Archive for May, 2006

The Scientific Connection Between Global Warming and Hurricanes – and Why NOAA Won’t Admit It; The Return of Shad to Eastern Rivers

May 19th, 2006

Doctor Judith Curry is the head of School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. In one of her most recent scientific articles – she and her colleagues reported that the number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has nearly doubled over the past 35 years. these are the strongest and often the deadliest hurricanes. That’s even though the total number of hurricanes has dropped over the last 15 years (since the 1990s). Co-host Mike Tidwell speaks to Curry about the scientific connection between Global Warming and hurricanes.

Joining the conversation in the Earthbeat studios is Rick Piltz. In June of last year, Rick Piltz resigned from his position as an ‘senior associate’ from the United States’ Climate Change Science Program.

In an open letter following his resignation, Rick said, “I believe the overarching problem is that the administration – acting primarily through key positions in the executive Office of the President, and to some extent the State Department, and aligning itself with some of its key allies – does not want and has acted to impede forthright communication of the state of climate science and it’s implications for society.”

Piltz is now the head of Climate Science Watch, an organization dedicated to promoting integrity in the use of climate science in government.

The return of shad to America’s Rivers is a true environmental success story. Some even say that America wouldn’t exist without shad. When General George Washington was fighting the Revolutionary War – his armies traveled on bellies full of shad. 100 (m) million pounds of the fish were taken from the Potomac river each year – and they were salted or smoked for travel. Shad spend most of their lives in salt water, and then enter rivers by the hundreds of thousands in the spring – swimming long distances to spawn – and then returning to the ocean.

Joining Mike in the studio is Jim Cummins, of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, and on the telephone from his office in Annapolis, Maryland, the outdoor editor for the Washington Post, Angus Phillips.

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A Tribute to Damu Smith

May 11th, 2006


In a special edition of Earthbeat on Tuesday, May 9th we review the legacy and love of Damu Smith. An inspiring speaker, a founder of the environmental justice movement, an organizer, a champion of people fighting for their right to clean water and clean air — Damu Smith inspired a generation.

Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham and in-studio guest Rick Hind of Greenpeace’s Toxic Campaign review Damu’s fight for environmental justice.

Joining Earthbeat on the telephone from New Orleans is Monique Harden, co-director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights — Washington, DC environmentalist Mohsin Siddique — Kevin Martin, the executive director of Peace Action — and of course our Earthbeat listeners.

Damu Smith passed away on May 5th from colon cancer. A public celebration of his life is Saturday, May 20th at 5 pm at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 5301 North Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please make contributions to:
The Asha Moore Smith Trust
c/o The Praxis Project
1750 Columbia Road, NW – 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 2000

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