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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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Flea Collar Ban To Protect Toddlers
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The EPA has ordered the phaseout of certain flea collars that have turned out to be harmful to small children. A senior scientist at the NRDC discusses the litigation that led to the ban, the pesticides deemed dangerous and the other options that exist.

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Pesticides on Produce
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An apple a day may keep the doctor away but most in American supermarkets also come spiked with a cocktail of residual chemical pesticides. We sample some consumer choices compared to The Environmental Working Group’s list of the fruits and vegetables with the most and least amount of detectible pesticide residues.

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Using Bacteria to Heal the Desert Erosion
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Erosion is huge problem in many of the dry areas in the American West. Now scientists are farming tiny organisms called Cyanobacteria to help restore a living crust on the surface of the desert.

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This Week’s Show
August 15, 2014
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Flea Collar Ban To Protect Toddlers

listen / download
The EPA has ordered the phaseout of certain flea collars that have turned out to be harmful to small children. A senior scientist at the NRDC discusses the litigation that led to the ban, the pesticides deemed dangerous and the other options that exist.

Pesticides on Produce

listen / download
An apple a day may keep the doctor away but most in American supermarkets also come spiked with a cocktail of residual chemical pesticides. We sample some consumer choices compared to The Environmental Working Group’s list of the fruits and vegetables with the most and least amount of detectible pesticide residues.

Using Bacteria to Heal the Desert Erosion

listen / download
Erosion is huge problem in many of the dry areas in the American West. Now scientists are farming tiny organisms called Cyanobacteria to help restore a living crust on the surface of the desert.

Water 4.0

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Deep droughts in California, Texas and many other parts of the U.S. in 2014 may encourage the development of a new generation of water supply infrastructure in the U.S.

Rain Tax

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To finance updated storm drains to control run-off, some towns are charging residents what's being called a storm utility fee or "rain-tax".

Peak Bagging

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The Highpointers Club is a group of dedicated outdoor enthusiasts trying to reach the highest point in all 50 states. To reach their goal, members need to summit giant peaks like Mt. Denali in Alaska, but Jerimoth Hill in Rhode Island proves that even the smallest highpoints can be a challenge.

UN Climate Change Reports As Haiku

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The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports are critically important and notoriously dense reading. Now IPCC scientist Gregory Johnson has come up with a series of haiku poems to make the reports more digestible.


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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