40 episodes

A Breath of Fresh Earth explores the great things happening in the fight for a clean planet. Each week I'll give a shout-out to people making a huge impact with new technologies and ideas. I call them "Climate Heroes". We have our share of climate villains, too. The President isn't the only one I have a problem with. (I'll try to avoid saying his name during the show) I'll tell you about new products available to purchase, and who to follow on social media, reviews of environmentally themed movies, books, and songs, apps and websites, the air quality index and the current CO2 level. I'll tell you exciting news about wind and solar energy, plant-based food, electronic vehicles, the fight against plastic in the ocean, the EPA, and much more. Best of all, I'll give you easy steps to help in this battle and you won't have to leave the comfort of your couch to do it!

A Breath of Fresh Earth Rick Friedman

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A Breath of Fresh Earth explores the great things happening in the fight for a clean planet. Each week I'll give a shout-out to people making a huge impact with new technologies and ideas. I call them "Climate Heroes". We have our share of climate villains, too. The President isn't the only one I have a problem with. (I'll try to avoid saying his name during the show) I'll tell you about new products available to purchase, and who to follow on social media, reviews of environmentally themed movies, books, and songs, apps and websites, the air quality index and the current CO2 level. I'll tell you exciting news about wind and solar energy, plant-based food, electronic vehicles, the fight against plastic in the ocean, the EPA, and much more. Best of all, I'll give you easy steps to help in this battle and you won't have to leave the comfort of your couch to do it!

    5 Cities Fighting Back Against Air Pollution

    5 Cities Fighting Back Against Air Pollution

    Cities fight back 01:18-07:35
    Hero of the week 07:37-08:51
    Villain of the week 08:52-09:54
    Social Media Minute 09:55-11:12
    Loss of Habitat/Dragons11:13-14:17
    Lagos, Nigeria 14:18-17:35
    Oil Spill from Ida 17:36-19:18
    Rain in Greenland 19:21-20:56
    Refillery 20:57-22:05
    Suki Manabe 22:07-24:30
    You can reach me at
    rf@richardfriedman.net
    You can find my books
    here with the links to find your favorite retailer.


    Climate Fiction novels:


    Escape to Canamith
    https://books2read.com/u/bWP9y1
    The Two Worlds of Billy Callahan
    https://books2read.com/u/mvnvLX


    Cli/Fi short stories- A
    Climate Carol and Other Cli-Fi Short Stories. Available in print or audiobook.


    https://books2read.com/u/38roQL (https://books2read.com/u/38roQL)


    Danny Bloom created the phrase “cli-fi” and founder of cli-fi.net. Here’s his review.


