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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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Antarctic Volcano

 

Many scientists are concerned about the impact global warming is having on Antarctica, and now scientists from Washington University in St. Louis have discovered a new kind of threat lurking beneath the vulnerable West Antarctic ice sheet—an active volcano. (Photo: Doug Wiens)

 

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Prairie Rattlesnake

 

A few months ago writer Mark Seth Lender met his first Prairie Rattlesnake up close and personal, and found the snake fascinating, and though venomous, not a threat.

 

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Climate Departure Date

 

A group of scientists at the University of Hawaii have figured out a way to project when the climate at a given location will move outside the range of anything we’ve known in modern times. It’s sooner then you think.

 

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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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Bayou Community Struggles with Sinkhole

 

A huge sinkhole in the tiny swamp community of Bayou Corne is giving residents unique and unpleasant challenges. It is now approximately 20 acres in size.

 

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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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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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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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Pesticides Can Lower Intelligence

Studies conducted in the Salinas Valley and New York City have found that the effects of pesticides on development in children can be similar to those of lead. Journalist Susan Freinkel published her investigation in The Nation, which outlines developmental problems found, including lower IQ’s and slower mobility.

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The Growing Threat From Methane

There's more than twice as much of the powerful greenhouse gas methane in the earth's atmosphere as before the industrial era, and continued warming promises escalating emissions.

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Greening the Web

If the Internet were a country, it would be the sixth largest consumer of electricity in the world. Now Greenpeace has released a new report detailing which tech companies are using renewable energy to power their servers.

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This Week’s Show
April 11, 2014
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Pesticides Can Lower Intelligence

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Studies conducted in the Salinas Valley and New York City have found that the effects of pesticides on development in children can be similar to those of lead. Journalist Susan Freinkel published her investigation in The Nation, which outlines developmental problems found, including lower IQ’s and slower mobility.

Hydropower Overload In China

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China has built nearly 2 dams per day since the Communist party took over in1949. Now China has plans ramp up hydroelectric dam installation in Yunnan Province, putting at risk this biodiversity hotspot in Southwest China.

Greening the Web

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If the Internet were a country, it would be the sixth largest consumer of electricity in the world. Now Greenpeace has released a new report detailing which tech companies are using renewable energy to power their servers.

The Growing Threat From Methane

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There's more than twice as much of the powerful greenhouse gas methane in the earth's atmosphere as before the industrial era, and continued warming promises escalating emissions.

Send Us Your Haiku -Listener Letters

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We dip into the Living on Earth mailbag to hear from you our listeners, also a shout out for environmental haikus in honor of Earth Day this month.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells us about a multibillion-dollar settlement with a major US energy company, and a questions about a class of molecules in cleaning agents called quats.

Sea Star Mystery

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Biologists are investigating a deadly disease that's killing many starfish, mostly on the US Pacific coast.

New Species Discovered Under Ice

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The Upside Down Sea Anemones: Frank Rack, Executive Director of the U.S. Antarctic Geological Drilling team, talks about how the team discovered a new species of sea anemones that hang upside down in ice in the Ross Ice Shelf.

Searching Out the Arctic Fox

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Greenland’s west coast looks barren and foreboding, but on a recent trip to Greenland, Mark Seth Lender found signs of life.


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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