Bruce Gellerman

Predicting the End of the World

The Mayan Long Count Calendar comes to the end of its 5125-year cycle. New age prophecies, based on the ancient calendar, warn the world will end when the cycle concludes in December 2012. Living on Earth’s Bruce Gellerman travels to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza to track down the truth.

REDD Debate

Part of the California cap and trade plan starting in November will encourage polluting companies to buy carbon credits from tropical countries committed to REDD, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation. Many environmental groups and scientists say it’s a win-win for preserving tropical forests and reducing carbon emissions. But others say not so fast.

GMO Trees

Genetically engineered tree plantations are touted as a solution to deforestation but they may lead to a greater loss of natural forest.

Water Footprinting

Everything we consume has a water footprint– the amount of water consumed in its manufacture. Now businesses are beginning to add up the risks and rewards of watching their water use.

Michael Recycle

It's a bird, it's a plane! No, he's the star of a book, and he's on a mission to get kids recycling.

Eco Elvis

The King is alive and recycled in Kansas City, Missouri. A dozen of Elvis’ most famous songs are re-tooled to raise environmental awareness.

Central Park-- An Urban Oasis

The beauty of Central Park lies in its desgined landscape and unique trees. One New-Yorker and tree-lover has walked every inch of the park to map 19,933 of the park’s trees.



Diamonds to rice

An NGO teams up with Sierra Leonians to rebuild their war torn country, planting rice fields where once lay the remnants of conflict diamond mining. Host Bruce Gellerman speaks with Darci Glass-Royale, executive director of FESS, the Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability, and Daniel Gbondo, a Sierra Leonian who works for FESS.


Allergic reaction to climate change

Alaska used to be a great place to live if you have allergies as pollen counts are low on a tundra. But with climate change, n tundra giving way to flora and insects are moving in. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Jeffrey Demain, founder/director of the Alaska Allergy Asthma and Immunology Center, about climate change and allergy development.


Fueling the food crisis

Some agriculture experts say demand for ethanol is to blame for the global crisis in food prices. They want Congress to back away from aggressive targets. But Living on Earth's Jeff Young finds little appetite for that on Capitol Hill.


Green cleaning cooperative

Professional housecleaners are frequently exposed to hazardous cleaning products and have a higher incidence of asthma compared to other workers. In the Boston area, a group of Brazilian immigrant housecleaners have joined together to form a co-op that makes their own environmentally-friendly and safe cleaning products and educates other housecleaners.


Farm Bill food fight

President Bush's veto of the massive farm bill was plowed under by Congressional members eager to bring home some election year bacon. Guest: Daniel Imhoff, author of "Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill," for the big picture.


Haiti's unnatural disaster

The slew of tropical storms that tore through the Caribbean have exacted a much higher toll on Haiti than neighboring nations. Dr. Paul Farmer, vice president of Partners in Health, says deforestation and poverty are responsible for much of the suffering.