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Dangerous Drifting Particles

 

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are toxic air pollutants produced by combustion linked to lung cancer and other serious health problems. They’re mostly seen as a local bad air issue, but recent findings suggest that these tiny particles travel long distances and significantly increase overall health risks.

 

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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are toxic air pollutants produced by combustion linked to lung cancer and other serious health problems. They’re mostly seen as a local bad air issue, but recent findings suggest that these tiny particles travel long distances and significantly increase overall health risks.

War Veterans Farm For Health

 

Veterans must often wait months for health appointments at VA facilities. So a combat vet in Georgia founded a farm designed to immerse returning soldiers in the restorative rigors of working the land, a special boost for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Reporter Sean Powers has the story.

 

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Finding New Tyrannosaurs

 

Sixty-five million years ago, T. Rex was the biggest carnivore on earth – and to this day it looms large in our imaginations. But science is finding this iconic tyrant was but one of more than two dozen other species of tyrannosaur, a diverse group that came in all sorts of shapes and sizes--and researchers expect to find even more species.

 

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Boston in a Warmer World

 

As a port city with low-lying areas, Living on Earth’s hometown of Boston, Massachusetts is particularly vulnerable to the sea level rise anticipated from global warming. By the harbor’s edge at the University of Massachusetts Boston campus, hydrology professor Ellen Douglas and Steve Curwood discuss the alarming implications of the report that she and an interdisciplinary group of academics put together to help the City of Boston prepare.

 

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Big Plans For and Against Big Oil

 

North American oil and gas producers are rushing to build new pipelines as part of bid to gain more power in the international oil and gas markets. But they are running into fierce opposition at home -- including in Louisiana's Bayou country, where residents are standing up against the hotly debated Bayou Bridge pipeline.

 

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Land On Fire

 

The impact, devastation, and cost of forest fires in America’s West has multiplied in recent decades, as wildfires blaze fiercer, hotter, and longer than ever before, though people keep building homes in the danger zones. Rising temperatures and longer drought seasons have turned western forests into easy kindling, and the new book Land on Fire delves into this “new reality of wildfire in the West” with important tips for homeowners to help protect their property and lives.

 

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Antarctic Volcano

 

Many scientists are concerned about the impact global warming is having on Antarctica, and now scientists from Washington University in St. Louis have discovered a new kind of threat lurking beneath the vulnerable West Antarctic ice sheet—an active volcano. (Photo: Doug Wiens)

 

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Trout Are Speaking

 

Commentator Mark Seth Lender contemplates the rainbow trout.

 

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Romance and Spring Harvest At Paradise Lot

 

For most gardeners, springtime means a few seedlings on a window sill. But for perennial gardeners spring is a time of harvest. The new book, Paradise Lot, is a personal and heartwarming account of finding romance and growing a permaculture food forest on a degraded backyard plot in a gritty neighborhood of Holyoke, MA.

 

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Dangerous Drifting Particles

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are toxic air pollutants produced by combustion linked to lung cancer and other serious health problems. They’re mostly seen as a local bad air issue, but recent findings suggest that these tiny particles travel long distances and significantly increase overall health risks.

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War Veterans Farm For Health

Veterans must often wait months for health appointments at VA facilities. So a combat vet in Georgia founded a farm designed to immerse returning soldiers in the restorative rigors of working the land, a special boost for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Reporter Sean Powers has the story.

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Finding New Tyrannosaurs

Sixty-five million years ago, T. Rex was the biggest carnivore on earth – and to this day it looms large in our imaginations. But science is finding this iconic tyrant was but one of more than two dozen other species of tyrannosaur, a diverse group that came in all sorts of shapes and sizes--and researchers expect to find even more species.

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This Week’s Show
August 11, 2017
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Dangerous Drifting Particles

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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are toxic air pollutants produced by combustion linked to lung cancer and other serious health problems. They’re mostly seen as a local bad air issue, but recent findings suggest that these tiny particles travel long distances and significantly increase overall health risks.

Bad Air As Stock Market Bear

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High levels of fine particulate air pollution in New York City can lower stocks at the New York Stock Exchange, a team at Columbia University has found. More research in other financial centers with dirtier air – like London and Beijing – could find an even more dramatic effect.

War Veterans Farm For Health

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Veterans must often wait months for health appointments at VA facilities. So a combat vet in Georgia founded a farm designed to immerse returning soldiers in the restorative rigors of working the land, a special boost for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Reporter Sean Powers has the story.

From Orange To Green

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Former prison inmates are planting trees in Baltimore, helping to rejuvenate some of the city’s tough poor and crime-ridden neighborhoods. Alex Smith is now head of field operations for the Baltimore Tree Trust, after spending 15 years in prison. Landscaping helped turn his life around and he now says planting urban trees is helping others as well as remaking the city landscape.

Finding New Tyrannosaurs

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Sixty-five million years ago, T. Rex was the biggest carnivore on earth – and to this day it looms large in our imaginations. But science is finding this iconic tyrant was but one of more than two dozen other species of tyrannosaur, a diverse group that came in all sorts of shapes and sizes--and researchers expect to find even more species.


Special Features

A River Town in Transition

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Wrangell, Alaska is a small, isolated town at the mouth of the mighty Stikine River and a former a timber capital. But since the saw mills shut down in the ‘90s, the small town has reinvented itself as a tourist destination and a commercial fishing hub. Since both of these industries are dependent on the Stikine, some locals worry that a mining development upriver could put the whole town’s livelihood at risk.
Blog Series: Alaskan River Riches

Close Encounter with a Tabular Iceberg: Mark Seth Lender
Living on Earth's Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender describes an encounter with a tabular iceberg similar (though much smaller) to the one that recently broke off of the Larsen C ice sheet.
Blog Series: Living on Earth


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...Ultimately, if we are going prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we are going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them...

-- President Barack Obama, November 6, 2015 on why he declined to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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