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American Climate Action Goes Local

 

President Trump is ending U.S. participation in the Paris climate Agreement, but a coalition of over 1,000 U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, and universities says “Not so fast”. Their “We Are Still In” declaration pledges that the US will still meet its commitments to the Paris agreement.

 

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President Trump is ending U.S. participation in the Paris climate Agreement, but a coalition of over 1,000 U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, and universities says “Not so fast”. Their “We Are Still In” declaration pledges that the US will still meet its commitments to the Paris agreement.

Seasteading: New Societies on the Floating Frontier

 

California’s Seasteading Institute has an audacious claim: establishing floating societies will “restore the environment, enrich the poor, cure the sick, and liberate humanity from politicians.” “Seavangelist” Joe Quirk, author of the new book Seasteading, describes this bold vision.

 

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Shrinking Bears Ears

 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s interim report recommends that Bears Ears National Monument’s 1.3 million-acre area be shrunk. The Antiquities Act that allows Presidents to create National Monuments but has no mechanism for Presidents to reduce or undo them. Bears Ears National Monument contains many sacred and historical sites for Native Americans and Living on Earth host Steve Curwood and Tracy Coppola, a Senior Legislative Counsel with Earthjustice, discuss the politics at play and the future for Bears Ears.

 

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Gulls Hunting Spider Crabs

 

Seagulls don’t have the best of reputations; people even call them “rats with feathers” and some think they’re rather stupid. But Living on Earth’s Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender disagrees and marvels as Herring Gulls and Black-backed Gulls skillfully hunt for spider crabs on the Connecticut Shore.

 

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Houston Hurricane Risks

 

The tanks and refineries of the massive oil and gas infrastructure that Texas is famous for leave the city of Houston at risk for devastation and massive loss of life from storm surge flooding should a major hurricane hit.Yet despite this vulnerability, there are ways to reduce risk.

 

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Trump Moves to Drill in ANWR

 

President Trump has moved to open up for oil drilling America's biggest and wildest protected area, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Mr. Trump is also reviewing 27 National Monuments to see if changes in size or status are necessary, provoking concern from conservationists.

 

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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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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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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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American Climate Action Goes Local

President Trump is ending U.S. participation in the Paris climate Agreement, but a coalition of over 1,000 U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, and universities says “Not so fast”. Their “We Are Still In” declaration pledges that the US will still meet its commitments to the Paris agreement.

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Flint Water Homicide Indictments

Five Michigan state officials have been indicted for involuntary manslaughter related to their alleged failure to act in the Flint Water Crisis. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette claims the lead-contaminated water in Flint led to a deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease that the state employees failed to warn the public about.

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Seasteading: New Societies on the Floating Frontier

California’s Seasteading Institute has an audacious claim: establishing floating societies will “restore the environment, enrich the poor, cure the sick, and liberate humanity from politicians.” “Seavangelist” Joe Quirk, author of the new book Seasteading, describes this bold vision.

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This Week’s Show
June 23, 2017
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American Climate Action Goes Local

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President Trump is ending U.S. participation in the Paris climate Agreement, but a coalition of over 1,000 U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, and universities says “Not so fast”. Their “We Are Still In” declaration pledges that the US will still meet its commitments to the Paris agreement.

Flint Water Homicide Indictments

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Five Michigan state officials have been indicted for involuntary manslaughter related to their alleged failure to act in the Flint Water Crisis. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette claims the lead-contaminated water in Flint led to a deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease that the state employees failed to warn the public about.

Industrial Air Pollution as Unhealthful as Second Hand Tobacco Smoke

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Children living near sources of pollution have virtually the same risk of developing asthma as those exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, according to early results of a study in Western Pennsylvania. Carnegie Mellon researchers surveyed 1200 children living near the Pittsburgh area’s biggest polluters.

Beyond The Headlines

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A heat wave’s no-fly zone, relaxed rules for reducing smog pollution, and a furry new product from Alaska feature in this week’s trip beyond the headlines. We also look back a hundred and ten years to a decision that tarnishes Teddy Roosevelt’s conservation legacy.

BirdNote: The Whiskered Auklet

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Alaska’s Whiskered Auklet nests deep inside rock crevices each spring, and BirdNote’s Michael Stein explains how its extraordinarily long white whiskers come in handy.

Seasteading: New Societies on the Floating Frontier

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California’s Seasteading Institute has an audacious claim: establishing floating societies will “restore the environment, enrich the poor, cure the sick, and liberate humanity from politicians.” “Seavangelist” Joe Quirk, author of the new book Seasteading, describes this bold vision.


Special Features

A River Town in Transition

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Wrangell, Alaska is a small, isolated town at the mouth of the mighty Stikine River and a former a timber capital. But since the saw mills shut down in the ‘90s, the small town has reinvented itself as a tourist destination and a commercial fishing hub. Since both of these industries are dependent on the Stikine, some locals worry that a mining development upriver could put the whole town’s livelihood at risk.
Blog Series: Alaskan River Riches

Cowee, North Carolina

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Living on Earth is giving a voice to Orion magazine’s longtime feature in which people write about the place they call home. In this week’s edition, songwriter Angela-Faye Martin uses her words and music to picture her North Carolina valley on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Blog Series: The Place Where You Live


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...Ultimately, if we are going prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we are going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them...

-- President Barack Obama, November 6, 2015 on why he declined to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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