Koohan Paik is Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific program at the International Forum on Globalization and the author most recently of "Islanders Unite to Resist a New Pacific War." In this episode, she discusses how trade policy under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the U.S. military's "Pacific Pivot," and other bilateral trade agreements and joint military exercises are not only militarizing the Asia-Pacific region, but destroying precious and unique environments on island communities.
Karen interviews activists at Flood Wall Street West this morning in the San Francisco Financial District, who were taking direct action against institutions profiting from dirty energy. We then speak with Laura Allen, Executive Director of Greywater Action and author of The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture and Reuse Water in Your Home and Lands, about greywater systems and best practices.
Two eminent scientists report on their latest research to track and document the ongoing impacts of the nuclear disaster in Japan. With scientists, Ken Buesseler and Tim Mousseau, and moderator, Mary Beth Brangan.
We are now well into our fourth year since the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors exploded and the global spread of radionuclides that went into the ocean, air and environment at that time is constantly being increased by continual radioactive releases from the uncontained melted nuclear cores and spent fuel material. While the levels of contamination so far detected here on the west coast remain small, the potential impacts over time and across generations can not be ignored or denied.
Ken Buesseler is a Marine Radiochemist at the Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity (CMER). Within months of the Fukushima disaster, Ken Buesseler assembled an international research cruise to sample the waters surrounding the nuclear plant. To date, important fisheries off Fukushima remain closed due to cesium levels above Japanese limits for seafood. Buesseler is now monitoring over 50 sites along the West Coast, from Alaska to Mexico, with citizen-scientist funding and participation. In April 2015, signature Fukushima radioactivity was detected in ocean water samples gathered at the shoreline in Ucluelet BC, north of Vancouver.
Timothy Mousseau, a Research Biologist at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, has studied the impacts of radioactive contaminants on biological communities in the Chernobyl region of Ukraine and Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. His research suggests that many species of birds, plants and animals have experienced direct toxicity as a result of the Fukushima disaster. This mutational load has had dramatic consequences for development, reproduction and survival, and the effects observed at individual and population levels are having significant impacts on the region.
Mary Beth Brangan, co-director of the Ecological Options Network (EON), will anchor the discussion between Buesseler and Mousseau with an informed perspective developed in her work as a national organizer and award-winning filmmaker. Having studied nuclear issues such as bio-accumulation and the Linear No-Threshold (LNT) model, Brangan will show how the research data they are compiling relates to the environmental and social impacts of Fukushima contamination, both immediate and long term.
A collaboration between the Farm & Foodshed Report and Post Carbon Radio
with co-hosts Robin Carpenter, Bing Gong and Karen Nyhus.
We take a deeper look at how Agriculture impacts climate change? How can Agriculture diminish or mitigate, or adapt to climate change, and be part of the solution? The first hour will be more on busting myths, grazing animals, compost, and soil carbon sequestration. The second hour will be oriented towards practical aspects of creating change and implementing better Agriculture in the face of the Industrial Agriculture/Factory Farms paradigm.
Nicolette Hahn Niman - Environmental Attorney, Author of Defending Beef
Aaron Lucich - Holistic Ag Management
John Wick - Marin Carbon Project
Albert Straus - Straus Family Creamery
James Stark – Regenerative Design Institute/Permaculture
Evan Wiig - The Farmers Guild
Adam Scow, California Director for Food and Water Watch He is responsible for developing strategy for local, state, and national campaigns. He currently serves on the planning committee for the annual California Water Policy Conference sponsored by Public Officals for Water and Enmvironment Reform. Previously, Adam researched California irrigation subsidies and water transfers in Washington C.C. He holds a degree in political science from U.C. Berkeley.
Javan Briggs is a mother, educator, and experienced community organizer who has recently joined Movement Rights. She currently splits her time living in the San Joaquin Valley of California, where her own residential well has run dry, and Los Angeles. She became involved in rights-based organizing while leading a Pennsylvania community group in leveraging their local Community Bill of Rights ordinance to successfully resist a natural gas pipeline threat. Javan brings many years experience leading community groups and nonprofits nationwide, primarily in the areas of environmental and education issues. A native Californian, she is pleased to continue working with communities back ‘home.’
We interview Alex Smith of Radio Ecoshock from British Columbia, Canada. Alex has been covering climate change since 2006 and has hundreds of interviews with the world’s top climate scientists downloadable on his site, ecoshock.info (and ecoshock.org). He gives us an update on climate science, and covers it in a depth that exceeds any other radio journalist or podcaster that we're aware of. We hear the big new stories and emerging trends, and solutions.
We interview Victor Menotti, Executive Director of the International Forum on Globalization, and Claire Greensfelder, Co-founder of Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice and Senior Advisor on Climate and Energy for Women in Europe for a Common Future and Women's Environment and Development Organization. Both guests are veteran observers of the UN climate negotiations, and were in Bonn, Germany in June for the UNFCCC climate negotiations leading up to COP 21 in Paris this December. What happened in Bonn? What can we expect in Paris COP 21? Is the 2 degree target enough to stop catastrophic climate change, and is it even achievable ?
A discussion of meat, dairy, and the climate with Zhenya Spake & Emilie Olson of 350 Marin. We will focus on the impact of animal agriculture on the climate, and how your dietary choices can have a real effect on lowering emissions. Then we’ll hear updates from a first-of-its-kind community meeting Marin 350 held at the Recycling Center in San Rafael on June 16th, and 350 Sonoma’s recent action in Sacramento, and upcoming opportunities to get involved in climate activism, through 350.org and beyond, for the rest of 2015.
As the U.N. climate negotiations approaches COP 21 in Paris in December, Post-Carbon Radio checks in with two key radio journalists who have covered climate change globally for over a decade: Daphne Wysham, former host of the Earthbeat Radio, an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, and the director of the climate and energy program at the Center for Sustainable Economy in Portland, Oregon, and Alex Smith, host of Radio Ecoshock from British Columbia.
A weather report on the global climate conversation: from the science to our movements, how far have we come in the last ten years, what’s new, and where are we headed?
In this show, we air a C-Realm Podcast with KMO, an edgy podcaster and friend of Bing’s. “KMO welcomes Hal Brill to C-Realm to talk about the book, The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money. In a future marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, investors their to overhaul their risk management toolkit. If the sorts of civilization-scale disruptions that are a regular theme on the C-Realm Podcast come to pass, being ready for anything means a lot more than just having your money in the right investments.”
[C-Realm Podcasts are licensed under Creative Commons]