45 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

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

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 Black Box for Civilization

    A Black Box for Civilization

    00:40-Mankind is building a Black Box to record our demise!
    05:22-Dirty air in London
    06:23- Recycling EV batteries is happening
    10:08-Tallin, Estonia
    11:45- Biden's first year
    13:40-Musicians doing their part
    16:30-Happy Birthday Greta!
    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
    Check out my new book-Cody's Revenge and Other Stories
    Please consider supporting this podcast!


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    • 20 min
    Top Climate Stories of 2021

    Top Climate Stories of 2021

    Top climate stories of 2021. Cop26, Nurdles and turtles, Gyres and fires, and much more!
    0038-0120 Rain in Greenland
    0122-0205 Flooding
    0208-0255 Texas Freeze
    0258-0403 Paris Agreement
    0404-0450 Cop26
    0451-0538 Hurrican Ida
    0539-0610 Tornado
    0612-0655 Heatwave
    0659-0808 Drought
    0813-1009 Hero
    1014-1035 Turtles
    1036-1117 Villain
    1122-1211 5 Gyres
    1212-1340 Nurdle Hunt
    1343-1440 James Dyson Award Winners
    1441-1751 Nikolai Vavilov


    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...

    Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/a-bre

    • 19 min
    Halloween Bombs Trains coming to your town!

    Halloween Bombs Trains coming to your town!

    LNG travels through Florida, Cop26, dying Manatees, Halley's comet, a French villain to rival Chevron and much more.
    Bomb Trains 01:20-04:40
    Cop 26- 04:40-06:55
    Climate Hero #1 06:59-09:01
    Earthshot winners
    Climate Villain #1 09:15-09:50
    Total Energy
    Climate Hero #2 09:53-10:50
    Hertz buys EVs
    Footsteps on the wind 11:00-11:30
    Climate Villain #2 11:40-14:05
    Chevron
    Manatees are dying 14:07-15:36
    Carbon footprint apps 15:37-16:28
    Edmund Halley 16:30-18:50






    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...

    Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.co

    • 19 min
    The Earthshot Prize

    The Earthshot Prize

    15 finalists compete for a one-million pound prize. 5 winners grab the prestige and funding for their projects.
    Protect and restore nature 03:19-06:23
    Clean our air 06:24-09:58
    Revive our oceans 09:58-14:47
    Build a waste-free world 14:48-18:48
    Fix our climate 18:50-24:17
    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...

    Support this podcast at — https:/

    • 25 min
    There's Microplastic in my Baby's Poop!

    There's Microplastic in my Baby's Poop!

    Microplastic poop 00:45-04:43
    Polar Bears 04:45-06:00
    Potty training cows 06:02-07:50
    Hero of the week 07:53-09:23
    EV Chargers 09:25-12:50
    Pipelines 12:52-14:12
    Social Media 14:14-15:03
    Bitcoin 15:05-20:24
    Walter Monk 20:26-22:28
    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...

    Support this podcast at — https://redc

    • 24 min
    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
    back with fondness at the strange but...

    Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/a-breath-o

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Nick Bush Tex ,

Awesome Climate Change Podcast

I laugh and chuckled regularly listening to this great climate change podcast. It is a mix of climate, environment, interesting facts, news and humor. Overall very entertaining and one of the best climate change podcasts around. Thanks for doing it.

LoraxJR ,

Funny and informative!

Solid show!

WTN666 ,

Great Show

Great Show!!

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