Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra and Host Steve Curwood remark on 2020's tie with 2016 for the hottest year on record, and explore the climate-warming consequences of methane leaks from abandoned oil and gas wells in the ocean. They then turn to the history calendar to celebrate the birthday of Aldo Leopold, the renowned author of Sand County Almanac and the ecologist known as "the father of wildlife conservation".

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The NYT Climate Desk looks ahead to 2021

After a year when climate-related disasters seemed to become the norm, the team will be monitoring a 2021 that is pivotal for the world.

Russell Zerbo, Christina D. Rosan: Philly is ready to start fighting climate change again

Local clean air advocates look to Joe Biden to renew a much-needed partnership to help the city and the planet fight climate change.

Could seaweed help save us from climate catastrophe?

“A couple of years ago, I would never have believed it,” one scientist said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Interactive maps show decades of climate change effects in Nunavut communities

Want to see how quickly Canada's Arctic coastline is warming? There's a map for that.


John Kerry, Biden’s climate czar, talks about saving the planet

In the months before the election, Joe Biden’s most influential voice on the issue of our age shared his views on climate migration, open borders, the threat of nationalism, and the challenge posed by China.

Groups look to protect Pennsylvania's Lake Erie watershed

Lake Erie supports fishing, boating, swimming and even a craft beer industry, but there are threats to the watershed. A new plan outlines solutions.

What Biden's pick to run the USDA can do on climate change

Former agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack is set to reprise his role.

UN report: ′Woefully inadequate′ climate pledges spell 3.2C temperature rise

A green coronavirus-induced recovery could help close the emissions gap, but it is not enough for world leaders to meet their goal of limiting warming to well below 2C.

CleanBC plan: are oil and gas subsidies to blame for shortfalls?

The CleanBC plan, released two years ago, still doesn't lay out a credible pathway to meet emissions targets. A look at fracking and LNG helps explain why.


Unplugged: Abandoned oil and gas wells leave the ocean floor spewing methane

Out on the deck of a research boat, Tara Yacovitch looked out to the water. In the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, the seascape is peppered with lights. And every light is part of an offshore oil or gas platform.

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As the livestock industry touts manure-to-energy projects, environmentalists cry ‘greenwashing’

Corporate pork and dairy producers are producing “biogas” to reduce methane emissions. But the actual climate benefits are unclear, and often overstated.

The global temptation to keep building pipelines

“All of the above” is a bad energy strategy, but even some of the most forward-thinking countries can’t help falling for it.

Beautiful yet unnerving photos of the Arctic getting greener

Using tricked-out drones, scientists are watching vegetation boom in the far north. Their findings could have big implications for the whole planet.
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