CATEGORY: ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, FINANCIAL — 20.AUG.2014
Post Carbon Institute
Humans—Are We the Borg? ... Or Merely Delusional? —
In an hour and a half, ecological economist Nate Hagens offers up a grand tour of how the human-dominated planet works, or more accurately, mis-works. It all comes down to bad programming—science shows that we humans are predisposed to making bad choices; or at least making choices that bolster short-term, selfish desires at the expense of long-term, altruistic interests. Energy, or an increasing lack thereof relative to our needs, is the hammer that will force us to recognize reality and make increasingly hard choices.
Original Show Pub Date: 29.Jul.2014
CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENT (WATER), SPECIES — 28.AUG.2014
The Colorado River—Past, Present, and Future —
Gary Wockner coordinates the Save the Colorado River Campaign, whose mission is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea. Topics include the history of the river; water rights and farms vs. cities; impact of dams and water rights on species; and opportunities for improving the river's future.
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Original Show Pub Date: 24.Aug.2014
CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENT — 25.JUL.2014
Fighting Goliath—The Tar Sands Monster —
The Canadian Tar Sands is the largest industrial project on earth. Its potential environmental consequences have brought together citizens from across borders, to fight its rippling effects. In Idaho and Montana, hundreds of gargantuan trucks were routed to haul mining equipment to the Tar Sands oil fields of Alberta, Canada, endangering sensitive wildlife areas and risking damage to roads and municipal utilities. But an alliance of citizens and community groups was able to block the transport project. Meanwhile, back in the Tar Sands extraction area, regulations lag and the enormity of the environmental damage grows.
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Original Show Pub Date: 22.Jul.2014
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