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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with three of this year’s Brower Youth Award winners. Every year, the awards honor young leaders for their accomplishments in the environmental movement.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on the ongoing wildfires in Northern California. We're now approaching a record four million acres burned this year and fire season is not over.

One Planet: Lessons From The Paradise Camp Fire

Sep 20, 2020

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're are rebroadcasting our conversation with journalists Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano, co-authors of Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the factors that are contributing to wildfires across the West. More than five million acres have already burned in California, Oregon and Washington.

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're getting an update on the devastating fires in Oregon. More than 40,000 people have fled their homes and at least 10 percent of the state’s population is in evacuation zones. The fires have killed at least five people, dozens more are missing, and more than one million acres have burned.


  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're getting an update on the devastating fires in Northern California. The fast moving wildfire in Butte and Yuba Counties have killed 10 people. Thousands have been forced to evacuate. Paradise, a town devastated by fires two years ago, is, once again, under threat.


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A record amount of California is burning, spurred by a nearly 20-year mega-drought. To the north, parts of Oregon that don’t usually catch fire are in flames.

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As San Francisco’s heat wave hits 100º Sandip Roy recalls how to battle heat waves in his native Kolkata.  

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing what it will take to truly tackle the climate crisis. Nearly 1,000 fires have raged across California since August 15. More than two million acres have already burned and fire season is just beginning.

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing the impacts of the climate crisis on polar bears.

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing a New York Times / ProPublica investigation about climate migration. Today, one percent of the world is a barely livable hot zone. By 2070, that could go up to 19 percent.


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Life may feel like it’s on pause because of COVID-19. But climate change isn’t paused. How is the pandemic affecting the climate and the people working on solutions? 

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As climate change intensifies, what toll will it take on our mental health in the future? Dr. Robin Cooper is a psychiatrist and co-founder of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance. She gives us a projection of what’s possible to come.

What Can COVID-19 Teach Us About Climate Change? (Ep. 4)

Aug 6, 2020
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Originally, we were planning to do this series at the beginning of this year… but then COVID-19 hit. We had to put our climate change reporting on pause to focus on covering the coronavirus. But of course, climate change has not paused. In the final episode of our series, we find out what the pandemic can teach us about climate change. And, we talk to a psychiatrist about how to cope.

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Many environmental lawyers around the country have filed lawsuits against corporations and the government for their role in climate change. Many of these cases fail, stall, or are dismissed, but the quest to litigate the climate crisis continues.

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The coronavirus has pumped the brakes on air travel. But before that, flying was responsible for about 5% of man-made global warming. So if and when the demand for air travel goes back to its pre-COVID trajectory, it could account for a quarter of the world’s carbon budget. That budget is what would keep temperatures from rising more than 1 and a half degrees Celsius by 2050. That’s why there’s been a growing movement for people to fly less.

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Climate change is intensifying California’s wildfires, and in many cases, low-wage immigrant workers like Socorro are cleaning up after them. Now, they’re fighting for new legislation that could protect them through climate disasters and a growing pandemic.

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Extreme wildfires fueled by climate change have been spewing more harmful smoke into California’s air in recent years. But not everyone is affected equally. Kids like Ta’Kira Dannette Byrd, who live in unhealthy, high-poverty neighborhoods, suffer more.

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2020 has been a historically tense year. We’ve got a pandemic that won’t end, the biggest mass protests in American history, a divisive presidential election coming, and, by the way, global temperature rise is rapidly approaching the point of no return. It’s a frightening thought. What was true before COVID-19 is even truer now: When we try to think and talk about climate change, it’s normal to become overwhelmed. This week, we're bringing you a series about the emotional and physical impacts of climate change. And we begin with a story about sea-level rise.


On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan, which includes earmarking 40 percent of clean energy investments in front-line communities. It would also establish the first office of environmental and climate justice at the Justice Department.

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we are discussing the impacts of the climate crisis on the Arctic's rising temperatures. A town in Siberia recently soared to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If that measurement is verified, it would be the highest temperature ever recorded above the Arctic Circle.


On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with science reporter Zach St. George about his new book 

The Journeys of Trees: A Story About Forests, People, and the Future.

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The Sundarbans in Bengal, India have become a speeded up version of global climate change.

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The Spare the Air season normally begins on May 4. But the district said at that time, so few people were driving because of shelter in place that the air quality was actually really good.

Now as stay at home orders relax. More people are driving. 

What Should A 21st Century Post-Pandemic New Deal Look Like?

May 14, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with Gray Brechin and Richard Walker, board members of the Living New Deal, a project that makes the legacy of the New Deal visible and educates Americans about what is possible when government is dedicated to the public good.

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On this edition of  Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with journalist and author Antonia Juhasz about the 10th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, which spewed over 130 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the worst oil spill in US history.

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing the links between climate change and infectious diseases.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we continue our coverage of presidential candidates by focusing on their environmental records.

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Climate change is fueling devastating wildfires in California, and in some cases, low-wage immigrant workers are cleaning up after them. They sweep ash out of houses and strip debris from burned buildings.

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In October 2019, a stretch of dry weather and strong winds sparked dozens of wildfires across California, killing three people and destroying hundreds of homes. For the low-wage immigrants who work in those homes, fire season brings its own dangers.