Archive for June, 2007

Blue Green Alliances

June 29th, 2007

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Some would say that labor unions and environmentalists make strange bedfellows. But according to Leo Gerard, the president of the United Steelworkers, they’re more like people who’ve been secretly dating and are now ready to go public.

On this edition of Earthbeat, we’ll hear from Gerard as well as his ‘date’ Carl Pope, the president of the Sierra Club. Also joining forces with unions and environmentalsts is civil rights activst Van Jones. He strongly believes that green jobs could help inner city youth in extraordinary ways. And finally, we hear from Roger Toussaint, the president of the Transport Workers Union.

Talks aired on this edition of Earthbeat were recorded at the recent Take Back America conference in Washington, DC and the North American Labor Assembly on Climate Crisis in New York City.

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Music used in this program: ‘Step by Step’ by Pete Seeger. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Days of Wine and Warming

June 26th, 2007

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In Vino Veritas – in wine, truth. It’s a saying that goes all the way back to the Ancient Greeks. Today on Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell takes a hard look at an industry threatened by our warming world. Purdue University’s Noah Diffenbaugh looked into our future climate and found that 81% of the US premium wine areas are endangered.

For more than 150 years, Alois Lageder’s family vineyards have produced exceptional Northern Italian wines. Now he’s moving those grapes further and further up the Alps, in search of cooler temperatures.

Back in California, winemakers are focusing their efforts on sustainable practices. The president of the California Winegrape Growers Association – Karen Ross and Hector Bedolla – the vineyard manager for La Crema Winery in Sonoma have a lively discussion with host Mike Tidwell about the future of California winemaking.

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Image used courtsey of Raul Lieberwirth.

Music used in this program: ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ the first version by Rosemary Clooney, the second by Ella Fitzgerald. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Nanotechnology

June 19th, 2007

This week, Earthbeat looks at the coming wave of nanotechnology. While activists have called our attention to corporations owning seeds, plants, even whole animals — multi-national corporations have taken another tack — patenting DNA itself.

Nanotechnology, the science of creating new life forms from scratch, isn’t science fiction — it’s happening right now. On this edition of Earthbeat, we listen to two speakers from the recent What’s Next symposium in Sweden.

First Pat Mooney of the ETC group speaks about the past, present, and not-so distant future of nanotech.

Following Mooney’s presentation at the forum was the ETC Group’s Jim Thomas, speaking about virtual biology.

Host Daphne Wysham spoke to Pat Mooney of the ETC group from his office in Ottawa, Canada about possible ways that governments, organizations, and people can control nanotechnology.

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Water Water Everywhere

June 14th, 2007

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In this encore edition of Earthbeat, host Mike Tidwell speaks to Virginia filmmaker Dave Eckert about his fourth movie in a series about healthy water 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, while 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.

One of the nation’s largest water treatment plants commits to buying one-third of its power from windmills and it says it is going to save $20 (M) million dollars in the process. We hear from Andrew Brunhart, the general manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

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Music used in this program: Sound of Water by Poi Dog Pondering and Spirit on the Water by Bob Dylan.

Image used courtesy of Merrick Brown.

Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2

Earthbeat Goes Electric

June 6th, 2007

Today on Earthbeat, host Daphne Wysham focuses on electric cars.

The documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car” brought to light the disturbing story of how Detroit killed a product that was wildly popular with buyers.

Daphne speaks to Sherry Boschert, the author of the book Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars That Will Recharge Amercia.

Also joining them is Felix Kramer, the founder of Cal Cars. For more information, check out EAAEV and Plug In America.

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Music for this edition: “Ghost of a Good Thing” by Dashboard Confessional