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Romance and Spring Harvest At Paradise Lot

 

For most gardeners, springtime means a few seedlings on a window sill. But for perennial gardeners spring is a time of harvest. The new book, Paradise Lot, is a personal and heartwarming account of finding romance and growing a permaculture food forest on a degraded backyard plot in a gritty neighborhood of Holyoke, MA.

 

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Deepwater Disaster Three Years On

 

Just three years ago, the Deep Water Horizon oil spill poured 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Now, a team of chemists, engineers, and biologists is attempting to assess the damage to the Gulf ecosystem.

 

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Trout Are Speaking

 

Commentator Mark Seth Lender contemplates the rainbow trout.

 

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Baby Polar Bear Rescue

 

Climate Change is making life difficult for polar bears across the world. But an orphaned Alaska bear cub is about to get a new home, and a new sibling, at the Buffalo Zoo in upstate New York.

 

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The Pope and the Sin of Environmental Degradation
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Pope Francis has called environmental exploitation a sin, and is working on an encyclical about humanity’s relationship with nature. Christiana Peppard, Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University and author of the book Just Water, talks about the Pope’s call to “care for God’s creation.”

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Climate Risk for Real Estate Values in South Florida
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The Obama administration recently announced initiatives aimed at making the country more resilient in the face of climate change. One city that could definitely use the help is Miami, Florida, where the rising seas threaten low-lying development.

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The End of Night
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Humans have always had a primal fear of the dark, but the advent of electric light in the late 19th century brought the developed world control over the night. But with an explosion of light pollution blocking out the natural night sky in much of the world, and writer Paul Bogard says we may have gone too far.

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This Week’s Show
July 18, 2014
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The Pope and the Sin of Environmental Degradation

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Pope Francis has called environmental exploitation a sin, and is working on an encyclical about humanity’s relationship with nature. Christiana Peppard, Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University and author of the book Just Water, talks about the Pope’s call to “care for God’s creation.”

Climate Risk for Real Estate Values in South Florida

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The Obama administration recently announced initiatives aimed at making the country more resilient in the face of climate change. One city that could definitely use the help is Miami, Florida, where the rising seas threaten low-lying development.

A Summertime Ice Mine

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Tucked away in Pennsylvania’s North Central Appalachian Mountains lies an unusual cave—the Coudersport Ice Mine, which only forms ice in the summer and recently reopened. Kara Holsopple reports.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra speaks with us about the decline of mule deer in Colorado, New Jersey’s artificial wetland island that consumes phosphorus, and U.S. energy consumption since President Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech in 1979.

The End of Night

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Humans have always had a primal fear of the dark, but the advent of electric light in the late 19th century brought the developed world control over the night. But with an explosion of light pollution blocking out the natural night sky in much of the world, and writer Paul Bogard says we may have gone too far.


Other Stories and Features

Listener Haikus
To honor Earth Day 2014 we asked you - our listeners - to tap your own creative muse and send us your haiku. The topic could be anything Earth Day inspired. The response was tremendous. In fact, we received more haiku than we could put on the air. Fortunately we can share them with you here.
Blog Series: Living on Earth

Arctic Reveal
Mark Seth Lender makes it to Greenland in his second dispatch from the arctic for Adventure Canada.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender: Farthest North


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-- David Sobel Professor of Environmental Studies at Antioch University

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