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

In the second half of today's This Green Earth, Nell and Chris talk about the concepts of Green Chemistry with Dr. Paul Anastas, a professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University.   It's Chemistry as nature designed, provides and prefers, right here on This Green Earth.

Today on This Green Earth, Nell and Chris first speak with Joseph Wilson, an assistant professor of biology at Utah State University, about native bees.  Studies show that there are over a 1,000 species of bees just within the state of Utah (!), many inhabiting the sensitive landscapes of our southern canyons and deserts. He is also the co-author of The Bees in your Backyard.

Nell Larson and Chris Cherniak speak with Andrew Rosenberg from the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, a non-profit that is tracking the ongoing repeal of dozens of federal rules and regulations designed to maintain environmental and wildlife safeguards.  This includes reversing regulations applying standards to mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, the monitoring of methane emissions from oil and gas operations and, the lifting of a ban on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

 [We are in the homestrech of completing construction here at KPCW. In an effort to keep the noise down, we bring you a rerun of some of Nell and Chris's favorite interviews. They will be back next week with more This Green Earth! Thanks for listening!]

Amy May from Tree Utah joins Chris and Nell on This Green Earth. She talks about Tree Utah and their planned project as a recipient of a Climate Fund Grant.  

Walt Meier with the National Snow and Ice Data Center joins Nell and Chris on This Green Earth to  talk about Arctic Sea Ice, it's maximum extent this past March and how much has melted since then.  He also provides some information on what Arctic-based research is being impacted by COVID-19.  

Chris and Nell bring you two of their favorite interviews from the past, as we continue contruction, and the transition from the lifting of the stay at home order. Rest assured, they will be back next week, May 11th, with an all new show! Enjoy these interviews with Kirk Wallace Johnson and Earl Swift.

Kirk Wallace Johnson - Aired April 16, 2019 - Starts at (01:14)

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.