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Changing the Rules of Our Economy to Stop Environmental Breakdown

The Real Agenda Network

01:50 min | 2 d ago

Changing the Rules of Our Economy to Stop Environmental Breakdown

"There are just eight months left until the uk host the un climate conference and despite. Boris johnson's insistence. That we will have a green recovery from the pandemic in the last month have been a number of climate related controversies including the construction of new coal mine in cumbria. The leads broadfoot epo expansion and plans to air passenger duty on domestic flights. What we need is a commitment from the uk that means you know stopping. I'm oil and gas. Licensing feature not opening coal mines in handouts to the fossil fuel industry in industrial agricultural. Uk's credibility as president rests on demonstrates climb action hub and yet much like the government's feld pandemic response which has left one hundred thirty thousand people. Dead government is acting too slowly prioritizing prophet over public wealthy. You know what's good symbolic actions are important. What's better than both those things as a credible costed plan and financial commitments. So why can't the economic status quo deal with the climate emergency. What has the fresh attention on. Climate actually achieved can the pandemic teachers about the climate crisis. We are pushing nature to its pushing. Population pushing communities stressing the environment distressing of religion beautiful. We are creating conditions in which epidemic flirt forcing and pushing. People migrate away from only speak for climate stress. Were doing so much. And we're doing the name of globalization some sense chasing. That's wonderful thing that people call economic growth in my view. That's become an malignancy rolt because what it's doing his driving unsustainable practices

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Schlumberger Delfi: Melissa Suman on Oil and Gas Startups

Oil and Gas Startups Podcast

01:56 min | 5 d ago

Schlumberger Delfi: Melissa Suman on Oil and Gas Startups

"Are sitting down with melissa suman. Most i didn't even ask you what your role is over at delfi or do you say it's adelphia you say it's at its love slumber j. but adelphia's the product is one of our solutions. Really one of the. Oh so you represent multiple solutions. Do i manage a sort of five business lines for us. Land that covers everything from what we call digital subsurface digital operation solutions. Everything from exploration all the way through drilling and production digital solutions All the way to integrated solutions around carbon capture and storage integrated. well construction. You stay busy was as big of a deal. Okay let me sit up straight talk all right so how how you start there. Eighteen years okay. I was twenty one. When i joined there was a baby. You don't look old enough to be there for eighteen years monday. I was like certainly we're the same age. I mean we could be there for eighteen years. Yeah events you sitting. Jacob put that condition over this first before we get into your story tells duffy. Is that where we have some context knocking about today about your story at summer. Jay so fair so in twenty seventeen we launched delfi so starkly. Slumber j. has been in the business of sort of emp software and It's been an on prem solution very traditional business and and we decided to to transform ourselves before people pushed us to transform so in two thousand seventeen. We launched delfi. It's a open environment where you can pull in applications and data and workflows and and sort of break down. The silos of what was traditionally the different domains the petra physics and the geoscientists and the reservoir engineer and work in one sort of collaborative

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Mother's Day Picks we Love (April's Eco Picks)

Good Together: Ethical, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living

02:26 min | 2 d ago

Mother's Day Picks we Love (April's Eco Picks)

"Mother's day is just around the corner friendly. Psa it's on. Sunday may ninth and besides being a great reminder to celebrate the most important women in your life it is also a day when we as consumers spent a lot of money in this episode. Laura and i share our favorite. Apple's echo product fines and give you creative ideas for waste free and planet. Friendly mother's day gives aura. Hey how's it going good ed. I'm excited to do another of our favorite kind of episode serious right our eco-friendly peaks in products. And right now. We are in april and the where lesin a month away from the second biggest holiday of the year. i guess after christmas of course It's mother's day and yeah just wanted to share you guys know me a whenever we talk about this high spending holidays. I love to share with you. Some data numbers and are on average. According to national regional duration. People up lending spent two hundred and five dollars. Mondays ski gifts and celebrations. So that's that's not a little for a of the us and so there's going to be a lot of spending and is a reminder. Every dollar he spent is a vote for the kind of world. You want to leave it. So let's get into alfred products curated by laura. Yeah and i feel like mother's day. I mean it's just totally depending on your family like how much you celebrate it growing up. I think we we did more for my mom what i was like at home. But i'm excited to you know. I always love to send flowers that are from eco-friendly brands. We talk about that a little bit. But we're also gonna talk about like some ruffy physical stuff. So yeah you want to get a start at liza. Yeah starting without favorite pedagogy. You guys are ready. It's kitchen so yeah one of the things that i have been really experimenting with this year is trying to defend olive oils You know we're cooking oil especially extra virgin olive. Oil is extremely extremely healthy. You can actually cook with it pretty much anything unless you like deep frying their this kind of a myth that you know obviously you. You should not be using it. It's very high temperatures but actually most of the day to day cooking. You're not using this Extremely high temperatures at you cannot use olive oil and again oil extroversion. Wine is one of the most Healthy olive oil auctions. You can

