Nell Larson

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Nell Larson has been the director of Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter since 2013, but has been a co-host of This Green Earth since 2009.  Prior to her role as director at Swaner, Nell acted as Conservation Director, where she focused on the restoration and management of the 1,200 acre nature preserve, implementing projects geared toward stream restoration, water quality, wildlife habitat, and trails.  Nell grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Yale, as well as her master of Environmental Management with a focus in ecology at the Yale School of Forestry.  Outside of work, Nell loves to ski - both Nordic and alpine - sail, hike, travel, kickball, and generally take advantage of Utah's great outdoors.

Ways to Connect

Kerry Kelly, Environmental Engineer and researcher at the U. is on first talking about her study relating wood smoke and poor air quality. Then Dr. Michelle Hofmann, Pediatrician, on the second half to discuss the health impacts associated with PM 2.5 and ozone exposure to children.

On today's show, Mike Godfrey from the Rainforest Alliance talks about sustainable cocoa and chocolate. Linda Karz from Water Wise Park City discusses the future of water use in Park City.

Chris and Nell interview award-winning director Robert Stone about his latest documentary “Pandora’s Promise”, a controversial 2013 Sundance film that profiles nuclear power as an important means to reducing fossil fuel consumption, greenhouse gases and climate change.

Sailors Rob Windsor and Hannah Jenner are on the first half of show talking about the Transat Jacque Vabre race, a 5,600 miles sail from Le Havre, France to Itajai, Brazil. Then Kenner Kingston, an architect and partner at the firm of Architectural Nexus, on to talk about the Living Building Challenge.

Nell and Chris speak to Dr. Jeff Masters, meteorologist and co-founder of "Weather Underground,"  then go to the website for all things weather and climate related world-wide. Chris and Nell will get Jeff's thoughts on the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report on Climate Change and his explanation on why there appears to be a "pause" in global warming this past decade. 

Mary McIntyre and Mary Closser come in to talk about The Climate Reality Project and their role as Climate Reality Leaders. Then, we speak to Bernice Notenboom, the host of a new series on the Weather Channel called "Tipping Points." It premiers Saturday, Oct. 19. 

This week,  Carolyn Bollwerk from the Utah Society for Environmental Education is here to discuss USEE’s annual conference at Alta Ski Resort Oct. 24-26th. Then news items including how the federal government shutdown is impacting the environment.

Nell is back with a summary of her trip to Bhutan. Then, an interview with Dan McNulty, professor at Utah State University who is studying Moose population trends within Utah.

Hosts Nell Larson and Chris Cherniak talk to Dan Simberloff about his new book "Invasive Species". Then they speak with Roslyn Brain and Joel Glanzberg about sustainability and perma culture.

Today, Nell Larson and Chris Cherniak talk about a number of stories in the news, all fossil related. In the second half, a discussion on how a healthy wolf population makes for thinner elk herds which allow more berries to grow which results in happy bears.

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