Archive for May, 2008

Hot Times in the Summertime

May 27th, 2008

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350 is the magic number for climate activitsts. That’s the number of parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere that scientists say is a SAFE level. But scientist say the Earth is already above 350. Joining host Mike Tidwell in our Washington, DC studios is Phil Aroneau of 350, an organization that’s working to make 350 the goal number for the United Nations, climate activists and the world.

Right in the shadow of the US Capitol are two windmills that are part of the US Botanic Garden’s summer exhibition – One Planet-Ours. Executive Director Holly Shimizu discusses the message they’re bringing to the three-quarters of a million visitors who will stroll through the exhibit this summer.

Part of the garden’s exhibition is solar cooking and coming into the studios to discuss how solar cooking can revolutionize the world is Louise Meyer. She’s the founder of Solar Household Energy.

Hot fun in the summertime — that’s in this edition of Earthbeat.

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Burma – Energy, Fuel & Famine

May 20th, 2008

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The connections between the devastating cyclone in Burma and climate change.

The military government in Burma renamed the country Myanmar and decreed that farmers devote thousands of acres to growing biofuels instead of food. Now, the country’s rice reserves are wiped out – and the military is blocking full international aid.

Joining host Daphne Wysham on the telephone from the Thailand-Burma border is Charm Tong of the Shan Women’s Action Network and Sai Khur Hseng of the Ethinic Community Development Forum of Burma. In our Washington, DC studios is Jeremy Woodrum of the US Campaign for Burma; and on the telephone from his offices in Seattle Washington is Jeffrey Wright of the Christian Charity – World Vision.

Bestselling author John Perkins joins us to discuss how US corporations help to shore up Myanmar’s military dictactorship. Perkins’ book “The Secret History of the American Empire” is now out in paperback.

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

Children sit amidst the debris of their destroyed homes southwest of Yangon May 7, 2008. Photo credit: REUTERS/Stringer via Flickr.

Polar Bear Politics

May 13th, 2008

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The Bush Administration has listed the polar bears as ‘threatened.’

On this edition of Earthbeat we discuss how the oil companies plan to undermine this new polar bear protection – using the argument that protecting the polar bears will hurt African Americans. We’ll have the latest on the status of polar bears in the wild – and in Washington.

Joining host Mike Tidwell is Mike Daulton, Director of Conservation for the National Audubon Society and Doug Inkley, senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation.

Plus, Joe Romm will join us to discuss the latest climate news, including the emergence of ‘Grolar Bears.’ Romm is the voice behind the website Climate Progress.

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Image used courtesy of AngelStar2134 via Flickr.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat is “Bi-Polar Bear Blues” by Johnny Lloyd Rollins and “Bi Polar Bear” by Wax Fang.

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

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Nuclear-Free Energy & The World Food Crisis

May 8th, 2008

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Getting to ZERO carbon dioxide emissions – without going nuclear; and the connections between climate change and the world food crisis.

Host Daphne Wysham speaks to Arjun Makhijani and his colleagues at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research on their plan for cutting greenhouse gases without turning to nuclear power.

A discussion on the connections between climate change and the world food crisis. Joining us from locations around the world are: Walden Bello with Focus on the Global South; Debbie Barker with the International Forum on Globalization; and Anuradha Mittal of The Oakland Institute.

In our final segment – we get an on-the-site report from the border of Burma and Thailand on the thousands of people killed and injured during the recent devastating cyclone. (The military government of Burma have renamed the country – Myanmar.)

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Image used courtesy of Squacco via Flickr.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat is “World Looking In” by Morcheeba and “Lebanese Blonde” by Theivery Corporation. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.