Archives for Climate Change

RadioActive 9/9/10

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Solar panels from Unity College to the White House

RadioActive 9/2/10

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

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Common Ground Radio 8/6/10

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

RadioActive 7/29/10

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

Weekend Voices 5/22/10

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)

RadioActive 5/6/10

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—

Talk of the Towns 2/12/10

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

Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: Reflections After Copenhagen: Next Steps for Climate Negotiations

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

Weekend Voices 1/2/10

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.