Archive for the ‘Bioengineering’ Category

World on the Edge – A Discussion with Author Lester Brown

February 10th, 2011

The world is facing a potentially devastating ‘Food Bubble,’ that according to pioneering environmentalist Lester Brown. in his new work – ‘World on the Edge’ – Lester seeks to reconcile dueling predictions of our future: The scientists who say climate change will cause incredible disruption in our food, water and energy sources; And the economists who continue to predict steadily increasing world growth.

Lester’s earlier book, ‘Plan B’ will be the subject of an upcoming PBS television special hosted by Matt Damon this Spring. Host Daphne Wysham sits down with the founder of the Earth Policy Institute – Lester Brown – for a look into the world’s future.

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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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Exxon Funds Synthetic Algae; White House Cancer Report; and Haitians Burn Monsanto Seeds

June 1st, 2010

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Jim Thomas of the ETC Group discusses what’s behind Exxon pouring millions of dollars into the world’s first synthetic life form, a algae named ‘Synthia.’

Then, crude oil and the toxic chemicals BP is using to disperse the oil is now killing wildlife all along America’s Gulf Coast. Joining host Daphne Wysham to discuss the connections between these toxic chemicals and cancer is Sam Epstein. Doctor Epstein is a professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health and the chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition.

The President’s Cancer Panel warns that childhood cancer is increasing for unexplained reasons in its latest annual report.

Haitian farmers decide to set fire to bags of Monsanto seeds rather than plant the pesticide-laden hybrids. Beverly Bell of the Institute for Policy Studies details her Huffington Post article on how giant agribusiness corporations are using the rebuilding effort from the Haitian earthquake as an opportunity to exploit Haitian farmers and cause further food shortages.

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Taking On Monsanto, Bankrolling Climate Doubt, and Evangelical Environmentalists

March 30th, 2010

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An upcoming US Supreme Court Case reviews the Center for Food Safety’s groundbreaking legal victory 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 new 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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The Washington, DC Busboys and Poets event featuring Andrew Kimbrell and India activist Vandana Shiva will be Saturday, April 6th from 4 to 6 pm at Busboys and Poets on 5th Street. Reservations are necessary
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Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of Coal

February 2nd, 2010

‘Clean Coal’ has been the rallying call of the coal industry in America, but as author and activist Jeff Biggers explains to Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham, it’s actually a strategy that the dirty industry has used throughout history to push back on any types of restrictions on coal mining.

Jeff is the author of the book – Reckoning at Eagle Creek. He’s also the author and one of the three main characters in the new play Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of Coal. Joining him in the play is Stephanie Pistello and Ben Evans.

The play The Saudi Arabia of Coal will be at Busboys and Poets on 14th St., NW in Washington, DC on February 9th at 7 pm and February 10th at 9 pm on its tour across the United States.

Then we hear about the Appalachian elementary school that is just downhill of a massive pond of ‘slurry’ left behind from Mountain Top Removal mining. Host Daphne Wysham speaks to Coal River Mountain Watch’s Judy Bonds, Bobby Mitchell, Lorelei Scarboo as well as Alan Johnson for Christians for the Mountains.

Mary Anne Hitt is the director of Appalachian Voices and a native to the area. She spoke passionately at the IFG/IPS Teach-In about the effects of coal mining on both the land, and the culture, of Appalachia.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat comes from Moving Mountains – an album that benefits the fight against Mountain Top Removal Mining. The song is “The Fiddler’s Ballad” by Jen Osha with Wolf Creek Session.

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

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Nuclear Options & Cashing out of the Chamber of Commerce

January 5th, 2010

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Nuclear power proponents say it’s ‘clean energy’ because, unlike coal-fired power plants, nuclear power doesn’t produce carbon dioxide. In this encore episode we hear from Dr. Helen Caldicott the author of Nuclear Power is Not the Answer on the dangers of nuclear power and how it DOES create massive amounts of greenhouses gases. Dr. Caldicott joins the discussion with host Daphne Wysham. 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.

Top American companies ditch their membership in the US Chamber of Commerce because of its climate change denial. We speak 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?

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.

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Pond Scum Turning Raw Sewage into Biofuel

September 1st, 2009

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Four years after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, we review how the city of New Orleans is – or isn’t – prepared for future storms and the other devastating effects of climate change.

Joining host Mike Tidwell from Baton Rouge is Mark Davis, the director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy at Tulane Law School; and discussing how the record warm ocean waters feed into stronger storms is Joe Romm, the author of the website Climate Progress.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is suing the EPA to undermine the science of climate change. Jim Tankersley reported on the suit, and the other tactics the Chamber is using to undermine action on climate change for the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Then we speak to Greg Breining about how the city of Minneapolis is using natural algae to turn metropolitan wastewater into biofuels to power city buses.


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

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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.