Living on Earth on AM1370

Sundays at 4 pm

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Life as we know it has always been on the edge. The earth may be more than 8,000 miles thick, but living organisms are only found in the thin layer of biosphere at the crust. And the sky's ozone layer that protects life on earth from harmful ultraviolet rays is only a single molecule thick. 


And that's why "Living on Earth" goes right to the edge. We explore the cutting edge of scientific discovery, political debate, social change, religion and lifestyle to bring your listeners the latest developments in environmental change, all with the power and depth of accurate, award-winning journalism.

Studies show that for years, many major news outlets ignored basic science to give inappropriate emphasis to skepticism about human-induced climate change, but not "Living on Earth." From the very beginning, the producers recognized that politics couldn't change the basic laws of physics — that more heat being put into a system than comes out must make temperatures rise. The scientific mystery is in the details — how exactly might global warming affect life as we know it — and we keep listeners up to date with the latest clues.

We also stay at the frontiers of knowledge about the earth's changing chemistry — how the releases of lead, mercury and some synthetic chemicals are linked to everything from ADHD to the cancer epidemic to the startling rise in infertility.

And we help listeners get an edge in understanding how we relate to other species on earth, from pandas to pachyderms to pupfish.

We humans love to explore, and so does "Living on Earth." Our coverage often features the fun and fascination of discovering the outdoors. We also give people information about the healthy choices we can make to live happier lives.

And perhaps most important, "Living on Earth" strives to present the solutions to our deepest environmental challenges. If the turtles and crocodiles survived the last great warming of the globe 59 million or so years ago, humans should not only be able to survive the present climate shifts, but with our skills, thrive. Understanding the role of germs more than a century ago led to great improvements in public health; today, green chemistry and genetic understanding seem poised to unlock even more profound secrets and new options for longer and healthier lives.

As these and other technological and political solutions emerge and move forward or are discarded, "Living on Earth" is there. One hour of listening each week gives our audience an edge for the whole of life.

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