Archive for August, 2006

Hurricane Katrina – One Year Later

August 28th, 2006


August 29th is the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In this special two-hour edition of Earthbeat both hosts, Mike Tidwell and Daphne Wysham, talk about environmental justice, global warming’s contribution to hurricane intensity, and the need for a national plan to halt climate change before it causes further wide-scale disasters.

Even before Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast and the city of New Orleans faced environmental challenges. Daphne Wysham speaks to EPA whistleblower Hugh Kauffman. In his more than 35 years with the EPA he’s seen the health effects from Love Canal and Ground Zero at the World Trade Center. Kauffman is currently a senior policy analyst for the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

Disaster profiteers make millions while local companies and laborers in New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf States make pennies, that’s according to a major new report from the non-profit group, CorpWatch. Joining Daphne Wysham on the phone to discuss the report is Pratap Chatterjee, the director of CorpWatch.

In the studio Daphne Wysham is joined by two New Orleans natives. Judith May evacuated in the face of Hurricane Katrina. Angele White is an environmental health expert who worked with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network and is now with the DC Area Health Education Center.

Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell predicted the onset of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in his book, ‘Bayou Farwell.’ Now, with his latest book, “A Ravaging Tide,” Tidwell looks at the effect global warming will continue to have in increasing the intensity of hurricanes, the dangers that New Orleans, Miami, New York City and the rest of the East Coast wil face with rising sea levels and more intense storms.

To read Mike Tidwell’s recent editorial in the Washington Post click here.

On Wednesday, August 30th Mike will be signing copies of his book, “A Ravaging Tide” at the bookstore, Politics and Prose in Washington, DC.

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Water in the Movies

August 22nd, 2006


In this repeat editon of Earthbeat, host Mike Tidwell reviews three interviews he’s done with film makers who were all wet.

Each director noted focused on water. Dave Eckert’s fourth movie in his series about healthy water is titled, “Reining in the Storm.”

The Anacostia River flows through the Maryland suburbs and right through the heart of the nation’s capital. Often the Potomac gets all the glory the Anacostia became a dumping ground for polluters.

Glen O’Gilvie is the president and CEO of the Earth Conservation Core, a group that works with area youth groups to help clean up the river. He and youth riverkeeper, Nelson Moore speak about a film that focuses on the program.

DC-area filmmaker Todd Clark focused on the Washington’s ‘forgotten river’ in his film, “The Anacostia, Restoring the People’s River.” Clark and the film’s composer, Pili Greenfield, joined Mike Tidwell in the WPFW studios.

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August 14th, 2006


In this episode of Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham reviews a recent trip she took through Africa reviewing the effects of the oil and rubber industries on the local people.

Joining her to discuss the trip were her colleagues Emira Woods of the Institute for Policy Studies and Colin McCullough, a videographer for Azimuth Media. The interviews they gathered will be used for screenings in the Washington, DC area, as well as possibly for public television.

The first stop, Nigeria. There they encountered a considerable amount of anger over how local people have been forced off their land by oil pipelines.
After Nigeria, Daphne, Colin and Emira traveled through Chad. One of their guides was Delphine Djiraibe, President of the Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, ATDPH.

In Liberia, the travelers split up and Colin and Emira continued onward to investigate the environmental effects, child labor and low wages surrounding a Firestone rubber plant.

Colin McCullough’s startling footage of a boat trip around the Firestone plant will be aired at the Washington DC venue Busboys and Poets in September

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Setting the World on Fire

August 7th, 2006


Scientists now say there is a clear link between the increase of wildfires and global warming. As our summers get longer, hotter and drier — wildfires in the Western United States are burning earlier, longer, and larger. Host Mike Tidwell talk about this research and how Congress is reacting with University of Montana Ecologist Steven Running and The Wilderness Society’s Michael Francis, the director of its National Forest Program.

NOAA’s weather forecasting facility in Rapid City, South Dakota was recently in the line of wildfires. Tidwell talks to meteorologist David Carpenter about what it’s like to be evacuated, even when you’re the ones making the forecasts.

Where there’s wildfire, there’s smoke. Tidwell speaks to Harvard University’s Paul Epstein from the Center for Health and the Global Environment. He’s warned for years about the health effects of increased wildfires due to global warming. Joining them to discuss state-by-state actions to highlight efforts to educate health officials about the health dangers of wildfires is Will Callaway of the Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Indigo Teiwes is a mutual fund manager for Portfolio 21, an Oregon firm that specializes in investing in environmentally friendly funds – but she’s also a dedicated fire dancer. Indigo discusses how she balances her day job of saving the environment with her carbon dioxide-emitting hobby.

Indigo will be performing at this year’s Burning Man festival.

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20 – 20 Vision on Global Warming

August 1st, 2006


One of the most startling aspects of global warming will be the changes to our coastlines — many coastal communities will just disappear. One of these is not only one of the most populated areas in the country, but also one of the most expensive — New York City.

According to predictions — the whole of lower Manhattan, including Wall Street, and the former site of World Trade Center will be underwater in decades.

Daphne Wysham sat down with one of the scientists whose climate models predict the rise.

Andrew Revkin is arguably one of the most important voices on global warming. As the lead reporter on climate issues for the New York Times, Revkin can, with one front page story, start a media feeding frenzy.

Revkin recently adapted his reporting on the end of the North Pole into a book. Recently he spoke before a small audience of climate scientists and environmentalists about his coverage of global warming over his 20 year career, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC.

Recently the retailing giant Wall-Mart unveiled its television advertising campaign for a new line of organic foods. With Wall-Mart entering the game, agricultural schools are finding that going organic is the one growing field in the otherwise dwindling area of Agricultural Sciences. Daphne Wysham sat down with the founder of the nation’s first Bachelor of Arts program in organic farming.

And finally, in the coming weeks, comedian Will Ferrell has what could possibly be the most ‘red-state’ movie ever a flick that features a NASCAR driver. But a few years ago, Ferrell took on another target — President George W. Bush.

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