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To Survive a Drought, Fix the Price of Water

The drought keeps hammering California a lack of rain and snow is just part of the problem. Rules and traditions for sharing the scarce resource also make a solution elusive. Governor Jerry Brown has rolled out mandatory restrictions on domestic water consumption. Farms consume the majority of Californias water each year, and though allocations have been cut, Californias antiquated water rights system allows many of them to get that water for cheap.

The ELF Gains Traction

ELF stands for Electric, Light and Fun. And as Living on Earth's Helen Palmer reported in 2013, the ELF is a novel invention: a solar and human-powered, covered tricycle designed to help cultivate a commuting revolution, and combat climate change. It's now two years since it's kickstarter campaign was funded, and the ELF has been gaining traction.

Poetweets: Science Communications in Verse

Poetry inspiration can come from anywhere, even social media, and to celebrate Earth Day and poetry month, we fashioned some prominent science communicators tweets into verse using Poetweets, a website that arranges 140 character selections from tweets into line and meter, with a nod to science.

Beyond the Headlines

In this weeks trip beyond the headlines with Peter Dykstra, we discuss how the oil fracking era might be switching from boom to bust, a climate change-denial stance is seemingly a prerequisite for Republican Presidential candidacy, and how climate deniers still reference a 40 year old, minority theory of global cooling.

The Mother of Endocrine Disruption Science

Theo Colborn may have waited until her 50s to get her PhD, but she still became a trailblazer in the field of environmental health. Theo died last December, and in this season of Earth Day fellow scientist and collaborator Laura Vandenberg celebrates Theo's career and her contributions to scientific knowledge.

First Warnings of Endocrine Disruptors

Common synthetic chemicals that surround us and are in countless products can get into the human body and affect the immune system, intelligence and the reproductive system. In 1994, host Steve Curwood followed the investigative trail of these endocrine disruptors, and spoke with Theodora (Theo) Colborn, one of the first scientists to sound the alarm about the effects these chemicals can have on organisms and the environment.