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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.

    Unprecedented Fires In Patagonia, Warming Climate and Children’s Health, “Don’t Look Up” and the Absurdity of Climate Inaction and more

    Unprecedented Fires In Patagonia, Warming Climate and Children’s Health, “Don’t Look Up” and the Absurdity of Climate Inaction and more

    Wildfires have been raging in South America’s Patagonia, where until recently fires were rare. But invasive species and heat, drought, and dry thunderstorms connected to climate change are altering the natural fire regime.
    Also, children and adolescents are facing increasing health risks from extreme heat, and a new study looked at heat and pediatric emergency department visits and found that black and brown children are especially impacted.
    And the hit Netflix movie “Don’t Look Up” uses humor and the metaphor of an impending, Earth-obliterating comet to satirize climate denial, the political obstacles to climate action and the false promises of future technological fixes.

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    Biden's First Year, Financing Net Zero Carbon, Climate Anxiety Therapy and more

    Biden's First Year, Financing Net Zero Carbon, Climate Anxiety Therapy and more

    When President Biden took office a year ago, he laid out bold goals to halt federal oil and gas drilling, reach carbon neutrality by 2050, and rectify environmental injustices. We’ll look at where progress has been made on these initiatives and where it’s lacking.

    Also, the world’s largest financial institutions have formed an alliance to tackle climate change as pressure mounts to steer capital away from fossil fuels and towards ventures that can put the world on a path to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

    And climate change in the form of things like wildfires, floods, and droughts can have devastating effects on mental health, and therapists are taking note. They are finding creative ways to tackle climate anxiety, often through community action and healing.

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    "Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet," Lead Pipes and Mental Health, Mapping Cancer-Causing Pollution and more

    "Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet," Lead Pipes and Mental Health, Mapping Cancer-Causing Pollution and more

    A conversation about how the Zen Buddhist practice of mindfulness can help us break out of a destructive cycle of consumption and live in harmony with the planet.

    Also, lead contamination in drinking water can have serious impacts on growing brains and even contribute to mental illnesses years down the road.

    And millions of Americans are breathing carcinogenic air pollution emitted from refineries and chemical plants, but EPA has failed to account for the cumulative cancer risk for people who live near several industrial facilities.

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    Remembering Naturalists E.O. Wilson and Tom Lovejoy, Winter Wildfires in a Changing Climate, and more

    Remembering Naturalists E.O. Wilson and Tom Lovejoy, Winter Wildfires in a Changing Climate, and more

    Two leading naturalists who pioneered the field of conservation biology passed away at the end of December 2021. A look back on E.O. Wilson’s big idea to save half of the Earth for nature, and Tom Lovejoy’s gift for bringing people together to protect the planet.

    Also, the wildfire that torched around a thousand homes in the suburbs of Boulder, Colorado in late December highlights the growing risk of wildfires to many neighborhoods year-round. As many as 60 million homes in America are within a mile of a wildfire zone, and we’ll discuss what residents can do to reduce their risk.

    And scientists find that polar bears use tools to hunt formidable walruses as access to other food sources for the bears declines in a warming Arctic.

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    Wildly Magical: Stories of Animal Encounters

    Wildly Magical: Stories of Animal Encounters

    From one woman’s dream of swimming with marine iguanas, to uncommon encounters with common rabbits, to a Native American tale of how the dog came to be our loyal companion, and much more, this Living on Earth holiday storytelling special features stories of how other species on this Earth touch human lives. “Wildly Magical: Stories of Animal Encounters”, a storytelling special from PRX.

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    Holiday Season Stories of Warmth and Light

    Holiday Season Stories of Warmth and Light

    Native American myths and tales help us endure or even enjoy the short days and long nights of winter. Living on Earth’s annual celebration of stories helps connect people with the natural world, and includes an Iroquois explanation of why the constellation Pleiades twinkles overhead and an Abenaki custom that asks forgiveness for any wrongs of the previous year. Seasonal stories and more, in this holiday special from Living on Earth from PRX.
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