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How Will Biden Administration Reach Its Clean Energy Goal?

Environment: NPR

01:54 min | 2 d ago

How Will Biden Administration Reach Its Clean Energy Goal?

"President biden's administration said a big climate goal two zero out greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by twenty thirty five last week we talked with epa administrator michael regan about this believe that we can set up the right policy instrumentation and regulatory framework to encourage continued innovation to get us to that carbon-neutral goal that we know we can't achieve continued innovation. Industries still has to figure some of this out. So what more do we know about how the government is going to encourage it. Npr's jeff brady has been following up. Jeff good morning good morning. I just wanna know. 2035 sounds really distant. And then you start counting fourteen years not that long when you talk about changing all the power plants in the country house administration going to do it. Well you know is getting. The details are getting a little bit clear from the president's budget proposal and groups talking with the administration about this Details are still being worked out but a central focus is creating a national clean energy standard. And this would be a countrywide requirement that overtime increasing of is generated from fuels that don't emit the greenhouse gases that fossil fuels do conrad schneider at the clean air task. Force says it's similar to renewable energy standards that many states have they essentially required an increasing percentage electricity sales from renewable energy like clean energy standard simply broadens the list of energy resources that are eligible under the standard so in addition to wind and solar. This national standard would include things like hydropower and nuclear and another bit of detail. Here of energy likely will create this standard. And that's a little controversial. Some of the epa to do it. It's better known for setting and enforcing standards but some of the largest environmental groups. Say what's important is it. It gets

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EVs & Infrastructure - Katie Sloan, Southern California Edison

Green Connections Radio - Insights on Innovation, Sustainability, Clean Energy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Careers w Top Leaders, Women

02:22 min | Last week

EVs & Infrastructure - Katie Sloan, Southern California Edison

"Drivers do percents of their charging. That's eight zero percent of their charging at home. There are over twenty two thousand charging stations on over sixty six thousand chargers across the united states and counting with more being installed every day. The new electric vehicles have a healthy amount of battery range. Some as much as three hundred fifty miles as i recall and the cars. Frankly are very very cool. I was at the dc. Auto show recently took a ride with a race car driver in an electric volvo sports car. That was way cool. There are electric and hybrid. Suv sedans sports cars et cetera. So what is holding it up. I'd like you to meet a woman who we hope can answer some of these questions kate. Sloan is the director of mobility at southern california edison. I met katie a few months ago at an electric drive transportation association forum. And i knew i had to have you meet her. Katie has been at southern california edison for about seventeen years if i read that right in her linked in profile and his knee deep electric vehicles. She earned her degrees in economics. Which is an interesting angle to approach this from both at her graduate undergraduate and master's degrees from new mexico state university welcome to green connections radio. Katie and thank you so much for joining us. Thank you john. I'm excited to be here. Oh you're welcome you're welcome so you focus on removing the barriers to electric vehicle adoption which assumes there's a big market for these vehicles but since most of us are not even be owners. What's your pitch to own one. That's a great question to start with. And i would say that. Electric vehicles are funded. Drive that is the number one reason that people should be thinking about purchasing them love to share a little story about my own personal experience and that is that my husband has always driven really large. Suv's and trucks his whole life and when we went car shopping a few years ago and we started looking at electric vehicles. I have to say that he was like probably the majority of folks saying that he was not very excited about purchasing an electric vehicle so much so that when we went to test drive one of the cars he refused to sit in the front seat and actually sat in the back with his arms folded

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What Can You Do With Old Wind Turbine Blades?

Climate Connections

01:28 min | 2 d ago

What Can You Do With Old Wind Turbine Blades?

