Archive for October, 2008

Protecting the Amazon from Corporations & Carbon Sinks

October 30th, 2008


The world’s governments are hoping to fight climate change by preserving the world’s rainforests – because they act almost as a ‘sink’ for carbon – acting as the world’s lungs and holding and storing carbon. But in many instances, the places that need to be protected are also found to have oil.

In Peru, the oil companies and the native people living in the Amazonian rain forest are colliding with sometimes deadly affects. Joining host Daphne Wysham is Trevor Stevenson of the Amazon Alliance. He discusses the recent UN World Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

Then, we hear a first-hand account of what happens with native people and oil companies combine. Christian Brother Paul McCully describes the actions of Plus Petrol in Peru.

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The Danger of Nuclear Power

October 21st, 2008


This week’s show features a recent lecture by renowned anti-nuclear activist Doctor Helen Caldecott. The Smithsonian Institute named Dr. Caldecott one of the most influential women of the 20th century and she’s been a nominee for the Nobel Prize.

The Australia-born Caldecott left a medical career that included stints at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston to devote her life to the prevention of nuclear war. She co-founded Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war.

Her efforts were the subject of the 1982 Academy Award-winning documentary If You Love This Planet. Caldecott has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and has authored seven books.

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A New Green Economy

October 14th, 2008


Looking for a silver lining. Given the massive world-wide economic downturn thatis occurring, Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell speaks to Lester Brown, one of the world’s greatest environmental minds.

Brown is the head of the Earth Policy Institute and the author of the book Plan B 3.0 – Mobilizing to Save Civilization.

Then we listen to an encore of our conversation with the lead scientist for the National Snow and Ice Data Center – Ted Scambos. Arctic ice is hitting its second lowest level in the last 100 years, Scambos discusses how and why the North Pole is melting away. Joining the conversation to discuss the politics in Washington and how it can, or can’t, protect the arctic is Brian Moore of the National Audubon Society.

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VP Energy Debate & Links Between Palin’s Pipeline & Tar Sands

October 7th, 2008


Republican candidate Sarah Palin says that one of her duties as Vice President would be to oversee America’s energy policy. Both Palin, the Republican VP candidate, and Senator Joe Biden, the Democratic VP candidate, both seem to advocate increased drilling for oil in America, but the Obama/Biden ticket includes more clean energy sources than the McCain/Palin ticket.

Joining host Daphne Wysham to discuss the candidates’ views are Josh McNeil, the press secretary for the League of Conservation Voters – Kate Sheppard, the political reporter for the online magazine Grist – and George Farah, the founder of the non-profit group Open Debates.

Then we discuss the links between Palin’s proposed natural gas pipeline and the development of the Canadian tar sands. We go to Anchorage, Alaska to speak to Melanie Duchin, a global warming campaigner with Greenpeace Alaska – and Sue Libenson, the media director for the International Boreal Conservation Campaign.

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Music for this edition of Earthbeat is ‘Vice President’ by The Delinquents, and ‘Pipeline’ by Anthrax.

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