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.

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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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In this edition of This Green Earth Chris and Nell first speak with Douglas Chadwick, researcher and author of "The Wolverine Way", a book about wolverine habits and habitats here in the U.S.   Then, they speak with Jeff Masters (a Michigan Wolverine) and Director of Meteorology for Weather Underground.  2014 was the warmest year on record and Jeff helps explain why that occurred, what it means and if 2015 will be more of the same. 

On today's show, Nell and Chris speak with representatives from Echo Spur, a new development of homes being constructed in the Rossi Hill area of Park City. Echo Spur will be incorporating energy efficient construction materials and techniques to reduce electricity and natural gas consumption.   In the second part of the show, they talk about inefficient incandescent bulbs and LED lighting alternatives with Mary Christa Smith, Project Manager of the Summit Community Power Works.

In the first edition of This Green Earth for 2015, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell  Larson speak with Michael Robinson from the Center for Biological Diversity about the recent shooting of a Northern Gray Wolf in southwestern Utah. Then they talk about wolf habitat and the state's attitude towards wolves and why the state's $50 bounty per coyote is a de facto bounty program on wolves.

In this edition of This Green Earth, Chris and Nell speak with Insa Repien, Executive Director of Recycle Utah.  Recycle your Christmas trees, but not your shiny wrapping paper.  Chris and Nell also discuss Utah's Wolf Management Policy in light of the recent shooting of "Echo" the grey wolf down in the southwestern part of the state." 

In this edition of This Green Earth Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist with the National Weather Service, makes his quarterly visit with Chris and Nell.  They'll discuss the reasons behind our unusually warm Autumn and the record breaking temperatures of December.  Is it a harbinger of things to come? Listen to this podcast of This Green Earth. 

In this edition of This Green Earth hosts  Chris and Nell first speak with Dan Fagin, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book "Toms River", a true account of a chemical company that first brings jobs, then a Superfund Site, then a cancer cluster to Toms River, New Jersey. After that, they speak with Rachel Otto, Executive Director for Breathe Utah, an air quality advocacy group. Rachel talks about the states recent proposal to ban the use of wood burning fireplaces along the Wasatch Front from November to March.

In this edition of This Green Earth, hosts Chris and Nell speak with Bryn Carey, owner of Ski Butlers here in town.  Bryn just returned from a Climate Reality Conference where he became certified as a climate reality trainer.  He'll describe what he learned and what steps he'll take with respect to climate change going forward.  

In this edition of This Green Earth Chris and Nell first speak with Diane Ackerman, author of "The Human Age - The World Shaped by Us".   After that they talk weather, climate and why 2014 will be the warmest on record with Dr. Jeff Masters, Director of Meteorology at the website "Weather Underground".   

Today, Chris and Nell first speak with Todd Wilkinson, author of "Last Stand - Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet" (and return bison to the American West). Then they speak to Richard Heinberg, a Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute and author of a number of books on energy and the economy including:  "Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future". 

In this edition of This Green Earth, hosts Chris and Nell talk about how a Republican-controlled House and Senate will impact environmental regulations, the Keystone XL Pipeline and the U.S.E.P.A. David Goldstein, Public Affairs Director with the NRDC is their guest.