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Louisiana's Moon Shot

 

Louisiana is disappearing faster than any land in the world. Sea level rise and coastal erosion threaten some of the nation’s crucial oil, gas and fishing industries. But Louisiana has a “Moon shot” plan to save it. ProPublica reporter Bob Marshall tells us about the state’s ambitious, first-of-its-kind plan to preserve the region, and the cost if they fail.

 

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India Says UN Climate Summit Fails Poor Countries

 

Earlier this month, world leaders and heads of state met in Lima Peru to fight climate change, and for the first time, all 190 nations in attendance pledged to submit actionable plans to cut CO2 emissions by early next year. But many feel that the landmark accomplishment wasn’t strong enough. The Centre for Science and the Environment’s Director General Sunita Narain speaks about India’s role in the climate negotiations, climate change’s burden on developing countries, and how to fairly share the carbon load.

 

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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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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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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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Nuclear Storage Crisis

 

The meltdown at Fukushima in Japan may be grabbing all the headlines, but with the Yucca Mountain project in perpetual limbo the United States has a nuclear storage problem on its hands as well.

 

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White House Confronts Climate Deniers

 

Some skeptical pundits have used the recent deep cold snap to suggest that climate change isn’t real. White House Science Advisor John Holdren says not so fast.

 

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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 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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India Says UN Climate Summit Fails Poor Countries

Earlier this month, world leaders and heads of state met in Lima Peru to fight climate change, and for the first time, all 190 nations in attendance pledged to submit actionable plans to cut CO2 emissions by early next year. But many feel that the landmark accomplishment wasn’t strong enough. The Centre for Science and the Environment’s Director General Sunita Narain speaks about India’s role in the climate negotiations, climate change’s burden on developing countries, and how to fairly share the carbon load.

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Giveaways Turn Appropriation Bills Into Christmas Trees

With the year’s end quickly approaching, the pressure is on Congress to pass bills and clear the desks, giving policymakers an opportunity to slip riders into must pass legislative packages. This year the environment lost out, as several industry-friendly riders moved ahead, including a bill to allow mining on sacred land in Arizona.

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Beyond the Headlines

In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells us about environmental eviction, the death of a chemical-safety watchdog, and the story of a young activist and her redwood tree-sit.

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This Week’s Show
December 19, 2014
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India Says UN Climate Summit Fails Poor Countries

listen / download
Earlier this month, world leaders and heads of state met in Lima Peru to fight climate change, and for the first time, all 190 nations in attendance pledged to submit actionable plans to cut CO2 emissions by early next year. But many feel that the landmark accomplishment wasn’t strong enough. The Centre for Science and the Environment’s Director General Sunita Narain speaks about India’s role in the climate negotiations, climate change’s burden on developing countries, and how to fairly share the carbon load.

Giveaways Turn Appropriation Bills Into Christmas Trees

listen / download
With the year’s end quickly approaching, the pressure is on Congress to pass bills and clear the desks, giving policymakers an opportunity to slip riders into must pass legislative packages. This year the environment lost out, as several industry-friendly riders moved ahead, including a bill to allow mining on sacred land in Arizona.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells us about environmental eviction, the death of a chemical-safety watchdog, and the story of a young activist and her redwood tree-sit.

Turtle Rescue

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For the past twenty years, the New England Aquarium has been partnering with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to rescue endangered sea turtles who become too cold as water cools in autumn in Cape Cod Bay and get stranded on the beach. Again this year, there are more of these hypothermic turtles than ever in need of help. But thanks to volunteers at, many of these endangered creatures will be rescued, rehabilitated, and released.

BirdNote® Freeway Hawks

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At first glance, North America’s bustling highways hardly seem an ideal habitat for wildlife. But grassy freeway medians often teem with rodents and other small mammals—making them an ideal hunting ground for the Red-tailed Hawk. Mary McCann reports.

Louisiana's Moon Shot

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Louisiana is disappearing faster than any land in the world. Sea level rise and coastal erosion threaten some of the nation’s crucial oil, gas and fishing industries. But Louisiana has a “Moon shot” plan to save it. ProPublica reporter Bob Marshall tells us about the state’s ambitious, first-of-its-kind plan to preserve the region, and the cost if they fail.

Place Where You Live: New Orleans, Louisiana

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Living on Earth is giving a voice to Orion Magazine’s long-time feature, The Place Where You Live, where essayists write about the place they call home. This week, we travel to New Orleans, Louisiana, where ecology student Erik Iverson describes the beauty of his state’s fragmented deltas, and how this threatened land unites a people.


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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Imagine being in a cathedral with stained glass windows and there's light dancing through the stained glass windows onto the floor, and that's what it looks like underwater in a kelp forest. These beautiful amber blades that...the sunlight...dances through on the bottom of the ocean.

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

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