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Meet Deb Haaland, Native American Congresswoman

 

New Mexico is sending a Native American woman to Capitol Hill. Deb Haaland campaigned on climate change and will be one of the first two Native American women to go to Congress, both elected as Democrats in 2018. Rep, Haaland discusses her environmental priorities for the new Democratic-majority House.

 

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New Mexico is sending a Native American woman to Capitol Hill. Deb Haaland campaigned on climate change and will be one of the first two Native American women to go to Congress, both elected as Democrats in 2018. Rep, Haaland discusses her environmental priorities for the new Democratic-majority House.

Smeagull The Seagull: A True Story

 

Smeagull the Seagull comes to the house near the shore every day. He knocks when he’s hungry and the people who live there feed him. Those humans are Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender, and his wife and illustrator Valerie Elaine Pettis. Mark reads their new children’s book about what happens when we pay attention to the animals on the other side of our sliding glass doors.

 

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Trump Climate Change Report

 

The latest National Climate Assessment brings the most serious warning yet about the impacts of a rapidly warming world, but the Trump White House downplayed the findings of its own agencies as it continues to roll back climate regulations. Former President Obama’s Science and Technology Adviser John Holdren discusses the report and the options for the new Democratic majority in the House to push climate policy.

 

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Climate Dangers of Palm Oil

 

The palm oil industry is booming in Indonesia, but it’s led to the destruction of carbon-rich, tropical peatlands. Scientists say the cultivation of this crop has resulted in a net increase in carbon emissions, despite hopes for biodiesel to become a carbon-friendly replacement for fossil fuels. ProPublica Reporter Abrahm Lustgarten discusses how the biodiesel industry created an environmental nightmare.

 

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Keystone XL Blocked Again

 

Over a year after President Trump reversed an Obama Administration decision to block TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, a federal judge has halted the project again. Law School Professor Pat Parenteau discusses the pending environmental review on the pipeline and also provides a pre-trial update on Juliana v. U.S., a case brought by young plaintiffs who seek to compel the federal government to protect them from the impacts of climate change.

 

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Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land

 

Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York is dedicated to not only growing food, but also cultivating equity. Its ten black, brown and Jewish farmers aim to dismantle injustice within the food system. Farmer Leah Penniman discusses her journey as a woman of color reclaiming her space in the agricultural world.

 

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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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Nicaraguan Canal

 

The first ships sailed down the Panama Canal in 1914. Now, nearly one hundred years later, Nicaragua has an agreement with a Chinese company to build a canal of its own to link the Pacific and Atlantic. (photo: Tim Rogers)

 

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Tibetan Monks Saving Snow Leopards

 

Snow Leopards are among the most endangered of the world’s big cats, but now Tibetan monks are giving the leopard hope. (Camera trap photo of a snow leopard on the Tibetan plateau (photo: Panthera))

 

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Meet Deb Haaland, Native American Congresswoman

New Mexico is sending a Native American woman to Capitol Hill. Deb Haaland campaigned on climate change and will be one of the first two Native American women to go to Congress, both elected as Democrats in 2018. Rep, Haaland discusses her environmental priorities for the new Democratic-majority House.

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The Environmental Voting Gap

Voters who prioritize the environment are primarily young, African-American and Hispanic. But only about 40 percent of these voters actually turned up at the ballot box in the 2018 midterms. Environmental Voter Project Founder Nathaniel Stinnett explains what it might mean for environmental policy if politicians tap into this base of some 20 million “super-environmentalist” registered voters.

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Smeagull The Seagull: A True Story

Smeagull the Seagull comes to the house near the shore every day. He knocks when he’s hungry and the people who live there feed him. Those humans are Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender, and his wife and illustrator Valerie Elaine Pettis. Mark reads their new children’s book about what happens when we pay attention to the animals on the other side of our sliding glass doors.

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This Week’s Show
December 7, 2018
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Meet Deb Haaland, Native American Congresswoman

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New Mexico is sending a Native American woman to Capitol Hill. Deb Haaland campaigned on climate change and will be one of the first two Native American women to go to Congress, both elected as Democrats in 2018. Rep, Haaland discusses her environmental priorities for the new Democratic-majority House.

Beyond The Headlines

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Peter Dykstra takes a look at the environmental legacy of President George H. W. Bush, who recently passed away. As the self-professed “Environmental President,” he signed the Clean Air Act and the UN Climate Treaty.

The Environmental Voting Gap

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Voters who prioritize the environment are primarily young, African-American and Hispanic. But only about 40 percent of these voters actually turned up at the ballot box in the 2018 midterms. Environmental Voter Project Founder Nathaniel Stinnett explains what it might mean for environmental policy if politicians tap into this base of some 20 million “super-environmentalist” registered voters.

The Right To Repair

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Nathan Proctor works in a movement that promotes resources for people who need to repair everything from smartphones to dishwashers to agricultural equipment. He says how what started as a push to reduce e-waste has expanded into a national movement for consumer rights.

Is Shopping In A Store Greener Than Buying Online?

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Some like to buy gifts amid the festive atmosphere of a mall around Christmastime, while others would prefer to buy gifts online. This decision can impact not only our budgets, but the planet as well.

Green Gifts For The Holiday Season

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Some holiday gifts can create needless consumption. But there are greener ways to show our loved ones that we care. The Living On Earth crew is here to share our green gift ideas for the holidays.

Smeagull The Seagull: A True Story

listen / download
Smeagull the Seagull comes to the house near the shore every day. He knocks when he’s hungry and the people who live there feed him. Those humans are Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender, and his wife and illustrator Valerie Elaine Pettis. Mark reads their new children’s book about what happens when we pay attention to the animals on the other side of our sliding glass doors.


Special Features

Field Note: Red-Tailed Hunter
Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender shares this field note with his thoughts on the predatory habits and special adaptations that make a Red-Tailed hawk a skilled and stealthy hunter.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender Field Notes

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.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender Field Notes


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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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