Rank #1: Living on Earth: October 6, 2017
Oct 06 2017
Rank #2: Reviving Local Food in Puerto Rico, The Tangled Tree of Life, and more
Even before Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico imported nearly all of its food. Now, as locals rebuild their lives, an agricultural revival is bringing fresh fruits and veggies back to the island.
Also, Bayer faces billions of dollars in potential court damages, after a jury finds Bayer-owned Monsanto knowingly sold a cancer-causing herbicides without warning consumers.
And a discussion with science writer David Quammen on how new discoveries go beyond Darwin's "tree of life".
New secrets of life and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRI.
Sep 28 2018
Rank #3: More Organic Less Cancer, Gaza Water Crisis, Climate Activists Acquitted and more
A major study finds a significant reduction in the risk of cancer among high consumers of organic food.
Also, in the Gaza Strip, where every three out of four people are refugees, clean water is scarce, and there's a worsening health crisis for Gaza's children.
And two recently acquitted protestors who temporarily shut down oil pipelines call for more civil disobedience, saying time is running out to save a livable climate.
Fighting cancer, climate apathy and more, in this installment of Living on Earth from PRI.
Oct 26 2018
Rank #4: Living on Earth: January 19, 2018
Jan 19 2018
Rank #5: 10K Farmers Want a Green New Deal, The Economic Value of the National Parks, Exploring the Parks: Great Smoky Mountains, and more
More than 10,000 farmers and ranchers from across the country have signed on to a letter that urges Congress to support a Green New Deal. They're asking for a massive overhaul of food and farming policy in order to address the climate crisis while providing economic security for independent family farms.
Also, the National Parks have been famously called "America's Best Idea," but they may also be "America's Best Investment", thanks to the valuable services they provide such as recreation, carbon storage, and educational programs.
And the latest in Living on Earth's series on public lands takes us to the most remote spot in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a biodiversity hotspot.
Exploring the parks and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRI.
Oct 18 2019
Rank #6: Living on Earth: March 17, 2017
Mar 17 2017
If carbon emissions keep going up until 2030 it will be too late to avoid a 'hot house' Earth with a billion climate refugees starting in 2050, according to the Australia-based Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration. These researchers warn the climate is changing faster than politicians and the public are responding, and say interventions on a scale never before seen during peacetime are needed right now.
Also, Coronado National Forest, north of Tucson, Arizona is the latest subject of Living on Earth's occasional series on America's public lands. There's plenty of heat and cacti, of course - but also many species that you're more likely to find far north of the desert Southwest, and even enough snow for skiing! We take a trip to the remarkably diverse biomes of Arizona's Sky Islands, with a local biologist as our guide.
And in his new book Horizon, 30 years in the making, award-winning writer Barry Lopez asks: "Who is our navigator?" now, in this time of climate change and pervasive inequality.
Looking towards the horizon and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRI.
Jun 14 2019
Rank #8: An Earth Day Checkup, Exploring The Parks: Aniakchak, Exxon Climate Risk Lawsuit, and more
Since the first Earth Day in 1970, much has been done to clean up our air and water, here in the U.S. and elsewhere. But the world now faces the imminent threats of climate change and biodiversity loss, with a long way to go on curbing carbon emissions.
Also, our newest installment in Living on Earth's series exploring America's public lands takes us to the grizzlies and volcanism of Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, deep in the remote Alaskan wilderness.
And as sea level rise and intensifying storms put coastal ecosystems, communities, and industrial facilities at risk, ExxonMobil faces a lawsuit over the alleged vulnerability of the company's Boston Harbor storage facility to climate disruption.
All that and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRI.
Apr 19 2019
Rank #9: Ethane Crackers and Air Pollution, Coastal Living Boosts Mental Health, YouTubers Launch Tree Planting Campaign, and more
A glut of cheap natural gas has petrochemical companies turning to ethane, a component of natural gas, to make plastic. But the process comes with massive carbon emissions and health concerns for host communities.
Also, the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry commemorates the work of three scientists who helped develop the lithium ion battery, which revolutionized electronics. We speak with one of those pioneering chemists.
And influencers on YouTube and other platforms are asking their billion subscribers to help plant 20 million trees.
"Team Trees" and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRI.
Oct 25 2019
Rank #10: Living on Earth: January 5, 2018
Jan 05 2018
Rank #11: Living on Earth: February 28, 2014
Feb 28 2014
Rank #12: Re-wilding the English Countryside, Climate Migrant Caravans, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and more
The recent waves of migrant caravans coming from Central America have a link to climate change: many of the migrants are fleeing their homes in the wake of crop failures, the result of a massive drought that has lasted for five years.
Also, the constant onslaught of grim statistics about climate change may cause some people to shut down. Eco-acoustics could hold the key to drawing people back into a conversation about our changing climate.
And an experiment in "re-wilding" a farm in England brings ecological and financial benefits from sustainable hunting and ecotourism.
All that and more, in this episode of Living on Earth from PRI.
Aug 16 2019
Rank #13: Living on Earth: August 4, 2017
Aug 04 2017
Rank #14: Living on Earth: January 13, 2017
Jan 13 2017
Rank #15: Living on Earth: September 2, 2016
Sep 02 2016
Rank #16: Living on Earth: November 13, 2015
Nov 13 2015
Rank #17: Living on Earth: May 12, 2017
May 12 2017
Rank #18: Living on Earth: February 26, 2016
Feb 26 2016
Rank #19: Living on Earth: January 22, 2016
Jan 22 2016
Rank #20: Living on Earth: February 21, 2014
Feb 21 2014