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As the planet we call home faces a climate emergency, Living on Earth is your go-to source for the latest coverage of climate change, ecology, and human health. Hosted by Steve Curwood and brought to you by PRX.

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As the planet we call home faces a climate emergency, Living on Earth is your go-to source for the latest coverage of climate change, ecology, and human health. Hosted by Steve Curwood and brought to you by PRX.

    [Broadcast] How Biden Can Keep It in the Ground, Sustainable Thanksgiving on the Half-Shell, A Trip to the Pawpaw Patch, and more

    [Broadcast] How Biden Can Keep It in the Ground, Sustainable Thanksgiving on the Half-Shell, A Trip to the Pawpaw Patch, and more

    How Biden Can Keep It in the Ground / Beyond the Headlines / Down Yonder in the Pawpaw Patch / Native American Traditions of Giving Thanks / Sustainable Thanksgiving Fare from the Sea


    How President-elect Joe Biden can "keep it in the ground" by halting or reducing fossil fuel extraction on federal lands for a new climate protection agenda.





    Also, oysters can be eaten in many ways beyond the half-shell, and when farmed correctly they help nourish local economies and ecosystems. Celebrity chef Barton Seaver whips up some oyster stuffing for Thanksgiving.





    And the pawpaw, which is the largest edible fruit native to the U.S., ripens in the late fall, after many of the better-known local fruits like apples. Tips for growing pawpaw trees and enjoying their fruits.





    Those stories and more in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.

    • 51 min
    [Broadcast] Climate and the Biden Transition, Lead in Hunted Meat, "Tree Stories" Written in Rings, and more

    [Broadcast] Climate and the Biden Transition, Lead in Hunted Meat, "Tree Stories" Written in Rings, and more

    Climate and the Biden Transition / Beyond the Headlines / Lead in Hunted Meat / Midtown Coyote / Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings

    How the Biden transition team can best plan to fight climate disruption after four years of policy disruption while in incoming Administration also prepares to address the crises of the Covid-19 pandemic, the economy, and equal justice.



    Also, millions of American families who eat game could get lead poisoning from the bullets that killed the animal. Patrons of some food banks are also at risk as hunters also donate some 2 million pounds of venison and other hunted meat to food banks across the U.S. each year, with no inspection in some states that detect lead contamination.




    And the author of "Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings" joins us to talk about how tree rings hold clues to the ancient climate on Earth, and human history too.




    Those stories and more in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.

    • 51 min
    [Broadcast] Joe Biden and Bipartisan Opportunities on Climate, Preparing for COVID-19 in Winter, Tales of Two Planets and more

    [Broadcast] Joe Biden and Bipartisan Opportunities on Climate, Preparing for COVID-19 in Winter, Tales of Two Planets and more

    Biden, Republicans and the Climate / Green Questions on the 2020 Ballot / Beyond the Headlines / Ice Hockey COVID Outbreaks / Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality In A Divided World


    Some Republicans see opportunity for bipartisanship with a Democratic president, especially on the climate. How climate solutions can find support on both sides of the aisle if Congress remains divided amid a Biden presidency.




    Also, advice about getting through the Northern winter safely during the coronavirus pandemic.




    And a new anthology collects poems, short stories, essays, and reportage about the relationship between social inequality and the climate emergency.




    Those stories and more in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.

    • 51 min
    [Broadcast] All We Can Save, Arctic Sea Ice Overdue, Fall Gardening Tips, and more

    [Broadcast] All We Can Save, Arctic Sea Ice Overdue, Fall Gardening Tips, and more

    Arctic Sea Ice Overdue / Beyond the Headlines / All We Can Save / How Wildfires Benefit Wildlife / Remembering Mario Molina / Fall Gardening Tips


    An influential new collection of essays seeks to elevate women's voices in the climate movement and makes a strong case that diversity and inclusion are fundamental to addressing the climate crisis.




    Also, after record heat in the far north this summer, Arctic sea ice is unusually late to re-form this year. What this delay could mean for the Arctic ecosystem, volatile weather, and the climate system.




    And when the COVID-19 pandemic began, people found themselves stuck at home, and many turned to gardening as a way to pass the time. Tips from a gardening expert about how to continue this new hobby into the fall and winter months.




    Those stories and more in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.

    • 51 min
    [Broadcast] Climate and the Elections, Melting Ice and Rising Seas, Overcoming Climate Anxiety, Hiking in Six-Inch Heels and more

    [Broadcast] Climate and the Elections, Melting Ice and Rising Seas, Overcoming Climate Anxiety, Hiking in Six-Inch Heels and more

    Environmental Justice Debated / Climate and Senate Races in North Carolina and Georgia / Rapid Ice Melt and Rising Seas / Overcoming Climate Anxiety / Beyond the Headlines / Hiking in 6-Inch Heels


    The final presidential debate and US Senate races in North Carolina and Georgia underscore the growing climate concerns of voters.




    The Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are melting at alarming rates thanks to climate change, and will continue to do so for decades even if the Paris Climate Agreement goals are met. Why their melting necessitates both climate mitigation and adaptation to protect vulnerable coasts.




    Also, climate disruption is causing deep anxiety, especially for the young people organizing to address it. A new book called A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety lays out strategies for addressing climate-fueled anxieties and moving beyond them to help Gen Z activists envision a resilient future.




    And a queer environmental activist finds his calling and breaks down barriers with an alter-ego drag queen named "Pattie Gonia". Hiking in 6-inch heels and more, next time on Living on Earth from PRX.




    Those stories and more in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.

    • 51 min
    [Broadcast] EPA Devalues Science, China Leads on Climate, Prairie Senate Races Show Climate Divide, and more

    [Broadcast] EPA Devalues Science, China Leads on Climate, Prairie Senate Races Show Climate Divide, and more

    Prairie Senate Races Show Climate Divide / Beyond the Headlines / Note on Emerging Science: Puffins Use Tools / China Leads on Climate / California's Electric Vehicle Future / EPA Devalues Science To Downplay Chemical Risk / BirdNote®: October Migrants / Urban Farming During COVID


    Studies show that children exposed in utero to the pesticide chlorpyrifos suffer brain damage. But in a new risk assessment the EPA is claiming that data is "inconclusive" because it protects the identities of study participants.




    Also, China takes the lead on climate as President Xi pledges that his nation will peak its carbon emissions before 2030 and hit net zero emissions by 2060, without revealing how it plans to reach those goals.




    Also, as the prairie states experience increasingly destructive weather linked to climate change, the Senate races in Iowa and Kansas reflect a sharp divide between the Democratic and Republican candidates' talk on climate change.




    Those stories and more in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.

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Fantastic show

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Great news show

Up to date and awesome every time

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A Good Listen

I used to enjoy this program for the variety of material presented--often information not easily available elsewhere. The down side to the show was its lack of objectivity. Lately the show has taken a turn for the worse, however. It could now easily be named "The Global Warming Podcast," or perhaps "The Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling!" The program has become a one-dimensional boring litany of "experts" repeating the same things over and over. As it stands right now, the educational prospects of this show are dismal, and I am unsubscribing for the time being.

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