Archives for Climate Change

WERU Community SoapBox 5/8/12

Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: Joel Mann
Issue: Open-mic style call-in show
Key Discussion Points: LPG tank, Searsport, Emergency Management Meeting, Climate Change, E-W Highway, E-W Corridor, Fukushima Reactor 4, Obama, Romney, 3rd party candidates, Citizens United, Move to Amend, Thanks But No Tank
Guests by name and affiliation: n/a
Call In Program: yes

WERU Community SoapBox 5/1/12

Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: Matt Murphy
Issue: Open-mic call in show

Program Topic: various

Key Discussion Points:
May Day, climate change skepticism, climate change, solutions for a healthier planet, Fukushima Reactor 4

Guests by name and affiliation: n/a

Call In Program: yes

WERU Community SoapBox 4/3/12

Issue: Open Mic Style Call-in Show

Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

Key Discussion Points:
SoapBox & public affairs call-in shows schedule, healthcare reform, pros and cons of western medicine, iatrogenics, energy independence, climate change, upcoming events, Obamacare

Call In Program: Yes

RadioActive 6/9/11

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Today we look at Maine’s high ozone alert with a DEP meteorologist and talk with a member of the Union for Concerned Scientists on the connection to climate change.
Then we speak with a member of the Laborers union about and upcoming “Maine Worker’s Forum on Jobs”, featuring a presentation of the Living Labor Mural.
Guests:
-Maine DEP meteorologist Martha Webster.www.mainedep.com (click “Maine Air Quality Forecasts”) or toll free hotline (800) 223-1196
– Union of Concerned public health expert and co author of report “ Climate Change and Your Health : Rising Temperatures, Worsening Ozone Pollution”
Report at: www.ucsusa.org/climateandozonepollution
-Chris Tucker (Laborers 327) and Eastern Maine Labor Council
For registration and information on the “Maine Worker’s Forum on Jobs” : www.foodandmedicine.org

RadioActive 5/19/11

Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne

Today we look at changing and extreme weather, the relationship to climate change, and the increased need for local governments and community responses.
Yesterday, the Union for Concerned Scientists held a telephone press conference to address the gathering increase in extreme weather, in the context of global climate change. The UCS press conference participants spoke to the work that’s beginning to be done in local communities and cities to integrate climate adaptation into their planning, and the work being done to shift costs from the public sector to the insurance markets.

Guests:
1)Katharine Hayhoe, Climate scientist and associate professor at Texas Tech University. www.climatechoices.org
2) Missy Stults, Climate Director, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability www.iclei.org/
www. chicagoclimateaction.org

WERU News Report 3/29/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributing Producer: Meaghan LaSala

Segment 1: LD 1129, “An Act To Provide the Department of Environmental Protection with Regulatory Flexibility Regarding the Listing of Priority Chemicals”, and LD 1185, An Act To Amend the Process for Prioritizing Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products
Producer: Amy Browne
The Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources heard testimony today on 2 pieces of proposed legislation, aimed at revising the Kids Safe Products Act— which was passed in 2008, with the goal of protecting children from harmful chemicals like bisphenol A, or BPA.
LD 1185, An Act To Amend the Process for Prioritizing Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products, is sponsored by Senator Seth Goodall and several co-sponsors, and has the support of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Goodall’s bill would narrow the scope of chemicals for consideration as “priority chemicals”, and require that at least 2 additional priority chemicals be designated by January 1, 2013.
Environmentalists say that the other piece of proposed legislation being presented to the committee today would gut the KidsSafe Product Act. LD 1129, “An Act To Provide the Department of Environmental Protection with Regulatory Flexibility Regarding the Listing of Priority Chemicals” is sponsored by Representative James Hamper, a Republican from Oxford. The Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources was still hearing testimony as we went to air, but here are excerpts from Representative Hamper’s presentation of his bill.

Segment 2: An interview with Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a Canadian Inuk, Nobel Peace nominee and world leader on climate change and human rights.
Producer: Meaghan LaSala
Sheila is also a visiting scholar for the 2010-2011 school year at Bowdoin College’s Arctic Studies Center. Sheila discusses her belief that indigenous voices must be brought to the forefront of international dialogues around climate change, describes the traditional Inuit hunting culture, and details the ways in which this ancient culture is already under threat due to climate change. She explains why the Arctic experiences the minute changes of global warming more drastically than other areas of the world, and how these changes threaten the Inuit way of life. Sheila also discusses her vision of “bridging the gap” between indigenous knowledge and the rationalism of globalization– one that does not consign indigenous cultures to a museum, but rather puts them at the forefront of the solution, with feet planted firmly in both worlds.

RadioActive 12/30/10

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Topics: UN Climate Talks, Tar Sands- IEN, Arctic- Indigenous

Today we hear two interviews recorded at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change this month in Cancun, Mexico. We talk with Melina Laboucan-Massino from the Indigenous Environmental Network on the effects massive tar sands extraction has on the people and environment in Canada; and we hear from Patricia Cochran, the director of the Alaskan Native Science Commission and the co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

What are the environmental and health effects in indigenous and other communities in Canada from tar sands extraction?What is the effect of sea level rise on indigenous communities in Alaska? What were some of the issues and results of the UNFCCC meetings in Cancun , Mexico?

Guests:
Melina Laboucan-Massino, the Indigenous Environmental Network www.ienearth.org
Patricia Cochran, the director of the Alaskan Native Science Commission and the co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

RadioActive 12/9/10

Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco

Segment 1: Climate conference in Cancun, Mexico

Segment 2: Local artist/activist Robert Shetterly talks about a national “Veterans for Peace” protest that he will be attending (and reporting from) in Washington, DC next week.