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Earthgauge News – December 11, 2018

December 11, 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:

  • NEWFOUNDLAND REGULATOR SHUTS DOWN OFFSHORE DRILLING AFTER REGION’S WORST-EVER OIL SPILL
  • Pakistan hits billion trees goal ahead of schedule
  • International community approaching nature refuge goals
  • Nations Must Triple Action to Avoid Disastrous Climate Change
  • 2018 Emissions on Pace to Hit ‘Record High’
  • Greenland Melting Is ‘Off the Charts’
  • Brazil Backs Out of Hosting 2019 Climate Change Meeting
  • Quebec youth group sues federal government over climate change
  • Surge in marine refuges brings world close to protected areas goal
  • Amazon Rainforest Deforestation Hits Highest Rate in 10 Years
  • ONTARIO OPTS FOR HIGHER CARBON EMISSIONS, OFFERS ‘SCANT DETAILS’ ON NEW CLIMATE PLAN
  • Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months
  • In World First, Luxembourg to Make All Public Transportation Free

Earthgauge News – November 13, 2018

November 14, 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:

  • Habitat loss and overexploitation are driving a loss of 60% of wildlife
  • Victorious midterm ballot measure could improve the lives of farm animals
  • UK activists kick off an extinction rebellion
  • Oceans have absorbed more heat than previously thought
  • Quebec cancels 200 MW wind farm
  • EasyJet is promising electric flights by 2030
  • Solar and wind power shift from “mainstream” to preferred

Earthgauge News – October 29, 2018

October 31, 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:

  • Canadian government introduces plans for a national carbon tax
  • 14-YEAR GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL ABOUT TO BECOME WORST IN U.S. HISTORY, WITH NO END IN SIGHT
  • New York Sues Exxon for Deceiving Investors on Climate Change
  • ‘CLARION CALL’ STUDY POINTS TO ‘HYPER-ALARMING’ DECLINE IN INSECT POPULATIONS
  • Documents Show BP Quietly Paid Just $25 Million to Mexico After The Worst Oil Spill Of The Century
  • CAP AND TRADE ROLLBACK WILL COST ONTARIO $3 BILLION

 

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

 

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