    Climate-themed anti-Trump short story 'A Climate Carol' will be
    read 100 years from now ''We must build arks,'' the Notre Dame University philosopher Roy
    Scranton urges, ''not just biological arks, to carry forward endangered genetic
    data, but also cultural arks, to carry forward endangered wisdom.''
    One such cultural ark has already been built and it's a 14-page
    Christmas story from the pen of Richard Friedman in Cleveland, Ohio.
    In the title story, "A Climate Carol," based very
    closely on U.S. President Donald Trump's stubborn and selfish personality and
    his public denial of climate change, a narcissistic East Coast businessman and
    billionaire receives a visit on Christmas Eve from three Charles Dickens-like
    ghosts in a contemporary spin of that timeless classic from the 1840s "A
    Christmas Carol."
    Charles Dickens first published his now famous novella “A
    Christmas Carol” more than 170 years ago -- in 1843 — and that story has
    reverberated and resonated worldwide ever since.
    With the annual holiday season upon us all every November and
    December worldwide (Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas), a new kind of holiday
    story titled “A Climate Carol” has been published in 2019 and stands to remain
    in print for the next 100 years, if not longer. It's that good, and that
    important. In fact, I would say that this short story is the best and most
    important climate-themed short story to appear so far in the 21st century and
    is likely to remain popular over the next 100 Christmases for sure.
    When I read it online a few days ago, I was blown away by both the
    author’s storytelling skills and the environmental eco-theme of the 14-page
    piece.
    Let me tell you a few things about this modern Dickensian-style
    story and how it fits into the world we live in today, where runaway global
    warming threatens to push human civilization into a dark corner we may never
    get out from.
    However, before I go on, please know that “A Climate Carol” ends
    on an optimistic note, where ecumenical goodness triumphs over ''Trumpian
    greed'' and all ends well.
    In the story you will meet characters with names like Wilson
    Drummond (the proverbial '' Trumpian bad guy'' who later turns over a new leaf
    and becomes a champion of human kindness), his mother Gurtie Drummond, his
    limousine driver Sammie Johnson, and his employee Jericho Reese. And the star
    of the show, his grand-daughter Lily.
    You will also meet several important ghost-like characters, one
    who calls himself the Ghost of Climate Past, another who says they are the
    Ghost of the Current Climate in the world, and a third ghost who speaks in a
    chilling voice reminiscent of the horror movie actor Vincent Price and declares
    that he is the Ghost of Climate Future.
    In the end, we learn that the Scrooge-like Trump-like Drummond has
    mended his insensitive ways and become a better human being. He even later
    becomes President of the United States and turns out to represent all that is
    good about America.
    And grand-daughter Lily lives to the ripe old age of 93 and looks

    • 26 min
    The Good News Episode!

    The Good News Episode!

    More trees for Korea 00:47-01:18
    Alaska 01:23-3:26
    Montreal/pesticides 03:29-4:13
    Shell pays Nigeria 04:14-05:25
    Electric Planes 05:30-06:31
    Sunscreen in Thailand 06:33-7:41
    Water out of thin air 07:43-08:46
    Hair Force? 08:47-14:15
    Doomsday game 14:16-16:21
    Homes in Wales 16:23-17:11
    The Keeling Curve Prize 17:12-18:43
    David Schindler 18:46-20:27
    You can reach me at rf@richardfriedman.net
    You can find my books here with the links to find your favorite retailer.
    Climate Fiction novels:
    Escape to Canamith
    https://books2read.com/u/bWP9y1
    The Two Worlds of Billy Callahan
    https://books2read.com/u/mvnvLX
    Cli/Fi short stories- A Climate Carol and Other Cli-Fi Short Stories. Available in print or audiobook.
    https://books2read.com/u/38roQL
    Danny Bloom created the phrase “cli-fi” and founder of cli-fi.net. Here’s his review.
    Climate-themed anti-Trump short story 'A Climate Carol' will be read 100 years from now
    ''We must build arks,'' the Notre Dame University philosopher Roy Scranton urges, ''not just biological arks, to carry forward endangered genetic data, but also cultural arks, to carry forward endangered wisdom.''
    One such cultural ark has already been built and it's a 14-page Christmas story from the pen of Richard Friedman in Cleveland, Ohio.




    In the title story, "A Climate Carol," based very closely on U.S. President Donald Trump's stubborn and selfish personality and his public denial of climate change, a narcissistic East Coast businessman and billionaire receives a visit on Christmas Eve from three Charles Dickens-like ghosts in a contemporary spin of that timeless classic from the 1840s "A Christmas Carol."


    Charles Dickens first published his now famous novella “A Christmas Carol” more than 170 years ago -- in 1843 — and that story has reverberated and resonated worldwide ever since.


    With the annual holiday season upon us all every November and December worldwide (Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas), a new kind of holiday story titled “A Climate Carol” has been published in 2019 and stands to remain in print for the next 100 years, if not longer. It's that good, and that important. In fact, I would say that this short story is the best and most important climate-themed short story to appear so far in the 21st century and is likely to remain popular over the next 100 Christmases for sure.


    When I read it online a few days ago, I was blown away by both the author’s storytelling skills and the environmental eco-theme of the 14-page piece.


