Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

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Sage Mountain Sanctuary
Sage Mountain Sanctuary

In this episode of This Green Earth Lauren Lockey is the owner and proprietor of Sage Mountain, a non-profit that provides educational programming, advocacy and sanctuary for farmed animals.  She talks about the increasing connection between the number and types of emerging viruses and diseases humans are experiencing and the consumption of both wild and domesticated animals.

Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District

Mike Luers, General Manager of the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District, talks about the extreme importance that we NOT flush "flushable" wipes and other bleach-based wipes down our toilets.  They should be thrown away in a waste basket.  He describes the growing problem these wipes, along with paper towels, napkins and even tissues are having on the pipes, pumps and motors at the treatment plant.   

This week on This Green Earth, author Mark Kurlansky joins the show to talk about his new book, "Salmon - A Fish, The Earth, and a History of Their Common Fate".

Today on This Green Earth, Carly Ferro, Director of the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club provides a summary of legislation the Sierra Club was tracking along with an update on the events that they may have to cancel around Earth Day.

Today on This Green Earth, Douglas Tallamy talks about his new book "Nature's Best Hope - A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard".

During today's show, Nell and Chris learned about the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act from Laura Lightbody with the Pew Charitable Trust.  Repetitive-loss properties have historically accounted for 1% of National Flood Insurance Program policies, but represent 25 - 30% of claims, putting the program 20 billion dollars into the red. This Act encourages the 20,000 participating communities to plan ahead to avoid repeating history and being forced to rebuild time and time again. Utah's Ben McAdams co-sponsored this bipartisan legislation.

In this episode of  This Green Earth  we re-broadcast two interviews.  One with author and journalist Eugene Linden on his New York Times Op Ed titled:  How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong.   And the second with biologist James Wolfin on the multiple benefits of replacing ecologically-sterile kentucky blue grass with pollinator and mower-friendly forms of cover like clover.   That plus news on January 2020 being the warmest

On Today's program  an interview with Alice Hill about her new book:  Building a Resilient Tomorrow - How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption.  

On today's show author Jon Gertner talks about his book about Greenland titled:  The Ice at the End of the World. 

 

Today on This Green Earth, environmental writer, UCLA Institute fellow, and author of Rambunctious garden Emma Marris talks about what "nature" means in a changing world, what counts as nature and what it means to protect it.   In addition, Professor Marris will discuss her recent New York Times op ed on her five-step plan on how to tackle climate change calmly once and for all.  Professor Marris will address all this in a talk she is giving at The Natural History Museum of Utah Tuesday night.  It's part of the Museum's  "Essence of Nature 2020" lecture series.  

Eric Nuzum joins The Mountain Life. Eric is a media consultant and podcast creator, and has created some of NPR's most successful podcasts. Americans love podcasts! In fact, almost half regularly tune in to the more than 750,000 shows currently available. And podcast production is booming — about 2,000 new podcasts are created every week.

Over the 20 days of Christmas and New Years Recycle Utah took in approximately a 500,000 plastic bags and 250,000 cardboard boxes.  Carolyn Wawra, Executive Director with RU shares some additional numbers on the other things they processed and how much it cost them to do so. 

 

  The Utah legislature goes into General Session Monday January 27th.  Hundreds of resolutions and bills will be offered by both the state house of representatives and the state senate.  Some of those address water, natural resources, energy and the environment.  KPCW's Emily Means will be covering this session and she discusses some of the environmental bills and resolutions proposed by the state house and senate. 

 

 

 

 

During the second half of the show, local resident Mike Stevens joined Chris and Nell to further discuss his recent Park Record letter to the editor.  He wrote about retail stores on Main Street and their practice of leaving their doors open even during very cold weather, a practice which he sees as wasteful - and unnecessary.  Mike and Chris also explored other locations that have implemented education and regulation on this practice.  

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