Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Part II

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gavinnewsomHow does Gavin Newsom maintain his optimism in the face of all the destructive policies the president-elect might enact? That’s part of what we talk about today on Sea Change Radio in the second half of our discussion with California’s Lieutenant Governor. We also hear Newsom’s ideas on the future of public transportation, including self-driving vehicles, his thoughts on the ongoing drought, and why he is not particularly hopeful for the Delta Tunnels Project.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Part I

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gavin-newsom1Many believe Gavin Newsom will be the next Governor of the most populous state in the union. Today, in his first in-depth interview since the election, he is our guest here on Sea Change Radio. The former Mayor of San Francisco, and current Lieutenant Governor of California,  Newsom is a nationally recognized pioneer in gay rights, a champion for the environment, and a consistently progressive Democrat. This week, in Part 1 of a two-part series with the Lieutenant Governor, Newsom and host Alex Wise discuss what the result of the recent presidential election might mean for the country, for the Democratic Party, and for the environment. We also talk about California’s energy future, including the decision to shut down the state’s last nuclear power plant and its ambition to achieve a 55% renewable electric grid.

Re-exploring Sports Welfare

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PatrickHrubyAs you digest your Thanksgiving feast this Thursday and settle in to watch some football with the family, keep in mind that your down time comes with a cost. Nearly all NFL teams are profitable before a single ticket is sold and for most of these teams it’s public dollars that have made this level of profitability possible. This week on Sea Change Radio, we re-visit our 2014 discussion with Patrick Hruby, a contributing Editor at VICE Sports. In this examination of “sports welfare,” Hruby talks about how common government subsidies are in the sports industry, and the opportunity cost felt by environmental causes when public coffers are drained in order to bankroll some of the wealthiest enterprises in America.

Food Waste Pioneers: David Rodriguez + Jonathan Bloom

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david-rodriguezFive years ago, when we first started covering the food waste issue, America was throwing away enough food to fill the Rose Bowl every day. And, unfortunately, not much has happened to change that statistic. But this week on Sea Change Radio, we talk to someone who’s doing his best to change the status quo. First, we dig into the archives from 2011 as food waste expert, blogger and author of American Wasteland, Jonathan Bloom, gives us some perspective on the amount of food we waste from field to fridge in this country. Then, we hear from David Rodriguez, a Mexican immigrant turned Boston-based entrepreneur, who tells us about his startup company Food For All, a mobile app that allows diners a chance to purchase leftover food from restaurants at a steep discount.

David Hart: Dream World of Magic Blues

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david_hartIf you had a functional magic wand wouldn’t you use it to reverse climate change? A quick flick of your wrist and, presto change-o, our troubles would be over! But, as our guest this week on Sea Change Radio, David Hart, rightly points out, that’s not how the world works. Hart, a professor at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the Information, Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), summarizes his recent report on the need to avoid overly optimistic, simplistic solutions to climate change, or what he calls “magical thinking.” He argues that environmentalists and science-deniers may both be guilty of this enchanting oversimplification, and posits that instead we need to devise complex strategies to address the multi-faceted dilemma that is climate change.

Shower Power: Doniece Sandoval

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doniece_sandovalDo you live in a city? Well, if you don’t, you may soon. It is predicted that by 2050, more than 70 percent of us human beings will be living in cities. The urban landscape offers several advantages for sustainability, including reduced transportation emissions, more efficient water delivery, and less per-capita energy consumption. But those of us who live in cities know there are also disadvantages. Today on Sea Change Radio we speak with two innovative thinkers who are working on solutions to a couple of the problems of city living. Our first guest is Doniece Sandoval whose company Lava Mae recycles buses and transforms them into mobile showers for people who cannot access sanitation, many of whom live on our urban streets. We talk about the model, the mission, and the vision of replicating these bathroom buses in cities everywhere. Next, we dig into the archives to revisit host Alex Wise‘s discussion with Dickson Despommiers, microbiologist and vertical farming advocate. He tells us why he believes growing food in skyscrapers would conserve water and fossil fuels, and how it could become the way cities get food in the not-too-distant future.

The “F” Words: Talking Fossil Fuel with Daniel Dicker

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DanDickerFossil fuel is sort of a dirty word in environmental circles, but it still comprises over 80% of the world’s energy consumption. This week on Sea Change Radio, oil expert Daniel Dicker explains the complex role that oil and gas plays in the world’s economy. First, we take a look at the recent OPEC meetings and the effect that they’ll have on oil prices moving forward, then we get a snapshot of the challenges that the major oil producing countries face today. Lastly, we get a glimpse into how oil markets are reacting to the inevitable transition to renewable energy.

Unlocking The Kigali Amendment

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DurwoodZaelkeThe Montreal Protocol that was signed in 1987 is widely regarded as one of the most important pieces of international cooperation on environmental issues. It created a phased ban on chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, the principal culprit of the so-called hole in the ozone layer, now greatly diminished, due in large part to this agreement. Just this past weekend, nearly 30 years later, representatives from 140 nations gathered in Kigali, Rwanda to amend the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This time, the aim was to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, which don’t affect the ozone layer, but are among the most potent greenhouse gasses that humans produce. This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk with one of the key figures behind the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Amendment, international environmental lawyer and founder of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, Durwood Zaelke.

Sono Motors: On The Sunny Side Of The Street

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jonachristiansYou know how hot your car gets on a sunny day? Wouldn’t it be great if all that sun-absorption could actually fuel your ride? Well, this week on Sea Change Radio we profile a small German startup called Sono Motors which is working on making that very thing happen. Sono Motors co-founder Jona Christians outlines how this automobile, draped in solar panels, will charge a battery for up to 250 kilometers of sun-powered driving, discusses the market landscape for this sort of technology, and tells us how the company recently raised $200,000 in crowd-source funding to make their vision real. Then, we revisit host Alex Wise‘s interview with Mike Tinskey from Ford Motors who, in 2014, talked about the company’s promising C-Max Solar Energi Concept car with solar panels built right into the roof.

Saving Our Skin: Conservation on Land + Sea

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paulsalamanThere’s more than one way to support ecological conservation. Today on Sea Change Radio we talk with two individuals working on different fronts for the same cause. First, host Alex Wise speaks with Dr. Paul Salaman, the CEO of the Rainforest Trust, an international conservation organization. They talk about the organization’s efforts to defend fragile ecosystems, the technologies they use to monitor the species they protect, and their methods for engaging indigenous peoples, governments, and private companies to set aside land and ensure the preservation of vulnerable species. Then we hear from Shilpi Chhotray, an ocean advocate for Mission Blue who’s also the founder of Samudra Skin & Sea, a line of sustainable beauty products. If Chhotray’s name sounds familiar it may be because she was a Sea Change Radio guest in 2014, talking about the role of women in the burgeoning seaweed industry in India. That work in India inspired Chhotray to create a company that offers an alternative to conventional beauty products. Samudra Skin & Sea helps protect the ocean by crafting creams that use sustainably harvested seaweed, avoiding plastic throughout its supply chain, and partnering with ocean advocacy organizations to support a shared mission of ocean conservation.