Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

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  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.

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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.

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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.

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Chris Cherniak and guest co-host Shirin  Spangenberg  chat with Mary Christina Smith, the project manager for the Summit County Power Works – the non-profit organization formed to vie for a five million dollar prize  being offered by Georgetown University to the community that can reduce its residential electricity and natural gas consumption  the most over a two year period.  The competition kicked off January first and continues until December 31st of 2016.  Smith gave details on SCPW’s efforts to date and what plans and programs they have in store to continue our front running status.

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Paul Spittler joined Nell Larson and Chris Cherniak in the first segment of the show to discuss BLM plans to allow drilling and mining activities within the Desolation Canyon area of Utah.

In her new book,  Dirt: A Love Story, Barbara Richardson, an award-winning author who lives in Kamas, discusses the book and an open house she is helping to host in Kamas.

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August 5th, the EPA and its contractors working at the Gold King Mine in southeast Colorado accidentally released millions of gallons of mine waste into the Animas River above the resort town of Durango. The plume of metal and mud stretched over 100 miles and three states before slowly diluting within the San Juan River in southeastern Utah.

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It's the second day of the Birthday Pledge drive at KPCW, and we appreciate all your participation.  Today, along with soliciting pledges for KPCW's35th Birthday celebration, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson speak with Chad Ambrose from Rocky Mountain Power. The discussion covered areas of conservation of electricity and what's new at Rocky Mountain Power.

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Author Joel Bourne joins Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson in the first segment of the show. In his book, The End of Plenty - The Race to Feed a Crowded World, Bourne chronicles the trends, making it likely we'll see more hunger and malnutrition in coming decades.  While the earth's population and economies are growing rapidly, our ability to feed it is undermined by climate change, growing water shortages, the use of farmland to grow biofuels and the increasing consumption of meat, which is a highly inefficient way to use the grain we grow.

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Chris and Nell First speak with Rob DuBruc, staff attorney with Western Resource Advocates, regarding their efforts to have U.S. Oil Sands perform air and groundwater monitoring as a proposed strip mining operation in eastern Utah.  Then, on the second half of the show, they speak with Jenna Walenga of the research group Adventures and Scientists for Conservation.  ASC  is conducting research which documents the increasing extent and amounts of micro plastics showing up in fresh and saltwater around the globe.

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On this episode, hosts Nell Larson and Chris Cherniak spoke first with Matt Pacenza,  Executive Director of HEAL Utah.  Matt talked about Energy Solutions plans  to accept depleted uranium at it's facility in Clive, Utah.  He also discussed why a proposed bill to weaken state-defined building codes  would result in the construction of homes with poor energy efficiency. In the second part of the show, Benjamin Skolnick with the American Bird Conservancy talked about the benefits of purchasing shade-grown coffee will have on not just birds, but ecosystems as a whole.

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