Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

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William T. Vollmann discusses a topic that will impact generations to come: the factors and human actions that have led to global warming.  His new book, No Immediate Danger, is the first of two volumes titled Carbon Ideologies. Matt Abbott, deputy program manager of sustainability and energy at the University of Utah joins the second half of the show.

This Green Earth - April 10, 2018

Apr 10, 2018

The first guest on the program today is Bryan Bird, Southwest Program Director with Defenders of Wildlife.  He talks about Mexican Grey Wolves and the physical and legal challenges they face throughout the Southwestern U.S.  The second guest is Erin Brass, Executive Director of Summit Community Power Works.  Erin talks about “Watt Smart Communities.”  The final guest is Lori Faeth of Land Trust Alliance who discusses that organizations efforts to promote land conservancy, 

This Green Earth - April 3, 2018

Apr 3, 2018


This Green Earth - March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018

Chris and Nell speak with Donald Worster, environmental historian and author of the book:  Shrinking the Earth:  The Rise and Decline of Natural Abundance.  Worster examines how America's social, political, economic and cultural revolutions were made possible by vast amounts of natural resources, and how - due to over-use and exploitation - this era of expansion is coming to an end.  

This Green Earth - March 20, 2018

Mar 20, 2018

Today, on This Green Earth, Chris and Nell speak with Momentum Recycling, a Salt Lake City-based company that specializes in recycling and upcycling glass. Momentum is considering starting a commercial and residential pickup program for glass here in Summit County.   In the second half of the show, Chris and Nell speak with Dr. Jeff McCarthy, Director of the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah.  On March 26th, writer and novelist Amitav Ghosh is being honored with the programs inaugural Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities.   

On this Green Earth, Chris and Nell speak with Luke Cartin, Sustainability Director with Park City Municipal, about how the recent State legislative session will impact a number of city environmental initiatives including their plastic bag ban, solar energy systems and electric vehicle use and registration. 

Chris speaks first with Chris Saeger, director of the Western Values Project, about a complaint the organization has filed with the U.S. Department of the Interior regarding how Utah Rep. Mike Noel (R-Dist. 73) may have benefited from recent boundary changes of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Next up is Zach Frankel, executive director of Utah Rivers Council, discussing the latest Utah bills that might influence municipal watersheds and water quality.

This Green Earth - February 13, 2018

Feb 13, 2018

Chris and guest co-host Peter Metcalf discuss state legislative proposals with Ashley Soltysiak, chapter director for the Utah Sierra Club.  The Sierra Club has identified a number of high-priority bills under consideration by both the House and the Senate that may impact Utah’s land, air and water.

This Green Earth - February 6, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

Nell and Chris first speak with Dr.

Recognizing 30 years of dedication, the National Weather Service has named Margaret Bowman of Coalville a 2017 recipient of the John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding service as a weather observer. This award is one of the agency’s most prestigious; a maximum of 25 are granted each year to deserving weather observers throughout the country.  Margaret Bowman and Lisa Verzella, observations program leader with the weather service, join Chris and Nell in the second half of the program.