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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

This week, Peter Dykstra and Steve Curwood discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Earth Day gatherings for the 50th anniversary of the celebration of our planet. They also talk about ambitious reforestation efforts around the world, and in the history calendar, they look back to Earth Day 1990, when a star-studded cast took part in a primetime 2-hour Earth Day TV special.

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Living on Earth: Food and Drug Admin. disputes BPA health risks

The chemical BPA, an endocrine disruptor, is widely used in food packaging. Environmental Health News published a reported series showing that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stacked the deck against findings from independent scientists that link BPA to harmful human health effects, ranging from birth defects to cancer. Science journalist Lynne Peeples joins Host Steve Curwood to discuss this investigation and why even BPA alternatives may also not be safe.

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Toxics

Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Environmental Health News editor Peter Dykstra tells Host Bobby Bascomb about a major pesticide manufacturer's decision to stop making the neurotoxin chlorpyrifos, despite EPA giving it a green light. Meanwhile, in an effort to reduce emissions, UPS has ordered 10,000 electric delivery trucks to join its fleet.

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Toxics

Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

For this week's trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra and Host Bobby Bascomb take a look at findings that sunscreen ingredients can linger in the human body for days. Then the pair looks to China, which now produces 50% more plastic waste than the U.S. Finally, they celebrate the 35-year anniversary of a major Endangered Species Act success: the delisting of the brown pelican.

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Opinion

Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

This week, Peter Dykstra and Host Steve Curwood discuss the international rise of coal, with China's big push to increase coal power and Russia's Siberian coast playing an increasing role in shipping coal. In Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, two years of delays are preventing islanders from accessing the FEMA aid needed to recover after hurricanes Maria and Irma.

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Opinion

Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra and Bobby Bascomb take a look at how melting sea ice in the Arctic is already opening up a new shipping route for oil and gas in particular. Then, the two discuss the low attendance by Democratic candidates at the first ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice, and some of the big ideas from the candidates who showed up.

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