Archive for March, 2009

Victory on the Mountain & Dancing ‘Bout Climate Change

March 31st, 2009


Mountain top removal coal mining is stopped by the Obama Administration and more changes are on the way. Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell discusses mining with JW Randolph, the legislative associate for Appalachian Voices. We hear about the latest about congressional action on climate change with author Joe Romm of the blog Climate Progress.

And then – how modern dance is using climate change is create art that inspires change. We’ll hear from the artistic director of the DC modern dance ensemble CityDance, Paul Gordon Emerson.

Music from this edition of Earthbeat is from The Mountain – composed by Italian composer and scientist Domenico Vicinanza using audio interpretation of volcano activity.

Image from the dance “Butterfly” from CityDance, photo credit – Paul Gordon Emerson.

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

China & India – A Climate of Change

March 24th, 2009


If China continues to build coal-fired power plants at its current rate, the world will become even warmer than the upper range of scientists’ worst case scenarios.

Joining host Daphne Wysham in our studios to discuss China’s climate change policies are Jennifer Turner, the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center and Elliot Diringer, the vice president for international strategies at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. On the telephone from Beijing is Deborah Seligsohn, a senior fellow and principal adviser at the China Climate, Energy and Pollution Program for the World Resources Institute, and joining us from Shanghai is Charles McElwee, an international energy and environment lawyer for the Shanghai office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and a professor of law at Shanghai University’s School of Law.

Then, we discuss the challenges facing the world’s second largest most populous country – India. We rebroadcast an interview with Smitu Kothari, the environmental activist, intellectual, and writer who championed the rights of the poorest peoples of India. Smitu passed away at the age of 59 on March 23rd, 2009.


Music for this edition of Earthbeat is by Sanjay Mishra, the album Chateau Benares.

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

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Copenhagen, Bioengineering Plants & Hope for a Heated Planet

March 19th, 2009


The next UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark is possibly the world’s last chance in combating devastating climate change. Today on Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell discusses the road to Copenhagen – and how the United States has to step on the gas to get there – with Gillian Caldwell, campaign director for the climate change coalition – 1Sky.

Time and again we’re told that we need dirty coal-fired power because it’s cost effective. Turns out – that’s yet another myth about coal. In more and more areas in the US, wind power is now cheaper than coal. Gary Skulnik, the president of a clean energy broker company Clean Currents discusses the change that’s truly blowin in the wind.

As the world warms, farmers are facing increasing pressures. Bioengineering may be a way to adapt to climate change – debating this idea with host Mike Tidwell is Greg Conko, a senior fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, CEI and the author of the book, The Frankenfood Myth.

Then, an uplifting look at how to organize and fight climate change with the author of the book Hope for a Heated Planet, Bob Musil.

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

Image used courtesy of skelter via Flickr.

Smart Grids and Big Oil

March 12th, 2009


One of the most effective ways to get America on a clean, green economy is building a new, smarter electrical grid. Former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore spoke about the importance of smart grids at a recent meeting of the National Clean Energy Project – a program focusing on transferring America to a clean, green economy.

Then host Daphne Wysham speaks to Antonia Juhasz, the author of the book, The Tyranny of Oil on the unsurpassed economic and political power of the world’s oil companies.

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A Powerful Shift

March 3rd, 2009


PowerShift ’09 was the largest youth climate demonstration ever. Student activists came to Washington, DC from all across America. Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham discusses the conference with Maura Cowley, a Sierra Student field organizer and one of the planners of PowerShift ’09.

At PowerShift the founder of Green for All, Van Jones spoke about the power of youth in creating change. The new head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson, introduced an agency that will make dramatic changes from the previous administration. Ken Salazar, the new head of the Department of the Interior announced the founding of a new youth conservation core.

Following PowerShift, students and organizers held a protest against the coal-fired power plant that heats Congress. As a result of the planned protest Congress recently announced the plant would stop burning coal. We hear from the event and in particular from environmentalist and member of the politically powerful Kennedy family – Robert F. Kennedy.

Then, a review of President Obama’s clean energy budget with the Friends of the Earth’s Erich Pica.

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