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.

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Sundance Reel hour one - January 20, 2017

Jan 20, 2017

KPCW’s Sundance Reel Programming opened Friday with a Remote Broadcast from Whole Foods Market.  John Wells and Nell Larson were joined in the first hour by 4 documentary film makers, producers and subjects. ”Icarus,”  “Rancher Farmer, Fisherman”, ”Unrest” and “Trophy” are four feature length documentaries crossing a spectrum of timely issues.  

This Green Earth - January 17, 2017

Jan 17, 2017

  This Green Earth has focused on a widely used class of pesticides called neonicotinoids before on This Green Earth, in context of their impacts on honeybees as well as native pollinators.  But today, John and Nell spoke with Cynthia Palmer, Director of Pesticide Science and Regulation at the American Bird Conservancy, about the heavy impact of these chemicals on birds.  

This Green Earth - January 10, 2017

Jan 10, 2017

On the January 10th show, Nell Larson and guest cohost Renai Bodley started by talking with Sheryl Carter, Co-Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Energy Program, about the future of renewable and clean energy here in the United States.

On Today’s show Chris and Nell discuss the latest data on climate change, the warmest autumn in U.S. history, the increasing concentrations of methane in the atmosphere and why it rained this past Saturday.

Dr. Brian McPherson is a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Utah. He was recently awarded a 1.3 million dollar grant from the Department of Energy to study whether or not the process of carbon capture and storage of CCS could be applied here in Utah.  What is carbon capture and storage?

Scientist and ecologist Dr. Ari Friedlaender joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss his 20-years of research in Antarctica.  Then in the second half, they speak with Dr. Jeff McCarthy and Kathleen Metcalf.  Jeff is a professor and director of Environmental Humanities graduate program at the University of Utah. Kathleen is a student in that graduate program. 

Mark Clemens from the Sierra Club joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss the potential environmental impacts the new administration will have. In the second half of the show, rocky Mountain Power is proposing new rates for customers who want to generate solar power.  Kate Bowman from Utah Clean Energy is here to explain what the new fees and charges are and what it might mean to the future of residential solar in Utah.

Susan Nedell with E2 joins Chris and Nell in the first half of the program.  E2 advocates for renewable portfolio standards and energy efficiency.  In the second half of the show: Summit County has launched a pilot program which offers a professional home energy assessment to the first 100 eligible homeowners whose primary residence is in the county. The program started October 22 and County Sustainability Manager Lisa Yoder joins the program to discuss how things are progressing, what the cost is to participate and if there is still time to sign up.

In Biting the Hands That Feed Us, Food lawyer Baylen Linnekin tells the human stories of farmers, food producers, sellers and consumers who have been hurt by bad food laws and how these rules can be fixed and simplified. In the second segment of the program, Chris and Nell talk with Jill Jonnes, author of the book, Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and people in the American Cityscape. She discusses the history of trees in our urban landscape.

This Green Earth - October 11, 2016

Oct 11, 2016

Today Nell and Chris cover a number of environmental stories in the news, including record high carbon dioxide levels, record purchases of electric vehicles and how much coal your solar panels save. 

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