KPCW's This Green Earth

Tuesday, 9-10 AM

Hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson
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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Jason Utgaard, owner of The Spotted Door, an online shopping experience, joins Chris and Lynn this morning. The Spotted Door sells only items which are made from at least 50% recycled material. He joins us in-studio to discuss why he started the business and what’s available.

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.

The first guest is Brian McInerney, Hydrologist from the National Weather Service, talking about this past summer’s weather. The second guest is former South Carolina Congressman, Bob Inglis.  He’s in town delivering talks on how conservatives can use free-enterprise to address the need for clean energy and clean air.

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