The second annual World Ocean Summit is wrapping up in California with John Kerry and HSH Prince Albert among the featured presenters. We get a summary of high points and key areas of concern from Laura Parker Roerden, Executive Director and Founder of Ocean Matters.
A new study puts the brakes on the rush to fuel vehicles with natural gas. Asst. Professor Adam Brandt, with Stanford's Department of Energy Resources, joins us with takeaway points from his research on extractive methane leaks negating the benefits of natural gas and climate change.
Despite the Obama administration’s insistence that natural gas must be a part of United States energy policy, it’s increasingly clear that natural gas is not all that it’s “fracked” up to be–and that it has already inflicted harm upon communities, our country, and climate. Jim Morris of the Center for Public Integrity discusses a new report on how the fracking industry has messed with, and messed up, Texas.
Tireless–and fearless– climate activist Douglas Grandt discusses his efforts to encourage ExxonMobil to care about our climate, one letter at a time… Doug’s letters to Rex Tillerson, Barack Obama and the State Department are archived at http://TellRex.com. His 350+ letters to Rex are in a collection http://bit.ly/letters2Rex . He encourages everybody to “Write to Rex, Write Away!”
As the world tunes in to the summery Winter Games at Sochi, author and skier Porter Fox discusses the threat climate chaos poses to the ski industry, winter sports, and even the Olympics themselves. Slushy conditions already affecting athletes results in Russia. From snow boarding to snow hoarding--what does it portend?
History may record Republican operative and Fox News Channel head Roger Ailes as being every bit as darkly effective as Charles and David Koch in terms of twisting the American political system in order to block needed action on human-caused climate change. Gabriel Sherman, author of "The Loudest Voice in the Room," discusses the legacy of the man who dispensed the dialogue of denial to millions of TV and radio listeners. And all in the name of "entertainment" , environment be damned (says Betsy!).
Ryan Cooper of the Washington Monthly and Evan McMorris-Santoro of Buzzfeed discuss the growing grassroots effort to compel President Obama to take the moral high ground on whether or not to under ground the Keystone XL pipeline.
NWF’s Miles Grant discusses the President’s SOTU address as it relates to some of our favorite topics. Grant, also a blogger at “The Green Miles”, weighs in on what what was both encouraging, and discouraging, about the president’s comments on climate change, fracking and even a mention of extreme weather thrown into the mix. He also shares the National Wildlife Federation’s six-month progress report on the President’s climate action plan.
While much of the Northeast is once again stuck in a polar vortex, mainstream media entities are stuck in a tunnel of NOT connecting the weather dots— the Republican Party is spinning in a vortex of denial.Why? We get answers from Salon assistant editor Lindsay Abrams and Brigham Young University geochemistry professor Barry Bickmore.
Just how concerned are the scientists at Union of Concerned Scientists about the state of our environment? We talk to senior climate scientist at UCS, Brenda Ekwurzel, as well as UCS spokesman, Aaron Huertas about a warming planet, polar vortex' and weird weather, oh my!
Hear about the other scandal Chris Christie doesn't want to talk about--the impact of the New Jersey Governor's pulling his state out of a successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Doug O-Malley, Director of Environment New Jersey weighs in on the other controversial Christie move.
Is the cold snap, deep freeze, polar vortex or whatever you want to call it that gripped much of the nation this week connected to climate change or does it mean "global warming" is not a real threat? We'll "drill down" for the facts with Daniel Weiss, Senior Climate Fellow at The Center for American Progress. Weiss also gives us a preview of what his former boss, John Podesta, is likely to do in his new role as advisor to President Obama.
One of the big names in both climate scienceand academia joins us to discuss where things are as we close out 2013. Kerry Emanuel, on sabbatical from MIT as professor of atmospheric science, shares his views of the political and media climate around global warming, as well as the need to protect against its potentially catastrophic effects.
From our atmosphere to wetlands under siege in the southern U.S. Scot Quaranda, Campaign Director for The Dogwood Alliance, weighs in on the widening practice of burning trees for energy and their newly released mini-doc, “Wetlands Up in Smoke”.
We are sawing off the limb we're sitting on". That quote from futurist Paul Erlich, just one of many dramatic comments in the new film, Call of Life. The 6th great extinction is upon us and yet most Americans remain in the dark about this and other challenges to our life support system on earth. Director,Monte Thompsontalks about the making of this important film and it's urgent message to humanity.
Professor Michael Kraft of the Department of Public & Environmental Affairs at the University of Wisconson Green Bay talks about what prompted him to go out on a limb demanding congress pass more comprehensive climate legislation.
We get a first hand account of COP19 from Robert Stavins, Harvard's professor of Business and Government at the Kennedy School. As the Director of Environmental Economics, Dr. Robert Stavins has attended many of the UN climate conferences -- he shares some optimism about what happened...and didn't...in Warsaw.
In acknowledgement and honor of the thousands of victims of Typhoon Haiyan–a “hellstorm” that may go down as the biggest storm ever recorded– we air, in it’s entirety, a moving speech by Naderev Yeb Saño, delivered to COP19 delegates gathered in Warsaw,Poland for the U.N Conference of Parties. In it you’ll hear the Philippines Envoy beg his fellow representatives for substantive action on climate change as well as announce his hunger strike until there IS movement on the growing crisis.
Fred Horch talks about how to brighten solar’s prospect’s in his home state of Maine. The legislative policy analyst for Maine’s Independent Green Party discusses a novel new approach to making solar power more affordable to residents.
Reverend Fred Small is a BIG force in the religious environmental community. The senior minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts shares his views on climate activism, the Koch Brothers and some of the spiritual questions raised by the reality of what we’re doing to our life support systems.
After the Super Storm that forever changed the New Jersey/New York coastline –as well as many minds– what have we learned from the “1 in 100 year” event? Dr. Radley Horton, a climate scientist from Columbia University and Nasa’s Goddard Space Institute, says we should expect more of the same in the near future.
As we approach the first anniversary of Sandy, the super storm that signaled arrival of climate change for many Americans, we'll talk to Senator Rob Hogg of Iowa to hear about commemoration events happening in his area and around the country -- including plans for a walk across the nation next year.
Hear what makes Senator Hogg optimistic about our climate future thanks to grassroots grit and people power. Yes, even WITH all the grid-lock and goofiness in Washington!
Reporter Joe Donnelly shares what prompted him to go in search of a lone gray wolf in the NorthWest. His story in Orion Magazine tells a tale that symbolizes the fight for balance between man and nature.
Like clockwork, the IPCC's big report got pre-empted, buried by wall to wall mainstream media coverage on the government shutdown. But on The Green Front we know what will have the most near--and long term--impact so we'll drill down on the report's key findings and what it means with Geoffrey Feinberg, the Yale Project's research director of climate communications. He'll also talk about Climate Change in the American Mind, their just released findings on growing climate concern in four states: red, blue and in-between.
Dr. Mary Pipher has just released her 9th book, "The Green Boat". The author, activist and psychotherapist will share what prompted this book and what gives her courage, hope and energy to join the noble battle for eco-awareness and action in America.
What do you get when you mix Tea Party Patriots with solar-loving Sierra Clubbers in Georgia? The Green Tea Party Coalition and stirring up the pot is Debbie Dooley who joins us with the story on how this "unholy alliance" got cooked up and why it has the Koch Brothers steamed!
A national eco hotel program is gathering steam as membership doubles in TripAdvisors GreenLeaders hospitality division. Jenny Rushmore talks about progress in the effort to make America's hotels and motels less wasteful and more resource efficient.