Looking for new books to read? Authors introduce their books at a recent book fair event. And, in honor of Earth Day, vendors at an Earth Day event share insight, and resources.
A day or two spent with mountains, canyons, or rivers, equals a year of therapy. Under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act (10/2/68), selected rivers of the United States “… with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition … shall be protected …”
Nevada County, California recently hosted the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, showcasing over 120 environmental and adventure films. A few people interviewed with regional and national concerns, and solutions: The Woolman Semester School (alternative school), San Juan Ridge Taypayers Association (gold miners v. clean drinking water), Sierra Club (overpopulation), Citizens Climate Lobby, Alaskans First Campaign (save the Chuitna River), American Rivers, Friends of the River, Sierra Nevada Geoengineering Awareness, and United for the Yuba. Western India farmers and lions are discussed regarding the award-winning film, “Pride.”
Sherpa are the elite of humanity. The recent tragic loss of 16 of these incredibly strong, brave men was devastating. If it is possible to bring something positive from the fatal avalanche of April 30, 2014, it is the highlighting of the corruption of the Nepalese Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. In my interview with Kevin Vann, veteran climber and co-founder of Trek 8848 (which leads expeditions to Everest Base Camp), you learn about the Sherpa who, as with parents around the world, are desperately eking out a living to feed their families and provide a future for their children.
And, we visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site in Pennsylvania; the first railroad to tunnel through the Allegheny Mountains.
What country has taken over as the largest single emitter of greenhouse gases? This week, I talk to Bart Croes, Chief of the Research Division at the California Air Resources Board. And, we visit Wind Cave.