of the word Luddite.

Earthday Haikus

listen / download
April is National Poetry Month, and with Earth Day on the 22nd, we asked you to send us your best earth-related Haikus. Here are some highlights!


Special Features

En Route
Writer Mark Seth Lender has been travelling on the edge of the arctic, thanks to Adventure Canada -- and writing of his experiences. Here's the blog he sent us.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender: Farthest North

Eat-A-Bug Cookbook Recipes

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Not only should we consider eating insects for environmental reasons; they can also be tasty. David George Gordon has just released an updated version of his Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, brimming with recipes that feature crickets, grasshoppers, ants, spiders, centipedes, and their kin. Here are a few choice recipes.
Blog Series: Cooking on Earth


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