Archive for October, 2006

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October 31st, 2006

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Cell Phones, Towers & Wireless Networks

October 23rd, 2006

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This week, Earthbeat investigates the health effects of cell phones, cell phone towers, and wireless internet networks. Some scientists say the radiation they give off can cause cancer — the government says it’s all perfectly safe. Host Daphne Wysham speaks to B. Blake Levitt about how cell phones work, and how cell phone companies pay big bucks to put their antennas and Professor Martin Blank from Columbia University about the radiation given off by cell phones.

Jerry Philips is currently a professor and director of the Science Learning Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He was one of the first scientists to study the health effects of cell phone radiation — recruited to do work by Motorola. But when Phillips’ research came up with results the cell phone company didn’t like — they shut down any attempts to publish his work.

What can people do to protect themselves from cell phone radiation? Join Libby Kelley of the Council of Wireless Technology Impacts. To learn more about the scientists organizing against the electropollution of cell phones, visit here.

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Listening to History

October 11th, 2006

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This week, Earthbeat puts an ear to the ground — and listens to history.

Co-host Mike Tidwell speaks to acclaimed author Edwin Black. In his previous work “IBM and the Holocaust” he uncovered the links between the computer giant and the Nazi regime. In his latest work Black has uncovered documents proving how corrupt corporations derailed clean affordable electric transportation in the United States. His book “Internal Combustion” is subtitled, “How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives.”

This interview was made available by ‘The Coffee House.’

Modern scientists are now beginning to study the Earth as one system, as if it was one living organism with many, many parts. This idea is called “Gaia Theory” and while it’s new to scientists Native peoples have viewed the Earth as a living being for thousands of years. At the recent Gaia conference, Native American Lloyd Pinkham spoke about Native Science, a practice that covers social, economic, natural and wildlife resources.

In a commentary host Mike Tidwell speaks about the necessity for vision in the environmental movement. He says there is a vision out there, a clearly defined way to save our world from the devastation that will come about with unchecked Global Warming. That vision, Tidwell says, is clean renewable energy. We have the technology, we just need to will to make it happen.

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Image used courtesy of Edwin Black

Toxic Pollution

October 9th, 2006

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This week, Earthbeat takes a hard look at Toxic Pollution.

Rick Hind, the Legislative Director for Greenpeace’s Toxics Campaign, speaks about the recent industrial waste fire in Apex, North Carolina that resulted in the evacuation of as many as 17 thousand people.

To get information from the EPA about toxins in our neighborhood, visit the Toxics Release Inventory.

Eric Olson of the Natural Resources Defense Council speaks about the recent discovery in Washington, DC’s Potomac River of male bass with female characteristcs, and Devra Lee Davis, the head of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh speaks about other sources of hormone pollution.

Click here for a list of haircare products that the University of Pittsburgh says could contain cancer-causing hormones.

And two festivals in the DC area seek to help people take action to clean up their world. Joining Daphne Wysham inthe studio is Martin Ogle, the chief naturalist for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority & organizer of the Gaia Theory Conference. On the telephone is Todd Larsen, an organizer of the upcoming Green Festival and the managing director of the group Co-op America.

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Photo copyright: Lee Wilson

Putting Global Warming Under a Microscope

October 3rd, 2006

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This week, Earthbeat puts global warming under the microscope. We’re taking a look at bugs, bacteria and fungi. Scientists say that insects may be the perfect canary in the coal mine when it comes to global warming. Bacteria are now being touted as the solution to all of our oil-based problems, and fungi may have a much larger role in our climate than anyone ever imagined. Bugs – bacteria – and fungi – oh MY.

Joining Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell for the first two segments of our program is Jay Gulledge, a senior scientist at the Pew Center on Climate Change.

Glen Juday at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, is studying the devestating onslaught being seen in the Alaskan forest by the spruce bark beetle.

In our second segment, bacteriologist Derek Lovley joins the conversation. At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Lovley works with a bacteria that actually produces electricity along its cell wall. In addition, we also hear from C. Scott Miller, the author of The Bioconversion Blog, talking about one of the few working industrial site that uses ethanol-producing bacteria to break down garbage.

Finally, fungi. Briefly on the telephone from the Royal Society of Edinburgh is Roy Watkins, a fungus expert, as well as Steve Schmidt a mycologist with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Image of a G. metallireducens, copyright 2005 eye of science