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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco

    Topics:  Impacts of Climate Change on Maine’s Wildlife, and Maine Considers Restrictions on Use of Bisphenol-A in Consumer Products

    FMI:  www.preventharm.org , www.maine.gov/dep

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  • Producers/Hosts: Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA) staff: Russell Libby, Melissa White Pillsbury, Andrew Marshall, Cheryl Wixson

    Topics:  Organic Gardening/Farming,  Pest Issues Around Tomatoes, Climate Change, Verticillium

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  • Producer/Host:  Meredith DeFrancesco

    Topic: International Climate Change Meeting & the Investing in Our Future Act of 2010

    Today we look at the status of international climate talks in between the Copenhagen and Cancun meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
    It has only been in the past couple of years that the acceptance of climate changes existence has entered mainstream vernacular in the United States. The scientific community, however, has long pointed to this looming global  problem and its ramifications.  The Intergovernmental panel on climate change reaffirmed in their 2007 4th Assessment Report, “Most of the observed warming over the last 50 years is likely to have been due to the increase in green house gas concentrations… Discernable human influences now extend to other aspects of climate , including ocean warming, continental average temperatures, temperature extremes and wind patterns.”  Governmental policy and public pressure over the past decades, however, has not resulted in comprehensive actionable plans to restructure global systems to impact emissions.
    The Climate Bill, which just died in Congress, and which claimed to take aim at climate change, still would have promoted nuclear power, more off shore drilling, and “clean coal”, which requires the yet untested injecting of carbon dioxide into the earth. It also emphasized carbon trading and carbon offsets. The offshore drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico helped de-popularize the bill, which still appeared to cater to big energy companies, re-advertising themselves as “greener” companies.
    At the international level, countries have been moving to discuss possible solutions through the United nations Framework on Climate Change. The last, so called, Conference of Parties, or COP, meeting was held in Copenhagen this past December. COP 16 is scheduled this fall in Cancun, Mexico.

    What is the Copenhagen Agreement?  What was the message coming out of the Bolivia climate meeting?  What are the stipulations put on developing countries in order to receive climate mitigation & adaptions funds?

    Guest: Janet Redman, Co-director of the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network at the Institute for Policy Studies

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  • Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Contributor: Meredith DeFrancesco

    On Tuesday, the Lamoine Conservation Commission, the Bar Harbor Conservation Commission, the Union River Watershed Coalition, and Food & Water Watch, sponsored a showing of the documentary film “Tapped” and a panel discussion on bottled water and its impacts.   Today we bring you excerpts from the panel discussion and question and answer session.  The panelists are Rep. Jim Schatz of Blue Hill; Emily Posner, Coordinator for Defending Water for Life in Maine; Daphne Loring, Coordinator at the Maine Fair Trade Campaign;  and Willem Brutsaert, an Environmental Engineer Professor at the University of Maine, and expert in groundwater and surface water hydrology.

    (Recorded by Meredith DeFrancesco;  Edited by Amy Browne)

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  • Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco & Amy Browne

    Contributing Producer: Meaghan LaSalla

    Today we hear an interview on  the World People’s Conference on Climate Change in Bolivia with Janet Redman of the International Policy Institute, a report from Meaghan LaSalla on the May 1st immigrant rights march in Portland, and comments from Passamaquoddy tribal member Madonna Soctomah on a recent decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to terminate Quoddy Bay LNG’s lease, after the tribe had rejected the project, and members of the tribe were suing the BIA for lack of oversight. some websites:climate conference—pwccc.wordpress.com

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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Topic: Reflections After Copenhagen: Next Steps for Climate Negotiations

    Guests:
    Attendees at Climate Summit from College of the Atlantic:
    Doreen Stabinski, Faculty member Global Environmental Politics
    Lindsay Britton
    Matt Maiorana
    Noah Hodgetts

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Audio recorded by John Greenman and edited by Amy Browne

    University of Maine Professor Michael Howard (Dept. of Philosophy), speaking in November 2009, on the topic of climate change and social justice, as part of the University’s Marxist and Socialist Studies Lecture Series.

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco

    Segment 1: Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of WERU’s “World Ocean Radio”,  reports back from the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen.  FMI: www.thew2o.net

    Segment 2: Over the holidays , two more anti-mining activists were murdered in the Cabanas region in El Salvador. Area residents allege the Canadian gold mining company, Pacific Rim, is connected to incidents of violence and threats against activists who oppose mining in the community. Because of widespread opposition, El Salvador has passed a moratorium against mining. In response, Pacific Rim is suing the Salvadoran government under the Central American Free trade Agreement, through it’s Nevada subsidiary.

    William Castillo,  the Center for Research on Investment and Trade(CEICOM) and the National Coalition Against Mining.
    Tom Shrake, President and CEO, Pacific Rim Mining Corporation (written statement)

    Over the holidays , two more anti-mining activists were murdered in the Cabanas region in El Salvador. Area residents allege the Canadian gold mining company, Pacific Rim, is connected to incidents of violence and threats against activists who oppose mining in the community. Because of widespread opposition, El Salvador has passed a moratorium against mining. In response, Pacific Rim is suing the Salvadoran government under the Central American Free trade Agreement, through it’s Nevada subsidiary.   William Castillo,  the Center for Research on Investment and Trade(CEICOM) and the National Coalition Against Mining.Tom Shrake, President and CEO, Pacific Rim Mining Corporation (written statement)

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