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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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Climate Action As A Race to the Top
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Except for the early days, international negotiations to set limits on global warming gas emissions have often resulted in disputes and stalling rather than action. Tim Wirth, former Colorado Senator and President of the UN Foundation, speaks with us about the importance of a UN Climate Summit in New York September 23rd and offers what he calls a pragmatic vision for ending climate inaction.

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Losing Ground in Louisiana
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Levees along the Mississippi river and years of oil and gas extraction have led to dramatic erosion, wetlands loss and subsidence along the Louisiana coast. Add sea-level-rise to the equation, and you’ve got America’s biggest land loss crisis.

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Ohio Community Protests Fracking Wastewater Zoning
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Fracking wastewater is trucked into Ohio from Pennsylvania, processed and injected into deep wells. Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant reports that many local residents are concerned about earthquakes and water contamination, and argue that the state legislation improperly overrules citizen’s input on well zoning and regulations.

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This Week’s Show
September 19, 2014
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Climate Action As A Race to the Top

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Except for the early days, international negotiations to set limits on global warming gas emissions have often resulted in disputes and stalling rather than action. Tim Wirth, former Colorado Senator and President of the UN Foundation, speaks with us about the importance of a UN Climate Summit in New York September 23rd and offers what he calls a pragmatic vision for ending climate inaction.

China's Rejection of GMO Corn Shipments Prompts Lawsuits

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Grain Traders Cargill and Trans Coastal Supply are suing seed maker Syngenta AG over tens of millions of dollars lost from shipments containing GMO corn that China turned back at the port of entry. Temple University law professor Greg Mandel joins host Steve Curwood to explain the lawsuits and discuss possible reasons for China’s actions.

Ohio Community Protests Fracking Wastewater Zoning

listen / download
Fracking wastewater is trucked into Ohio from Pennsylvania, processed and injected into deep wells. Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant reports that many local residents are concerned about earthquakes and water contamination, and argue that the state legislation improperly overrules citizen’s input on well zoning and regulations.

Losing Ground in Louisiana

listen / download
Levees along the Mississippi river and years of oil and gas extraction have led to dramatic erosion, wetlands loss and subsidence along the Louisiana coast. Add sea-level-rise to the equation, and you’ve got America’s biggest land loss crisis.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week’s trip beyond the headlines we consider the possibility of a tar sands spill in the Great Lakes, and remember the “No Nukes” concert of 1979.

MIDORI Prize—Acknowledging Excellence in Biodiversity Contributions

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The AEON Environmental Foundation recently announced the winners of its 2014 MIDORI Prize, a prestigious award for contributions to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Host Steve Curwood speaks with recipient Dr. Kamal Bawa about his tropical rainforests research and the current state of biodiversity in India, the U.S., and the globe.

Mallardy

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Much of the habitat on which Mallards and other ducks depend has been taken from them, leaving them in want of food and safety from hunters. Writer Mark Seth Lender observes as iridescent drakes and tawny hens gather, awaiting his arrival, and does what he can to provide for them.


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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