    Let me tell you a few things about this modern Dickensian-style story and how it fits into the world we live in today, where runaway global warming threatens to push human civilization into a dark corner we may never get out from.


    However, before I go on, please know that “A Climate Carol” ends on an optimistic note, where ecumenical goodness triumphs over ''Trumpian greed'' and all ends well.


    In the story you will meet characters with names like Wilson Drummond (the proverbial '' Trumpian bad guy'' who later turns over a new leaf and becomes a champion of human kindness), his mother Gurtie Drummond, his limousine driver Sammie Johnson, and his employee Jericho Reese. And the star of the show, his grand-daughter Lily.


    You will also meet several important ghost-like characters, one who calls himself the Ghost of Climate Past, another who says they are the Ghost of the Current Climate in the world, and a third ghost who speaks in a chilling voice reminiscent of the horror movie actor Vincent Price and declares that he is the Ghost of Climate Future.


    In the end, we learn that the Scrooge-like Trump-like Drummond has mended his insensitive ways and become a better human being. He even later becomes President of the United States and turns out to represent all that is good about America.


    And grand-daughter Lily lives to the

    • 22 min
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

    It's getting hotter and wetter, you won't need a sweater!
    You can reach me at rf@richardfriedman.net
    You can find my books here with the links to find your favorite retailer.
    Climate Fiction novels:
    Escape to Canamith
    https://books2read.com/u/bWP9y1
    The Two Worlds of Billy Callahan
    https://books2read.com/u/mvnvLX
    Cli/Fi short stories- A Climate Carol and Other Cli-Fi Short Stories. Available in print or audiobook.
    https://books2read.com/u/38roQL


    Danny Bloom created the phrase “cli-fi” and founder of cli-fi.net. Here’s his review.
    Climate-themed anti-Trump short story 'A Climate Carol' will be read 100 years from now
    ''We must build arks,'' the Notre Dame University philosopher Roy Scranton urges, ''not just biological arks, to carry forward endangered genetic data, but also cultural arks, to carry forward endangered wisdom.''
    One such cultural ark has already been built and it's a 14-page Christmas story from the pen of Richard Friedman in Cleveland, Ohio.
    In the title story, "A Climate Carol," based very closely on U.S. President Donald Trump's stubborn and selfish personality and his public denial of climate change, a narcissistic East Coast businessman and billionaire receives a visit on Christmas Eve from three Charles Dickens-like ghosts in a contemporary spin of that timeless classic from the 1840s "A Christmas Carol."
    Charles Dickens first published his now famous novella “A Christmas Carol” more than 170 years ago -- in 1843 — and that story has reverberated and resonated worldwide ever since.
    With the annual holiday season upon us all every November and December worldwide (Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas), a new kind of holiday story titled “A Climate Carol” has been published in 2019 and stands to remain in print for the next 100 years, if not longer. It's that good, and that important. In fact, I would say that this short story is the best and most important climate-themed short story to appear so far in the 21st century and is likely to remain popular over the next 100 Christmases for sure.
    When I read it online a few days ago, I was blown away by both the author’s storytelling skills and the environmental eco-theme of the 14-page piece.
    Let me tell you a few things about this modern Dickensian-style story and how it fits into the world we live in today, where runaway global warming threatens to push human civilization into a dark corner we may never get out from.
    However, before I go on, please know that “A Climate Carol” ends on an optimistic note, where ecumenical goodness triumphs over ''Trumpian greed'' and all ends well.
    In the story you will meet characters with names like Wilson Drummond (the proverbial '' Trumpian bad guy'' who later turns over a new leaf and becomes a champion of human kindness), his mother Gurtie Drummond, his limousine driver Sammie Johnson, and his employee Jericho Reese. And the star of the show, his grand-daughter Lily.
    You will also meet several important ghost-like characters, one who calls himself the Ghost of Climate Past, another who says they are the Ghost of the Current Climate in the world, and a third ghost who speaks in a chilling voice reminiscent of the horror movie actor Vincent Price and declares that he is the Ghost of Climate Future.
    In the end, we learn that the Scrooge-like Trump-like Drummond has mended his insensitive ways and become a better human being. He even later becomes President of the United States and turns out to represent all that is good about America.
    And grand-daughter Lily lives to the ripe old age of 93 and looks back with fondness at the strange but redemptive life of her grandfather for the things he later did to protect the environment, save the planet and give back to his workers what he earlier had taken from them: their self-worth.
    This little short story will have an annual impact during a special time of the cal

