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The End of Night

 

Humans have always had a primal fear of the dark, but the advent of electric light in the late 19th century brought the developed world control over the night. But with an explosion of light pollution blocking out the natural night sky in much of the world, and writer Paul Bogard says we may have gone too far.

 

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Climate Risk for Real Estate Values in South Florida

 

The Obama administration recently announced initiatives aimed at making the country more resilient in the face of climate change. One city that could definitely use the help is Miami, Florida, where the rising seas threaten low-lying development.

 

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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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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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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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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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Australia May Scrap Carbon Tax

 

China is the world’s largest emitter, and much of its coal comes from Australia. With the election of a new Prime Minister, Australia looks set to revoke its carbon tax, leaving many environmentalists worried about their country’s contribution to climate change. (photo: Bigstockphoto.com)

 

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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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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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The Pope and the Sin of Environmental Degradation

Pope Francis has called environmental exploitation a sin, and is working on an encyclical about humanity’s relationship with nature. Christiana Peppard, Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University and author of the book Just Water, talks about the Pope’s call to “care for God’s creation.”

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Climate Risk for Real Estate Values in South Florida

The Obama administration recently announced initiatives aimed at making the country more resilient in the face of climate change. One city that could definitely use the help is Miami, Florida, where the rising seas threaten low-lying development.

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The End of Night

Humans have always had a primal fear of the dark, but the advent of electric light in the late 19th century brought the developed world control over the night. But with an explosion of light pollution blocking out the natural night sky in much of the world, and writer Paul Bogard says we may have gone too far.

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This Week’s Show
July 18, 2014
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The Pope and the Sin of Environmental Degradation

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Pope Francis has called environmental exploitation a sin, and is working on an encyclical about humanity’s relationship with nature. Christiana Peppard, Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University and author of the book Just Water, talks about the Pope’s call to “care for God’s creation.”

Climate Risk for Real Estate Values in South Florida

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The Obama administration recently announced initiatives aimed at making the country more resilient in the face of climate change. One city that could definitely use the help is Miami, Florida, where the rising seas threaten low-lying development.

A Summertime Ice Mine

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Tucked away in Pennsylvania’s North Central Appalachian Mountains lies an unusual cave—the Coudersport Ice Mine, which only forms ice in the summer and recently reopened. Kara Holsopple reports.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra speaks with us about the decline of mule deer in Colorado, New Jersey’s artificial wetland island that consumes phosphorus, and U.S. energy consumption since President Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech in 1979.

The End of Night

listen / download
Humans have always had a primal fear of the dark, but the advent of electric light in the late 19th century brought the developed world control over the night. But with an explosion of light pollution blocking out the natural night sky in much of the world, and writer Paul Bogard says we may have gone too far.


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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.
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