Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

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Author Joel Bourne joins Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson in the first segment of the show. In his book, The End of Plenty - The Race to Feed a Crowded World, Bourne chronicles the trends, making it likely we'll see more hunger and malnutrition in coming decades.  While the earth's population and economies are growing rapidly, our ability to feed it is undermined by climate change, growing water shortages, the use of farmland to grow biofuels and the increasing consumption of meat, which is a highly inefficient way to use the grain we grow.

Chris and Nell First speak with Rob DuBruc, staff attorney with Western Resource Advocates, regarding their efforts to have U.S. Oil Sands perform air and groundwater monitoring as a proposed strip mining operation in eastern Utah.  Then, on the second half of the show, they speak with Jenna Walenga of the research group Adventures and Scientists for Conservation.  ASC  is conducting research which documents the increasing extent and amounts of micro plastics showing up in fresh and saltwater around the globe.

On this episode, hosts Nell Larson and Chris Cherniak spoke first with Matt Pacenza,  Executive Director of HEAL Utah.  Matt talked about Energy Solutions plans  to accept depleted uranium at it's facility in Clive, Utah.  He also discussed why a proposed bill to weaken state-defined building codes  would result in the construction of homes with poor energy efficiency. In the second part of the show, Benjamin Skolnick with the American Bird Conservancy talked about the benefits of purchasing shade-grown coffee will have on not just birds, but ecosystems as a whole.

Lynn Ware Peek and guest co-host Chris Cherniak speak with pilot, writer, former historian and management consultant, Mark Vanhoenacker  takes us on a journey of human flight. He says, the 21 century has relegated airplane flight – a once remarkable feat of human ingenuity – to the realm of the mundane.  He’ll ask us to re imagine what – as both pilots and passengers – we do when we enter the world of human flight.

On this episode, hosts Nell Larson and Chris Cherniak spoke with Insa Repien, Executive Director at Recycle Utah.  Insa reflects on Recycle Utah's twenty five years of providing recycling and re-purposing services to the community and what challenges lie ahead. Next up, a conversation with Paul Spitler of the Wilderness Society about the deadline looming for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and what will happen if the fund is not reauthorized by Congress.

On this episode, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson were joined by Professor Randall Wilson of Gettysburg College for a conversation about the formation and management of our public lands, including conflicts between privatization, regulation and environmental protection. Professor Wilson is the author of America's Public Lands - Yellowstone to Smokey The Bear and Beyond.

On this edition of KPCW's This Green Earth, Nell and Chris first spoke with Thomas Sharpe, wildlife ecologist, about the growing black bear population in Utah. Why are their numbers increasing and why that is good for our ecosystem. Also, learn why Japanese Lilac and Kentucky Coffee trees are better for your yard than Mountain or European Ash from Jason Barto, Certified Arborist with Wasatch Back Trees.

On this edition of This Green Earth, hosts Nell and Chris first talk about the record-breaking heat wave occurring in India with Bob Henson, climate science blogger with the Weather Underground.  In addition, Bob mentions that last week it got up to 91 degrees in Eagle, Alaska!  After that, they speak with Anne Patterson, founder and CEO of Solavore, a company that manufactures and sells portable solar ovens. 

This Green Earth - May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015

Chris Cherniak and Carolyn Frankenburg first discuss the  documentary "Merchants of Doubt" with Park City Film Series Executive Director Katy Wang and Utah State University Professor  Rob Davies.  The film is being shown at Prospector Theater this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  After that, they speak with Jill Rathburn about the use and benefits of Tower Gardens.  Grow 20 plants per tower using no soil and recycled water.  

In this edition of This Green Earth, Chris and Nell speak with Glen Perry of Alpro Energy to discuss the feasibility of converting food waste into reusable methane gas using anaerobic digestion.  PCCAPS students Jonas Peek and Tobin Greenwald also join the conversation as they have been collecting data on food waste production by restaurants and supermarkets throughout Summit County.