    • 13 min
    The Water Episode

    The Water Episode

    Water Cycle 00:31 - 02:15
    Great Barrier Reef 02:19- 04:21
    Salt Lake 04:24-06:28
    Lake Mead 06:30-08:00
    Iran 08:05-10:30
    Floods in Germany 10:36-12:11
    Firefly Orgy 12:15-16:03
    Seas and Trees 16:04-17:33
    Lonnie Thompson 17:38-20:41
    You can reach me at rf@richardfriedman.net
    You can find my books here with the links to find your favorite retailer.
    Climate Fiction novels:
    Escape to Canamith
    https://books2read.com/u/bWP9y1
    The Two Worlds of Billy Callahan
    https://books2read.com/u/mvnvLX
    Cli/Fi short stories- A Climate Carol and Other Cli-Fi Short Stories. Available in print or audiobook.
    https://books2read.com/u/38roQL


    Danny Bloom created the phrase “cli-fi” and founder of cli-fi.net. Here’s his review.
    Climate-themed anti-Trump short story 'A Climate Carol' will be read 100 years from now
    ''We must build arks,'' the Notre Dame University philosopher Roy Scranton urges, ''not just biological arks, to carry forward endangered genetic data, but also cultural arks, to carry forward endangered wisdom.'' One such cultural ark has already been built and it's a 14-page Christmas story from the pen of Richard Friedman in Cleveland, Ohio.
    In the title story, "A Climate Carol," based very closely on U.S. President Donald Trump's stubborn and selfish personality and his public denial of climate change, a narcissistic East Coast businessman and billionaire receives a visit on Christmas Eve from three Charles Dickens-like ghosts in a contemporary spin of that timeless classic from the 1840s "A Christmas Carol." Charles Dickens first published his now famous novella “A Christmas Carol” more than 170 years ago -- in 1843 — and that story has reverberated and resonated worldwide ever since. With the annual holiday season upon us all every November and December worldwide (Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas), a new kind of holiday story titled “A Climate Carol” has been published in 2019 and stands to remain in print for the next 100 years, if not longer. It's that good, and that important. In fact, I would say that this short story is the best and most important climate-themed short story to appear so far in the 21st century and is likely to remain popular over the next 100 Christmases for sure.
    When I read it online a few days ago, I was blown away by both the author’s storytelling skills and the environmental eco-theme of the 14-page piece.Let me tell you a few things about this modern Dickensian-style story and how it fits into the world we live in today, where runaway global warming threatens to push human civilization into a dark corner we may never get out from. However, before I go on, please know that “A Climate Carol” ends on an optimistic note, where ecumenical goodness triumphs over ''Trumpian greed'' and all ends well. In the story you will meet characters with names like Wilson Drummond (the proverbial '' Trumpian bad guy'' who later turns over a new leaf and becomes a champion of human kindness), his mother Gurtie Drummond, his limousine driver Sammie Johnson, and his employee Jericho Reese. And the star of the show, his grand-daughter Lily.
    You will also meet several important ghost-like characters, one who calls himself the Ghost of Climate Past, another who says they are the Ghost of the Current Climate in the world, and a third ghost who speaks in a chilling voice reminiscent of the horror movie actor Vincent Price and declares that he is the Ghost of Climate Future. In the end, we learn that the Scrooge-like Trump-like Drummond has mended his insensitive ways and become a better human being. He even later becomes President of the United States and turns out to represent all that is good about America.And grand-daughter Lily lives to the ripe old age of 93 and looks back with fondness at the strange but redemptive life of her grandfather for the things he later did to protect the enviro

    • 22 min
    Heat Dome Killer!

