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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This Green Earth - November 3, 2015

Nov 3, 2015

The State of Utah continues to consider the construction of a large pipeline that would convey water from Lake Powell to Washington County and the St George area.  Chris Cherniak and Katy Wang spoke with Zach Frankel the Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council about the project, its costs and whether or not 21 economists can change the mind of one governor. Then on the second half of the show they spoke with Stanford Professor Marc Jacobson.  His article in the latest National Geographic is titled, A Blueprint for a Carbon Free America.

This Green Earth's first guest is Adam Briggle who is a philosophy professor and author of a new book titled: A Field Philosophers Guide to Fracking – How One Texas Town Stood up to Big Oil and Gas.  He talks about the grass roots effort that he was part of, the David and Goliath nature of the battle and how he applied a philosopher’s toolkit to breakdown and addresses such a hot button issue.

With the human-caused 'Sixth Extinction' receiving increasing attention, Johns Hopkins University Press recently published a book whose title pulls no punches: The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. In segment one, host Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson interview professor Paul Ehrlich.

This Green Earth - October 13, 2105

Oct 13, 2015
Bee Friendly

Today, Jules Angel of Summit County Gardens stops by to discuss bad honey from China and why Park City needs to become a certified bee friendly city. Then, Ray Milliner, Summit County planner talks about the Counties draft plan to establish a “cap and trade”

This Green Earth - October 6, 2015

Oct 6, 2015
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On today’s show Chris Cherniak and guest host Katy Wang covered three types of harvesting activities.  First, beekeeper Doug Fryer discussed how he harvests honey from his local hives.  What’s the process like? And what do all those female bees do for the next five months? Then Ken Kullack, executive director of the Summit Community Garden, discusses how their “garden grew.” He also talked about their garlic planting event they will be holding at the garden Saturday, October 10.

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It’s an all local’s show today on This Green Earth.  First Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson welcome Captain Matt Meinhold of the Park City Fire District and Dave Eskelson of Rocky Mountain Power to discuss the districts installation of solar panels on the roof of their administration and warehouse buildings.

The second guest is Katy Wang, executive director of the Park City Film Series, talking about this week’s film, Project Wild Thing.  It’s a documentary that chronicles the director attempt to get his children out of the house in into the outdoors.

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This past summer was the warmest on record ,and 2015 is set to become the warmest year ever, surpassing the old record which was set just last year. Joining  hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson  to discuss the planets on-going fever, and what this past summer was like closer to home, is Brian McInerney, senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. In the second half of the show, Judy Dorsey, president of the Brendle Group, joined the show to discuss how businesses and municipalities incorporate concepts of sustainability into their daily practices.

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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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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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