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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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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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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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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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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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Ancient Underwater Forest in the Gulf of Mexico

 

Sixty feet beneath the water off the coast of Alabama is a forest of cypress trees that is more than 50,000 years old.

 

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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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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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Solar Powered Ship

 

The world’s largest solar powered boat made history by circumnavigating the globe. The ship is now busy in the Atlantic collecting data about the Gulf Stream.

 

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Bargain Time For Climate Protection

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.

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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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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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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

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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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