Nell Larson

Producer/ Co-Host

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Nell Larson has been the director of Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter since 2013, but has been a co-host of This Green Earth since 2009.  Prior to her role as director at Swaner, Nell acted as Conservation Director, where she focused on the restoration and management of the 1,200 acre nature preserve, implementing projects geared toward stream restoration, water quality, wildlife habitat, and trails.  Nell grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Yale, as well as her master of Environmental Management with a focus in ecology at the Yale School of Forestry.  Outside of work, Nell loves to ski - both Nordic and alpine - sail, hike, travel, kickball, and generally take advantage of Utah's great outdoors.

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.

On this edition of This Green Earth:

Utah Open Lands Executive Director Wendy Fisher shares more about the transportation study going on  in Kimball Junction and how it may impact local conservation work.

On this edition of This Green Earth:

There is a fair amount of new information coming from the Biden-Harris administration regarding actions to tackle climate and environmental issues. Ken Rait of The Pew Charitable Trusts comes in to help us understand it all.

In this episode of This Green Earth Summit County’s new sustainability director Emily Quinton joins Nell and guest Co-Host Recycle Utah's Executive Director Carolyn Wawra to share a little bit about her background and the outlook for Summit County’s upcoming sustainability work.

In this episode on This Green Earth, Bob Deans, the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Director of Strategic Engagement, talks with Nell and guest Co-Host Recycle Utah's Executive Director Carolyn Wawra. Bob guides them through the first days of the Biden Administration – specifically what actions have been taken to protect the environment and address our changing climate. 

Dean also addresses other environmental priorities for the new administration’s first 100 days.

In this episode of This Green Earth Nell and guest Co-host Katy Wang speak with Sarah Woodbury, Communication and Outreach Director for Wild Utah Project.  With interest in volunteering on the rise, Wild Utah Project has a variety of opportunities for all seasons, including online volunteer projects.  From tracking rosy finches to reviewing camera trap footage, all projects are open to the public and training is provided.  

In this episode of This Green Earth Nell and guest co-host Katy Wang's guest is Nevada Legal Advocate Scott Lake for the Center for Biological Diversity.

  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.

  

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.

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