Environment

WTO - What It Really Costs

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Mon, 11/30/2009

The WTO works  to protect large corporations from having to bear the real costs of their production -- forcing the rest of us to pay with our health and the quality of our lives.  Magrete Strand of the Sierra Club and the Blue Green Alliance explains how it works in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.

10:47 minutes (6.18 MB)

Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

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Locus Focus
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Mon, 11/30/2009

In these end days of peak oil, the Canadian province of Alberta is on a mission to replace Saudi Arabia as the world's major source of petroleum. The once pristine boreal forests of Northern Alberta are being transformed into gigantic pit mines as energy companies rush to extract some of the last of the earth's petroleum reserves. The quest to extract and refine these thick, dirty tar sands that lie beneath what was once a wilderness of wetlands and salmon-rich rivers, threatens the ecology and economy of North America.

39:24 minutes (36.07 MB)

Locus Focus on 12/07/09

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Locus Focus
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Mon, 12/07/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Nuclear Power - Carbon-free Energy for the Future or Still Just a Bad Idea?

A couple months ago, Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein leaped at the opportunity to interview Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog creator and innovative futurist. But Stewart has changed his views on some key things since the heady days of the late 1960s and early 70s, when his ideas and projects inspired a huge counter-cultural movement. His primary concern now is curbing climate change and he believes that to achieve the goal of drastically reducing our carbon emissions we must embrace technologies that he (and most of the environmental movement) once eschewed - like nuclear power.

Locus Focus on 11/30/09

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Locus Focus
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Mon, 11/30/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How Tar Sands extraction is Northern Alberta is changing the face of a continent

Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

Nuclear Power - Carbon-free Energy for the Future or Still Just a Bad Idea?

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Locus Focus
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Mon, 12/07/2009

A couple months ago, Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein leaped at the opportunity to interview Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog creator and innovative futurist. But Stewart has changed his views on some key things since the heady days of the late 1960s and early 70s, when his ideas and projects inspired a huge counter-cultural movement. His primary concern now is curbing climate change and he believes that to achieve the goal of drastically reducing our carbon emissions we must embrace technologies that he (and most of the environmental movement) once eschewed - like nuclear power.

41:53 minutes (38.34 MB)

The Yes Men Fix The World

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Radiozine
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Mon, 11/23/2009

 Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with one of the Yes Men. The Yes Men often pose as powerful people as a form of protest.  Their new movie “The Yes Men Fix the World” is showing at Cinema 21 this week.

25:36 minutes (23.43 MB)

Cap & Trade 101

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Locus Focus
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Mon, 11/23/2009

Cap-and-trade systems are being touted across the country as the most likely way to reduce carbon emissions and they have been in practice in Europe for several years. But cap-and-trade is controversial in the eyes of some envrironmentalists—who see carbon trading as a form of 21st century indulgences—as well as industrial polluters who believe cap-and-trade creates unwanted government regulation.

42:48 minutes (39.18 MB)

Hanford Still Radioactive, Part II

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Evening News
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Wed, 11/11/2009

The Hanford nuclear site: Still Radioactive after all these years

Join KBOO's Chris Andreae and David Rosenfeld as they take you on a virtual tour of the world's first large-scale nuclear reactor, located just four hours from Portland, in Richland Washington.  Then hear a talk by Paige Knight of Hanford Watch on the efforts being undertaken to address the massive contamination.

55:03 minutes (50.4 MB)

Hanford Still Radioactive After All These Years

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Evening News
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Wed, 11/11/2009

This is Part 1 of a two-part special.  You can listen to Part 2 here.

Join KBOO's Chris Andreae and David Rosenfeld as they take you on a virtual tour of the world's first large-scale nuclear reactor, located just four hours from Portland, in Richland Washington.  Then hear a talk by Paige Knight of Hanford Watch on the efforts being undertaken to address the massive contamination.

As the President recommends nuclear energy as part of the nation's long-term energy plan, and the military continues to maintain a nuclear arsenal, allegedly as a 'deterrent', the long-term effects of nuclear production, storage and use are often left out of the debate.  Now is the time to look back at the Hanford site, and other sites like it, and see the extent of the radiation that is leeching into our ecosystem already - before we think about adding any more such reactors.

53:59 minutes (49.43 MB)

Locus Focus on 11/23/09

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Locus Focus
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Mon, 11/23/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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What is cap-and-trade really about?

Cap-and-trade systems are being touted across the country as the most likely way to reduce carbon emissions and they have been in practice in Europe for several years. But cap-and-trade is controversial in the eyes of some envrironmentalists—who see carbon trading as a form of 21st century indulgences—as well as industrial polluters who believe cap-and-trade creates unwanted government regulation. Eric de Place with the Sightline Institute believes that if we create the right kind of cap-and-trade system, we can not only get off the fossil-fuels roller coaster, but speed the transition to a clean energy economy that puts the interest of people before interests of polluters.

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