Environmental reporting can be doom and gloom and super serious and make us want to bury our collective heads in the sand. Ashley Ahearn is trying to change that. She’s been an environmental reporter for years, but after reporting on depressing topics like declining snowpack, growing algal blooms and sea-level rise, Ahearn was ready to shift her focus a bit.  

Her show, Terrestrial, isn’t about chronicling the problems of our changing planet, but rather focuses on the choices people are making in response to those changes. Like, for example, the uptick in environmental asthma or the U.S.’s move to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Human adaptation, Ahearn says, will be the new frontier.


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