Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Ways to Connect

Today on This Green Earth:

Sean Sublette from Climate Central is talking about last week’s record-breaking cold temps in the Midwest and Southern U.S.

Sublette will have answers about what role the jet stream played in this event, and the influences a warming planet can have on the jet stream.

Sublette also lets us know if we should expect more cold snaps like this, even as the planet warms.

Today on This Green Earth:

A fascinating conversation with Kim McCoy, an oceanographer and co-author of the book: Waves and Beaches: The Powerful Dynamics of Sea and Coast.

McCoy discusses the ongoing physical, chemical and biological impacts that rising sea levels are having on our beaches and coasts. 

On today's episode of This Green Earth:

Mary Farnsworth was recently named the Acting Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service.

Farnsworth addresses the responsibilities of this position and what the Intermountain Region faces with a new administration.

On today's episode of This Green Earth:

Nell and Chris welcome Jordan Clayton.

Clayton is the Data Collection Officer with Utah Snow Survey. He discusses the Survey's latest report on the state's climate and water, and provides a summary of the snow and reservoir conditions up through the end of January.

  In this episode of This Green Earth, Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University talks about his new book:  The New Climate War - The Fight to Take Back Our Planet.  In the book, Prof. Mann outlines a plan for governments and corporations to make real and lasting change and, whether the Biden administration can champion this cause.


  In this episode of This Green Earth, Walt Meier, Senior Research Scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center is the guest.  The center provides updates on the growth and conditions of sea ice up in the Arctic and Walt talks about why the year 2020 saw a near record level of sea ice melt. 


In this episode of This Green Earth, Chris's guest is Nate Brown from Utah Birders. He talks about the 10th Annual Utah Birders - Park City Christmas Bird Count; it's origins and purpose, when it's held and how you can join in on the count Sunday January 3rd, 2021.

Dr. Miriam Goldstein, Director for Ocean Policy with the Center for American Progress, joins Chris and Nell on this week's This Green Earth to talk about the impacts that climate change is having on the physical, chemical and biological components of our oceans and the solutions we can adopt to mitigate this damage, particularly on a federal level.   


Last week, A federal judge overturned the Trump administration’s plan to lease more than 60,000 acres of public land for fracking in northern Utah’s Uintah Basin, including areas near Dinosaur National Monument.  The judge ruled that the Bureau of Land Management violated the law by refusing to consider alternatives to leasing all 59 parcels.  Taylor McKinnon, a senior campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity joins Chris and Nell on this week's This Green Earth to talk about this decision and what the Biden administration

In this episode of  This Green Earth the guest is Emily Billow, a Park City native, who wrote, produced and directed a documentary about air pollution and environmental injustice.  In this case, the low income communities located amongst the Port of Long Beach, oil refineries and busy freeways.  Local residents have taken matters into their own hands, facing an apathetic government and powerful corporations in their fight for environmental justice.   Emily Billow talks about her Senior Thesis documentary at the USC Film School:  

In this episode of This Green Earth Nell and Chris talk with John Mecklin the editor in chief of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists . He talks about the Doomsday clock and the roll that climate change plays in its calculation.

Last week the Department of the Interior completed it's efforts to effectively remove critical protections within the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a 100 year old law that has protected thousands of bird species and millions of birds from human and industrial harm. Alison Holloran, the executive director of Audubon Rockies and Vice President of the National Audubon Society joins Chris and Nell on this week's This Green Earth, to talk about the MBTA, the removal of "incidental taking" and what the Biden administration might be able to do to prevent the proposed Trump changes from being enacted.

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.