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This Green Earth
Tuesday, 9-10 AM

This Green Earth is a weekly, hour-long program that focuses on the environment and environmentalism. Co-hosts Christopher Cherniak and Nell Larson explore the science, politics, economics and ethics behind the environment, natural resources and sustainability. The program includes interviews with local and national experts in the fields of water resources, air quality, environmental policy, fossil and renewable fuels, climate, conservation, ecosystems, agriculture, aquaculture and sustainability.

Latest Segments
  • In this episode of This Green Earth, host Nell Larson and guest host Katy Wang are joined by Heather Watkins of Bold Reuse and Celia Peterson from Park City Municipal Corporation. Bold resuse is a full-service reuse platform. From strategy to full-scale operations, they help make reuse programs shine. Heather loves to work with high growth companies on a mission to change the world. Prior to Bold Reuse (formerly GO Box), Heather was the Head of Growth at Impossible Foods, founder of a growth marketing agency and Sr. Marketing Director at Optimizely and Marketo. They talk about the idea of a circular economy and how this and other ideas will help them approach the city’s stated goal of zero waste by 2030.
  • In this episode of This Green Earth , Nell Larson and guest co-host Katy Wang will speak with Mindy Wheeler, the rare plants coordinator for the state of Utah. House Bill (HB) 224 was passed by the Utah legislature in March 2021. It tasks the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) with creation of a three-year pilot program to improve pollinator habitat in Utah. UDAF is currently receiving support from local non-profits and other conservation specialists with initial efforts to establish the pilot program.Mindy explains what it means to protect Utah’s native plants, and share the results of their new Utah Pollinator Habitat Grant program.
  • In this episode of This Green Earth: Dr. David Stoner, Research Assistant Professor for Wildland Resources at Utah State University. Smith speaks about the ever-increasing encounters with wildlife hikers and campers are having in Utah. Stoner gives us the facts about mountain lions, shares why drought and warming have the potential to increase human encounters, and tells us the best way to handle an encounter.
  • In this rebroadcast episode of This Green Earth the guest is Yale University lecturer Wake Smith, who teaches a world-leading course on the topic of Climate Mitigation. The course syllabus forms the basis of his new book, Pandora's Toolbox: The Hopes and Hazards of Climate Intervention. In his book, Smith offers readers an accessible and authoritative introduction to both the hopes and hazards of some of humanity's most controversial technologies.
  • Acclaimed author Ben Rawlence comes on the show to discuss his new book, The Treeline, which takes us along the critical frontier of our warming planet from Norway to Siberia, Alaska to Greenland, to meet the scientists, residents and trees confronting huge geological changes.
Latest Podcasts
  • On this episode of This Green Earth , Nell Larson and guest co-host Katy Wang will speak with (0:59) Mindy Wheeler, the rare plants coordinator for the state of Utah. She’ll explain what it means to protect Utah’s native plants, and share the results of their new Utah Pollinator Habitat Grant program.Then (24:40) Heather Watkins of Bold Reuse and Celia Peterson from Park City Municipal Corporation talk about the idea of a circular economy and how this and other ideas will help them approach the city’s stated goal of zero waste by 2030.
  • Today on This Green Earth, host Chris Cherniak brings back a best of show with (1:02) Yale University lecturer Wake Smith, who teaches a course on climate mitigation. The course syllabus forms the basis of his new book, Pandora's Toolbox: The Hopes and Hazards of Climate Intervention. In it, Smith offers readers an accessible introduction to the hopes and hazards of some of humanity's most controversial technologies. Then (27:17) Dr. David Stoner, Assistant Professor for Wildland Resources at Utah State University. Smith discusses the ever-increasing encounters with wildlife that Utah hikers and campers are having. Stoner provides facts about mountain lions, shares why drought and warming may increase human encounters, and explains how best to handle an encounter.
  • Today on This Green Earth, Chris Cherniak and guest host Claire Wiley speak with (02:10) Walt Meier, Senior Research Scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center who shares the science behind studying Environmental Arctic Change and what the outlook is for Arctic sea ice.Then, (26:18) acclaimed author Ben Rawlence comes on the show to discuss his new book, The Treeline, which takes us along the critical frontier of our warming planet from Norway to Siberia, Alaska to Greenland, to meet the scientists, residents and trees confronting huge geological changes.
  • In this episode of This Green Earth today's guests are: (00:13) Sageland Collaborative Conservation Ecologist, Janice Gardener, and the Saline Lake Outreach Associate from Audubon, Max Malmquist. They discuss the results of the recent Intermountain West Shorebird Survey. Then, (34:48) Jordan Clayton from Utah Snow Survey breaks down the water report from August and talks about what is forecasted for the fall.
  • On today's This Green Earth, (30:40) hosts Nell Larson and Chris Cherniak will be breaking down the recent Inflation Reduction Act with Bob Deans, the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Director of Strategic Engagement. (02:00) Also joining the show is Lindsay Baker, CEO of the Living Future Institute. Baker will provide insight into ways we can better live in balance with ecosystems and each other.