Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Ways to Connect

  It's turkey time and Americans will be "gobbling up" tens of millions of them this Thursday.  The majority of them are raised on large-scale, CAFO-like settings and many are fed and injected with chemicals, anti-biotics and other pharmaceuticals to produce heavier birds with rapid growth.   Join Chris Cherniak and guest co-host Renai Bodley Tuesday morning on This Green Earth when they talk to the Center for Food Safety about the turkey industry and it's impacts to the animals, our environment and ourselves.

  Today on This Green Earth, Nell and Chris speak with James Costa, the author of the new book:  Darwin's Backyard:  How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory. Costa explains how Darwin's simple experiments on plants, insects and animals living in his own backyard, helped advance many of his revolutionary ideas on evolution and natural selection.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris and Nell’s first guest is Marlee Ostheimer from the National Forest Foundation.  Marlee talks about the effort to reintroduce the Bonneville Cutthroat Trout to Mill Creek.  The second guest is Urs Kormann, a post-doctoral research scientist at Oregon State University.  Urs talks about “forest edges” and what species avoid and benefit them.  

  Chris and Nell speak with Jon Schutz, a local water rights attorney.  Jon will summarize the history of water rights in Utah, how they were established using ecclesiastical control, when that changed and why, even with growing demand and regional drought, concepts like "use it or lose it" are still used today.   Then, former Congressman Bob Inglis talks about a speech he is giving this Friday, November 3rd at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.  Bob is a republican from South Carolina who received high marks from his colleagues and constituents until he embraced one subject - climate chan

On This Green Earth this morning Chris and Nell speak with students from BYU and the University of Utah on how they are collaborating with, and competing against, each other on climate change education, awareness and initiatives.  Then they speak with the Western Environmental Law Center about the Department of Interior's recent attempts to delay the implementation of a rule which would reduce the amount of methane gas emitted into the atmosphere from natural gas wells and distribution systems.     

Last week, the EPA announced they would be repealing the Clean Power Plan, an effort put forth by the Obama administration to reduce U.S. electricity generation using fossil fuels. Chris and Nell’s first guest is Jon Goldin Dubois, president of Western Recourses Advocates, an environmental non-profit.  He shares his thoughts on why this repeal is such a bad idea, not just for the environment and our climate, but for economic reasons as well.

The first guest on the program, Bret Hartl with the Center for Biological Diversity talking about Utah Senators Hatch and Lee’s attempt to gut the Endangered Species Act. Then, Brian McInerney with the National Weather Service stops by to explain why the summer of 2017 was the hottest on record.  Finally, Lisa Yoder, Summit County Sustainability Coordinator joins Chris and Nell to discuss the County’s renewable energy and carbon emissions goals. 

Jason Barto, Certified Arborist and Executive Director of ReLeaf Utah joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss the challenges facing White Fir and why watering your trees is more important than ever. Then, in the second half of the program they speak with Will Falk. He is a local resident and lawyer who, along with four others from around the Colorado River’s Upper Basin, recently filed the first ever rights of nature lawsuit – Colorado River v. Colorado – in the United States District Court in Colorado. 

This Green Earth - September 26, 2017

Sep 26, 2017

The first guest on the program is Jamie Farrell, Seismologist with the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah.  He talks about last week’s 3.3 magnitude earthquake near Park City.  In the second half of the show Chris and Nell talk with Brian Fagan, author of, “Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization.” 

In Mark Sundeen’s book , “The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America,” three American families ditch modern comforts and convenience – including, in some cases, supermrkets, cars, and even electricity – to define authentic living for themselves.  For those striving to live a simpler, uncomplicated life, “The Unsettlers” offers an in depth and compelling account of diverse Americans living off the grid – physically and behaviorally.  Mark Sundeen is coming to Park City as part of eh Humanities Book Festival.

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