20 episodes

A look at our changing environment.

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A look at our changing environment.

    Averting a mass extinction

    Averting a mass extinction

    There has been widespread concern that biodiversity is under siege and that we are in the beginnings of a sixth mass extinction in the long history of the Earth, this time caused by the actions of humanity.  There has been considerable debate about what can be done about it and solutions generally involve protecting large […]

    • 2 min
    The slippery slopes of the ski industry

    The slippery slopes of the ski industry

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, snowfall is declining globally as temperatures warm because of human-caused climate change.  Less snow threatens to reinforce global warming, and to disrupt food, water, and livelihoods for billions of people.    According to new modeling by researchers from Protect Our Winters Australia and The Australian National University, the […]

    • 2 min
    Eliminating plastic shipping pillows

    Eliminating plastic shipping pillows

    Anyone who gets packages from Amazon is familiar with the plastic air pillows used to keep products safe in transit.  Amazon uses almost 15 billion of them a year in North America. Environmentalists have been urging Amazon and other vendors to cut down on the use of plastic packaging. The air-filled plastic pillows are made […]

    • 2 min
    Potential for floating solar

    Potential for floating solar

    As installations of utility-scale solar power continue to expand around the world, there is the issue of where to put them.  They do take up considerable amounts of space and, in many places, available land is at a premium. An alternative to taking up available land with solar panels is to deploy them on the […]

    • 2 min
    Dark chocolate is not so dangerous

    Dark chocolate is not so dangerous

    Last year, Consumer Reports published a story stating that a third of chocolate products contain potentially dangerous amounts of heavy metals, in particular lead and cadmium. Since it contains much more cacao, dark chocolate was singled out as the most worrisome product.  Needless to say, chocolate lovers found this report quite alarming. A new study […]

    • 2 min
    Research on solar geoengineering

    Research on solar geoengineering

    Ideas for potential technologies that could artificially cool the planet as a countermeasure against global warming have been considered radical and dangerous for a long time.  But as climate change continues to become increasingly apparent, ideas like solar geoengineering are gaining increasing attention. Most environmental organizations are at best skeptical about such ideas and oppose […]

    • 2 min

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