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Farming Carbon

 

Carbon farming describes the agricultural practices that bank carbon in the soil and biomass of farmed crops, and thus blunt global warming. Backyard farmer Eric Toensmeier is trying these methods in his own garden, aiming to store as much carbon in his earth as gardeners achieve in warmer climates. Living on Earth’s Helen Palmer took a tour of Eric’s home garden in Holyoke, Massachusetts for a crash course on growing perennial plants in temperate climates.

 

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Carbon farming describes the agricultural practices that bank carbon in the soil and biomass of farmed crops, and thus blunt global warming. Backyard farmer Eric Toensmeier is trying these methods in his own garden, aiming to store as much carbon in his earth as gardeners achieve in warmer climates. Living on Earth’s Helen Palmer took a tour of Eric’s home garden in Holyoke, Massachusetts for a crash course on growing perennial plants in temperate climates.

Blackfeet Tribe Regains Sacred Land

 

Obama Administration has cancelled oil and gas leases on about 30,000 acres of Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine region near Glacier National Park, land that the Blackfeet Nation considers sacred.

 

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Dakota Pipeline High Stakes

 

The movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux to stop the final link of the Dakota Access Pipeline -- construction of a tunnel under the Missouri River -- is standing firm, but DAPL supporters are equally determined. Sandy Tolan has followed the evolving and increasingly contentious protests since April, and reports on what’s at stake.

 

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U.N. Climate Progress in Marrakech

 

The Paris Climate Agreement came into force just before COP22, the 2016 high level UN Climate talks in Marrakech that ended November 18th. Member countries at the meeting in Morocco declared they are determined to push ahead with implementing the Paris deal and work on climate protection, even though U.S. President-elect Trump vowed during his campaign he would ‘rip up’ the Paris accord.

 

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The Well-Tempered City

 

For affordable housing developer Jonathan Rose, J.S. Bach’s keyboard piece the Well-Tempered Clavier is a source of inspiration. He thinks this carefully crafted, beautiful music offers a kind of model for how to best plan a city. His new book The Well-Tempered City creates a vision for urban life in the 21st century using case studies from flourishing cities around the world.

 

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Mark Seth Lender: Giraffe Brotherly Love

 

Giraffe usually communicate silently, using visual or tactile cues. Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender visited the plains of Kenya and observed one such conversation, between a young Giraffe and his brother.

 

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Russia Nixes Antarctic Marine Reserve

 

Negotiators from 25 countries met in Germany recently in a bid to create a massive marine reserve in the seas around Antarctica. But at the last minute, Russia backed out of the deal.

 

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Tibetan Monks Saving Snow Leopards

 

Snow Leopards are among the most endangered of the world’s big cats, but now Tibetan monks are giving the leopard hope. (Camera trap photo of a snow leopard on the Tibetan plateau (photo: Panthera))

 

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Jim's Bees

 

Bees have remarkable skills to communicate and create wholesome food from flowers. Yet they can also terrify.

 

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Blackfeet Tribe Regains Sacred Land

Obama Administration has cancelled oil and gas leases on about 30,000 acres of Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine region near Glacier National Park, land that the Blackfeet Nation considers sacred.

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Leasing U.S. Lands for Sunshine

New regulations have been issued by the Bureau of Land Management for leasing on public lands for solar and wind energy development. The new rules are intended to make it easier for developers to get financing, and restrict leasing to lands not needed for conservation.

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Farming Carbon

Carbon farming describes the agricultural practices that bank carbon in the soil and biomass of farmed crops, and thus blunt global warming. Backyard farmer Eric Toensmeier is trying these methods in his own garden, aiming to store as much carbon in his earth as gardeners achieve in warmer climates. Living on Earth’s Helen Palmer took a tour of Eric’s home garden in Holyoke, Massachusetts for a crash course on growing perennial plants in temperate climates.

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This Week’s Show
November 25, 2016
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Blackfeet Tribe Regains Sacred Land

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Obama Administration has cancelled oil and gas leases on about 30,000 acres of Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine region near Glacier National Park, land that the Blackfeet Nation considers sacred.

Leasing U.S. Lands for Sunshine

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New regulations have been issued by the Bureau of Land Management for leasing on public lands for solar and wind energy development. The new rules are intended to make it easier for developers to get financing, and restrict leasing to lands not needed for conservation.

Beyond the Headlines

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We examine how the recent US elections brought unexpected outcomes for environmental groups and fossil fuel companies alike, and remember the events that inspired an iconic American folk song that became a Thanksgiving tradition.

High Tech Rain

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For the millennial generation, nature is not the pristine grand wilderness it was for writers like John Muir. But millennials are relating to the natural world in new ways, and in this essay from Coming of Age at the End of Nature, writer Megan Kimble dissects her growing concern about the efficacy and ethics of creating “artificial rain,” through a process known as cloud seeding.

Plants Fight Climate Change

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New research finds that plants are absorbing more carbon dioxide as atmospheric levels have risen, helping to counteract some of the extra CO2 humans are emitting. But rising temperatures will soon hinder plants’ ability to take up excess carbon dioxide, and this could have serious implications for the world’s climate protection plans.

Farming Carbon

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Carbon farming describes the agricultural practices that bank carbon in the soil and biomass of farmed crops, and thus blunt global warming. Backyard farmer Eric Toensmeier is trying these methods in his own garden, aiming to store as much carbon in his earth as gardeners achieve in warmer climates. Living on Earth’s Helen Palmer took a tour of Eric’s home garden in Holyoke, Massachusetts for a crash course on growing perennial plants in temperate climates.


Special Features

A River Town in Transition

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Wrangell, Alaska is a small, isolated town at the mouth of the mighty Stikine River and a former a timber capital. But since the saw mills shut down in the ‘90s, the small town has reinvented itself as a tourist destination and a commercial fishing hub. Since both of these industries are dependent on the Stikine, some locals worry that a mining development upriver could put the whole town’s livelihood at risk.
Blog Series: Alaskan River Riches

Cowee, North Carolina

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Living on Earth is giving a voice to Orion magazine’s longtime feature in which people write about the place they call home. In this week’s edition, songwriter Angela-Faye Martin uses her words and music to picture her North Carolina valley on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Blog Series: The Place Where You Live


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...Ultimately, if we are going prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we are going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them...

-- President Barack Obama, November 6, 2015 on why he declined to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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