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Offshore Drilling Under Fire

 

The Trump Administration’s plans to open up nearly all the US outer continental shelf to offshore drilling drew criticism on both sides of the aisle, saying it risks spills and the health of the planet. Then US Interior Secretary Zinke exempted Florida, a move that caused lawmakers from several other coastal states to ask for similar treatment.

 

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The Trump Administration’s plans to open up nearly all the US outer continental shelf to offshore drilling drew criticism on both sides of the aisle, saying it risks spills and the health of the planet. Then US Interior Secretary Zinke exempted Florida, a move that caused lawmakers from several other coastal states to ask for similar treatment.

Nature, The First Best Teacher

 

Nature-based preschools, where children spend most of their day outside, are a growing trend in the United States. There’s evidence that kids who learn outdoors have better academic results that include higher scores on standardized tests – all while learning to love the outdoors and have fun.

 

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Saving Trees That Helped Save Dust Bowl America

 

The Great Plains were the nation’s breadbasket, but drought in the 1930s created the Dust Bowl. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s solution was to plant trees as a shelterbelt to help hold back the dust. The plan worked, but now some farmers are cutting them down for bigger crop returns.

 

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Feds OK Wilderness Mining Lease

 

Minnesota is called “the Land of 10,000 Lakes,” and every year hundreds of thousands of people visit the pristine waters of its Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. But a proposed copper and nickel mine next to the wilderness area could pollute it with acid, arsenic, mercury, and lead.

 

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Heat Drives Migration

 

Rising temperatures in agricultural regions in developing countries correspond with an increase in refugee numbers seeking asylum in Europe, finds a new study. And if global warming gas emissions continue at the present pace the number of asylum seekers to Europe could nearly triple.

 

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African Dams Dry Up Wetlands & Local Jobs

 

Dams in the Sahel of Africa can provide power and flood control, but the absence of seasonal floods is changing wetland environments and wrecking the livelihoods of people who depend on them. And that is leading to desperate people leaving for Europe or joining terrorist groups like Boko Haram.

 

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Australia May Scrap Carbon Tax

 

China is the world’s largest emitter, and much of its coal comes from Australia. With the election of a new Prime Minister, Australia looks set to revoke its carbon tax, leaving many environmentalists worried about their country’s contribution to climate change. (photo: Bigstockphoto.com)

 

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Turkish Development Threatens Marine Life

 

Recent protests in Turkey were sparked by the government's plans to pave over a public park. Journalist Sulmaan Khan joins host Steve Curwood to explain how rapid development in Turkey is causing a host of environmental problems. (photo: bigstockphoto.com)

 

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White House Confronts Climate Deniers

 

Some skeptical pundits have used the recent deep cold snap to suggest that climate change isn’t real. White House Science Advisor John Holdren says not so fast.

 

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Nature, The First Best Teacher

Nature-based preschools, where children spend most of their day outside, are a growing trend in the United States. There’s evidence that kids who learn outdoors have better academic results that include higher scores on standardized tests – all while learning to love the outdoors and have fun.

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Bitcoin, The Energy Hog

With a net value estimated at some 250 billion dollars, Bitcoin has become the world’s premier virtual currency. But though it exists only online, it runs up huge energy costs in the real world. In fact, verifying Bitcoin transactions is so intensive that the currency consumes more energy than 159 individual countries.

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Saving Trees That Helped Save Dust Bowl America

The Great Plains were the nation’s breadbasket, but drought in the 1930s created the Dust Bowl. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s solution was to plant trees as a shelterbelt to help hold back the dust. The plan worked, but now some farmers are cutting them down for bigger crop returns.

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This Week’s Show
January 12, 2018
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Costliest Disaster Year Ever

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Damage costs for natural disasters in the United States hit $306 billion in 2017, the most expensive year ever in recorded history. The year featured 16 events that each topped one billion dollars. It was also the worst year ever for fire damage in the US.

Offshore Drilling Under Fire

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The Trump Administration’s plans to open up nearly all the US outer continental shelf to offshore drilling drew criticism on both sides of the aisle, saying it risks spills and the health of the planet. Then US Interior Secretary Zinke exempted Florida, a move that caused lawmakers from several other coastal states to ask for similar treatment.

Nature, The First Best Teacher

listen / download
Nature-based preschools, where children spend most of their day outside, are a growing trend in the United States. There’s evidence that kids who learn outdoors have better academic results that include higher scores on standardized tests – all while learning to love the outdoors and have fun.

Bitcoin, The Energy Hog

listen / download
With a net value estimated at some 250 billion dollars, Bitcoin has become the world’s premier virtual currency. But though it exists only online, it runs up huge energy costs in the real world. In fact, verifying Bitcoin transactions is so intensive that the currency consumes more energy than 159 individual countries.

Beyond the Headlines

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Peter Dykstra and host Steve Curwood discuss a rebuke to the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up coal and nuclear power, and a controversial deal that would mean a road through an Alaskan wildlife refuge. In environmental history, they recall an agreement concerning toxic chemicals in industrial settings – and how 9/11 derailed that transparency.

Saving Trees That Helped Save Dust Bowl America

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The Great Plains were the nation’s breadbasket, but drought in the 1930s created the Dust Bowl. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s solution was to plant trees as a shelterbelt to help hold back the dust. The plan worked, but now some farmers are cutting them down for bigger crop returns.


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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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