Restarting America's nuclear power industry is frequently suggested as a means of curbing greenhouse gas emissions. But advocates of this back to the future scenario should study Robert Alvarez's recent report showing that the amount of plutonium buried at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State is nearly three times what the federal government previously reported. This means that a cleanup to protect future generations will be far more challenging than planners had assumed. And that's before any more nuclear waste is added to the toxic legacy of Hanford's forty years of Plutonium production.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave ask the question "Are the good guys ahead?" Local progressive may be feeling a bit down over the direction of local and state politics lately. City Hall seems more disconnected than ever from the world in which most Portlanders live. Earlier this week, city council voted 4-1 (Commissioner Fritz abstaining) to put a new bond measure before voters for a new communications system and other equipment for the Fire Bureau. With so many city services taking hits - and at least on other proposed bond measure being put on hold because of the economy - should there have been a community discussion about whether this measure could wait? Oregon's gubernatorial race - "Doc vs.
We spoke with Jen Neve, President and Chief Scientist for Oppenheimer Biotechnology, about solutions for cleaning the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion three months ago. Oppenheimer Biotechnology specializes in a cleaning technique called "bioremediation." KBOO's James Dixon brings us the story and the interview.
Hosted by Frann Michel (pictured here), this program is about climate change, science fiction, and science fiction about climate change, but it is not about the illusion that climate change is itself science fiction. This is a show that should be heard from beginning to end, although the parts are available separately below. Frann Michel's three commentaries are packaged together, along with appropriate songs by jazz great Ella Fitzgerald.
Can technology address the problems posed by climate change? Environmental journalist Dianne Dumanoski is the author of The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth, and here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what kind of civilization can survive the coming climate shifts. You can read an excerpt from her book here.
Oregon Environmental Council has released a new guide book, the "Eco-Healthy Homes Checkup Kit". KBOO's Jacob Anderson-Minshall spoke with Jen Coleman from OEC about the organization, toxins in our homesand what people can do to improve the health of their homes. Oregonians can get a free copy of the publication via OEC's website (oeconline.org) or by clicking here.
Portland City Councilvoted 3-2 this morning to let police unit commanders have a vote in certain cases before the new police review board. Does this make the new board "structurally flawed" or does it increase accountability as commissioners supporting the change claim? Voices from the Edge Hosts Dave Mazza and Jo Ann talk about this new development.