Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

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This Green Earth - November 3, 2015

Nov 3, 2015

The State of Utah continues to consider the construction of a large pipeline that would convey water from Lake Powell to Washington County and the St George area.  Chris Cherniak and Katy Wang spoke with Zach Frankel the Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council about the project, its costs and whether or not 21 economists can change the mind of one governor. Then on the second half of the show they spoke with Stanford Professor Marc Jacobson.  His article in the latest National Geographic is titled, A Blueprint for a Carbon Free America.

This Green Earth's first guest is Adam Briggle who is a philosophy professor and author of a new book titled: A Field Philosophers Guide to Fracking – How One Texas Town Stood up to Big Oil and Gas.  He talks about the grass roots effort that he was part of, the David and Goliath nature of the battle and how he applied a philosopher’s toolkit to breakdown and addresses such a hot button issue.

With the human-caused 'Sixth Extinction' receiving increasing attention, Johns Hopkins University Press recently published a book whose title pulls no punches: The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. In segment one, host Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson interview professor Paul Ehrlich.

This Green Earth - October 13, 2105

Oct 13, 2015
Bee Friendly

Today, Jules Angel of Summit County Gardens stops by to discuss bad honey from China and why Park City needs to become a certified bee friendly city. Then, Ray Milliner, Summit County planner talks about the Counties draft plan to establish a “cap and trade”

This Green Earth - October 6, 2015

Oct 6, 2015

On today’s show Chris Cherniak and guest host Katy Wang covered three types of harvesting activities.  First, beekeeper Doug Fryer discussed how he harvests honey from his local hives.  What’s the process like? And what do all those female bees do for the next five months? Then Ken Kullack, executive director of the Summit Community Garden, discusses how their “garden grew.” He also talked about their garlic planting event they will be holding at the garden Saturday, October 10.


It’s an all local’s show today on This Green Earth.  First Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson welcome Captain Matt Meinhold of the Park City Fire District and Dave Eskelson of Rocky Mountain Power to discuss the districts installation of solar panels on the roof of their administration and warehouse buildings.

The second guest is Katy Wang, executive director of the Park City Film Series, talking about this week’s film, Project Wild Thing.  It’s a documentary that chronicles the director attempt to get his children out of the house in into the outdoors.


This past summer was the warmest on record ,and 2015 is set to become the warmest year ever, surpassing the old record which was set just last year. Joining  hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson  to discuss the planets on-going fever, and what this past summer was like closer to home, is Brian McInerney, senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. In the second half of the show, Judy Dorsey, president of the Brendle Group, joined the show to discuss how businesses and municipalities incorporate concepts of sustainability into their daily practices.


  IMachines of Loving Grace, New York Times reporter John Markoff, the first reporter to cover the World Wide Web, offers a sweeping history of the complicated and evolving relationship between humans and computers. Markoff states that we are on the verge of a technological revolution and robots will profoundly transform the way our lives are organized.


The Clean and Safe Energy Coalition is a non-profit that supports the use of nuclear power.  Former Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman is a member of the coalition and joins hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson in the first part of the show to discuss the benefits of nuclear power as a continuing member of our energy portfolio.

The second half of the show explores an interesting problem confronting us locally: a fungus affecting many aspens in town. Its formal name is Marssonina, but informally it’s simply called Aspen Spot.


Lynn Ware Peek and guest co host Chris Cherniak take a look at Mental Health and suicide, with the Speedy Foundation and a talk held this evening at PCHS to bring more awareness to this important topic. 

Then we speak with Paul Diegel, executive director of the Utah Avalanche Center and the fundraiser on Thursday to benefit the Center at Black Diamond in Salt Lake City.