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Beautiful Mountain Bluebird

 

Springtime means migratory birds have returned to the North and are preparing to nest and raise their chicks. Our Explorer-In-Residence Mark Seth Lender shares his observations of Canada's mountain bluebirds in the spring.

 

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Springtime means migratory birds have returned to the North and are preparing to nest and raise their chicks. Our Explorer-In-Residence Mark Seth Lender shares his observations of Canada's mountain bluebirds in the spring.

Drought Threatens Hydropower

 

Amid extreme drought and record low water levels in the Colorado Basin, the federal government has decided to retain more water in Lake Powell and release less to Lake Mead and beyond, which preserves hydropower generation for the short term. But as reporter Luke Runyon explains, the Colorado River basin still faces a long-term water shortage that imperils the future of cities and farms in the Southwest.

 

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How to Save the Climate

 

The Earth is hurtling toward climate disaster as evidenced by many scientific studies, including the latest results from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Yet the world continues to rely heavily on fossil fuels and drag its heels on transitioning to clean energy. Harvard University Professor of the History of Science Naomi Oreskes notes climate change science is unequivocal and why the paths to solving the climate crisis are political and social.

 

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The Hawk’s Way

 

Falconry, also known as the practice of hunting with birds, can be traced back perhaps as far as the Ice Age. Many modern aficionados, like author Sy Montgomery, consider the sport to be more about the interaction with these hawks, falcons, and owls, rather than about the hunting itself. Sy’s newest book is The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty, where she talks about learning the art of falconry. Sy joined us for the latest Living on Earth Book Club Event to discuss the wondrous world of these birds of prey.

 

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How Purpose Trusts Can Support Corporate Sustainability

 

For many corporations it’s all about the bottom line, and that can come at the expense of the environment, employees and consumers alike. But there’s another way to structure a for-profit company for a higher purpose. Sarah Joannides, the managing director of Alternative Ownership Advisors, explains how perpetual purpose trusts can help companies uphold core values like sustainability.

 

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200 New Freshwater Fish Species Discovered

 

More than 200 new species of freshwater fish were discovered worldwide in 2021, including a blind eel found in Mumbai and a fish dubbed the Wolverine pleco for its hidden spines. Harmony Patricio is conservation program manager at Shoal, which compiled the report, and she joins us for details.

 

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Ancient Underwater Forest in the Gulf of Mexico

 

Sixty feet beneath the water off the coast of Alabama is a forest of cypress trees that is more than 50,000 years old.

 

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Hummingbirds in the Canyon

 

Watching hummingbirds in Arizona's Madera Canyon gave Mark Seth Lender an up close view of their interactions, and a chance to take spectacular photos.

 

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Nicaraguan Canal

 

The first ships sailed down the Panama Canal in 1914. Now, nearly one hundred years later, Nicaragua has an agreement with a Chinese company to build a canal of its own to link the Pacific and Atlantic. (photo: Tim Rogers)

 

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Climate Risk From ‘Zombie’ Rules

The 6-3 conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court is apparently poised to constrain climate action by the Environmental Protection Agency in a decision expected before the end of the SCOTUS term in June. The case, West Virginia v. EPA, involves the Obama Clean Power Plan regulations even though those rules no longer exist, and EPA is replacing them. Harvard Law Professor Richard Lazarus explains how a loss for EPA in this case could limit climate policies across multiple agencies.

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Self-Immolation for the Climate

On Earth Day April 22 this year Wynn Bruce, a Buddhist, and environmentalist, set himself on fire on the steps of the Supreme Court to protest inaction on climate change. Brother Phap Dung, a Buddhist Dharma Teacher, talks about the urgent message behind this extreme action and how to find hope and purpose in the face of the climate emergency.

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Mass Shooting and Eco-Fascism

The white suspect of the recent mass murder of Blacks in Buffalo is a self-proclaimed eco-fascist whose 180-page manifesto echoed the same kinds of racist ideas that have been espoused by eugenicists, Hitler, and the Nazis. Professor Betsy Hartmann of Hampshire College explains how eco-fascism relates to white supremacy and calls for the environmental movement to delegitimize the eco-fascist movement’s use of violence and racist ideology.

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This Week’s Show
May 20, 2022
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Climate Risk From ‘Zombie’ Rules

listen / download
The 6-3 conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court is apparently poised to constrain climate action by the Environmental Protection Agency in a decision expected before the end of the SCOTUS term in June. The case, West Virginia v. EPA, involves the Obama Clean Power Plan regulations even though those rules no longer exist, and EPA is replacing them. Harvard Law Professor Richard Lazarus explains how a loss for EPA in this case could limit climate policies across multiple agencies.

Self-Immolation for the Climate

listen / download
On Earth Day April 22 this year Wynn Bruce, a Buddhist, and environmentalist, set himself on fire on the steps of the Supreme Court to protest inaction on climate change. Brother Phap Dung, a Buddhist Dharma Teacher, talks about the urgent message behind this extreme action and how to find hope and purpose in the face of the climate emergency.

Beyond the Headlines

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On this week's trip beyond the headlines Environmental Health News Weekend Editor Peter Dykstra and Steve Curwood discuss the Biden Administration’s cancellation of three oil and gas lease sales, a bill passed by the New York State legislation looking to limit the construction of industrial facilities near communities already burdened with pollution, and a look back to 1969 when folk singer Pete Seeger christened the Hudson River sloop Clearwater.

Mass Shooting and Eco-Fascism

listen / download
The white suspect of the recent mass murder of Blacks in Buffalo is a self-proclaimed eco-fascist whose 180-page manifesto echoed the same kinds of racist ideas that have been espoused by eugenicists, Hitler, and the Nazis. Professor Betsy Hartmann of Hampshire College explains how eco-fascism relates to white supremacy and calls for the environmental movement to delegitimize the eco-fascist movement’s use of violence and racist ideology.

Beautiful Mountain Bluebird

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Springtime means migratory birds have returned to the North and are preparing to nest and raise their chicks. Our Explorer-In-Residence Mark Seth Lender shares his observations of Canada's mountain bluebirds in the spring.


Special Features

Field Note: The Impala Imperative
Living on Earth's Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender provides additional insight on how impala markings help confound predators and buy the antelope crucial extra time to escape.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender Field Notes

Field Note: “To Fly, To Live:” Osprey of Long Island Sound
Living on Earth's Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender shares a reflection on how the availability of prey shapes the lives of young ospreys.
Blog Series: Mark Seth Lender Field Notes


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