Archive for November, 2006

Next Week — Our Oceans

November 28th, 2006

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Please join us for the December 5th edition of Earthbeat.

We’ll discuss the health of our oceans — from overfishing to penguins.

That’s coming up next week, on Earthbeat, the pulse of the planet.

The New Congress

November 16th, 2006

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Today, Earthbeat rides the wave of the new Democratic Congress. They’re bringing in a greener view of legislation and host Daphne Wysham speaks to incoming Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Southern Arizona’s 8th District about how she expects to bring renewable energy, environmental protection and global warming to the Capitol.

According to exit polls voters rated concern over the environment among their top ten issues — Daphne talks to pollster Mike Bocian of the firm, Greenberg, Quinlin and Rosner about the environmental message voters sent to politicians.

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Two policy directors of leading environmental groups discuss their priorities for the new Congressional session, Betsy Loyless, Senior Vice President for Policy at Audubon in Washington, DC and Anna Arullio the Washington DC office director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, PIRG.

One of the biggest successes for environmental groups was the defeat of California Senator James Inhofe, Daphne speaks to the president of the group leading the charge against Inhofe, Rodger Schlickeisen of the Defenders of Wildlife.

Finally Daphne speaks to Aaron Murphy, a spokesman from incoming Senator Jon Tester of Montana.

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Global Haze

November 13th, 2006

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Earthbeat looks at ‘Geoengineering.’ Scientists around the world are considering ways to stop global warming by shielding us from the sun itself. These schemes were once thought to be wacky, dangerous, or downright impossible, but now, even a noted Nobel-prize winner says they may be necessary to keep the Earth cool.

Host Mike Tidwell speaks to Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution in Stanford, California about the politics behind geoengineering.

Mike MacCraken of The Climate Institute will discuss the science behind the various suggestions of shading the Earth.

Michael Oppenheimer is the professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and Alan Robock is a the associate director of Center for Environmental Prediction at Rutgers University. They’ll discuss the feasibility of geoengineering.

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Photo Credit: NASA : This cross section of the Earth’s atmosphere at sunset and earth limb (24.5S, 43.5E) displays an unusual layering believed to be caused by temperature inversions which effectively concentrate smoke, dust and aerosols into narrow layers. the top of the stratosphere can be seen as the top of the white layer thought to contain volcanic debris. The purple layer is the troposphere containing smoke from landclearing biomass burning.

Election Day

November 7th, 2006

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It’s Election Day across America. Today on Earthbeat, host Daphne Wysham discusses how the environment took center stage in campaign advertisements across the nation with the political director for the League of Conservation Voters, Tony Massaro.

Eight out of every 10 American voters will cast their ballot on an electronic voting machine. Daphne speaks to Mark Crispin Miller the author of “Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election, and How They’ll Steal the Next One Too, Unless We Stop Them.” In this expose, Miller sounds a clarion call for electoral reform. In his conversation with Daphne, he lays out not only why everyone should go the polls today, but exactly how to make those votes count.

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