Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Ways to Connect

In this episode of This Green Earth Dr. Kimberly Warner, a senior scientist with Oceana talks about a report released last week, the non-profit research institution, Oceana, found evidence that nearly 1,800 animals from 40 different species of aquatic and bird life are ingesting plastic and becoming entangled in rope, nets and other material made of it.  An amazing 88% of these species are listed within the Endangered Species Act.  Dr.

In this episode of This Green Earth Jenny Rowland Shea, a senior policy analyst with the Center for American Progress, talks about the  leases now available in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In this episode of This Green Earth  Jeff Bousson with Utah Clean Energy shares the latest energy efficiency programs and activities offered by Summit Community Power Works.  

In this episode of This Green Earth Jordan Clayton, Data Collection Officer with the NRCS talks about the  November Water and Climate Report.  The 2021 water year is off to a poor start in Utah’s Valley locations, with most basins recording no accumulated precipitation during the month of October.  In fact, almost 30% of the state is in the Exceptional Drought or worse category, according to the

In this episode of This Green Earth Sam Ricketts, Senior Fellow for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress talks about actions to combat the climate crisis. A new column by the Center for American Progress titled:  “State Climate Leadership Is Coming to the Nation’s Capital in 2021” shows how voters elected U.S. House of Representatives and U.S.

In this episode of This Green Earth Chris and Nell talk with  Janice Gardner  from the Wild Utah Project. The non-profit Wild Utah Project is once again hosting the Black Rosy-finch Project.  Rosy-finches are one of the least-studied birds in North America and Wild Utah is looking for volunteers to help count these birds during this upcoming winter. 

This episode of This Green Earth features Amaroq Weiss, Senior West Coast Wolf Advocate from the Center for Biological Diversity.

In this episode of This Green Earth, Matthew Bishop, an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center talks about the Trump Administration's decision last week to not provide protection to wolverines under the Endangered Species Act.  Once numbering in the thousands, there are now fewer than 300 wolverines remaining in the contiguous U.S.  He'll explain why his group is filing a lawsuit against the administration's decision. 

In this episode of This Green Earth Chris and Nell are joined by environmental professor and Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Gary Yohe. Dr. Yohe talks about the influence climate change is having on the record-breaking wildfires occurring in Colorado and the Pacific West Coast.  Professor Yohe has been writing about Climate Change since the mid-80's so he'll also share how the predictions made back then are holding up almost four decades later.

In this epsiode of This Green Earth Chris and Nell talk with Dr.

Natural Gas Flaring

In this episode of  This Green Earth it's all about the greenhouse gases:  methane and carbon dioxide.  Last week, a Wyoming District Judge struck down a rule regulating the practice of venting and flaring methane natural gas from oil and natural gas extraction systems. The decision now allows the fossil fuel industry to emit methane, unmonitored and unregulated, into the earth’s atmosphere.   Jason O'Neil with the non-profit Accountable U.S. talks more about this decision. 

In this episode of This Green Earth Chris and Nell are joined by Dr. Jeff Masters, an expert in tropical weather, provides an update on the record breaking hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin.


On this episode of  This Green Earth, Utah local bee keeper Doug Fryer talks about how honey bees fared this past summer.  It was one of the warmest and driest summers on record and since water is critical to the health of the bees and the hive he looks into it's long term effects.  He'll also talk about what bees are doing now to prepare for winter and the fascinating acts behind "robber bees". 

In this epsisode of This Green Earth Chris and Nell are joined by Ken Rait the Project Director for U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation with the Pew Charitable Trusts. Ken leads work to conserve western lands, including collaborating with local partners and the Bureau of Land Management to balance conservation and development. 

In this episode of This Green Earth science journalist, Emily Anthes talks about her book:  The Great Indoors  The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health and Happiness.  We spend 90 percent of our time inside so how do these spaces affect our mental and physical well-being? Our thoughts, feelings, productivity and relationships?