Archive for October, 2009

Danish Ambassador Discusses Copenhagen, Biomass Burning & Buildings

October 29th, 2009

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Denmark’s Ambassador to the United States, Friis Petersen, joins host Daphne Wysham for a discussion on how his country became a world leader in renewable energy, lower greenhouse gases, and a strong national economy. The Danish city of Copenhagen will host the crucial United Nations Climate Summit – COP 15 – in December.

The federal government classifies incinerators as a source of renewable energy. Meg Sheehan of Ecolaw in Massachusetts discusses the irony of naming waste as renewable.

And an architecture research group that’s working to slow climate change – we speak to Edward Mazria, the founder and executive director of Architecture 2030.

Image by Fred Sorensen of Denmark used with permission via Flickr.

Music used is Flight to Denmark by Duke Jordan.

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

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Nuclear Power on the Rise & Foraging for Your Food

October 20th, 2009

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Nuclear power proponents are pushing for new giveaways in the climate change bill that’s currently before the U.S. Senate. We hear from Dr. Helen Caldicott the author of Nuclear Power is Not the Answer on the dangers of nuclear power. Dr. Caldicott joins the discussion with host Daphne Wysham and Michael Mariotte, the executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. More information about the rise of nuclear power in the US Senate can be found at Mother Jones magazine. The report Dr. Caldicott mentions is Carbon Free Nuclear Free.

Then we talk about foraging for your own food with author Langdon Cook. He’s the author of the book, Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager.

Image used with permission by C. Tyson Photography via Flickr. All Rights Reserved.

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

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Did Obama Deserve the Nobel for Climate Change?

October 13th, 2009

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US President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in a surprise move by the Norwegian prize committee. In part they say they gave Mr. Obama the prize for his work on climate change. Host Mike Tidwell discusses the promise and the actions of the president with Joe Romm, the editor of the blog ClimateProgress.

Copenhagen, Denmark is the greenest city in the world, even though a large portion of its electricity comes from coal. We talk about how to green American cities with Peter Garforth. He advises major American cities on how to be more competitive and reduce their energy use.

Then, an encore of our interview with Professor Jessica Hellmann of the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indianan on her work studying forced migration – when conservation biologists move plants and animals to new locations to protect them from extinction due to climate change.

Image used with permission by Manlio K via Flickr.

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Music in this edition of Earthbeat is El Zaffa from the album Planet Passion by Ancient Future. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Cashing Out of the Chamber of Commerce

October 6th, 2009

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Top American companies ditch their membership in the US Chamber of Commerce because of its climate change denial. Host Daphne Wysham speaks to Pete Altman, the climate campaign director for the Natural Resources Defense Council and Antonia Juhasz, the author of the book The Tyranny of Oil.

To take action and support companies demanding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce change its stance on climate change, either call 1-877-5-REPOWER or visit WhoDoesTheChamberRepresent?

Then, why the EPA called a secret grand jury hearing to investigate what has been called the biggest toxic dumping scandal of the 21st century. We speak to BBC investigative producer Meirion Jones of the program Newsnight and Greg Palast, the best selling author of the book Armed Madhouse.

The leaked documents can be viewed below.

One the same day that the US Senate announced its version of climate change legislation the EPA announced new action limiting greenhouse gases by big emitters. Mike Livermore, the executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University’s School of Law and Bill Snape, the senior counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity, connects the dots for national, and international, action. Host Daphne Wysham wrote an editorial on this issues at Alternet.

Music by Donald Knaack, The Junkman from the album Junk Music 2. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Image of the World Trade Center used courtesy of NYC Comets

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