"Dr anthony leiserowitz and this is climate connections. Wind energy is good for the climate. But when a wind turbine reaches the end of its life span. Its blades are hard to recycle wind. Turbine blades are huge and strong. So they're difficult to grind up and reuse and they're made of a mix of glass and plastic fibers that are tough to separate so most end up in landfills is causes the problem filling up the landfill and also causes the problem of placing a non biodegradable material in the landfill which will be sitting there for hundreds if not thousands of years that's lawrence bank of ruined a research group with partners from four universities including the georgia institute of technology. He says this problem is urgent. Turbans have a lifespan of about twenty years. So many older ones will soon need disposal. Rewind is working on ways to upcycle these blades in ireland. They're using large pieces to make a bridge on a pedestrian and bike greenway and at a wind farm in kansas rian plans to try placing old blades vertically in the ground and using them as electrical transmission pulse bank sees big potential in both ideas and he thinks these early projects will help the market. See it to. We hope that this will demonstrate that the the uses for these large wind turbine blades. Climate connections is produced by the center for environmental communication to hear more stories like this visit. Climate connections dot org.

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Japan to Start Releasing Radioactive Water From Fukushima Into Ocean

WTOP 24 Hour News

00:22 sec | 3 d ago

Japan to Start Releasing Radioactive Water From Fukushima Into Ocean

"In tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant. It says the water will be released in about two years after it's been treated. The water has been accumulated and stored at the nuclear power plant since its 2011 meltdown after an earthquake and tsunami caused cooling water to leak from damaged reactors. NASA was hoping to fly It's experimental Mars helicopter this week, but it's going to have to wait a

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Chris Hunniford and Mark Perkins on Trends in Odors and Air Pollutants

Words on Water

01:41 min | Last week

Chris Hunniford and Mark Perkins on Trends in Odors and Air Pollutants

"Always something interesting to talk about when it comes to odor odors and air pollutants joined by two guests for this topic. I have mark perkins. He is president and owner of perkins engineering consultants mark. Thanks for coming on the podcast view. And have chris hannaford. He is chief operating officer with vienna consulting engineers. Chris appreciate you coming on as well travis. Bigger so i'm i'm interested in talking to you. Guys i want to mention that Has its odors air. Pollutants conference april twentieth twenty seconds and a lot of the things we're going to talk about today are going to be part of that that content so we encourage folks to take a look and hopefully join us. What are some of the issues and trends that you all are see and when it comes to odors air pollutants these days. I'm may start off in the no hand off to prison. We would probably have both quite a few answers to that One thing. I see quite a bit lately is becoming a bigger issue in getting new treatment facilities permitted. You don't necessarily a numeric limits like you for effluent for odors and a lot of places some sites Too but But the general public is better educated cases of closer to where plant sites with the and other much more vocals of voters or more front and center topic are becoming more funds that our topic than than they have in the best at least in a lot of places. So receiving emphasized and getting a lot more scrutiny.

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Without Cruise Ships, Key West Residents Are Enjoying A Quieter, Clearer Harbor

Environment: NPR

02:10 min | 4 d ago

Without Cruise Ships, Key West Residents Are Enjoying A Quieter, Clearer Harbor

"In twenty nine thousand nine. Almost a million people visited the small island of key west florida by cruise ship since late march. Twenty twenty the island like the rest of the country has had no cruise ship traffic. The whole industry was shut down by the pandemic now. Cruise lines are preparing to start sailing in the us again. As soon as this summer as wwl are ns. Nancy klinger reports key west would like that restart to be on a much smaller level but the state of florida has other ideas on most evenings. The key west harbor front is packed. Hundreds of people had their to admire the sun sinking into the gulf of mexico. Artists sell their work one performer. Juggles fire another balances a bike on his head out on the water. There's a big catamaran on a sunset cruise around boat shaped like a tiki hut with a bar in the middle motors past fishing. Boats had in for the evening but one kind of vessel is missing for decades cruise ships. Were an almost daily site in key west harbor but none of sailed in the us more than a year if key westerners have their way the big ships that towered over the low lying town are over last. November residents voted to limit. Crews visitation julia. Gonzales has lived here for twenty years. She's selling silk scarves masks bags at the sunset celebration on the harbor. She says she doesn't miss the cruise ships. I'm enjoying it. Actually well primarily because the beaches look more beautiful now the ocean. When i've been out there snark land st- everything seems just fresher and cleaner and better. You know it was very mckeever. Many many years and just slowly deteriorating and now i feel like what a chain isn't the only one who noticed benson is a local fishing guide. He says the area around cuba's harbor is a major thoroughfare for turpin an important game fish for the keys people come from all over the world to catch silver king on fly but benson says in recent years the silt stirred up by cruise ships pushed out the carpet and smothered the seabed

