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A Summer of Sea Change Radio

Labor Day’s come and gone, and the leaves are starting to turn color here in New England, so we at Sea Change are highlighting some of our summer programming.  We focused a lot on sustainable agriculture, economic alternativesgreen jobs, and the climate crisis.  Check out some of our summer shows below.

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Forecasting Climate Change

StephanFarisMattMadiaWhat does our future on this warming globe hold?  We explore this question today with Stephan Faris, who talks about his new book, FORECAST: The Consequences of Climate Change.  And Matt Madia of OMBWatch tells us about a provision in the Waxman-Markey climate bill that would strip the EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.

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After Capitalism: PROUT as a Sustainable, Democratic Economic Model

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Today, Dada Maheshvarananda meditates on the alternative economic model of Progressive Utilization Theory, or PROUT. Joe Romm of Climate Progress analyzes the climate resolve of the Obama Administration. Lisa Woll of the Social Investment Forum proposes an Office for Innovation in Corporate Social Responsibility to the Obama Administration.  And auto and environment expert Jim Motavalli comments on the significance of President Obama’s executive order directing the EPA to reconsider its refusal to grant California a waiver allowing it to regulate greenhouse gases from autos.

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ViewPoint: Jim Motavalli on Cars and Carbon

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Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli blogs on green matters for The Daily Green and Mother Nature Network and he blogs about cars in the New York Times “Automobiles” section.  He was also a long-time editor for E–the Environmental Magazine, where he continues as a contributing writer. Motavalli combines his passion for autos and environment in his book, FORWARD DRIVE: The Race To Build Clean Cars for the Future. He thinks its time for the auto industry to wake up and smell the coffee. In his Sea Change ViewPoint commentary, he discusses the significance of President Barack Obama’s executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its refusal to grant California a waiver allowing it to regulate greenhouse gases from cars and trucks.

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Susan Aaronson on Trade for Human Rights

Susan Ariel Aaronson
Susan Ariel Aaronson
Human rights and trade–the relationship dates back millennia. Despite this long history, however, we still have very little understanding of how to use trade to promote human rights. This according to today’s guest, Susan Ariel Aaronson, author of Trade Imbalance: The Struggle to Weigh Human Rights in Trade Policymaking, out from Cambridge University Press in late 2007. Aaronson, a professor of international affairs at George Washington University, illustrates her research findings using current examples such as how trade sanctions against Burma have complicated relief efforts in the wake of Cyclone Nargis or how the earthquake in China may prove more effective in improving human rights there than boycotting the Beijing Olympics. Aaronson also discusses opportunities–and limitations–on using the World Trade Organization, or WTO, to promote human rights through trade.

Trade Imbalance: The Struggle to Weigh Human Rights Concerns in Trade Policymaking

Susan Ariel Aaronson

Rockefeller family members join fight to move ExxonMobil beyond petroleum
Burger King Lets Tomato Pickers “Have it Their Way”
US senate panel votes to give California the go-ahead to regulate greenhouse gas emissions

CWR co-host Francesca Rheannon speaks with Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board Chair Jerry Hill about its recent precedent-setting implementation of a fee on carbon emissions by companies in 9 counties in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. This development represents the first time that business carbon emissions have been officially regulated in the US, leapfrogging over federal and state regulations.

Air quality board to fine Bay Area polluters

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Planning for the Convergence of Peak Oil and Climate Change

Daniel LerchCWR co-hosts Francesca Rheannon and Bill Baue speak with Daniel Lerch, author of Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty and manager of the Post Carbon Cities project of the Post Carbon Institute. Lerch discusses the overlap as well as the distinctions between peak oil and climate change. He also responds to the question of how the policy void at the federal government level in the US is driving action at the municipal and state level to address climate change and peak oil.

The show also features CWR’s new headlines segment:
–Nanotech is Exposed in Grocery Store Aisles;
–The Vatican says greenhouse gas emissions and genetically modified organisms are “Modern Sins”;
–A new study says the Clean Energy Market will Hit $254 Billion by 2017.

Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty

Post Carbon Institute

CWR HEADLINES

Listen to the headlines

March 11, 2008 Friends of the Earth news: “Nanotech Exposed in Grocery Store Aisles”

March 10, 2008 Reuters article: Vatican lists “new sins,” including pollution

March 11, 2008 GreenBiz headline: “Clean Energy Market to Hit $254 Billion by 2017, Says Study”

March 11, 2008 Clean Edge report: Clean-Energy Trends 2008

George Monbiot Heats Up Call for Solving Climate Crisis (Part 2)

George MonbiotIn part two of this two-part interview, British journalist George Monbiot discusses his new book, Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning, with CWR co-hosts Bill Baue and Francesca Rheannon. He touches on the irony that increased energy efficiency can lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions and the promise of high-voltage DC cables in transmitting renewable energy over long distances. We end the conversation discussing the paradox that love both creates climate change (in the form of what Monbiot calls “love miles” or the distance traveled and carbon emitted to visit loved ones) and holds the key to the solution, as compassion for humanity is the greatest catalyst for changing our carbon intensive systems.

Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning

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SocialFunds article citing Heat: Emissions Trading Commodifies Carbon, But Does It Really Help Solve Climate Change?