Archive for August, 2010

Encore Edition: NASA Scientist James Hansen

August 31st, 2010

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Earthbeat Host and IPS Fellow Daphne Wysham conducted a special one-hour interview with Dr. James Hansen, NASA’s top climate scientist, as an Earth Day 40th anniversary special.

In this broadcast of that interview, Dr. Hansen discusses the role of nuclear power in the climate crisis, the need for alternatives to cap and trade as a solution to climate change, and the possibilities that Earth will become like Venus due to fossil fuel consumption.

A video of the interview is available. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2

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Encore Edition: Nuclear Power – Debating the Future of Energy

August 24th, 2010

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Host Daphne Wysham interviews Dr. Helen Caldicott about the influences exerted by the nuclear power industry. Then Brad Plumer of New Republic moderates a debate at the National Press Club between Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and Dr Patrick Moore, co-chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition about the safety, cost and feasibility of nuclear power as a solution to the climate crisis.

Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.
Image used courtesy of Michael S. Anderson via Flickr

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Encore Edition:Toxic Drywall, Exxon Engineering Algae, and Rain Forests of Peru

August 19th, 2010

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Earthbeat speaks with Jim Thomas of the ETC Group, who describes Exxon Corporation’s funding of the genetic engineering of algae, and the potential dangers of this new technology.  Jim Vallette of the Healthy Building Network explains how imported toxic drywall poses health risks for Gulf Coast residents as they rebuild their homes after Hurricane Katrina. And Christian activist Brother Paul MacAuley takes on big Oil and timber to help save the rain forest in Peru.

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Encore Edition: Taking On Monsanto, Bankrolling Climate Doubt, and Evangelical Environmentalists

August 12th, 2010

An April US Supreme Court Case reviewed the Center for Food Safety’s groundbreaking legal challenge banning the sale and planting of Monsanto’s genetically altered alfalfa. The case mirrors a fierce battle over genetically altered eggplants that is underway in India.

Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham speaks to the Center’s founder, Andrew Kimbrell and international director Debbie Barker.

A report shows how the second richest man in New York is quietly funding climate deniers. We speak to Kert Davies of Greenpeace USA about how David Koch is pouring millions into climate denial campaigns.

Then, ‘Creation Care’ – we speak to Reverend Mitch Hescox, the head of the Evangelical Environmental Network.

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Carbon-Neutral Buildings, Public Transport Can Rescue the Economy and the Planet

August 3rd, 2010

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Can architects save the world? The architects with Architecture 2030 think they might just be able to design their way to major greenhouse gas emission cuts in this country—while preventing the next mortgage meltdown and putting America back to work—all in a matter of years. And in our second segment,  Cecil Corbin-Marks of We Act for Environmental Justice explains how public transit riders have a critical role to play in helping the United States cut its greenhouse gas emissions dramatically while putting people back to work.

Daphne Wysham’s recent op-ed on how to avoid the next mortgage meltdown while also helping to cool the planet is available at the Huffington Post.

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