The Environment in Focus From WYPR 88.1 FM in Baltimore. The Environment in Focus with Tom Pelton is a weekly perspective on the issues and people changing our natural world. . Pelton is a national award-winning environmental journalist, author, and public radio host.
The Environment in Focus

The Environment in Focus

From WYPR - 88.1 FM Baltimore

From WYPR 88.1 FM in Baltimore. The Environment in Focus with Tom Pelton is a weekly perspective on the issues and people changing our natural world. . Pelton is a national award-winning environmental journalist, author, and public radio host.

Most Recent Episodes

Fight Over Environmental Impact of 'Maglev' High-Speed Rail

Developers are proposing to build a high-speed, magnetic levitation train line between Baltimore and Washington. The $13 billion Maglev project is designed to cut the hour-long train trip to a mere 15 minutes, with trains travelling at more than 300 miles an hour. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sharp Decline in Climate Pollution from Power Plants, Even Under Trump

Exactly one week after his inauguration, President Joe Biden issued an executive order promising to tackle climate change. He set a goal of making all electricity generation in the U.S. free of carbon dioxide pollution by the year 2035. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sharp Decline in Climate Pollution from Power Plants, Even Under Trump

Maryland Lawmakers Debate Ban on "Forever Chemicals"

After World War II, the DuPont chemical company began marketing Teflon, the miraculous-seeming nonstick agent sold on pots and pans around the world. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

In Wave of Coal Plant Closures, MD Considers Relief Payments to Workers

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In Wave of Coal Plant Closures, MD Considers Relief Payments to Workers

Nature as a Refuge for Reflection on Death and Life

My brother Mike texted me about our mom. He wrote: "If you want to say any last words, Tom, you'd better get out here fast." Our mother, Patty Jane Pelton, had been slowly declining from congestive heart failure. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Biden's Pick to Run EPA Has Questionable Record on Farm Pollution

As President Biden gears up to tackle a daunting variety of problems – ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change – he's forming a cabinet to reflect his priorities. His pick to spearhead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is Michael Regan. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Orchids: The Smartest Plants in the World

It's a cold winter day, and I'm exploring an old forest of oaks, tulip poplars and beech trees in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. I'm with Dennis Whigham, an ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, hunting for orchids. Many of the 25,000 known species of these flowers are threatened or endangered, in part because their complex lifecycle is vulnerable to disruptions caused by development. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

MD Lawmakers Introduce Climate and Mass Transit Bills

Amid the chaos of a pandemic, as well as the lingering shock waves from the recent anti-Democratic riots by Trump followers in Washington D.C., the Maryland General Assembly's annual legislative session opened today in Annapolis. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

New Trump EPA Rule Against "Junk Science" Trashes Real Science

Yesterday, the Trump Administration's EPA Administrator spoke during an online press conference to announce a new regulation that he said would end EPA's use of "secret science" in federal government decisions to control pollution from industry. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Interbreeding of Ravens Echoes Human Genetic History

Kevin Omland, a biology professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, stands below a highway overpass towering above a wooded stream valley in the Patapsco Valley State Park, just southwest of Baltimore. He aims his binoculars up at a scraggly nest of sticks that ravens built in the steel beams beneath Interstate 195. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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