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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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Hottest June Ever
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June 2014 was been the hottest on record, helping cause extreme drought and wildfires in the west. Living on Earth’s Emmett Fitzgerald reports on the drought, and the prospects for relief from the weather pattern known as el Nino.

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The Collapse of Western Civilization
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Naomi Oreskes of Harvard and Erik Conway of CalTech are science historians. In their new book, The Collapse of Western Civilization, they turn to science fiction to show how failure to act on climate change could result in world destruction. Oreskes joined host us to discuss issues raised in the book, including climate science, democracy and the free market.

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Pennsylvania's Complicated Groundwater Contamination
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In places in Pennsylvania, well water is unfit to drink, polluted with iron and manganese, but the source of the contamination is complex. Reid Frazier of the Allegheny Front reports that fracking, coal mining, and natural methane formations in the ground combine to muddle the picture.

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This Week’s Show
July 25, 2014
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Hottest June Ever

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June 2014 was been the hottest on record, helping cause extreme drought and wildfires in the west. Living on Earth’s Emmett Fitzgerald reports on the drought, and the prospects for relief from the weather pattern known as el Nino.

California's Water Crisis

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The drought in California is hitting the state’s agricultural economy hard. To deal with the water shortages, farmers are carefully selecting which crops they plant and pulling up California’s precious groundwater. But that can only last for so long.

Pennsylvania's Complicated Groundwater Contamination

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In places in Pennsylvania, well water is unfit to drink, polluted with iron and manganese, but the source of the contamination is complex. Reid Frazier of the Allegheny Front reports that fracking, coal mining, and natural methane formations in the ground combine to muddle the picture.

Unprecedented New England Pipeline Proposal

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The New England region has seen spikes in energy prices during the winter, and its governors are entertaining Kinder Morgan’s natural gas Northeast Energy Direct pipeline to mitigate the issue. However, many argue that energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy market reforms could solve the problem without a new pipeline and an unorthodox tax to pay for it.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week's trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells us about North Indian bandits extorting scarce water from villagers, a Canadian haven for honey bees and the anniversary of Los Angeles’ smog.

The Collapse of Western Civilization

listen / download
Naomi Oreskes of Harvard and Erik Conway of CalTech are science historians. In their new book, The Collapse of Western Civilization, they turn to science fiction to show how failure to act on climate change could result in world destruction. Oreskes joined host us to discuss issues raised in the book, including climate science, democracy and the free market.


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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