Steve Curwood

Otters As Climate Defenders

Sea Otters are known for their playful demeanor and cuddly appearance, but scientists at the University of California at Santa Cruz think that the cuddly creatures could help reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

Eternity of Eagles

Stephen Bodio is a naturalist, falconer, and writer whose travels have taken him all around the world. During the 90s, he lived with Kazakh tribes of central Asia, who use eagles to hunt wolves. Bodio discusses his new book—a compendium on all things eagle—with host, Steve Curwood.

House Climate Hearings Set for 9/18

Since 2010 Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) has been asking the House to take on climate change. Now the majority Republicans have finally set House climate hearings for September 18, but some Democrats are skeptical the Republicans will give climate science a fair hearing.

Republican Climate Hearing Agenda

The House of Representatives has been stuck in gridlock when it comes to climate change, in part because many Republicans deny the validity of climate projections. Heritage Foundation analyst David Kreutzer says that the announcement of climate hearings now doesn’t signal a change in Republican opposition to carbon regulation.

Shrinking Natural Gas Royalties

Natural gas royalties from fracking are seen as a bonanza for farmers struggling to make their land profitable. But an investigation by ProPublica has revealed that some natural gas companies are slashing the amounts they pay farmers for the use of their land.

Cooling with CO2

At the G20 summit in St Petersburg 33 nations and the EU confirmed they would join the United States and China in working together under the Montreal Protocol and the UNFCCC to limit the use of Hydroflourocarbons, or HFCs, for cooling. United Technologies has pioneered a way to replace HFCs with C02 directly from the atmosphere.

Tapir Scientist

Writer Sy Montgomery treks through the wilds of the world's largest freshwater wetland, Brazil's Pantanal, with scientists studying the elusive and endangered lowland tapir.

Extreme Weather-Colorado Floods

In an event described as "biblical" by the National Weather Service, a tropical monsoon dumped more than 17 inches of rain on the Front Range of Colorado, leaving a wide swath of death and destruction.. Just last year the same area experienced devastating forest fires, which scientists say made the flooding and landslides even worse.

Oil and Gas Wells Under Water

Weld County Colorado is home to more than 20,000 oil and gas well, and related storage facilities. At least two installations are now known to have spilled nearly 19,000 gallons of crude onto the flood plain. Authorities are scrambling to assess just how much pollution may have spilled into the surrounding environment.