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New York City Group Retrofits Apartments Without Displacing Residents

Climate Connections

01:12 min | 4 d ago

New York City Group Retrofits Apartments Without Displacing Residents

"To me. New york city's climate goals tens of thousands of existing apartment. Buildings need to be retrofitted with new energy efficient technologies but it can be disruptive to make these improvements while people are living inside. Ryan cassidy is with the nonprofit riseborough community partnership which owns and manages affordable housing developments in the city. He says conducting deep retrofits can be done without displacing residents. We don't have to do all that work in the inside of the building we can do it from the outside at an aging apartment complex in brooklyn. His group is replacing old age. Fax systems with officiant air source heat pumps and they're moving as much of the infrastructure as possible to the exterior of the building. So we're putting condensers on the roof and running refrigerant line sets down the outside of the building. Then they're covering those lines with a new highly insulated building facade. He says this project need not be a one-off. These buildings are pretty standard. New york city buildings. They're all between three and five stories. Walk up brick exterior so a pretty large swath of buildings would fall into that category so he hopes it can serve as a model for other building owners in the

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VW ID.Buzz Van scheduled for 2023

EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast

01:51 min | 2 weeks ago

VW ID.Buzz Van scheduled for 2023

"The volkswagen. Id buzz that is the very cool surf van by call it that but it'll have more than justice. Van use will make its way to the us in two thousand and twenty three. The europe market gets in two thousand twenty two according to the head of the brand's commercial vehicles division and it's the commercial vehicles division. That's interesting because the much anticipated. Electric descendant of the microbus. The famous surf van will have three hundred horsepower. Jewel motus long wheelbase and be a really exciting van says car and driver. The buzzer will not be available as a work vehicle in the us. However but it will be outfitted as an upscale people carrier That could be three battery sizes. The entry level model will have rear wheel drive and three hundred two hundred horsepower. But watch out for the all wheel drive three hundred horsepower version. And that's interesting because that microbus can do many things. It could be a commercial vehicle. It could be a people carrier. Could be like a mini alvie. And it's interesting. The the is not going to be a global vehicle so it'll be different in in different markets and property quite expensive as well because small. I mean let's face it all eve as a little too expensive at the moment. But i think there's going to be a premium for this car. The looks amazing. The interest in it is already off the charts. And i want to say well done. Vw from making this vehicle. It'll be easy for them to have made the concept and the prototype sharda offer. Couple of years ago be easy for them to navigate around to making vw company which is so big. You know we talk about. These mega companies like vw and toyota. They've got such strengthen debt the for them to put some budget and some people on what is not going to be the biggest seller But certainly a bit of a halo car in terms of image. And i just think it's a really small thing to do

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Biden Faces Fraught Decision On Georgia Vehicle Battery Plant

Environment: NPR

01:54 min | Last week

Biden Faces Fraught Decision On Georgia Vehicle Battery Plant

"If he had his way president biden would see more people driving electric vehicles. It's a key part of his infrastructure plan but this weekend he faces a choice that could alter the future of the country's vehicle industry and the fate of a key city and politically crucial georgia. Johnny kauffman of member station w. a. b. explains back in the early nineteen hundreds. The leaders in a city northeast of atlanta decided. They wanted their home to be known for capitalism and business so they changed the name to commerce. When clark was elected mayor in twenty eleven. He tried to make sure they he lived up to its name and he's still working at that while there's a massive construction site here. There are several million square feet of space. I think each one of these buildings may be like two and a half million square feet. Clark is looking out at a towering gray factory building and the steel skeleton of another under construction these are factories for the lithium. Ion batteries used in electric vehicles. They're owned by the south korean company. S k innovation because this plant. What's really cool about it is. This plan is going to serve basically the western hemisphere the world but even with this huge and growing market for batteries. He'll still worried about the future of these factories in his city. I hope that you know we don't see everything coming to a screeching halt. He's worried because s k innovation has suggested they might leave the us ruling from the us. International trade commission ruled against s k. Innovation in a case over trade secrets because the company destroyed sensitive documents. The company says it was just routine and then they didn't destroy anything relevant but the trade commission ruled that except for some deals s k already struck. It can't make batteries in the us for a decade even with the intense political divisions in georgia right now republicans and democrats have found common. Cause they want to save these

