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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This Green Earth, a weekly talk show about the environment and our connections with it with hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson.  On August 5th, the EPA and it’s 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.  We appreciate all your participation.  Today, along with soliciting pledges for our 35th Birthday celebration, Nell and Chris spoke 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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Joel Bourne joins Nell and Chris in the first segment of the show. In his book, The End of Plenty; The Race to Feed a Crowded World, Joel 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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On this episode, hosts Nell Larson and Chris Cherniak spoke with Insa Repien, Executive Director at Recycle Utah.  Insa reflects on Recycle Utah's twenty five years of providing recycling and re-purposing services to the community and what challenges lie ahead. Next up, a conversation with Paul Spitler of the Wilderness Society about the deadline looming for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and what will happen if the fund is not reauthorized by Congress.

 

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On this episode, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson were joined by Professor Randall Wilson of Gettysburg College for a conversation about the formation and management of our public lands, including conflicts between privatization, regulation and environmental protection. Professor Wilson is the author of America's Public Lands - Yellowstone to Smokey The Bear and Beyond.

On this edition of KPCW's This Green Earth, Nell and Chris first spoke with Thomas Sharpe, wildlife ecologist, about the growing black bear population in Utah. Why are their numbers increasing and why that is good for our ecosystem. Also, learn why Japanese Lilac and Kentucky Coffee trees are better for your yard than Mountain or European Ash from Jason Barto, Certified Arborist with Wasatch Back Trees.

On this edition of This Green Earth, hosts Nell and Chris first talk about the record-breaking heat wave occurring in India with Bob Henson, climate science blogger with the Weather Underground.  In addition, Bob mentions that last week it got up to 91 degrees in Eagle, Alaska!  After that, they speak with Anne Patterson, founder and CEO of Solavore, a company that manufactures and sells portable solar ovens. 

In this edition of This Green Earth, Chris and Nell speak with Glen Perry of Alpro Energy to discuss the feasibility of converting food waste into reusable methane gas using anaerobic digestion.  PCCAPS students Jonas Peek and Tobin Greenwald also join the conversation as they have been collecting data on food waste production by restaurants and supermarkets throughout Summit County.

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