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How a new prime minister will reshape Canada's environmental policies

The presidential race is heating up across America, but north of the border a new face from a fabled political dynasty just romped into power with a landslide win that signals considerable change. Gone is the oil-friendly Stephen Harper and taking over as prime minister is Justin Trudeau, son of popular leader Pierre Trudeau, of the left-leaning Liberal Party. What does this mean for controversial energy projects in Canada and the US?

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Exxon helped pioneer climate science — then disavowed its own research. Was it a crime?

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Exxon was at the cutting edge of climate change research. Its scientists and its senior management understood that burning fossil fuels would warm the planet in destructive ways. But in the 1990s, Exxon began funding climate-denying organizations and speaking out publicly against climate science.

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The battlefields at Gettysburg have been getting an interesting makeover

Each year, thousands of visitors travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to walk the battlefield and imagine witnessing Pickett’s charge and the bloodiest clash of the Civil War. But the landscape has changed dramatically since 1863, so picturing the fight isn’t easy. Now, the National Park Service is using modern conservation tactics to take Gettysburg’s landscape back in time.

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A MacArthur 'Genius' is working to clean up our polluting health care system

One aspect of being a genius is the ability to view things in a unique way. Twenty years ago, environmental health advocate Gary Cohen looked at the health care sector and saw a big problem with pollution. He also saw a way to fix it and he set out to do so. So far his success has been phenomenal. And now he is a recognized MacArthur Foundation 'genius.'

Steve Curwood

Steve Curwood created the first pilot of "Living on Earth" in the spring of 1990, and the show has run continuously since April 1991. His relationship with public radio goes back to 1979 when he began as a reporter and host of NPR's "Weekend All Things Considered." He has been a journalist for more than 30 years with experience at CBS News, the "Boston Globe," NPR, WBUR-FM/Boston and WGBH-TV/Boston. He shared the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the "Boston Globe's" education team. Read full bio.