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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If world handles climate like COVID-19, U.N. chief says: 'I fear the worst'

The United States, China and Russia fought on Thursday during a United Nations Security Council meeting on the coronavirus pandemic after U.N. chief Antonio Guterres had warned the body that if the climate crisis was approached with the "same disunity and disarray" of COVID-19, then: "I fear the worst."


China's carbon neutral pledge could curb global warming by 0.3°C: researchers

President Xi Jinping's pledge that China will achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 is the most significant climate policy move for years and, if achieved, could curb likely global warming by 0.2-0.3 Celsius this century, researchers said.

1 in 7 Americans have experienced dangerous air quality due to wildfires this year

Parts of the West Coast experienced very unhealthy or hazardous air from wildfires for the first time ever recorded. Millions endured that smoke for twice as long as the recent average.

A French town is using human hair to clean oil pollution from the ocean

Citizens from the French town of Brignoles have accumulated 40 tons of hair in a warehouse, sent from salons far and wide. They plan to stuff nylon stockings with it in order to make floating tubes, which they will place near harbors to clean up ocean oil pollution.


Hungry polar bear chews on some plastic in Sweden as two others play tug-of-war with a bin liner

Polar bears are coping well in Svalbard despite the challenges of plastic pollution and climate changes and while they are likely to start exploring the villages where 2,600 people live, they are quite well fed.


How climate change has impacted frogs in Canberra

An annual frog-watching event in Canberra has been extended to take place over one month instead of a week due to climate change.

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.


Patagonia clothing tag targets political climate change deniers

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has come up with a unique way to encourage its shoppers to vote: a message hidden on clothing labels. The tag on the company's newest line of shorts reads: "Vote the a-holes out."


Chris Sprowls and Wilton Simpson: State must prepare for sea-level rise, GOP leaders say

Through careful planning and strong partnerships, Florida can be a national example of resilient communities, where water remains an engine that drives our state's prosperity and the only thing the rising tide does is lift all boats.


EU carbon market's free handouts are impeding climate action, auditors say

The European Union should change the way it hands out free pollution permits in the bloc's carbon market, which is failing to bring about deep cuts in emissions.


Which masks will protect against wildfire smoke?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wildfire smoke can irritate your lungs, cause inflammation, affect your immune system and make you more prone to lung infections, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Hit by COVID and climate change, island states battle debt crisis

As the coronavirus pandemic compounds worsening economic pressures from climate change impacts, small island developing nations on Monday appealed for international financial support to help them avert a looming debt crisis.

Why clouds are the missing piece in the climate change puzzle

In order to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C and avoid dangerous levels of warming, governments need to know how much carbon they can emit, and over what timeframe.

Sheffield leaders halted clean air zone amid fears drivers would 'pay to pollute'

Political leaders in Sheffield have been urged to prepare for when pollution levels rise again post-pandemic after halting plans to introduce a clean air charging zone in the city.
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