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2015 Target For A Strong Climate Treaty

 

Jennifer Morgan, Global Director of the Climate Program with the World Resources Institute, reflects on 2014’s Lima Climate Talks and what 2015 could bring for a strong new international treaty on climate protection.

 

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Alaskan River Riches At Risk From Mining In Canada

 

With many untouched wild rivers and sensible fishing regulations, Alaska has some of the healthiest salmon fisheries in the world. But as Emmett FitzGerald reports, new gold and copper mines upstream in Canada have the fishing community in Southeast Alaska very concerned about what toxins could be released into the rivers.

 

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Alaskan River Riches: Fly-fishing and Salmon Science

 

In the first of Living on Earth’s three-part series on Alaskan River Riches, reporter Emmett FitzGerald wades through a small stream near Juneau for a lesson in casting and salmon science from a fly-fisherman with a conservation ethic.

 

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The Sound Ring

 

Maya Lin’s Sound Ring—a large, wooden sculpture installed at Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology—plays the sounds of species and habitats that are on their way to silence. Emmett Fitzgerald talks to John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Lab, about the structure and the significance of these endangered soundscapes.

 

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A Chilling Norwegian Draugen Tale

 

Storytelling runs in Heidi Dahlsveen’s family. She grew up on a small island off the eastern coast of Norway and shares the folktale of Draugen, the evil spirit of the ocean.

 

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Christmas Candles

 

Master storyteller Jay O’Callahan shares some tales about his family during the holiday season. He recalls his community’s tradition of Christmas caroling and how it brought hope to his mother in a time of darkness and for Christmases to come.

 

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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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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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Trout Are Speaking

 

Commentator Mark Seth Lender contemplates the rainbow trout.

 

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2015 Target For A Strong Climate Treaty

Jennifer Morgan, Global Director of the Climate Program with the World Resources Institute, reflects on 2014’s Lima Climate Talks and what 2015 could bring for a strong new international treaty on climate protection.

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Margaret Atwood on Fiction, The Future and Environmental Crisis

MaddAddam, the final book in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake trilogy has just won the Orion Book Award for fiction. The novel chronicles the survivors of global pandemic as they try to rebuild a society with the help of some bizarre genetically engineered companions.

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Alaskan River Riches At Risk From Mining In Canada

With many untouched wild rivers and sensible fishing regulations, Alaska has some of the healthiest salmon fisheries in the world. But as Emmett FitzGerald reports, new gold and copper mines upstream in Canada have the fishing community in Southeast Alaska very concerned about what toxins could be released into the rivers.

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This Week’s Show
January 23, 2015
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2015 Target For A Strong Climate Treaty

listen / download
Jennifer Morgan, Global Director of the Climate Program with the World Resources Institute, reflects on 2014’s Lima Climate Talks and what 2015 could bring for a strong new international treaty on climate protection.

Margaret Atwood on Fiction, The Future and Environmental Crisis

listen / download
MaddAddam, the final book in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake trilogy has just won the Orion Book Award for fiction. The novel chronicles the survivors of global pandemic as they try to rebuild a society with the help of some bizarre genetically engineered companions.

Alaskan River Riches At Risk From Mining In Canada

listen / download
With many untouched wild rivers and sensible fishing regulations, Alaska has some of the healthiest salmon fisheries in the world. But as Emmett FitzGerald reports, new gold and copper mines upstream in Canada have the fishing community in Southeast Alaska very concerned about what toxins could be released into the rivers.


Special Features

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.
Blog Series: The Place Where You Live

Mémé’s Meat Pie
Maine singer/songwriter Denny Breau shares his Mémé’s Meat Pie recipe, a holiday season tradition.
Blog Series: Cooking on Earth


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You know, Alaska is the jewel of the world when it comes to fisheries management. This state is second to none, and that's because you don't see dams on our rivers. You don't see a lot of development that will have a negative impact.

-- Mike Erikson, CEO of Alaska Glacier Seafoods

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