Archive for August, 2009

Story of Stuff

August 25th, 2009

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A funny — and historically accurate — history of all our stuff. In this rebroadcast we speak to Annie Leonard, the woman behind the short film The Story of Stuff.

Host Daphne Wysham then speaks to Economic Hit Man John Perkins about how he undermined the financial systems of developing countries on behalf of the US Government. Then we’ll get a grip on this world gone mad with Frances Moore Lappe, the author of ‘Diet for a Small Planet.’ She discusses her latest work, Getting a Grip.

Music used in this edition of Earthbeat is ‘Dollars and Cents’ by Radiohead.

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

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When the Wind Doesn’t Blow

August 18th, 2009

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Washington is whispering about a possibility of a surprise climate agreement between the United States and China. It may be announced when President Obama travels to Beijing next month.

Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell discusses the rumors and takes the temperature of the current climate talks leading up to the Copenhagen UN climate meeting with Julian L. Wong, a senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress and Doug Boucher, the director of the Tropical Forests Climate Initiative for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

New measurements taken at airports across the US surprised climate scientists – the wind won’t blow. We speak to two scientists who are puzzling over the possibility that global warming may be slowing down the wind – Gene Takle, the director of the Climate Science Initiative at Iowa State University, and with Gavin Schmidt of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

Then, we get to the meat of the issue on climate change – by discussing the connections between meat and global warming with Washington Post economics reporter Ezra Klein.

Music from Tangled up in Bluegrass. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

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Image of an El Mac mural in Copenhagen, used with permission.

Cash for Clunkers is Chump Change for the Climate

August 11th, 2009

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‘Cash for Clunkers’ is touted as a green program – but experts say it actually takes funds away from dollars already dedicated to a loan program for renewable energy.

Host Daphne Wysham investigates with Michael Gerrard, the professor of environmental law at Columbia Law School and the director of its Center for Climate Change Law. Joining the conversation is Henry Jacoby, a professor of management ad co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

India is considering a massive solar program that it hopes will help provide that country with needed power. Shankar Venkateswaran joins us from India; he’s the social policy director for the group SustainAbility. In our studios is Namrata Patodia, an international fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

And the Navajo Nation goes green. Natasha K. Johnson, the legislative staff assistant for the Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker talks about the new resolution that focuses on green energy jobs, and Wahleah Johns, the co-director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, speaks about the effort to move the Navajo from extractive industries to green ones.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat is from the soundtrack to the TV show Dexter on Milan Records.

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

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Image used courtesy of Tabbi Kat via Flickr.

The Worst Greenhouse Gas You’ve Never Heard Of

August 4th, 2009

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It’s ten thousand times worse that carbon dioxide, and it’s sitting in your refrigerator. HFCs were designed to be an ‘environmentally friendly’ alternative to the ozone-hole creating CFCs in our air conditioners and fridges.

Joining host Mike Tidwell to discuss how the White House is holding closed-door meetings that may result in HFCs becoming a bargaining chip on the worldwide carbon market is David Sassoon, the editor of the website Solve Climate.

Joining the conversation is Kert Davies of Greenpeace to discuss a safe alternative to HFCs — that are banned by the EPA.

A DC lobbying group forged anti-climate letters – pretending to be grassroots African-American and Hispanic non-profits groups in Virginia. Tim Freilich is a board member of Creciendo Junto, one of the groups whose identity was stolen. Joining the conversation to speak about and other coal company subterfuge is Jeff Biggers, the author of the book The United States of Appalachia.

TV weathermen could be a force for educating the public about the connections between our weather and climate change, but instead they’re often high-profile climate deniers. Joe Romm, editor of the website Climate Progress, discusses the lack of progress on the nightly news.

Image used with permission from listener Eric Crowley via Flickr. Thank you Eric!

Music for this edition of Earthbeat is the song ‘Sweeping’ from The Devil Makes Three.

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

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