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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.

    Backyard Tigers in America + The Lion in the Living Room

    Backyard Tigers in America + The Lion in the Living Room

    Private ownership of big cats is completely legal in several US states. In fact, experts estimate more tigers live in captivity in the United States than remain in the wild. Bobby Bascomb speaks with investigative journalist Rachel Nuwer, host of the podcast "Cat People", about the exotic predators living in roadside zoos and backyards.


    Also, America is a nation of cat-lovers, but the reality is that they don't always bother to love us back. They don't need to, as we provide for them anyway, according to the book, The Lion in the Living Room. Author Abigail Tucker shares with Steve Curwood how house cats came to thrive in a human-dominated world, and how we didn't tame them -- they tamed us.


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    Animal City: The Domestication of America

    Animal City: The Domestication of America

    American cities were once home to large numbers of livestock: cows grazing Boston Common, pigs roaming through what's now downtown Manhattan. Then the nineteenth century brought cultural change and reform, and a new relationship with animals. The history of this transformation is the focus of Animal City: The Domestication of America by environmental historian Andrew Robichaud, who spoke with Living on Earth's Jenni Doering.


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    [Broadcast] Joe Biden's Climate Task Force, Backyard Tigers in America, Animal City: The Domestication of America, and more

    [Broadcast] Joe Biden's Climate Task Force, Backyard Tigers in America, Animal City: The Domestication of America, and more

    Democrats Launch Climate Change Task Force / Beyond the Headlines / Backyard Tigers in America / The Farmer The Grain The Miller The Sea / Animal City: The Domestication of America


    Former Vice President Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee following Senator Bernie Sanders' April departure from the race. Despite stark ideological differences, the two have formed several unity task forces on topics ranging from immigration to climate change.




    Also, more tigers live in captivity in the United States than in the wild, and private ownership of big cats is often completely legal due to a lack of federal oversight.




    And American cities were once home to large numbers of livestock: cows grazing Boston Common, pigs roaming through what's now downtown Manhattan.




    Wild and domesticated animals in our past and present and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRX.




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    Tips for Tackling Food Waste and Low-Waste Living

    Tips for Tackling Food Waste and Low-Waste Living

    Long before the COVID-19 disruptions forced dairy farmers to dump swimming pool quantities of milk into fields, a third of all food produced was going to waste. That waste has huge consequences for hunger and the climate, but it's also a major opportunity to reduce food waste, feed the hungry, save money and reduce carbon emissions.


    Also, sustainable living can be as much about returning to old, thrifty traditions as it is about innovative technologies. How to make your own food scrap soup, orange peel cleaners and more.


    And a team of paleontologists in New Zealand has discovered fossils of the largest known parrot to ever exist, estimated to be a whopping 3 feet tall and 14 pounds.


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    Christiana Figueres on "The Future We Choose"

    Christiana Figueres on "The Future We Choose"

    The success of the Paris Climate Agreement took the thoughtful cooperation of all nations of the world and coordination by the UN team led by Christiana Figueres. In her new book "The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis", Figueres shares her personal experience of leading the 2015 Paris talks and outlines key strategies for moving our society towards ecological responsibility. Figueres joined Steve Curwood at a recent "Good Reads on Earth" virtual event to discuss the urgent need to kick fossil fuels, the current pandemic crisis, and more.


    Also, climate disruption is wreaking havoc on the oceans of the world and the creatures that live there, including sea stars and salmon. Kori Suzuki reports.


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    [Broadcast] Christiana Figueres on "The Future We Choose"; Tips for Low-Waste Living; Trump Stalls Clean Energy Loans; and more

    [Broadcast] Christiana Figueres on "The Future We Choose"; Tips for Low-Waste Living; Trump Stalls Clean Energy Loans; and more

    Trump Stalls Clean Energy Loans / Beyond the Headlines / World's Largest Parrot: Note on Emerging Science / Food Waste Increase in the Pandemic / Tips for Low-Waste Living / The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis


    Paris Climate Agreement lead UN diplomat Christiana Figueres recently wrote the book "The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis" and speaks about how making the urgently needed transition away from fossil fuels could also help rebuild economies broken by Covid-19.




    Meanwhile, $43 billion in loans for clean energy innovators that was set aside by the Obama Administration has barely been touched. Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, discusses the holdup.




    And sustainable living can be as much about returning to old, thrifty traditions as it is about innovative technologies. How to make your own food scrap soup, orange peel cleaners and more, this week on Living on Earth from PRX.




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300 Ratings

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Wonderfully Insightful yet Incisive Enough

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