• picture
  • picture
PRI's Environmental News Magazine

The Goldman Winners 2017

 

They call the award the Green Nobel; each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize celebrates the achievements of grassroots activists. This year’s winners include mark! Lopez, who took on a smelter in East Los Angeles that was polluting the air with lead, and 83-year-old grandmother Wendy Bowman, who fights strip coal mining destruction in her native Australia.

 

Read More »

They call the award the Green Nobel; each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize celebrates the achievements of grassroots activists. This year’s winners include mark! Lopez, who took on a smelter in East Los Angeles that was polluting the air with lead, and 83-year-old grandmother Wendy Bowman, who fights strip coal mining destruction in her native Australia.

Marching for Science

 

Hundreds of thousands worldwide turned out for the more than 600 marches for Science on Earth Day. The signs, chants, and songs at these events expressed frustration over proposed US federal funding cuts for research, and celebrated the fruits of science.

 

Read More »

icon

Wildebeest Jousting

 

Kenya’s vast Maasai Mara Reserve is home to large herds of wildebeest and sometimes even among the mass of the herd, individuals can distinguish themselves with a good old-fashioned brawl. Living on Earth’s Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender shares his blow-by-blow account of a fierce battle between two males.

 

Read More »

icon

The Traveler’s Guide to Space

 

Humanity’s adventure in space is more than half a century old, and soon anyone with enough money may take a trip beyond the stratosphere. They’ll need a guidebook, and now there is one that supplies both tourists and scientists with a field manual called “The Traveler’s Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists.”

 

Read More »

icon

Marching for the Earth and Science

 

As Earth Day celebrates its 47th year on April 22 a billion people gather around the globe to celebrate our green planet. Thousands also meet on the National Mall to defend science as well with teach-ins on climate change and scientific literacy. Host Steve Curwood discusses the elements that galvanized this planetary celebration with Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers and why this year’s theme is so vital.

 

Read More »

icon

How to Save Most Species

 

Within decades Earth may lose as many as 50% of the species currently living on our planet. To avert ecological disaster, renowned conservationist and Harvard Professor E.O. Wilson has proposed a radical idea in his book Half-Earth: to set aside half of Earth’s land and sea for nature. Wilson describes his vision and why it could save 80% of species in this conversation with host Steve Curwood.

 

Read More »

icon

Jim's Bees

 

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

 

Read More »

icon

Antarctic Volcano

 

Many scientists are concerned about the impact global warming is having on Antarctica, and now scientists from Washington University in St. Louis have discovered a new kind of threat lurking beneath the vulnerable West Antarctic ice sheet—an active volcano. (Photo: Doug Wiens)

 

Read More »

icon

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.

 

Read More »

icon

The Goldman Winners 2017

They call the award the Green Nobel; each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize celebrates the achievements of grassroots activists. This year’s winners include mark! Lopez, who took on a smelter in East Los Angeles that was polluting the air with lead, and 83-year-old grandmother Wendy Bowman, who fights strip coal mining destruction in her native Australia.

picture

Marching for Science

Hundreds of thousands worldwide turned out for the more than 600 marches for Science on Earth Day. The signs, chants, and songs at these events expressed frustration over proposed US federal funding cuts for research, and celebrated the fruits of science.

picture

Alaskan Bears and Wolves Under Gun

Republicans in Congress, spearheaded by keen hunter and Alaska Congressman Don Young, have repealed Obama-era restrictions on hunting predators in National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Alaska Dispatch News reporter Erica Martinson discusses how this will affect wolves and bears.

picture

This Week’s Show
April 28, 2017
listen / download


The Goldman Winners 2017

listen / download
They call the award the Green Nobel; each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize celebrates the achievements of grassroots activists. This year’s winners include mark! Lopez, who took on a smelter in East Los Angeles that was polluting the air with lead, and 83-year-old grandmother Wendy Bowman, who fights strip coal mining destruction in her native Australia.

Marching for Science

listen / download
Hundreds of thousands worldwide turned out for the more than 600 marches for Science on Earth Day. The signs, chants, and songs at these events expressed frustration over proposed US federal funding cuts for research, and celebrated the fruits of science.

Alaskan Bears and Wolves Under Gun

listen / download
Republicans in Congress, spearheaded by keen hunter and Alaska Congressman Don Young, have repealed Obama-era restrictions on hunting predators in National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Alaska Dispatch News reporter Erica Martinson discusses how this will affect wolves and bears.

Wildebeest Jousting

listen / download
Kenya’s vast Maasai Mara Reserve is home to large herds of wildebeest and sometimes even among the mass of the herd, individuals can distinguish themselves with a good old-fashioned brawl. Living on Earth’s Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender shares his blow-by-blow account of a fierce battle between two males.

Comments from Listeners

listen / download
We take note of some recent thoughts from attentive listeners.

The Traveler’s Guide to Space

listen / download
Humanity’s adventure in space is more than half a century old, and soon anyone with enough money may take a trip beyond the stratosphere. They’ll need a guidebook, and now there is one that supplies both tourists and scientists with a field manual called “The Traveler’s Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists.”


Special Features

A River Town in Transition

listen / download
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

listen / download
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


picture

...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.

Donate to Living on Earth!
Living on Earth is an independent media program and relies entirely on contributions from listeners and institutions supporting public service. Please donate now to preserve an independent environmental voice.

Newsletter
Living on Earth offers a weekly delivery of the show's rundown to your mailbox. Sign up for our newsletter today!

Major funding for Living on Earth is provided by the National Science Foundation.

Committed to healthy food, healthy people, a healthy planet, and healthy business.

Innovating to make the world a better, more sustainable place to live.

Kendeda Fund, furthering the values that contribute to a healthy planet.

The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment: Committed to protecting and improving the health of the global environment.

Contribute to Living on Earth and receive, as our gift to you, an archival print of one of Mark Seth Lender's extraordinary hummingbird photographs. Follow the link to see Mark's current collection of photographs.