Founder of environmental non-profit research group Earth Policy Institute, Lester Brown has been describes by the Washington Post as ' one of the world's most influential thinkers'. In this interview he talks about the rise of failed states around the world, how the price of grain will in the future be linked to the price of oil, and the danger posed to civilisation if food shortages and hunger continue to increase.
Our planet and its people are in peril. Diminishing fresh water supplies, destruction of forests, polluted air, species extinction at an unparalleled rate, and a toxic petrochemical environment are all clear signals that things are going seriously haywire. And climate change, the impacts of which are already evidenced at an accelerating pace, threatens environmental devastation on an almost incomprehensible scale. Rising sea levels will overwhelm island states, low lying countries such as Bangladesh, and many of the coastal areas where the world's population is concentrated. Climate change will bring more disease outbreaks, including new diseases and variants of existing ones for which there is no treatment.
A proposed baseball stadium in Lents has been derailed. How did this happen and why is it good for L
It looks like the contentious baseball stadium in Lents Park is a not going to be built after all. But there’s still plenty to chew on in the aftermath of its demise. In this segment we talk about why building a stadium in Lents' only park was opposed by so many neighborhood people as well as social justice and environmental activists across the city, why the campaign to stop the stadium was a success and how do we prevent a bad proposal like this in the future. Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein is joined by Lents Stadium Issue Organizers - Kathleen Juergens de Ponce and - and Dianne Riley with the Coalition for a Livable Future.
Are "green shoots" sprouting in the rubble of our economy? Economist Gerald Friedman talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the underlying problems with the US economy and the radical measures needed to fix it. Friedman teaches at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst (hotbed of radical political economy) and writes frequently for Dollars & Sense.
Paul Cienfuegos teaches that corporate rights are at the core of almost every environmental and social justice problem that we face. Corporate power grew immensely toward the end of the 19th century with the dismantling of legal restraints and the redefinition of corporations as "persons." As citizens, can we take back our power from these fictitious corporate "persons?" Cienfuegos says, "Yes!" And he tells of communities that are doing just that by going after illegitimate corporate authority and privilege.
A group of progressive Portland capitalists sit down with Abe to discuss ups and downs of simultaneously doing business and doing honor to the values of sustainability and local sourcing. Joining Abe in studio is Leather Storrs, chef and owner of Noble Rot; and Noah Cable, Aaron Harmon, and Danielle Koppel, owners of Sol Pops, makers of outrageously flavored local and organic popsicles.
Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Dr. Bryan Brooks, Associate Professor of Enviornmental Science at Baylor University in Texas. He has given over 60 invited presentations and lectures in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Poland, Portugal and Australia on water quality dynamics of rapidly urbanizing regions.
Dr Brooks is particularly interested in contaminants like pharmaceuticals, personal care products and endocrine active substances, and the way in which these chemicals - as well as the excretion of medical drugs - affect the ecosystem and marine environment in which they end up.