    Heat Dome Killer!

    Heat Domes, Exxon/Mobile still suck, Spindex is a spidey hero, the Ocean was on Fire, the Age of Stupid, track your plastic into the ocean, and more.
    You can reach me at
    rf@richardfriedman.net
    Heat Dome 00:57-05:22
    Exxon/Mobile 05:23-07:53
    Spintex/Hero 08:21-09:42
    Ocean on Fire 09:44-11:08
    Age of Stupid 11:10-12:57
    Social Media 13:00-14:47
    Coke/Ocean 14:49-16:58
    Plastic Tracker 16:59-18:21


    You can reach me at rf@richardfriedman.net
    You can find my books here with the links to find your favorite retailer.
    Climate Fiction novels:
    Escape to Canamith
    https://books2read.com/u/bWP9y1
    The Two Worlds of Billy Callahan
    https://books2read.com/u/mvnvLX
    Cli/Fi short stories- A Climate Carol and Other Cli-Fi Short Stories. Available in print or audiobook.
    https://books2read.com/u/38roQL


    Danny Bloom created the phrase “cli-fi” and founder of cli-fi.net. Here’s his review.
    Climate-themed anti-Trump short story 'A Climate Carol' will be read 100 years from now.
    ''We must build arks,'' the Notre Dame University philosopher Roy Scranton urges, ''not just biological arks, to carry forward endangered genetic data, but also cultural arks, to carry forward endangered wisdom.'' One such cultural ark has already been built and it's a 14-page Christmas story from the pen of Richard Friedman in Cleveland, Ohio.
    In the title story, "A Climate Carol," based very closely on U.S. President Donald Trump's stubborn and selfish personality and his public denial of climate change, a narcissistic East Coast businessman and billionaire receives a visit on Christmas Eve from three Charles Dickens-like ghosts in a contemporary spin of that timeless classic from the 1840s "A Christmas Carol."
    Charles Dickens first published his now famous novella “A Christmas Carol” more than 170 years ago -- in 1843 — and that story has reverberated and resonated worldwide ever since.
    With the annual holiday season upon us all every November and December worldwide (Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas), a new kind of holiday story titled “A Climate Carol” has been published in 2019 and stands to remain in print for the next 100 years, if not longer. It's that good, and that important. In fact, I would say that this short story is the best and most important climate-themed short story to appear so far in the 21st century and is likely to remain popular over the next 100 Christmases for sure.
    When I read it online a few days ago, I was blown away by both the author’s storytelling skills and the environmental eco-theme of the 14-page piece.
    Let me tell you a few things about this modern Dickensian-style story and how it fits into the world we live in today, where runaway global warming threatens to push human civilization into a dark corner we may never get out from.
    However, before I go on, please know that “A Climate Carol” ends on an optimistic note, where ecumenical goodness triumphs over ''Trumpian greed'' and all ends well.
    In the story you will meet characters with names like Wilson Drummond (the proverbial '' Trumpian bad guy'' who later turns over a new leaf and becomes a champion of human kindness), his mother Gurtie Drummond, his limousine driver Sammie Johnson, and his employee Jericho Reese. And the star of the show, his grand-daughter Lily.
    You will also meet several important ghost-like characters, one who calls himself the Ghost of Climate Past, another who says they are the Ghost of the Current Climate in the world, and a third ghost who speaks in a chilling voice reminiscent of the horror movie actor Vincent Price and declares that he is the Ghost of Climate Future.
    In the end, we learn that the Scrooge-like Trump-like Drummond has mended his insensitive ways and become a better human being. He even later becomes President of the United States and turns out to represent all that is good about America.
    And grand-daughter Lily lives to

