Science

Dan Serres on oil-by-train dangers

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Mon, 03/23/2015
Desiree Hellegers interviews Dan Serres, Conservation Director of the Columbia River Keeper, about the potential environmental and safety impacts of a proposal to site the largest oil-by-rail storage facility in the United States right here in our own backyard in Vancouver, Washington. The proposed facility would have a carbon impact equivalent to 43% of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. 15:49 minutes (14.48 MB)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tries to keep rising sea at bay by not letting state employees talk about it

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Thu, 03/19/2015
As south Florida begins to sink below rising sea levels, the Governor Scott administration appears to be building a wall to protect itself from damaging information about the role that climate change is actually having.  His offices in Tallahassee, located somewhat inland, appear to be safe for now from harsh reality. 
Florida appears to be on the dangerous cutting edge of  denialism and the suppression of inconvenient truth. A climate of fear, insecurity and stasis seems to pervade agencies charged with environmental protection and regulation. 18:33 minutes (16.98 MB)

Oregon Legislature Considers Aerial Pesticide Regulations

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Evening News
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Thu, 03/12/2015
In Salem today, Oregon legislators considered a bill that will regulate the use of aerial herbicides which are sprayed from planes and helicopters in the state.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke to Steve Peddery of Oregon Wild for more. 6:26 minutes (5.89 MB)

Lawsuit Filed Against Port of Seattle Over Shell Oil Deal

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Evening News
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Thu, 03/12/2015
A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the port of Seattle Wednesday, challenging the commission’s move to enter an agreement with contractors for Shell Oil.
KBOO’s Robin Ryan spoke with a member of the Puget Sound-Keepers Alliance, one of the suit’s petitioners, about what prompted legal action and what concerns they have about the proposed lease. 5:13 minutes (2.39 MB)

Al Weinrub on Clean Energy Part 2

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Mon, 03/09/2015
This is the second half of Bill Resnick's talk with clean energy activist, Al Weinrub. The first half played last week. They discussed community energy, which are networks of small scale networked solar and wind installations all over the city and connected by the existing electric grid. It can be run democratically. It can replace big expensive corporate energy. 17:22 minutes (11.93 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 16, 2015

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Mon, 02/16/2015

Tom Becker hosts this episode dealing with climate change, the movement for polyamory, and legal maneuvers by anti-abortionists.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow these links:

1.Christian Parenti and Bill Resnick discuss Parenti's new book Tropic of Chaos and the New Geography of Chaos.

2.  Mimi Schippers and Jan Haaken talk about the movement for polyamorous relationships.
49:20 minutes (33.88 MB)

A Techno-fix for Climate Change?

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program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015
Tom Becker reads from Zoë Carpenter's article in The Nation, "We Cannot Geoengineer Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis."

Carpenter argues that attempts by humans to change the climate (such as shooting a huge amount of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to deflect sunlight) are so fraught with unpredictable consequences that it would be insane to make the attempt. Yet the attempt may become necessary if we don't reduce CO2 emissions. 7:56 minutes (5.45 MB)
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