Wednesday, January 27 | 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM CST (12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EST)
Duration: 30 min
Series description: The NowThis Earth series was produced in collaboration with NowThis, the #1 most-watched mobile news brand globally. Check in for daily updates focusing on comprehensive coverage of human impact on our planet.
NowThis’ original series, One Small Step, aims to make the climate crisis personal by empowering and educating our young audience to take small steps toward helping solve climate change. One Small Step’s hopeful tone turns viewers’ fear into power — with each episode, our goal is to show that we can make a big difference with the choices we make every day. We break down the issue of waste and sustainability piece by piece to answer one of the most important questions facing the world today: How do we save our planet?
The Pangolin is the Most Trafficked Mammal in the World
Episode Description: Despite being heavily protected, pangolins are trafficked more than any other mammal in the world (WARNING: distressing imagery) All 8 species of the heavily trafficked pangolin are at risk of extinction. The mammal is native to Asia and Africa. Poachers chase the pangolins, smoke them out, beat them, and plunge them into boiling water; all to get access to their scales which are sold as a traditional medicine. The animals are heavily protected and internationally banned from commercial trade, but they are still killed and trafficked more than any other mammal on the planet.
This is a “Sperm Bank” For Threatened Coral Reefs
Episode Description: 60% of the world’s coral is threatened by human activity. This coral “sperm bank” could help save endangered reefs. Human activities like overfishing, pollution, and coastal development threaten 60% of the world’s coral. Dr. Mary Hagedorn and her team at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute use human fertility techniques as a tool to restore dying reefs and stop biodiversity loss. While most corals reproduce through mass spawning events, these researchers use nets to collect and evaluate the sperm before freezing it for later use. They say they’ve been able to use 2 to 4-year-old frozen sperm from the Great Barrier Reef to fertilize eggs from the same region.
Activists Fear For Gray Wolf After Removal From Endangered Species List
Episode Description: The gray wolf is being removed from the endangered species list, but that might not be a good thing The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the gray wolf from its endangered species list based on criteria laid out by Congress. Activists argue the gray wolves have only reclaimed a fraction of their historical range and the population is too low to thrive in the wild without protection. Conservationists fear that without oversight from the federal government, the population of 6,000 will decline as it becomes more susceptible to poaching and hunting.
How Deforestation Could Lead to More Pandemics
Fracking Linked to Premature Births, Especially Among Hispanic Parents
Episode Description: Pregnant women are 50% more likely to have a preterm birth if they live within 3 miles of a fracking site with active flaring, according to a new study Expectant mothers in the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas are 50% more likely to have a preterm birth if they live within 3 miles of a fracking site with active flaring, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Active flaring is the process of burning off natural gas. Parents in the study who identified as Hispanic were exposed to more flaring and were more likely than white parents to experience an increased risk of premature birth. More stringent regulation on flaring or investing in more renewable energy could help protect the health of infants.
Here’s What Really Happens to Your Recycling
Episode Description: We followed the recycling process from the bins to the plant to understand where our recycling actually goes.