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How NHPR is committed to covering our environment

 The Beebe River watershed is habitat for multiple species, including wild brook trout.
Stacy Funderburke
The Conservation Fund
The Beebe River watershed is habitat for multiple species, including wild brook trout.

Human activity is warming the planet. This change is already reshaping how we live and interact with our environment in New Hampshire, across New England and beyond. NHPR is committed to producing high-impact journalism about the most pressing concerns of our time including the fate of our planet. Our coverage looks to inform our community and inspire conversation about the wonders and practicalities of the nuanced, ever evolving world we’re living in today.

In celebration of Earth Week (April 18-22), NHPR will be airing stories from a joint series created by the climate reporters and editors from the New England News Collaborative.  The series will be focused on the theme of food and how climate change is impacting New England’s small food and drink producers. Featured topics will include the influence of climate change on the maple syrup industry, how cities and towns across southern New England are dealing with food waste, and how the slaughterhouse shortage calls for a reimagining of that industry. Reporting from New Hampshire will be NHPR’s Mara Hoplamazian.

NHPR’s climate change reporting project, By Degrees, began in the midst of a global pandemic, mass protests against systemic racism, a presidential transition and an economic crisis. By Degrees, another component of our environmental coverage, tells stories of the challenges and solutions that these intersecting crises are bringing to light - individual stories of resilience and struggle, innovation and compromise, and of big change by degrees. We encourage YOU to be part of the storytelling, too. Find out how you can share tips, share experiences and ask questions by taking a quick survey. You can also receive information directly to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter.

In addition to our core coverage of environmental news and events happening locally, we bring to you Outside/In, a podcast about the natural world and how we use it. In February 2022, we welcomed new host, and senior producer Nate Hegyi. Before coming to us, Nate covered public lands, federal agencies and tribal affairs as a reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau, a consortium of NPR member stations in the region.

Outside/In features stories that challenge perspectives. For instance, a recent episode explored, “How to build a solar-powered website,” raising questions like, Should everything on the internet be accessible all the time? Could progress mean choosing to live with less? In 2020 we launched a new major reporting project, Windfall. Carried as a national broadcast special by more than 140 public radio stations in 2021, Windfall delves into the power of offshore wind, exploring the possibility of its power to reshape our energy future. And, not to be missed, every other Friday on NHPR’s Morning Edition, the Outside/In team answers listener questions about the natural world during a listener favorite segment called Outside/In [Box]. Click here for podcast episodes and more. Have a question of your own? The Outside/In team is here to answer your questions. Call 844-GO-OTTER to leave a message.

Rounding out NHPR’s environmental coverage is Something Wild, a joint production of NH Audubon, The Forest Society and NHPR. For more than 20 years, Something Wild has been exploring the wonder of the landscape that surrounds us in NH. From the many birds that call New Hampshire home, to the trees around us that have been granted "Big Tree'' status, to stone walls that punctuate our state, Something Wild explains the behavior and science behind what we see and hear (and might take for granted) in our backyards. You can hear Something Wild with hosts Chris Martin and Dave Anderson every other Friday during NHPR’s Morning Edition or on your favorite podcast player.

Stay connected with NHPR’s up-to-date environmental coverage on our website, by downloading our app or by subscribing to any of our newletters.

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