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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra and Living on Earth's Jenni Doering take a look at nurdles, tiny pellets of plastic that are turning up on coasts around the world. Then, the pair travel to the South African town of Ermelo, where coal miners are trying to switch to solar farms.

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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

In this week's look beyond the headlines, Environmental Health News Editor Peter Dykstra and Host Steve Curwood take a deeper look at the climate costs of plastic manufacturing.

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Black Pensacola neighborhood, unfortified against storms, took massive hit from Hurricane Sally

Low-lying Wedgewood neighborhood inundated during the storm, which surged ocean water in and then dropped nearly 25 inches of rain.
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As wildfire smoke becomes a part of life on the West Coast, so do its health risks

Wildfires are causing record amounts of smoke to settle over West Coast states, leading to new habits and health problems.
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After 200 meat plant workers die of COVID-19, OSHA issues two fines

Two plants were fined a total of about $29,000 — an amount critics say is so small that it won’t serve as an incentive for the nation’s meatpackers to protect their workers.
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Dense smoke smothers West Coast, shutting residents indoors and complicating fire response

Officials and health experts urged residents to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary, keep doors and windows closed, and use fans and air conditioners to keep air circulating in their homes.
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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra joins Bobby Bascomb to discuss calls for climate change to be a centerpiece topic in the upcoming Presidential debates. This week's segment also covers the EPA announcement that the agency would shift focus away from climate change, and towards "community cleanups".

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New study finds toxic 'forever chemicals' contaminating school water systems in 18 states

A new study warns that water systems for numerous schools and day care centers in 18 states may have been contaminated by toxic chemicals produced at nearby chemical plants.

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Living on Earth: Republican National Convention

The 2020 republican national Convention featured testimonies from people across the country. Climate change was rarely mentioned in the convention with a few exceptions where curbing carbon emissions where represented as a menace to the American economy.

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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra and Host Steve Curwood discuss major tobacco companies' pursuit of a tobacco-based vaccine for COVID-19, then move on to discuss the flooding of the last functioning coal mine in Norway by meltwater from a nearby glacier.

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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra talks with Host Steve Curwood about how Costa Rica brought its forests back to life with aggressive measures to protect public lands, and incentives for landowners to convert from logging to participating in ecotourism.

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