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The Natural Gas Boom Appears To Be Going Bust

Climate Cast

01:30 min | Last week

The Natural Gas Boom Appears To Be Going Bust

"Son natural gas as the bridge fuel to a net zero energy future but the rapidly emerging climate solutions mean. That bridge is getting shorter fast. I'm npr chief. Meteorologist paul hutton. Her and today on climate cast is the natural gas boom going bust. Justin mccullough is an independent journalists covering the finances of the energy transition. Hi justin welcome to climate cast. I paul thank you very much. So big companies like shell bet big on natural gas what are emerging solutions to the economics of natural gas. There are two main challenges to show all the people who had bet big on the future of natural gas and specifically liquefied natural gas. Renewable energy now can produce electricity for lower costs than natural gas. Fired power straight up competition. The other issue is there's oversupply right now. What level of investment are we talking about to get into these projects you know when shell bet big on the future of natural gas they in two thousand sixteen. They bought a company for over fifty billion dollars in two thousand and nine exxon company for over forty billion dollars. Exxon has since written off the majority of that forty billion dollars as a loss and it now appears that shell is facing similar problems with its fifty billion dollar investment in natural

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Environmental Consultant Stacey Isaac Berahzer Is All About Water

Breaking Green Ceilings

01:56 min | 3 weeks ago

Environmental Consultant Stacey Isaac Berahzer Is All About Water

"My name is stacey isaac raza. I run a stall environmental. Consulting firm called ibm environmental. We only like released added in september two thousand and two but it's been a funding so far i got into the field of voice against the movie was in my undergraduate degree where i had an internship during the semester and ended up doing what follows the stuff i did. Different things that boost. But or woulda i ended up on everything from yeah into of indexing different streams or what bodies within the us different shopping segments into of the solid With anything different refinements ec had put a designated saddam will not and so that's probably rare relieve loyal insufficiently symptoms. And you also have an interesting background. You're from trinidad. And most people probably don't know much about tim's of its water issues to my kind of giving us a bit of an overview of the water situation there absolutely. I didn't grow up. Include noninvasive tobacco. Which is an island. Republican the caribbean to in small islands in the tropics through a good bit of rainfall but in terms of the island environment awards the russia's off the land pretty quickly storing capturing and storing it for human is is enforced sunday challenge also the high volumes of reform that we have signed in an island environment trindad coupled with developments and develop lines construction on even navas mountain range the the non arranging and of course issues flooding on the last couple of decades

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What The Cherry Blossom Bloom Can Tell Us About Climate Change

Environment: NPR

01:55 min | Last week

What The Cherry Blossom Bloom Can Tell Us About Climate Change

"Canopies of pink and white flowers are blanketing washington. Dc right now. After the city's cherry trees hit full bloom last week. Dc's first cherry trees were gift from japan and the city of kyoto. The cherry trees bloomed even earlier. In fact kyoto's peak. Bloom was the earliest on record. For twelve hundred years following pattern of earlier and earlier blooms since the eighteen hundreds when a cherry blossoms can reflect climate change. A pattern of early blooms can indicate warming springtime temperatures. But it's complicated the intellectual. Climate change is indisputable. I think however the decisive factor for the j. blossoms is the winter temperature now. Go obey is a journalist and author of the sacre obsession. She says cherry trees need a full month of cold temperatures in order to properly blossom when it gets warmer. If they don't get the chilly weather for a month then they blossom later because they can't make up trouble so while early blooms caused by warm springs are troubling delayed. Blooms may also be the result of warming winters and the south of japan has already seen delayed blooms in recent years in southern japan. The rinta isn't cold enough for long enough on so the muslims are coming out later as much as by a week as winter. Temperatures continue to rise obey says. The delays may grow to the point. Where trees don't blossom at all. The trees in dc's tidal basin. Are yoshino cherries. That variety also makes up about seventy percent of all the cherry trees in japan. Yoshi knows are easy to propagate they begin blossoming after only five years and they gained popularity in japan in the nineteen th century while other cherry species were forgotten and went extinct.

