10.2.14: Embracing Invasive Species & The Rise Of Refrigeration In China
Invasive species like zebra mussels to Asian carp, are destroying biodiversity across North America. Or are they? On today’s show: the upside of invasive species.
Then, a look into China’s push to build a frozen food infrastructure. The number of urban Chinese households with a refrigerator has risen from just 7% to 95% in a decade. We’ll find out what that means for global climate change.
Listen to the full show and Read more for individual segments.
Why Invasive Species Aren't All Bad
- Dr. Ken Thompson's new book is “Where Do Camels Belong? The Story and Science of Invasive Species”. Dr. Thompson argues that invasive species often cause far less damage than we might imagine, and when they do, the cost of eradicating them far out weighs the benefits.
Refrigeration In China
- Nicola Twilley is a writer currently working on a book about refrigeration, her recent article for the New York Times poses the question, “What Do Chinese Dumplings Have To Do With Global Warming?"
A Missile Base to Call Home
- Ed Peden, a peace activist-turned-real estate agent based in Kansas, sells decommissioned underground nuclear missile bases and silos. Many of his clients turn them into homes, and Ed even raised his family in one. So, what’s home life like underground? Producer Eric Molinsky brings us this story.
- You can check our all of the underground properties for sale at Ed's website missilebases.com.
- You can listen to this story at PRX.org.