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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.

    Dancing With Bees: A Journey Back to Nature

    Dancing With Bees: A Journey Back to Nature

    The innate curiosity about and connection to the natural world that many of us experience as children are often lost on the path to adulthood. Author Brigit Strawbridge Howard found her way back to a childlike fascination with nature with the help of some of the world's most important pollinators: honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees. She shares tips for helping diverse bee species thrive in your own backyard.


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    [Broadcast] Siberian Heat Wave, GMO Mosquitoes, Dancing With Bees: A Journey Back to Nature, and more

    [Broadcast] Siberian Heat Wave, GMO Mosquitoes, Dancing With Bees: A Journey Back to Nature, and more

    Siberian Heat Wave / Beyond the Headlines / EPA Approves GMO Mosquito Trials / Court Finds EPA Violated Pesticide Safety Procedures / Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature

    The town of Verkhoyansk, Siberia recently hit a record-high temperature of 100.4º F, though it is well north of the Arctic Circle. Why the Far North is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and the implications of this for the rest of the world.


    Also, EPA has given biotech company Oxitec the go-ahead to test the effectiveness of genetically modified mosquitoes in parts of Florida and Texas, generating environmental safety concerns.


    And observing the remarkable habits of solitary bees gave author Brigit Strawbridge Howard a way back into a childlike fascination with nature. She shares tips for helping diverse bee species thrive in your own backyard.


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    A Texas Town Refuses Fracking Expansion

    A Texas Town Refuses Fracking Expansion

    The City Council of Arlington, Texas has taken a historic stand by refusing to expand a fracking complex located next to a preschool that serves primarily Black and Latino children.


    Also, eye contact can be powerful, a knowing look exchanged between beings. And for Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence, Mark Seth Lender, nothing compares to catching the eye of a wild elephant.


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    Bill McKibben on the Divestment Movement

    Bill McKibben on the Divestment Movement

    Harvard is one of the latest in a series of wealthy institutions around the world announcing steps towards pulling their investments in the fossil fuel industry. But Harvard's announcement has been called too little, too late. Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature" and cofounder of 350.org, reflects on what the divestment movement has achieved so far and how it all began. Also, why racial justice goes hand in hand with the fight for a cleaner environment, and the big takeaways that the coronavirus pandemic has for the climate crisis.


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    [Broadcast] Bill McKibben on the Divestment Movement, A Texas Town Refuses Fracking Expansion, and more

    [Broadcast] Bill McKibben on the Divestment Movement, A Texas Town Refuses Fracking Expansion, and more

    A Texas Town Refuses Fracking Expansion / Beyond the Headlines / Bill McKibben on the Divestment Movement / Eye Contact with a Wild Elephant / BirdNote®: Salmonberry Bird

    The fossil fuel divestment movement is making inroads at major institutions, including Ivy League schools, massive pension funds and more. Author and climate activist Bill McKibben reflects on what the divestment movement has achieved so far and how it all began. Also, why racial justice goes hand in hand with the fight for a cleaner environment, and the big takeaways that the coronavirus pandemic has for the climate crisis.


    And citizens of Arlington, Texas have taken a historic stand by refusing to expand a fracking complex located next to a preschool that serves primarily Black and Latino children.


    Find this week's transcript here: https://loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=20-P13-00026. . . .


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    How Systemic Racism Exposes Black Americans to Pollution and Extreme Heat

    How Systemic Racism Exposes Black Americans to Pollution and Extreme Heat

    Systemic racism has set Black Americans up for far greater exposure to pollution, and extreme heat brought by climate change. Both environmental concerns have been primarily caused and exacerbated by white Americans, yet it's Black communities that bear the brunt of the harm.


    Also, some stereotypes about who can be "outdoorsy" can leave people of color out. So environmental educator CJ Goulding actively and creatively works to encourage young people of color to feel that they belong in the outdoors, too -- with an assist from his Air Jordan "Bred 11" sneakers.


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