Royal Dutch Shell's oil development project on Sakhalin Island in Russia's Far East is the largest such project in the world, and has wrecked havoc on the fragile marine biodiversity of the region and damaged the way of life of Sakhalin's citizens. The Russian government has recently revoked Shell's permit to work on the project, but that's not the whole story.Pacific Environment'sSara Moore has been to Sakhalin, and tells Betsy what she's seen, who she's talked to, and what she knows about Royal Dutch Shell. LISTEN (12 min)
A single cruise ship generates as much air pollution as 12,000 cars. One cruise ship of 3,000 guests and crew also plow through 11 tons of garbage per day. And 23 gallons of toxic waste. And 270,000 gallons of bacteria-contaminated graywater. Shall I keep going? No, better to let Gershon Cohen of the Campaign to Safeguard America's Waters tell you, because he is not only an authority on the cruise industry but is also armed with workable solutions to this Titanic-sized problem, such as Alaska's successful state ballot initiative that demanded that Cruise Ships play by the same rules as everyone else. LISTEN (11 min)
Last week, as we sipped on cups of cider with family and friends, an ice shelf the size of Manhattan fell into the sea off of Northern Canada. Being that ice shelves, once fallen, tend not to hop back up and reattach themselves, we were left fretting over what such a fall portends. Luke Copland, a bonafide Glaciologist at the University of Ottawa, stopped by to tell us. LISTEN (7 min)
Stefan Forbes talks about his immensely moving documentary One More Dead Fish, the story of fishermen in Nova Scotia who took over five federal buildings to protect their way of life, and the earth's sutainable cycles from industrial fishing and the destructive practice of "bottom trawling."
If you eat fish, or even if you simply value the sustainable cycles that have kept us alive for all time, you must see this film. PART 1 (11 min), PART 2 (7 min)
Greenpeace Ocean Policy Expert Karen Sack says that the final UN agreement on the destructive practice of bottom-trawling "has more loopholes in it than a fisherman's sweater." Find out more about this brutal method here. LISTEN (10 min)