10.2.14: Embracing Invasive Species & The Rise Of Refrigeration In China

Oct 2, 2014

Magnificent, though invasive. This bee originates in the South China, Korea, Japan part of the world, but has been introduced into North America now and spread as far as Colorado, likely will go all the way to the West Coast.
Credit USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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.

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Why Invasive Species Aren't All Bad

Refrigeration In China

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.