Establishing Our Roots - Old-growth Podcast S1 E1

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Show Notes

Short Co-host Intros

What's this podcast about?

Brief explanation of environmental policy history:

  • Conservation and Preservation a transcendentalist ideal (Thoreau, Muir)

  • T. Roosevelt established five national parks and signed the Antiquities Act that created 18 national monuments (including Grand Canyon) and set aside land for bird sanctuaries, game refuges, and national forests

  • Woodrow Wilson founded the National Park Service (1916)

  • 1962 - Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” was published regarding the consequences of pesticides, most notably DDT

  • Clean Air Act of 1963

  • Cuyahoga River catches on fire multiple times, late 60s

  • 1950s - Love Canal site was sold and school built. In the 1970s, students began to be sick. Discovered that the school was built on a toxic ground. Led to superfund sites.

  • 1970s - Modern environmental movement is born!

  • January 1, 1970 - National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions

  • First Earth Day April 22, 1970

  • EPA founded December 2, 1970

  • Clean Water Act of 1972

  • U.S. Marine Mammal Protection of 1972

  • Endangered Species Act of 1973

  • Number of international agreements, most recently Paris Climate Accord in 2015


Teaching This Year's Natural Disasters


How the Peer Review Process Works:


Replicability in science


John Oliver Scientific Studies