KPCW's This Green Earth

Tuesday, 9-10 AM

Hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson
Credit Mark Maziarz

This Green Earth is a weekly, hour-long program that focuses on the environment and environmentalism. Co-hosts Christopher Cherniak and Nell Larson explore the science, politics, economics and ethics behind the environment, natural resources and sustainability.

The program includes interviews with local and national experts in the fields of water resources, air quality, environmental policy, fossil and renewable fuels, climate, conservation, ecosystems, agriculture, aquaculture and sustainability.

TGE has interviewed a number of individuals from different environmental fields including: writers Andrew Revkin, Terry Tempest Williams, Craig Childs, Richard Louv and Paul Erlich; politicians like the Mayors of Park City and Salt Lake City; policy analysts from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund; scientists and researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the National Weather Service; and, local sustainable business owners from Copper Moose Farm, Main Street Olive Oil Company, Whole Foods Market and Fairweather Natural Foods.

Christopher Cherniak is an environmental engineer with nearly 30 years experience as an environmental consultant. Nell Larson is an environmental scientist , educator and a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry. Together, they direct This Green Earth's mission, which is to educate listeners about the importance of environmental preservation, conservation and stewardship.

Contact Chris and Nell via email at thisgreenearth@kpcw.org.

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What People are Saying About This Green Earth

"This Green Earth offers an in-depth analysis of current environmental issues that affect our local and global community.  The conversations between the hosts and their guests is enlightening and challenging, but at the same time has a light touch that makes the issues accessible to a wide listening audience.  An invaluable resource for our community." Katy Wang

"This Green Earth does an excellent job recruiting knowledgeable and interesting guests.  As someone who's been involved in the "green" sector for many years, I'm consistently impressed with the ability of Katie and Nell to introduce me to something new!"  Tyler Paulsen, former Sustainability Office, Park City Municipal

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Ways to Connect

In Mark Sundeen’s book , “The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America,” three American families ditch modern comforts and convenience – including, in some cases, supermrkets, cars, and even electricity – to define authentic living for themselves.  For those striving to live a simpler, uncomplicated life, “The Unsettlers” offers an in depth and compelling account of diverse Americans living off the grid – physically and behaviorally.  Mark Sundeen is coming to Park City as part of eh Humanities Book Festival.

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Sep 12, 2017

 Mike Luers from Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District is up first to discuss a recent study showing increasing concentrations of anti-depressants coming out of wastewater treatment plants and showing up in fish. Carolyn Wawra from Recycle Utah is talking about RU's role in Summit County's solid waste management plans and priorities. Judd Werner from Citizens Climate Lobby talking about their latest activity along with Tom Moyer who helped compel Mia Love to join the U.S. Congress' Climate Solutions Caucus. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First guest is Dan Stead, owner of Natures Balance Pest Control.  Natures Balance uses an all-natural form of pesticide made from various plant-based oils to control insects from ants to spiders to wasps. Then, Luke Cartin, Sustainability Manager for Park City Municipal stops by to discuss the proposed revisions to Rocky Mountain Power's plans for fees, rates and tariffs associated with private solar power systems and net metering.

Last Thursday, Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sent recommendations to the White House that included scaling back some of the most prominent national monuments created in the past decades.

Frank Black, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Westminster College joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss ongoing research with Mercury in the Great Salt Lake. Then, Charlie Matthews, STEM Coordinator with the Park City School District, stops by to discuss his work with STEM.  Finally, Erin Bragg from Summit County sustainability talks about the County’s recent joining of the U.S. County Climate Coalition.

Reece DeMille of Republic Services is up first to discuss the 2017 Annual Solid Waste Fee, Why China is cutting back on importing plastic and how Apple plans to manufacture 100% recyclable phones. Then Katy Wang and Lindsay Beebe talk about the film, “From the Ashes” airing this Friday at the Santy. Finally, Lynsey Gammon stops by to share information on her new farm called Mountain Song Farms, located  in Silver Creek.

  In the first part of the program, Chris and Nell talk about the damage feral cats and home owners  who let their housecats run unattended outside, do to our local wildlife - its diversity and populations.  They also discuss what Swaner Preserve is doing to address their feral cat population. Then, in the second part of the show, Molly Brooks, the director of outreach and communications with Recycle Utah, stops by to discuss their upcoming event – the 100 mile meal.  It’s an event that showcases the vegetables, fruits, cheeses and meat raised by local farmers.

Chris and Nell speak with Andrew Fraknoi, professor of Astronomy, about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st.  Park City will experience approximately 90-percent coverage starting around 11 am.

First up on the program is Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist with the Naitonal Weather Service.  Brian gives us a summary of the spring melt, our record warm July and the perils of flash flooding. Then, Michelle Dehaan and Clint McAfee from PCMC join Chris and Nell to discuss the city’s annual water quality consumer confidence report. 

Utah Lake is a popular spot for boating and shoreline recreation, but for decades, large blooms of so-called blue-green algae have rendered the lake unappealing, at times harmful, to native fish, birds, dogs and humans alike. Why is this happening repeatedly at Utah Lake? What are its sources? And why is the bloom sometimes referred to as blue-green algae and other times cyanobacteria?  Joining Nell and Chris in the first part of the program is Ben Holcomb.  Ben is the coordinator of Biological Assessment and Harmful Algal Blooms Program with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

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