Chris Cherniak

On This Green Earth, Utah Rivers Council Campaign Director Jon Carter talks about the return of the Rain Barrel Program, and why they are so important to those of us who live in a drought-impacted, high desert environment.

The Utah Rivers Council, in collaboration with Park City Municipal Corporation is once again offering Rain Barrels for sale starting April 6. 

The barrels will range in price between $50 and $75 and, be available for pickup beginning May 2. 

 

On This Green Earth, Flooding from rising seas is a present and increasing threat to coastal communities around the world. 

Oceanographer John Englander presents his new book: Moving to Higher Ground – Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward. In his first interview since the book launched, Englander talks with Chris and Nell about exploring how sea level rise will affect our ecosystems, our economies, our water supplies and our daily lives. 

His book also covers the strategies and adaptations required to tackle the inevitability of a rising sea.

On This Green Earth, Nathan Donley from the Center for Biological Diversity joins Nell and Chris to discuss a recent federal study which found 90% of streams sampled contain pesticides.   

Nathan will share the acute and chronic ecological impacts that are associated with this condition in our waterways. 

On This Green Earth, Chris and Nell talk about the recent introduction of the "Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act". This bill would establish a national law phasing out unnecessary single-use plastic products, such as carryout bags and polystyrene foam food containers. 

Speaking with them is Christy Leavitt, Plastics Campaign Director with Oceana. She will break down what’s on the bill and share her thoughts on its likelihood to pass.

Josh Balk of the Humane Society joins This Green Earth to share his thoughts on the recent signing of Senate Bill 147 into law. 

The bill bans the use of "battery cages" in Utah’s egg farms and requires that hens live in cage-free conditions.

Utah is the eighth state to sign this bill, joining California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington.

On This Green Earth, Max Wilbert, who co-authored the new book, Bright Green Lies - How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It, comes on to share his viewpoint surrounding our unwillingness as a society to sacrifice any of our consumptive behaviors. 

On this episode of This Green Earth:

Maria Najera, Government Affairs Director at Western Resource Advocates joins Chris to discuss the appointment of Debra Haaland as the Senate-confirmed United States secretary of the interior.

Haaland is the first indigenous cabinet secretary in US history.

  

On this episode of This Green Earth:

Adam Brewerton with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources talks about the outbreak of salmonella that is happening in songbirds throughout the pacific northwest. 

He will share what we can do to recognize infected birds, and how we can help the outbreak from spreading by keeping our backyard feeders clean. 

On this episode of This Green Earth:

Group leader with the Wasatch Back chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby Lauren Barros joins the show to talk about the major changes in Climate Legislation.

Barros also discusses the Executive Orders expected under the new Biden administration.

  

Birders around the world are rejoicing with the rediscovery of a bird that has not been seen for 180 years. 

The illusive Black-browed Babbler has been captured, photographed and then released back into the tropical forest of Borneo. 

Dr. John Mittermeier of the American Bird Conservancy talks with Nell and Chris about this unique feathered creature, its accidental capture, and why its rediscovery is so important to both birders and conservationists.   

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.

  Today, Chris and Nell discuss several items currently in the news including local butterfly’s and fireflies, wolverines, polystyrene, GMO’s and Algae blooms. 

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