The Meaning of Wilderness // The Ocean Is Us #5: Living Underwater

The Meaning of Wilderness (starts 4:30): Fifty years ago last week, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. It was then, and remains today, one of the most significant pieces of environmental legislation. It has protected millions of acres of land. And it established a legal definition of wilderness: “an area where the earth … Continue reading “The Meaning of Wilderness // The Ocean Is Us #5: Living Underwater”

The Ocean is Us #4: Sustainable Seafood

Sustainable Seafood: (start time 5:10) This is the fourth feature interview in The Ocean Is Us series, which explores how we in land-locked states are connected to the oceans and what’s at stake.  Today we discuss sustainable seafood, which to some critics is an oxymoron, given that some 90% of large fish already have been … Continue reading “The Ocean is Us #4: Sustainable Seafood”

The Ocean Is Us #3 : Marine Sanctuaries

Marine Sanctuaries (starts at 5:18) This is the third feature interview In the Ocean Is Us series, which explores how we in land-locked Colorado are connected to the oceans, why they matter so much to us all, and what’s at stake.  Today we discuss marine sanctuaries: the conservation science behind establishing them, and their ecological … Continue reading “The Ocean Is Us #3 : Marine Sanctuaries”

The Ocean Is Us #2 : Endocrine Disruptors in Drinking Water

Endocrine Disruptors and Drinking Water (starts at 3:12) Today we continue our series called The Ocean is Us, which explores our  vital connection to the oceans. Alan Vajda, an environmental endocrinologist at the University of Colorado Denver, talks with How On Earth’s Susan Moran about a rare  success story: why fish in Boulder Creek are … Continue reading “The Ocean Is Us #2 : Endocrine Disruptors in Drinking Water”

The Ocean Is Us #1 : Teens4Oceans – Marine Science Education

Teens4Oceans (starts at 9:15): Today, we’re kicking off a series of interviews on the show called The Ocean Is Us. We’ll explore how all of us living in land-locked Colorado are connected to the ocean — whether it’s through our watershed that flows into the Gulf of Mexico, or the fish we buy at the grocery … Continue reading “The Ocean Is Us #1 : Teens4Oceans – Marine Science Education”

Sage Grouse Saga // Ocean Health

Sage Grouse Saga (start time: 4:04): One of the most spectacular and flamboyant rites of spring is, arguably, the mating ritual of a the greater sage grouse, a chicken-like bird with a long tail, with spiky tail feathers.  Its historic range spans 11 Western states, including Colorado. But that sagebrush-dominated habitat has been chopped up … Continue reading “Sage Grouse Saga // Ocean Health”

Ocean Conservation: MPAs

This week’s show brings you the following feature interview: Protecting Ocean Biodiversity (start time: 2:42) In honor of World Environment Day (today), World Oceans Day (Friday) the March for the Ocean (Saturday), and Capitol Hill Ocean Week (all week), we examine one of the biggest marine conservation tools: Marine Protected Areas. What’s working? What’s not, and … Continue reading “Ocean Conservation: MPAs”

Plastic Pollution in Ocean

In today’s show we offer two related features: Plastic Pollution in the Arctic, Green Chemistry  (start time: 7:48) Try to wrap your brain around this statistic: by mid-century the mass of plastic in the oceans will weigh more than the total mass of fish if we continue with ‘business as usual,’ according to the World Economic Forum. Plastic … Continue reading “Plastic Pollution in Ocean”

CO2 from the Amazon // US Smokestacks

Amazon CO2 (start time 04:37) The Amazon basin contains the largest tropical rainforest on the planet. It’s been critical not only for its beauty and biodiversity but also for its ability to store more carbon dioxide than it emits. The soil and above-ground biomass of the Amazon makes it one of the largest reservoirs of … Continue reading “CO2 from the Amazon // US Smokestacks”

Safer Rocket Fuel // Inland-Ocean Connection

The Tuesday, Sept. 17, show offers two features: Feature #1 (start time TK): Once hadrazine, now green. Ball Aerospace’s Chris McLean, the Program Manager for the Green Propellent Fusion Mission, talks with co-host Jim Pullen about testing a much safer spacecraft fuel. Feature #2 (start time TK): The 100-year flood ravaging Colorado has shown us … Continue reading “Safer Rocket Fuel // Inland-Ocean Connection”