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Why There Is A Change Coming To Your Local Weather Forecast

Environment: NPR

02:06 min | Last week

Why There Is A Change Coming To Your Local Weather Forecast

"There is a change coming to your local weather forecast next month. The data that it's based on will be updated that will make the warmer climate literally. The new normal here's npr's jennifer. Ludden weather forecasters work off a thirty year average and it gets updated every decade right now. What's normal for temperature and precipitation is based on nineteen eighty one to two thousand ten. That's why we've all gotten used to this. Well temperatures for your friday. We'll be running about ten degrees than normal seven degrees above average yesterday. Look into tomorrow above. Normal temperatures will the past decade. Was one of the hottest on record mike. Pilecki of the national oceanic and atmospheric administration says that will show up in the new averages called climate normals. They'll drop the eighties and wrap in the twenty tens. It was a very substantial upward trend in temperatures especially along the west coast of south and along the east coast. He says there were exceptions. Oh you can go to fargo north dakota. That would be a place where it's actually cooled a little bit if that's your interest especially in the springtime but the fastest warming places. We'll see a real bump up in their averages. Amber sellin is chief. Meteorologist at abc fifteen phoenix. Where she says last summer was incredibly hot. We set a record of fifty three days at one hundred. Ten degrees or hotter. The previous record was thirty three days so it wasn't even close what's more she says. In the entire past decade phoenix did not said a single record for low temperature now oddly after the update in may some really hot days or nights could become officially cooler than the new normal plans to take more time to explain all this. We're going to have to remind people especially this year. Hey if we're at one fifteen. That is five degrees above the average but remember this average has changed. This average is not what it used to

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A Crash Course on The Business of Fashion Sustainability Index

The Business of Fashion Podcast

02:11 min | 2 weeks ago

A Crash Course on The Business of Fashion Sustainability Index

"Last week b. o. f. was proud to release the bureau f. sustainability index the combination of more than one year of research and analysis led by sarah kent our resident expert on sustainability and big business for the past year. Sarah has been leading our efforts to structure our thinking around. How fashion can reduce its impact on the planet and improve working conditions for its millions of workers. This week on the podcast. Sarah breaks down the thinking behind the index and shares. The key findings are report. The sustainability gap. How fashion measures up. But if you have yet had a chance to download the more than fifty pages of analysis or if you want to understand how we put the index together. This is an episode. You won't want to miss i. I asked sarah why the industry needed an index like this in the first place. I wanted something like this. I write about sustainability for bela. And i get all of these emails from companies telling me about this new sustainable initiative. They were doing committing to some amazing new ambitious target. And i want to really understand one. How did this combat what other companies in the industry doing and two is it really making a difference and it was so hard to figure it out comparing one company to another was almost impossible because they're all doing slightly different things or you know moving towards a similar doggett but talking about in a slightly different way and then understanding whether that really moving the needle on these ambitions are setting was equally difficult to establish so i wanted a tool to help me understand this data and i think when we kicked off. I was quite naive about what it would take to get this done. But i'm really glad that we kind of set out on this. Johnny because this tool now exists which is great for me and hopefully really useful. Ask the industry But also you know in discovering how challenging it really was to do. I think we also really did some valuable research in work to create a benchmark that doesn't allow you to make these comparisons and does allow us to understand the industry going. And that's so

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'Zombie' Urchins Are Wiping Out Kelp Forests

Environment: NPR

01:52 min | 2 weeks ago

'Zombie' Urchins Are Wiping Out Kelp Forests

"California francisco. has a sea urchin problem. They've exploded in numbers off the northern california coast and these purple spiky urchins are wiping out crucial kelp forests so scientists are searching for ways to slow him down. Here's npr's laura summer diving. A kelp forest is a lot like walking through a real forest. The seaweed is thirty to sixty feet tall. It's very surreal. You're kind of coming around. And then you have this large canopy over you. That's kind of filtering light. At least that's how it used to be says. Meredith mcpherson a graduate student at uc santa cruz. She and her colleagues found that ninety. Five percent of kelp forests have disappeared in counties north of san francisco. Cal provides a key habitat for all kinds of marine life. We were expecting something like that. But it doesn't really make it any easier to digest in terms of the actual loss of the coastal ecosystem because of an ecological double whammy. I came marine heat. Wave known as the blob. Water temperatures rose far above normal then came a more direct attack. Purple sea urchins. Their veracious grazers. They devour kelp. Sometimes we see dozens of them. Crawling up the stem of the kelp and kind of taking it down from there. Normally urchins are kept in check by their main predator off northern california a giant starfish sea star scientists call them known as the sunflower see star. But they've been wiped out by sea star wasting disease. Scientists think that both the disease the blob of warm water were made worse by climate change even now with most of the kelp off northern california gone the urgency

