Ashley Ahearn

Oil Train Concerns in the Pacific Northwest

Plans are underway to build several port terminals in the Pacific Northwest that would transfer North Dakota oil from trains onto ships bound for West Coast refineries, but the recent oil train disaster in Quebec may put the brakes on the proposed projects.

Another Coal Port Bites The Dust

Developers are trying to build port facilities in the Pacific Northwest to ship Powder Ridge Basin coal to Asia, but half of the proposed projects have been canceled. Most recently, Kinder Morgan dumped its plans to build a facility at the Port of St. Helen’s on the Columbia River in Oregon.

Voices of Coal

In order to market coal to Asia, the western US coal industry wants to build export facilities in Oregon and Washington. The planned ports have divided local communities. EarthFix, a public radio collaborative based out of Washington State, has been following the debate with their project, Voices of Coal.

Road Salt Report

Every year the nation uses more than 20 million tons of salt to clear snow and ice from winter roads. While it may make the roads safer, scientists say salt may have the opposite effect on drinking water and wildlife. Living on Earth’s Ashley Ahearn reports.

A Look Back at the Birth of the Clean Water Act

When rivers were on fire and fish were washing up dead by the thousands Americans came together to demand "swimmable" "fishable" waterways for all. 1972 marks the creation of the Act that changed the way water pollution is managed in America.

Skin Color and Vitamin D

Dark-skinned African Americans are twice as likely to be vitamin-D deficient as white Americans, and that may have major health repercussions.




When you're in the supermarket or ordering fish at a restaurant, ever have trouble remembering which species has high mercury, which is overfished, and which is the most sustainable? Now, a new text messaging service can tell you everything you need to know, whether one fish, two fish, red fish or blue fish.


Manure magic

Dealing with large amounts of manure on industrial livestock farms has never been easy, environmentally sustainable, or profitable, but that's starting to change. Living on Earth reports on a growing industry that capitalizes on the power poop.


Obama's Pledge

President-elect Barack Obama says when he takes office the United States will take strong action to combat climate change. Living on Earth's Ashley Ahearn reports that leaders and legislators have praised Obama for this promise.

Turning Toward the Sun

An increasing number of homeowners are finding that solar heating makes economic sense, if they can afford the installation costs.

Got Organic?

The organic market is getting bigger, raising fears among some in the industry that the ethical farming commitment has been traded for market competition.

Redefining a Region

The nation's largest landowner has new plans for close to a million acres surrounding Moosehead Lake in Maine's North Woods.

Out to Sea

With various bills pending to renew the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Act, Living on Earth tests the waters in the Northeast.

Stemming Red Tide

The red tide algae that wreaked havoc on the shellfish industry last year has a predator of its own, and scientists in Woods Hole are studying a certain parasite with an appetite for red tide.