Steve Curwood

UN Leader Optimistic About Global Climate Deal

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Secretariat stopped by the Living on Earth studios on her way from the University of Massachusetts Boston to the next phase of international climate negotiations that began in Bonn, Germany on April 29. The Bonn session is one of many leading up to a final meeting in Paris, France in 2015 when nations have pledged to come together on a binding deal to expand the Kyoto Protocol to include all major emitters of global warming gases.

Pipeline Proselytizing and Eminent Domain

In the rural town of Polk, Nebraska the local preacher is also a land agent for Trans Canada. If the soft sell from the Baptist preacher doesn’t convince residents to give the oil company rights to their land the possibility of taking it by eminent domain might.

Old Whales Learn New Tricks

Whales off the coast of New England are using a unique hunting technique—and, a new study says, it has become part of their culture that they learn from each other.

A Pulitzer for the Climate

Inside Climate News, a small online non-profit devoted to covering the changing climate, just picked up the most prestigious prize in journalism. Three Inside Climate reporters took home the National Reporting Pulitzer for their coverage of pipeline spills and the hazards of tar sands oil.

Turning On Tidal Power

In honor of Earth Month we are updating some of our favorite stories. This week, we hear about the potential for ocean tides to create electricity to power the grid.

Petition to Regulate Tar sands Oil Pipelines

The pipeline that spilled in Mayflower, Arkansas was carrying diluted bitumen, which behaves differently that regular crude oil, but federal regulations don’t consider the difference. And until there are new regulations in place, petitioners want a moratorium on any new or expands pipelines for bitumen, including the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Bee Keepers Sue EPA

A coalition of beekeepers and environmental organizations are suing the EPA to ban certain uses of a group of chemicals called neonicotinoids. These relatively recently developed agricultural pesticides are believed to be at the heart of a dramatic decline in honeybee populations.