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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

Farmsters + Citizen Science

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markhamGetting back to the roots. What does it really mean? This week on Sea Change Radio, we feature two women who have each recently penned pieces for Orion Magazine about movements to connect people with nature. First, we hear from Lauren Markham who has chronicled the new generation of hipster farmers, or “farmsters.” More and more educated young people are thumbing their noses at corporate America and instead working the land. Continue reading

Journeys: PBS Film Series + Walkabouts

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TomCourtneyThis week on Sea Change Radio we talk about journeys, large and small. First we hear from Marilyn and Hal Weiner, the filmmakers behind the PBS series, Journey To Planet Earth. The documentary series is hosted and narrated by Matt Damon, and explores the voyage that human beings and the planet are taking together. The latest episode illustrates the connection between the severe weather that climate change is already bringing and security threats around the world. Then, we hear from author Tom Courtney, who discusses the walkabout movement – travelling by foot from inn to inn. Courtney talks about his books, which are essentially how-to guides for a soul-enriching way to explore and commune with nature.

‘Tis The Season For A Good Guide

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DaraIt’s that time of year, again: the season of giving…or at least the season of buying. When you’re perusing the shelves, be they virtual or actual, what matters to you? Beyond price, quality and value what about knowing how the company that made this product treats its workers, the extent to which production depletes natural resources, and what impact this product has on the environment? Many of us care about these things in the abstract, but it would be awfully arduous to research all of that while we are out there trying to get our shopping done. If only there were an app. But there is! Continue reading

Origami Electronics (rebroadcast)

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ASUAdvertisers love to talk about the art of engineering. But this week’s guests on Sea Change Radio truly are fusing their high-tech research with art. By incorporating the principles of origami, the traditional Japanese art form of paper folding, with their work in the emerging field of paper battery technology, this Arizona State research team has come up with some exciting new ways to store energy. Continue reading