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Recognizing misinformation about the climate

Climate Connections

01:12 min | 2 weeks ago

Recognizing misinformation about the climate

"Teachers have a lot to cover in their classrooms. So many skim over climate change. But sarah a middle school science teacher in dalton. Georgia is committed to making time for it. Our students are begging us to talk about this. They are begging us to address it to see it and to help them process and make sense of it. So odd finds ways to make connections between climate change and the other material. She's teaching for example. A lesson about how he won or molecules can help students understand why warming temperatures caused more extreme rain or a unit about how surfaces absorb and reflect. Light provides an opportunity to explain why the dark ocean absorbs more solar energy than white snow and ice and melting sea ice can accelerate global warming. Odd says one goal is to prepare students to critically evaluate what they see on the news and social media so they can better identify information. Our students need that scientific literacy to be able to say. I know that's not true. I know that's not accurate and be able to read media articles with a healthy level of skepticism as well as a critical eye

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Biden Is Pushing For A Major Expansion Of Offshore Wind Energy

Environment: NPR

02:00 min | 2 weeks ago

Biden Is Pushing For A Major Expansion Of Offshore Wind Energy

"Today the white house announced in am vicious plan to expand the nation's use of offshore wind power it's part of president biden's campaign promise to create new jobs and tackle climate change by investing in green infrastructure. Npr's jeff brady joins us now and jeff. The us doesn't produce much wind energy at all right now. So what's the administration's plan. This is something that europe is far ahead on compared to the us Though several states have their own plans basically the administration is trying to make up for lost time so it setting a big goal. Thirty gigawatts of offshore wind power by twenty thirty. That's enough electricity to power more than ten million american homes for a year according to the white house now. Currently there's only one offshore project operating massachusetts and rhode island but they have to ramp up quickly to meet biden's climate goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by twenty thirty five and fast change like that can make people uneasy especially in the fossil fuel industry. That's one reason white house. National climate adviser gina mccarthy focused her comments on opportunities. This is all about creating great jobs in the ocean and opposite cities and in our heart win all across america revitalize communities in particular those that have been left behind the administration says this expansion will support thirty two thousand construction and support jobs through twenty. Thirty mccarthy says some of those heartland jobs include manufacturing turbans making steel and building the special boats. It'll be needed now. The administration has this big goal for building a lot. More wind turbines. But how are they actually going to make that happen. The interior department is establishing a new wind energy area and the new york bite. And that's the relatively shallow water between long island and the new jersey coast. The agency is starting an environmental review process for the proposed ocean wind project off new jersey. Then they're looking at locations on both coasts and in the gulf of

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Jasmine Green Talks Plants And Cities

In Defense of Plants Podcast

02:05 min | 2 weeks ago

Jasmine Green Talks Plants And Cities

"All right. Jasmine green thank you. So much for coming on the podcast. How about we start off by telling everyone a little bit about who you are and what it is. You do sir jasmine green. I am a pg candidate at uc davis. And i studied plants in vacant. Lots and more broadly plants in cities and generally urban ecology so. I definitely didn't start out as a plant person per se and so it's been an incredible journey. I think in grad school mostly as far as getting really introduced to plant and all the cool things that they do. Ecosystem is the collagen wise largely. I would say. I was more interested from a landscape perspective of what could deal and my in my department of plant sciences department which has a real focus on the people side of research. I would say more like applied research. And that's where our lab which does urban ecology work really fit in because as you mentioned urban districts are really complex and large part of that complexity comes from them being designed for people so a lot of you know the traditional kind of theory of like how communities are structured or how ecosystems are formed in succession in. That kind of stuff is really really different. People are the ultimate like each constructors. You know they can. They've designed this entire system. That is really in the interest of this one species which humans so from from my point of view. I started as a masters student. And i was looking at yard. Transformation so looking at lawns like in like single family homes and so in california. Which is very i go to school where you live right now. One of the main ecological issues in environmental issues drought and saving water. For you know for those drought times to make sure enough water considered for people years for there to be used in agriculture and also to maintain for environmental quality

