Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Maine becomes the first U.S. state to pass a law requiring manufacturers rather than taxpayers to cover the costs of recycling. And for the history segment, hosts go back to 1931.

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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Allergies in our warming world are nothing to sneeze at, Peter Dykstra of Environmental Health News tells Host Steve Curwood in this week's Beyond the Headlines segment. Also, a glimmer of justice for slain indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres, and in the history calendar, a look back almost 200 years to a landmark animal cruelty law in Britain.

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Bloomer receives DNR grant to clean up environmental contamination

A grant worth up to $35,000 was awarded to Bloomer to remove contamination from the site of a former ag co-op on the north side of the city.
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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra joins host Bobby Bascomb to talk about the resurgence of humpbacks in Australian waters. Then, a look at a Sri Lankan beach covered in 2 feet of plastic pellets called nurdles. Finally, the pair check the history books for a story where a nuclear power plant was converted into a massive park and solar-generating station.

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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

This week looking beyond the headlines, Host Steve Curwood and Environmental Health News editor Peter Dykstra discuss wintertime "zombie fires" in the Arctic and a new study showing elevated levels of PFAS chemicals in American mothers' breast milk.

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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Bobby Bascomb and EHN's Peter Dykstra discuss a successful attempt to raise an endangered starfish in captivity. Then, the two look at Canada's choice to officially declare all plastics as toxic. Finally, looking back on a massive waterway project to the Gulf of Mexico that never paid off.

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Environmental issues play a part in layers of systemic and structural racism

Cheryl Teelucksingh - a professor at Ryerson University in Canada whose work focuses on issues of race related to environmental justice - discusses a recent study that shows how communities of color suffer from greater air pollution exposure than White communities.

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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra and Living on Earth Host Steve Curwood discuss how wildlife bridges over busy highways are keeping reindeer and other migrating species safe. They then touch on the problem of discarded masks and other PPE plastics polluting the planet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BlackRock at odds with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway over disclosures

BlackRock’s support of two shareholder-led proposals highlight the growing tension between asset managers who are calling for companies like Berkshire Hathaway to further emphasize ESG issues and executives such as Warren Buffett who are pushing back.
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Living on Earth: Biden, LOE and Dykstra

Peter Dykstra and Steve Curwood discuss President Biden's address to Congress, and Curwood's 30 years of hosting Living on Earth.

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Raw sewage and toxins have been polluting our waterways for decades: "Most people don't know about it"

The significant amount of pavement covering the modern world is creating an environmental problem - every time it rains.

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Chinese environment inspectors vow to ‘get tough’ on local officials over pollution

Chinese environment inspectors have vowed to "get tough" on local officials who do not take action on pollution, revealing details of cases uncovered in their latest round of checks to state media.

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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra and Host Steve Curwood discuss why there was enormous natural gas flaring in the midst of the crippling power outages this February in Texas. Next, they look at how California has saved lives over the last three decades by reducing diesel emissions by 78%.

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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra and Host Steve Curwood go behind the headlines to discuss the recent decision to retire the use of Greek letters as a way of identifying Atlantic hurricanes. Next, they highlight the appointment of Jane Lubchenco, former head of NOAA, to a climate advisory role in the Biden White House. They also discuss Florida's new law that bans the private ownership of 16 invasive reptile species.

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A toxic travelogue

The first four stops on a tour tracing American history through its pollution.

Breast cancer: Hundreds of chemicals identified as potential risk factors

Researchers find nearly 300 chemicals linked to breast cancer-contributing hormones in everyday products, and call for a renewed focus on women's exposure risks.

My island does not want to be resilient. We want a reclamation.

Unlearning academic jargon to understand and amplify beauty and power in Puerto Rico.

Measuring Houston’s environmental injustice from space

Satellites show communities of color are far more exposed to pollution in Houston, offering a potential new way to close data gaps and tackle disparities.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

The real story behind PFAS and Congress’ effort to clean up contamination: Op-ed

Former EPA official Jim Jones sets the record straight on 'the forever chemical' as lawmakers take up the PFAS Action Act

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