Fracking: There’s Something In The Air

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CarolineCoxThe potential damage posed by hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” to ground water, its contribution to earthquake risk, and overall deceptive practices by the industry, have all been exposed through science and good journalism. Today on Sea Change Radio we explore aspects of fracking that may be less known. Continue reading

Steve Almond on the Post-Jon Stewart Era

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steve-almondWhen Jon Stewart recently announced his plan to leave the Daily Show – the fake news show that has steadily become the go-to news-source for millions of Americans – one fan of the show, Steve Almond, chose to see it as a positive development. Almond, a humorist and author of popular books such as Candyfreak, Against Football, and Rock ‘n Roll Will Save Your Life, believes that Americans have come to lean on savvy, insightful comedic news shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report as a sort of crutch, an all-too-often substitute for getting off the couch and making an actual difference in the real world. Continue reading

Troubled Coastlines From Louisiana To Maine, Pt. II

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Bob mug shot, fishingLast week on Sea Change Radio, we spoke with Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Bob Marshall about Louisiana’s shrinking coastline. And this week we continue to talk about coastlines. First, in the second part of our discussion with Bob Marshall, we focus on the massive undertaking of reversing a century and a half of policies that have left the Mississippi River Delta region battered. Continue reading

Bob Marshall: Louisiana Encroachment, Pt. I

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BobMarshall2With so much focus on the BP oil spill and the havoc it has wrought on the Gulf Coast, it’s easy to overlook the broader, more long-term environmental dilemma that serves as the backdrop for that catastrophe: Louisiana’s coastline is shrinking at an alarming rate. This week on Sea Change Radio, we welcome Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Bob Marshall of the New Orleans-based The Lens. Continue reading

The Latest Oil Glut: Once Bitten, Twice Shy

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RichardHeinbergIt comes as little surprise that the author of a book entitled Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future is a critic of the natural gas industry and a proponent of peak oil theory. With the recent plunge in oil prices, it feels like the right time to check back in with Richard Heinberg of the Post-Carbon Institute and get his perspective on how plunging oil prices will affect the energy and transportation industries. Continue reading

Ocean Plastic, Not Fantastic

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Doug_WoodringDoug Woodring is the founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance. His name may sound familiar to long-time listeners of Sea Change Radio because we featured Woodring back in 2010, when he was leading Project Kaisei, a mission to gather information on and document the massive repository of plastic that has accumulated in the North Pacific Gyre. Continue reading

Melanie Nutter on Smarter Cities

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MelanieNutterMany planners agree that a more centralized population is a good thing for long-term environmental responsibility. But as people all over the world continue to flock to urban centers, the challenge of creating sustainable cities becomes more pressing. How can cities be improved to ensure that their billions of residents have energy-efficient transportation, housing, waste-stream management, as well as clean air and water? Continue reading

Sea Rise Drowning Alaskan Village

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Kate SheppardWe have heard the warnings for years now: climate change will someday force people to move from their homes. Sea level rise will put places from Miami to the Maldives underwater. For the remote Alaskan village of Shishmaref, that time has already arrived. This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk with  environmental journalist Kate Sheppard of the Huffington Post.

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Plunging Oil Prices: Dan Dicker Part II

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DanDickerLast week we spoke with energy analyst Dan Dicker about the reasons behind the sudden drop in oil prices and the potential impact this could have on energy markets and on the geopolitical landscape. This week on Sea Change Radio, you’ll hear the second half of our discussion. Continue reading

Plunging Oil Prices: Dan Dicker Part I

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DanDickerWhen it comes to global oil markets, the one thing that everyone agrees on is that it’s complex. The recent plunge in oil prices has many of us searching for explanations: Why has the price of oil dropped from over $100 a barrel to $55 a barrel in less than a year? What are the geopolitical and economic implications of this drop? And what impact will these suddenly low prices have on other energy industries, both carbon-based and renewable? Continue reading