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Metal Shredding Company Move Sparks Protests

Environment: NPR

01:39 min | 3 weeks ago

Metal Shredding Company Move Sparks Protests

"In chicago there's a big fight over plans to build a metal recycling facility. The controversy has united environmental justice advocates across the country. Linda button of member station. Wbz has more. This story starts on. Chicago's northside where a metal shredding company called general iron operated for a century picture mountains of mangled scrap metal giant cranes. Picking up rusted cars as if they were toys. Lara compton says she's been traumatized from living nearby. The fumes were just overwhelming. Your eyes would start to water. Near knows with burn he would taste the metal on your tongue. Workers in has met suits walked through her neighborhood. Picking up auto fluff a byproduct of incinerating cars general iron shutdown last year after numerous violations and further gentrification of the area but the same owners want to open a new facility on the city's south east side. They claim this one will be state of the art far from homes on a former steel mill site in an area long zoned for industry southeast side residents and environmental activists olga about. These has a name for that plan. This is environmental. Racism bringing a known polluter from a wealthy white community to a black and brown community is environmental racism. Forty years ago about teast family was drawn to this neighborhood. Specifically because of the heavy industry my family is originally from mexico and even in their dusty little towns in may he learned. There was work in the steel mills. Here and now we're dealing with the pollution that was left behind.

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It's Not a Great Week To Be an Egyptian Ship Pilot

Important, Not Important

01:09 min | 3 weeks ago

It's Not a Great Week To Be an Egyptian Ship Pilot

"It's not a great week to be an egyptian ship pilot. One of the world's largest cargo ships a ship taller than the empire state building getting stuck in the mud and thus somehow slowing down supply chains and fossil fuel deliveries everywhere is pretty delightful metaphor for both twenty twenty one in the transformation action required around emissions reduction have no doubt we'll get the ship out. Countries companies all massively invested in that tiny little canal. Being wide open will come together to free the ship. They'll throw every tugboat and digger. They've got added. A memes have been made. The pilot will be blamed. But maybe maybe we can take a big step back then have some perspective. Why the hell is it. The pilots fault. Why do we rely on a tiny historically fraught canal to support all of the world trade. Why did we let this happen. It might take a couple of weeks with progress. Painfully slow at times but once the ships free traffic jams can clear in global trade can recommence and maybe we won't take such a tiny little canal for granted

Earth Hour 2021 Shines a Virtual Spotlight on the Natural World

The Sustainable Futures Report

00:58 sec | 3 weeks ago

Earth Hour 2021 Shines a Virtual Spotlight on the Natural World

"Urged to mark earth hour on saturday earth our is an initiative of wwf the world wildlife fund which started in two thousand seven eight thirty on saturday. Turn off the lights. Silver dog and think of nature wildlife and by diversity and the threats which they all face this year because across the world. Most of us are under lockdown. Wwf he's launching. A video asks everyone to share that video on saturday to send it varley across the world to raise awareness of the damage that we are doing to our environment. The effect not damages having not only on the climate but on our health our food supplies and ultimately on asa viable long before survival becomes an megyn issue. The world will become an uncomfortable and dangerous place to live if we don't take action.

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Food Rescue Group in Hawaii Reduces Food Waste

Climate Connections

01:12 min | 3 weeks ago

Food Rescue Group in Hawaii Reduces Food Waste

"Last year covid. Nineteen lockdowns forced many restaurants to close and events to be cancelled at the last minute. So a lot of food that was already purchased stood to be wasted. There were a lot of businesses that were faced with that harsh reality that they just had so much food. That could not be utilized. Philip kosta directs the harvest a hawaiian food rescue organization. The group quickly mobilized to collect that and distributed tip people in need as the pandemic warren chefs whose restaurants were closed rush to help meet the growing demand. Aloha harvest partnered with an organization called chef. Who we and we started to prepare foods and get that out to the community so ready to eat ready a heat type of meals. Rescuing food not only helps feed people. It can also reduce global warming pollution because last food needs to be grown packaged and shipped and less waste and up rotting and landfills and releasing methane a potent greenhouse gas. We wanna make sure that everything that's produced is consumed in some way and not wasted. We need to do a much better job of utilizing our precious food

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