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EG Radio Interview with Chris Turner

October 18, 2018 Leave a comment
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“If Canadians really want to see climate action, we need to hand politicians the political will. If we are willing to punish politicians who don’t put a price on carbon and invest in renewable energy, it might make it a lot easier for them. Right now there is no cost to dumping carbon pricing and very little political gain in supporting it.”

Chris Turner

 

It was great to have Chris Turner on the show this week. Chris is an expert on sustainability, climate change, cleantech and the global energy transition. He is one of Canada’s leading voices on climate change solutions, and is the author of several books including ‘The Patch: The People, Pipelines and Politics of the Oil Sands’, ‘The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy’ and ‘The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need’, (both of which were National Business Book Award finalists). His reporting on energy, climate and sustainability issues has appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Globe & Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and many other publications.

In the interview, we discuss Chris’ recently published article in the Globe and Mail called ‘Clear and Present Danger: The Urgency of Good Climate Policy‘, as well as the politics of carbon pricing and pipelines in Canada.

 

Earthgauge Radio – Oct. 16, 2018

October 17, 2018 Leave a comment

Environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Broadcast every second Tuesday at 12:00 noon EST on CKCU radio 93.1 FM in Ottawa or anytime online at www.ckcufm.com. Download the podcast here.

On the show this week:

  • The clock is ticking to stop catastrophic global warming, top climate scientists say in new UN report
  • NAFTA Replacement Ignores Climate Change, Favors Fossil Fuel Interests
  • Appeal Court Orders Fast Emission Cuts in Landmark Decision against Netherlands Government
  • Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises to 18, Survivors Desperate for Aid
  • Denmark Proposes 2030 Ban on New Gas and Diesel Vehicle Sales
  • Financial Windfall Ahead for Fossil Fuel Companies that Abandon Tar Sands/Oil Sands and Re-imagine their Business
  • Enbridge Pipeline Explosion Forces First Nations Community to Flee in B.C.
  • Groundbreaking Youth Climate Lawsuit Against U.S. Government Can Proceed
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Earthgauge Radio – October 2, 2018

October 3, 2018 Leave a comment


Environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Broadcast every other Tuesday at 12:00 noon EST on CKCU radio 93.1 FM in Ottawa or online at www.ckcufm.com. Or download the podcast here.

On the show this week:

  • 99% of Seabirds Will Have Plastic in Their Guts Within Decades
  • October is Vegetarian month and October 1 marks the 41st annual World Vegetarian Day
  • A Local Food Revolution in Puerto Rico
  • Trump Admin Says 4 Degrees Celsius of Warming Inevitable by 2100…but they won’t do anything about it
  • Killer whale populations under threat of collapse, says study
  • B.C.’s 2018 wildfires fueled by forests ravaged by pine beetles a decade ago
  • U.S. judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts

Interview with author and professor Juliet Schor

August 22, 2018 Leave a comment

On Earthgauge Radio this week, I was pleased to speak with Juliet Schor. She’s a professor of sociology at Boston University and author of the best-selling 1992 book ‘The Overworked American’ and ‘The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need’. Her research focuses on consumption, time use, and environmental sustainability and she is also studying the relation between working hours, inequality and carbon emissions. Schor is currently researching the “connected economy,” via a series of case studies of sharing platforms and their participants.

Before joining Boston College, Schor taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. Schor’s most recent books are ‘Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude: Case Studies of the New Economy’ and ‘True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy’.

The interview starts at 22:00 and runs roughly 25 minutes. 

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B.C. forest fires, climate change, and the Kinder Morgan pipeline

August 22, 2018 Leave a comment

There are now more than 500 forest fires currently burning out of control in BC. Apparently almost the entire province is now blanketed in smoke as well as parts of Alberta and Washington State. What is happening there is unprecedented but people are calling it the new normal with climate change. Is it the new normal or will the normal just keep getting worse? For years, this is what scientists have been telling us would happen if we didn’t do something to reduce carbon emissions. And that future has no arrived as we’re seeing around the world with extreme flooding in India, fires in California and Sweden, extreme heat in Japan and parts of Europe, and so on. The fires in BC are harmful to everyone, particularly the elderly, children and those with respiratory issues, but no one really knows what the long-term health implications will be for residents of BC, some of whom are already complaining of difficulty breathing and excessive coughing.

This all got me thinking about the irony of the ongoing battle over the controversial KM pipeline. Yes, one pipeline will not make much difference in the struggle to reduce emissions but it is striking that a project designed to increase the production and export of oil sands bitumen is going right through the heart of a province that is right now suffering the extreme effects of climate change. Isn’t this taking Canada in precisely the wrong direction and sending the world precisely the wrong message about Canada’s intentions on reducing our emissions? The government’s paradoxical position seems to me like lighting up a cigarette in a room already full of smoke, while trying to tell others in the room they can’t light up. You might say, well, my cigarette isn’t making much difference here, but it certainly isn’t helping the problem and, worse, it strikes of blatant hypocrisy. Doesn’t everyone have an obligation to do their part?

Alberta premier Rachel Notley likes to say that the pipeline is needed for all the oil sands workers who need the jobs. But what about all those people in BC, especially young children, whose health may be impacted by the forest fires, which we know are a result of climate change or are at least being exacerbated by climate change. How long can we continue to justify this kind of business as usual thinking about pretending that nothing really needs to change? This is not the right approach if we are going to have any chance of solving the climate change problem.

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Earthgauge Radio – August 21, 2018

August 22, 2018 Leave a comment

A Canadian environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Broadcast every other Tuesday at 12:00 noon EST on CKCU radio 93.1 FM in Ottawa or online at www.ckcufm.com. Or join me here for the podcast.

On the show this week:

  • Antibiotic genes are airborne
  • Investor skepticism grows over the Canadian government’s Kinder Morgan pipeline purchase
  • A toxic red tide in Florida is causing environmental havoc
  • Brazil’s leading food retailer goes cage-free
  • Weed killer Roundup is found in kids’ cereals
  • The world passes the milestone of generating over 1 terawatt of power from wind and solar
  • And the west coast Orca lets her dead newborn go after carrying body for 17 days

 

Earthgauge Radio – August 7, 2018

August 12, 2018 Leave a comment

A Canadian environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Broadcast every other Tuesday at 12:00 noon EST on CKCU radio 93.1 FM in Ottawa or online at www.ckcufm.com. Or join me here for the podcast.

On the show this week:

  • Planet has entered ‘new neighbourhood’ of global temperatures
  • The world is hot, on fire and flooding
  • Newly elected president of Mexico to ban fracking
  • Climate change study ties warming temperatures to rising suicide risk
  • Pakistan’s next PM wants to plant 10 billion trees
  • Polar bear shot dead after attacking cruise ship guard
  • Portland, Oregon may impose clean energy tax on giant retailers
  • A record 207 environmental activists were killed last year
  • August 3 was ‘Earth Overshoot Day’

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