Living on Earth is an environmental news and information program. Each week host Steve Curwood guides the listener through a mix of news, features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues.
Food shortages? Nope, too much food in the wrong places
Some Americans, fearing food shortages from COVID-19, have cleaned out supermarket shelves. Yet there's too much food in some places.
5 hours ago
Scientists probe how coronavirus might travel through the air
Simply talking could produce tiny particles of mucus and saliva that might carry the coronavirus, experts say.
7 hours ago
Possible treatment for COVID-19 enters clinical trial at Penn
Three separate sub-studies will launch next with the drug, widely used by people with autoimmune conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
SEPTA is getting $643M in federal coronavirus aid
SEPTA is getting the emergency federal aid it needs to fill its coronavirus-depleted coffers. But experts say the money won’t be enough to make the agency whole.
South Philly supermarket artfully measures social distancing
The ShopRite on Oregon Avenue partnered with Mural Arts to create floor decals to show customers where they can safely stand during the pandemic.
8 hours ago
Face masks recommended, though Trump says he won’t wear one
The new guidance is raising concern that it could lead to a sudden run on masks.
9 hours ago
NWS: Minor to moderate tidal flooding likely Saturday
New Jersey coastal residents should take precautions in advance of minor to moderate tidal flooding likely to occur Saturday morning.
Coronavirus update: N.J. gets smattering of faulty ventilators; flags at half-staff
The bigger problem remains the overall shortage of ventilators — in New Jersey and nationally.
10 hours ago
When coronavirus struck, she stepped up: Meet the food fairy of West Philly
Sam Samuel was worried that kids in her neighborhood wouldn’t have access to free meals when school was out. So she started delivering them herself.
12 hours ago
Pa. freezes paychecks for 9,000 state employees amid coronavirus fallout
The affected employees have jobs that cannot be completed through teleworking, which began shuttering state offices in mid-March to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Protesters: Free Hahnemann! Gov’t leaders: We have better options.
Councilmember Helen Gym thinks it’s still worth exploring eminent domain.
13 hours ago
Pa. needs another 1,000 to 1,400 ventilators, governor says. Here’s how the state is trying to find them.
As of Thursday, 130 COVID-19 patients in Pennsylvania had required treatment with a ventilator, though that number is expected to rise as cases increase.
Coronavirus update: Biggest one-day jump in cases as Gov. Carney says ‘situation in Delaware is getting worse’
Thirteen Delawareans have died from COVID-19 and 63 are hospitalized as health officials await a greater spike in infections.
14 hours ago
Coronavirus update: Gov. Tom Wolf asks Pennsylvanians to wear masks outdoors
The state of Pennsylvania is searching for 1,000 additional ventilators to up its capacity as more COVID-19 patients are in ICUs and intubated.
Forecasters predict an active hurricane season
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will possibly feature "above-average" activity, according to a prediction by atmospheric scientists.
15 hours ago
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