Living on EarthAuthor: World Media Foundation
28 Feb 2020

Living on Earth

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Living on Earth is a weekly news and information program from PRI about the world's changing environment, ecology, and human health. If there's something new about global warming, climate change, environmental politics or environmental quality and human health, you can count on Host Steve Curwood and the LOE public radio news team to keep you up to date with fair and accurate coverage.

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    Koch Industries and the Climate, Bernie Sanders on Climate Change, China's Single-Use Plastics Ban, and more

    Bernie Sanders on Climate / Beyond the Headlines / BirdNote®: Left Foot or Right? Handedness in Birds / The Place Where You Live: Tianmushan, China / China's Single-Use Plastics Ban / Armistice for Hippos and Crocs / Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

    This week on Living on Earth, much of the anti-climate policy efforts in the U.S. can be traced back to one powerful man, Charles Koch, who sits at the helm of a fossil fuel-based corporate empire. The new book "Kochland" describes how Charles Koch and his massive company have profited from secrecy and worked to thwart climate policy and stamp out the moderate wing of the Republican Party.

    Also, Bernie Sanders rallygoers share their thoughts on the Democratic presidential candidate's version of the Green New Deal.

    And we head to China to discuss its recent single-use plastics ban, and for our latest instalment in the Living on Earth - Orion Magazine series, the Place Where You Live.

    All that and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.

    Find this week's transcript here: https://loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=20-P13-00008. . . .

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    JOIN US at our upcoming live FREE event in Boston March 10 with Harvard law professor Richard Lazarus, on the landmark Massachusetts v. EPA Supreme Court case that found greenhouses gases are air pollutants that can be regulated. RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite. . . .

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  • Posted on 21 Feb 2020

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    Trump Admin Leaves Clean Energy Funding Unspent, PFAS in our Water, Bill Weld's Climate Plan, and more

    Trump Admin Leaves Clean Energy Funding Unspent / Beyond the Headlines / Bill Weld's Climate Plan / The Place Where You Live: Petaluma, CA / UN and Protections for Climate Refugees / PFAS Chemicals Likely in All Major Water Supplies / Dueling Dinosaurs Ignite Battle Over Fossil Ownership

    The Trump Administration is under review by a House oversight panel for withholding funds that Congress designated for clean energy projects.

    Also, PFAS chemicals, common in nonstick consumer products, are also now ubiquitous in drinking water supplies.

    And Republican Presidential candidate Bill Weld is looking to bring environmental priorities, including more stringent regulations, back to the Grand Old Party.

    All that and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.

    Find this week's transcript here: https://loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=20-P13-00007. . . .

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    JOIN US at our upcoming live FREE event in Boston February 20 with activist Ronnie Cummins, on regenerative agriculture and a Green New Deal. RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite. . . .

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  • Posted on 14 Feb 2020

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    Regrowing Australian Forests, Wine Regions Shift With Warming, The CLEAN Future Act, and more

    Democrats Unveil CLEAN Future Act / Beyond the Headlines / How Wildfires Affect Water Quality / Regrowing Australian Forests / Sounds of Winter / Wine Regions Struggle with Climate Change / Feed Your Ex to a Bear for Valentine's Day

    Years of repeated bushfires linked to climate change have left some of Australia's iconic eucalyptus forests unable to come back on their own. Now humans are giving them a helping hand by carefully collecting and distributing their seeds.

    And as the climate changes, many traditional wine-growing regions are struggling with the heat and cooler regions, like the UK and China, are poised to fill in the gap.

    Also, in the face of the climate crisis, House Democrats released a draft of the CLEAN Future Act, a plan to put the United States on track for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    All that and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.

    Find this week's transcript here: https://loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=20-P13-00006. . . .

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    LEARN MORE about these stories and everything in our decades of archives at loe.org. We've got audio, transcripts, links, photos and more! . . .

    JOIN US at our upcoming live FREE event in Boston February 20 with activist Ronnie Cummins, on regenerative agriculture and a Green New Deal. RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite. . . .

    PITCH IN with your tax-deductible contribution at https://loe.org/about/donate.html. Thank you for your support! . . .

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  • Posted on 07 Feb 2020

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    Decoding the Coronavirus, Trump Water Rule 'Ignores Science', Our Wild Calling and more

    Decoding the Coronavirus / Beyond the Headlines / Trump Water Rule 'Ignores Science' / Freshwater Mussels: Hunted for Buttons, Stranded by Dams / BirdNote®: Canada Jays Save Food For Later / Our Wild Calling

    As a novel coronavirus began spreading from Wuhan, China in December 2019, scientists were able to isolate, sequence, and publish the complete genetic code of the virus in less than a month.

    Also, critics of the Trump Administration's new water rule, including EPA's own Science Advisory Board, say that it has no grounding in basic watershed science.

    And our modern lives have separated us from other species and contributed to "species loneliness", says Richard Louv, author of the new book Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives - and Save Theirs.

    All that and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.

    Find this week's transcript here: https://loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=20-P13-00005. . . .

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    LEARN MORE about these stories and everything in our decades of archives at loe.org. We've got audio, transcripts, links, photos and more! . . .

    JOIN US at our upcoming live FREE event in Boston February 20 with activist Ronnie Cummins, on regenerative agriculture and a Green New Deal. RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite. . . .

    PITCH IN with your tax-deductible contribution at https://loe.org/about/donate.html. Thank you for your support! . . .

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  • Posted on 31 Jan 2020

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    A Plan To Save Biodiversity, Redlining Linked with Extreme Urban Heat, Court Dismisses Youth Climate Case, and more

    Appeals Court Reluctantly Dismisses Youth Climate Case / Beyond the Headlines / A Plan to Avoid Extinctions / Mangroves Thriving in a Warming World / BirdNote®: Laysan Albatrosses Nest at Midway Atoll / Norway's Disappearing Winter / Redlining Linked with Extreme Urban Heat

    As many as 1 million species are at risk of going extinct in the coming decades. Now the UN has a bold plan to set aside half of the earth by 2050 to save biodiversity.

    Also, the discriminatory practice known as redlining is now linked with neighborhoods that experience extreme heat.

    And even Scandinavia, nearly synonymous with cold and snow, is heating up: Oslo, Norway is already experiencing 21 fewer days of winter than it did 30 years ago.

    Norway's disappearing winter and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.

    Find this week's transcript here: https://loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=20-P13-00004. . . .

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    LEARN MORE about these stories and everything in our decades of archives at loe.org. We've got audio, transcripts, links, photos and more! . . .

    JOIN US at our upcoming live FREE event in Boston January 30 with author Terry Tempest Williams! RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite. . . .

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  • Posted on 24 Jan 2020

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