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Lead in Newark’s Water

 

Newark, New Jersey is the latest US municipality to make national headlines for lead-contaminated water. The city handed out water filters to citizens when their plans to replace the lead piping system fell through. Erik Olson, the Senior Director of Health and Food joins us to discuss the lead water crisis.

 

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Newark, New Jersey is the latest US municipality to make national headlines for lead-contaminated water. The city handed out water filters to citizens when their plans to replace the lead piping system fell through. Erik Olson, the Senior Director of Health and Food joins us to discuss the lead water crisis.

'Forest Bathing' for Health

 

The Japanese practice of ‘shinrin-yoku’, or ‘forest bathing’ is gaining international popularity as a form of nature therapy. As Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple reports, a walk in the woods may be just what your health care provider ordered.

 

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The Conservation Costs of Shutdowns

 

The government shutdown during the Trump administration began December 22nd, 2018. This resulted in the closing of such public lands as the National Mall and Joshua Tree National Park, subjecting them to massive amounts of litter, illegal off-roading, poaching and increased safety risks for visitors. Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior, joins us to discuss what shutdowns mean for our public lands.

 

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A Greener U.S. Congress

 

Democrats now hold a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in nearly a decade. Under Speaker Nancy Pelosi the House leadership now recognizes the science of climate change and has created a new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. We discuss this new environmental majority in the House and related incoming committee chairs.

 

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Kerala’s Ambitious Organic Pledge

 

Rising rates of cancer in the tropical south Indian state of Kerala have alarmed doctors and the public, and many blamed high levels of chemicals in food. So the government is working to make Kerala’s food supply all-organic by 2020.

 

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Pesticide Peril in Paradise

 

Part of the success of Kerala’s efforts to reduce pesticide use will depend on middle class citizens who have taken up organic gardening as a hobby, or even a second career. They tend to their rooftop gardens, care for their backyard livestock, and sell extra produce at large organic markets where their chemical-free food sells for premium prices.

 

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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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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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Hummingbirds Citizen Science Project

 

The Rufous hummingbird follows the Rocky Mountains to migrate from Alaska to Mexico (Photo: Diana Douglas for Hummingbirds at Home).

 

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Capitol Hill Panel on Climate Crisis

Kathy Castor (D-FL) is the newly-named Chair for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. She joins us to talk about priorities for the committee and plans to coordinate with other committees, including Science, Energy/Commerce, and Transportation/Infrastructure, to keep a sharp focus on climate across the entire legislative agenda.

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'Forest Bathing' for Health

The Japanese practice of ‘shinrin-yoku’, or ‘forest bathing’ is gaining international popularity as a form of nature therapy. As Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple reports, a walk in the woods may be just what your health care provider ordered.

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The Conservation Costs of Shutdowns

The government shutdown during the Trump administration began December 22nd, 2018. This resulted in the closing of such public lands as the National Mall and Joshua Tree National Park, subjecting them to massive amounts of litter, illegal off-roading, poaching and increased safety risks for visitors. Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior, joins us to discuss what shutdowns mean for our public lands.

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This Week’s Show
January 11, 2019
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Capitol Hill Panel on Climate Crisis

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Kathy Castor (D-FL) is the newly-named Chair for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. She joins us to talk about priorities for the committee and plans to coordinate with other committees, including Science, Energy/Commerce, and Transportation/Infrastructure, to keep a sharp focus on climate across the entire legislative agenda.

Beyond The Headlines

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Peter Dykstra joins us to take a look at the parallels between the scandals of Ronald Reagan’s and Donald Trump’s EPA and Interior Department chiefs. Then, we take a trip back to the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.

Lead in Newark’s Water

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Newark, New Jersey is the latest US municipality to make national headlines for lead-contaminated water. The city handed out water filters to citizens when their plans to replace the lead piping system fell through. Erik Olson, the Senior Director of Health and Food joins us to discuss the lead water crisis.

'Forest Bathing' for Health

listen / download
The Japanese practice of ‘shinrin-yoku’, or ‘forest bathing’ is gaining international popularity as a form of nature therapy. As Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple reports, a walk in the woods may be just what your health care provider ordered.

The Conservation Costs of Shutdowns

listen / download
The government shutdown during the Trump administration began December 22nd, 2018. This resulted in the closing of such public lands as the National Mall and Joshua Tree National Park, subjecting them to massive amounts of litter, illegal off-roading, poaching and increased safety risks for visitors. Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior, joins us to discuss what shutdowns mean for our public lands.


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Field Note: Night Moves
Our Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender elaborates on the huffing sound African lions make, as depicted in his essay "Night Moves", and on how alternative forms of communication can contribute to a social group's success.
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