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Gina McCarthy on Particulates

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced new measures to reduce the allowable amount of fine particulate pollution in the air. We discuss these new standards, as well as the Inflation Reduction Act and the role of women in the environmental movement.

 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced new measures to reduce the allowable amount of fine particulate pollution in the air. We discuss these new standards, as well as the Inflation Reduction Act and the role of women in the environmental movement.

Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation

 

Also, some of America’s most important women trailblazers shared a connection with the natural world in their girlhood. Author Tiya Miles’ new book Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation shows how this time spent in the outdoors prepared these women to become pioneers in their fields.

 

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Flooded Out by Racism

 

Dr. Robert Bullard continues to earn his moniker as the “father of environmental justice” by calling for justice for the community of Shiloh, Alabama. The area has suffered repeated flooding ever since a highway was widened and elevated in 2018, causing destruction to homes that Black landowners have proudly kept since the Reconstruction era. He also takes a wider look at environmental racism in America today and increasing vulnerabilities from climate change in the years to come.

 

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One Step Further: The Story of Katherine Johnson

 

The 2021 children’s book One Step Further: My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission tells the story of Katherine Johnson, an African American woman who while living under Jim Crow in the south worked at NASA as a mathematician and helped put a man on the moon. Her daughter Katherine Moore shares her mother's story.

 

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$250 Billion Yearly Economic Costs from Plastics

 

Hormone-disrupting chemicals in plastics take a yearly economic and health toll in the hundreds of billions of dollars in the U.S. alone, according to a recent study. Pediatrician Leonardo Trasande discusses the research and explains why PFAS, phthalates, BPA and flame retardants in plastics are so harmful to human health.

 

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Exxon Sues Climate Investors

 

ExxonMobil recently sued activist investors in federal court in Texas for a repeated effort to bring a climate resolution to a vote at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. The giant oil company has persisted even though the activists have withdrawn the petition, raising concerns about a chilling effect on investor engagement.

 

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The Crochet Coral Reef

 

To raise awareness about the threats facing coral reefs, crafters everywhere are picking up their crochet hooks and contributing to a worldwide “Crochet Coral Reef.” The curator of the Pittsburgh Satellite Reef at the Carnegie Museum of Art describes what it’s like to stand inside the exhibit and how it came together.

 

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Join the Living on Earth Book Club on October 13th!

 

Bestselling science journalist Ed Yong joins us to talk about his new book. Click here to learn more and register!

 

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Celebrating 30 years of Living on Earth!

 

Host Steve Curwood in the Living on Earth studio

 

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States Challenge EPA "Good Neighbor" Rule


The Supreme Court has heard arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Good Neighbor” rule, which is designed to keep one state’s ozone emissions from spilling downwind and pushing another state out of compliance. We explore what this challenge means for the environmental regulation landscape.

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Gina McCarthy on Particulates


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced new measures to reduce the allowable amount of fine particulate pollution in the air. We discuss these new standards, as well as the Inflation Reduction Act and the role of women in the environmental movement.

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Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation


Also, some of America’s most important women trailblazers shared a connection with the natural world in their girlhood. Author Tiya Miles’ new book Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation shows how this time spent in the outdoors prepared these women to become pioneers in their fields.

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This Week’s Show
March 1, 2024
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States Challenge EPA "Good Neighbor" Rule

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The Supreme Court has heard arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Good Neighbor” rule, which is designed to keep one state’s ozone emissions from spilling downwind and pushing another state out of compliance. We explore what this challenge means for the environmental regulation landscape.

Beyond the Headlines

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This week, we go beyond the headlines to discuss a pesticide found in 80% of U.S. adults, as well as 450 state bills regarding PFAS regulation, and some key historical moments surrounding national lands.

Gina McCarthy on Particulates

listen / download
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced new measures to reduce the allowable amount of fine particulate pollution in the air. We discuss these new standards, as well as the Inflation Reduction Act and the role of women in the environmental movement.

Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation

listen / download
Also, some of America’s most important women trailblazers shared a connection with the natural world in their girlhood. Author Tiya Miles’ new book Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation shows how this time spent in the outdoors prepared these women to become pioneers in their fields.


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