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A New Day, New Actions & The Possibilities Ahead

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On this edition of Your Call, we're marking a new day in the US and discussing the possibilities ahead. A few hours after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris became the 46th President and Vice President, they signed 17 executive actions and presented a plan for their next 100 days.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we are marking Martin Luther King Jr. day by discussing the road ahead for the environmental justice movement, and what should be done to reverse the Trump administration's anti-environment policies and their impacts on frontline communities. 

The History Of Water In California

Dec 31, 2020



On the next Your Call’s One Planet Series, we'll rebrodacast our conversation with journalist Mark Arax about his new book, The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California.




On this edition of Your Call, we rebroadcast our discussion about the impacts of the climate crisis on polar bears.

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Tomorrow could be a very important day for the future of a beloved Bay Area insect. On Tuesday the US Fish and Wildlife Service is set to decide if the Monarch butterfly will be given protection under the Endangered Species Act.

We have a slew of environmental issues ranging from climate change, to mountaintop removal mining, to the nationwide fracking boom.  We have environmental laws responding to some of these issues, but many claim that the laws or their enforcement is inadequate.  So, in recent years, in addition to pressing the federal government and state governments to regulate climate change emissions under the traditional environmental statutes, like the Clean Air Act, people have turned to the courts.  Why is all of this so hard?  If we know there’s a major problem, why are we struggling so much to deve

One Planet: Trump's Attack On Public Lands

Nov 15, 2020

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing the Trump administration’s assault on US wilderness. The government has auctioned off millions of acres of public lands to the fossil fuel industry, including Bears Ears, an ancestral site of the Hopi people.

On this edition of Your Call's One Planet Series, just a day before the election, we are discussing what’s at stake for the climate. Over the past four years, the Trump administration has launched a war on science and climate scientists.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with Adam Cohen, author of Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle For A More Unjust America. He argues that over the last 50 years, the Supreme Court has done little to protect the rights of the poor and disadvantaged. Instead, it has ruled to protect the privileged and corporations.

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.