    • 18 min
    Saving the Northern White Rhinoceros

    Saving the Northern White Rhinoceros

    Northern White Rhino, Huge nurdle spill in Sri Lanka, World Rainforest Day, 8 things killing humankind, and happy birthday Nerilie Abram.
    Saving Rhinos 00:47-06:48
    Problems 06:53-17:05
    Nurdles 17:16-18:50
    Rainforest Day 18:51-20:49
    Scientist B-D 20:57-22:19
    You can reach me at rf@richardfriedman.net
    You can find my books here with the links to find your favorite retailer.
    Climate Fiction novels:
    Escape to Canamith
    https://books2read.com/u/bWP9y1
    The Two Worlds of Billy Callahan
    https://books2read.com/u/mvnvLX
    Cli/Fi short stories- A Climate Carol and Other Cli-Fi Short Stories. Available in print or audiobook.
    https://books2read.com/u/38roQL (https://books2read.com/u/38roQL)
    Here’s a review from Danny Bloom, the man who
    created the phrase “cli-fi” and founder of cli-fi.net.
    Climate-themed anti-Trump short story 'A Climate Carol' will be
    read 100 years from now.
    ''We must build arks,'' the Notre Dame University philosopher Roy
    Scranton urges, ''not just biological arks, to carry forward endangered genetic
    data, but also cultural arks, to carry forward endangered wisdom.''
    One such cultural ark has already been built and it's a 14-page
    Christmas story from the pen of Richard Friedman in Cleveland, Ohio.
    In the title story, "A Climate Carol," based very
    closely on U.S. President Donald Trump's stubborn and selfish personality and
    his public denial of climate change, a narcissistic East Coast businessman and
    billionaire receives a visit on Christmas Eve from three Charles Dickens-like
    ghosts in a contemporary spin of that timeless classic from the 1840s "A
    Christmas Carol."
    Charles Dickens first published his now famous novella “A
    Christmas Carol” more than 170 years ago -- in 1843 — and that story has
    reverberated and resonated worldwide ever since.
    With the annual holiday season upon us all every November and
    December worldwide (Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas), a new kind of holiday
    story titled “A Climate Carol” has been published in 2019 and stands to remain
    in print for the next 100 years, if not longer. It's that good, and that
    important. In fact, I would say that this short story is the best and most
    important climate-themed short story to appear so far in the 21st century and
    is likely to remain popular over the next 100 Christmases for sure.
    When I read it online a few days ago, I was blown away by both the
    author’s storytelling skills and the environmental eco-theme of the 14-page
    piece. Let me tell you a few things about this modern Dickensian-style
    story and how it fits into the world we live in today, where runaway global
    warming threatens to push human civilization into a dark corner we may never
    get out from. However, before I go on, please know that “A Climate Carol” ends
    on an optimistic note, where ecumenical goodness triumphs over ''Trumpian
    greed'' and all ends well.
    In the story you will meet characters with names like Wilson
    Drummond (the proverbial '' Trumpian bad guy'' who later turns over a new leaf
    and becomes a champion of human kindness), his mother Gurtie Drummond, his
    limousine driver Sammie Johnson, and his employee Jericho Reese. And the star
    of the show, his grand-daughter Lily.
    You will also meet several important ghost-like characters, one
    who calls himself the Ghost of Climate Past, another who says they are the
    Ghost of the Current Climate in the world, and a third ghost who speaks in a
    chilling voice reminiscent of the horror movie actor Vincent Price and declares
    that he is the Ghost of Climate Future.
    In the end, we learn that the Scrooge-like Trump-like Drummond has
    mended his insensitive ways and become a better human being. He even later
    becomes President of the United States and turns out to represent all that is
    good about America.
    And grand-daughter Lily lives to the ripe old age of 93 and looks
    back with fondness at t

    • 22 min

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