Archive for February, 2007

Pledge and Support Your Public Radio Station

February 28th, 2007

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Earthbeat is a safe bet!

WPFW listeners, call in your pledge during Earthbeat and you’ll received a hardback copy of James Lovelock’s book “The Revenge of Gaia” and a CD copy of Earthbeat’s coverage of the Gaia idea. All yours as a thank you gift for pledging $89.30. That’s right, WPFW’s call numbers! Supporting WPFW during Earthbeat supports an alternative voice in environmental reporting and shows that you care about the intersection of progressive politics and environmental ideals.

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Campus Climate Change

February 21st, 2007

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Student activism has been a mainstay of most successful social movements in America. Students have the drive, the passion, the knowledge and often the time that is necessary to drive a movement.

Host Mike Tidwell talks about the Campus Climate Challenge with American University sophomore Claire Roby; Jessy Tolkan, the media coordinator for the challenge who’s working with MTV to get the word out about the effort; and to Matt Stern, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Campus Coordinator.

Are students really necessary for true social change? Host Mike Tidwell will get an answer to that question and an overview of student activism in America from noted author and sociologist, Todd Gitlin. Gitlin is the author of “Letters to a Young Activist” among many other books.

One of the goals of the Campus Climate Challenge is getting universities to pursue clean, renewable energy. Catholic University in Washington, DC has been years ahead of other schools, thanks to one man. Mike Tidwell speaks to Bob Burhenn, the Director of Engineering and Energy Utility Management at Catholic, as well as the Paul Copleman of Community Energy, Inc., the company that sells clean wind energy.

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Climate Change Censorship

February 13th, 2007

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Earthbeat looks at how Congress has turned up the heat on climate change censorship. Recent hearings in both the House and Senate examined the Bush Administration’s attempts to silence and suppress climate scientists from talking about global warming. Scientists say the administration buried reports about global warming and blocked access to key scientists.

Host Daphne Wysham speaks to one of the silenced scientists, Tom Knutson, a research meterologist at NOAA’s Climate Dynamics and Prediction Group in Princeton, New Jersey. Michael Halpern of the Union of Concerned Scientists joins us in the WPFW studios to discuss a recent survey of government scientists in which the Union and the Government Accountability Project found for than half experience some type of censorship.

In addition to silencing scientists, the White House has undercut the yearly National Climate Assessment Project. Rick Piltz, the director of Climate Science Watch joins us to discuss the importance of the Assessment. Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project then speaks about the crucial whistleblower protection act that’s moving through Congress.

And finally, with one Senator’s point of view is Heather Zichal. She’s in charge of environmental programs for Democratic Senator John Kerry.

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Campus Climate Change

February 12th, 2007

Student activism has been a mainstay of most successful social movements in America. Students have the drive, the passion, the knowledge and often the time that is necessary to drive a movement.

Host Mike Tidwell talks about the Campus Climate Challenge with American University sophomore Claire Roby; Jessy Tolkan, the media coordinator for the challenge who’s working with MTV to get the word out about the effort; and to Matt Stern, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Campus Coordinator.

Are students really necessary for true social change? Host Mike Tidwell will get an answer to that question and an overview of student activism in America from noted author and sociologist, Todd Gitlin. Gitlin is the author of “Letters to a Young Activist” among many other books.

One of the goals of the Campus Climate Challenge is getting universities to pursue clean, renewable energy. Catholic University in Washington, DC has been years ahead of other schools, thanks to one man. Mike Tidwell speaks to Bob Burhenn, the Director of Engineering and Energy Utility Management at Catholic, as well as the Paul Copleman of Community Energy, Inc., the company that sells clean wind energy.

If you’d like to hear this edition of Earthbeat – please send us an e-mail

Pledge and Support your Local Public Radio Station

February 6th, 2007

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Earthbeat is a safe bet!

WPFW listeners, call in your pledge during Earthbeat and you’ll received a hardback copy of James Lovelock’s book “The Revenge of Gaia” and a CD copy of Earthbeat’s coverage of the Gaia idea. All yours as a thank you gift for pledging $89.30. That’s right WPFW’s call numbers! Supporting WPFW during Earthbeat supports an alternative voice in environmental reporting and shows that you care about the intersection of progressive politics and environmental ideals.

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The World Responds to Climate Change

February 5th, 2007

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The UN has released the first of three reports on climate change to much fanfare. But are the results of ‘Working Group One‘ too conservative? Host Mike Tidwell speaks to an editor of the report – Mike MacCracken of The Climate Institute – about what went in, what came out, and what got watered down, and we’ll get a view of what Washington will do with the report from Ben Dunham, a staff attorney for US PIRG.

The next stage of the UN report focuses on the impacts of climate change, but an international body has already weighed in – right now the World Health Organization estimates that 150 thousand people each year die as a direct result of climate change. Joining host Mike Tidwell to discuss the report is the WHO’s Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum – and a world expert on fresh water, Peter Gleick, the President of the Pacific Institute.

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Music for this edition of Earthbeat:
* “I am a Scientist” – The Dandy Warhols, Welcome to the Monkey House
* “War on War” – Wilco, Yankee Foxtrot Hotel

Photo copyright Brenda Anderson