This Green Earth

Tuesday, 9-10 AM

Hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson
Credit Mark Maziarz

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.

TGE has interviewed a number of individuals from different environmental fields including: writers Andrew Revkin, Terry Tempest Williams, Craig Childs, Richard Louv and Paul Erlich; politicians like the Mayors of Park City and Salt Lake City; policy analysts from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund; scientists and researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the National Weather Service; and, local sustainable business owners from Copper Moose Farm, Main Street Olive Oil Company, Whole Foods Market, and Fairweather Natural Foods.

Christopher Cherniak is an environmental engineer with nearly 30 years experience as an environmental consultant. Nell Larson is an environmental scientist, educator, and a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry. Together, they direct This Green Earth's mission: to educate listeners about the importance of environmental preservation, conservation, and stewardship.

Contact Chris and Nell via email at thisgreenearth@kpcw.org.

What People are Saying About This Green Earth

"This Green Earth offers an in-depth analysis of current environmental issues that affect our local and global community.  The conversations between the hosts and their guests is enlightening and challenging, but at the same time has a light touch that makes the issues accessible to a wide listening audience.  An invaluable resource for our community." Katy Wang, Executive Director of Park City Film

"This Green Earth does an excellent job recruiting knowledgeable and interesting guests.  As someone who's been involved in the "green" sector for many years, I'm consistently impressed with the ability of Katie and Nell to introduce me to something new!"  Tyler Paulsen, former Sustainability Office, Park City Municipal

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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.  

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.  

During the first half of the show, Celia Peterson from Park City's Sustainability Department joined Chris and Nell to discuss the City's efforts to bolster the number of Electric Vehicle Charging stations and locations in town, as well as preview the plans to update the vehicle anti-idling ordinance in the community.  

An article published last month in the Journal of Applied Ecology found evidence that plan and invertebrate diversity declines - and pest species increase - when lawns are mowed more intensely.  The authors propose that, "in addition to known advantages such as carbon emission reductions, we propose that a reduction in mowing intensity in urban lawns is likely to promote urban invertebrate and plant diversity, and associated ecosystem services."  James Wolfin of Metro Blooms joined Chris and Nell to talk about his research on pollinator communities that forage on lawns, and his work throug

 Walt Meier from the National Snow and Ice Data Center talks about Arctic Sea Ice and how the year 2019 will be one of the lowest for sea ice extent on record.  

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