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Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge wins 2013 National Community Radio award!

Earthgauge Radio is currently on a summer break but I am thrilled to report that we were recently awarded a 2013 National Community Radio Association (NCRA) award as the best Current Affairs / Magazine show for our coverage of the Forward on Climate rally in Washington D.C. in February of this year.

This show featured speeches and interviews from the huge demonstration in which roughly 40-50,000 people gathered on Washington’s national mall to urge President Obama to follow through on the commitments he made during his inaugural address in January to respond to the climate change crisis. This included speeches by (Read more…)

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio May 16: Our last show of the season! The human costs of climate change with Andrew Guzman

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This week is our last show before the summer break! I’m taking a few months off to recharge the batteries so we’re ready to come back strong in September for an all new season. On today’s program, we’re going to hear an interview from our friends at Generation Anthropocene who talked recently with international law expert Andrew Guzman. He has taken a step back from analyzing climate change in terms of precise temperature changes, melting glaciers and meters of sea level rise and breaks down all the ways climate change will affect humanity, from environmental refugees to changing (Read more…)

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio May 9: the Kalamazoo River oil spill 3 years later

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Photograph: State of Michigan

This week on Earthgauge, we take a look back at what happened in Michigan in 2010 when an Enbridge pipeline ruptured spilling roughly 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. What is the legacy of the spill and is there anything for the rest of us to learn as we debate the construction of more pipelines from the tar sands of Alberta to B.C. and the Gulf of Mexico?

I have 3 interviews on the program today:

Susan Connelly, a local resident of Marshall, MI where the spill occurred Jeff (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio May 9: the Kalamazoo River oil spill 3 years later

Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on EG Radio: the Kalamazoo River oil spill

This week on Earthgauge, we’ll take a look back at what happened in Michigan in 2010 when an Enbridge pipeline ruptured spilling roughly 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. What is the legacy of the spill and is there anything for the rest of us to learn as we contemplate the construction of more pipelines from the tar sands of Alberta to B.C. and the Gulf of Mexico?

I was in Kalamazoo and the surrounding area last week and I had the opportunity to speak with residents who have been affected by the spill and its (Read more…)

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio April 25: The Future of Cities | Bike to Work month | Thomas Lovejoy

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This week on Earthgauge, we have a veritable green medley with a jam-packed show covering everything from urban sustainability, climate change, biodiversity, biking to work and even the latest green news. I have 4 features today:

Presentation by Alex Steffen called The Shareable Future of Cities Alex Smith’s interview with Dr. Thomas Lovejoy on biodiversity and climate change My interview with Jamie Stuckless of EnviroCentre on Bike to Work month in Ottawa This week’s green news from BradBlog.com

We also have our usual update on local environmental events and campaigns with Kathy of Ecology Ottawa. This week, (Read more…)

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio April 18 2013: Earth Day special | Ottawa takes on climate change

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This week we celebrate Earth Day and look at why cities are so important in the fight against climate change. I have two features on the program today:

Interview with Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada Presentation by Alex Wood of Sustainable Prosperity from the City of Ottawa Greenhouse Gas Roundtable

We also have our usual update from Kathy of Ecology Ottawa on local environmental events and campaigns.

Click the audio player above to stream the show or right click here to download.

Part 1 – Earth Day

This Monday is Earth Day so we kick off (Read more…)

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio this week: Earth Day and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cities

On Earthgauge Radio this week, it’s Earth Day! I’ll be speaking with the president of Earth Day Canada, Jed Goldberg. We talk about what is being planned for this year’s event on April 22 (Monday) and we discuss the role of Earth Day activities at a time when many environmental problems around the world seem to be getting worse. Is Earth Day still relevant and effective in raising awareness and changing behaviour?

Also on the program, we’ll be looking at the role of cities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A few weeks ago, the City of Ottawa hosted a

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Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio April 11, 2013: Our 50th show! EcoBricks, Ontario Home Comfort and Rachel Carson

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This week marks our 50th program since Earthgauge Radio was launched in the fall of 2011! So we’re celebrating a big milestone today and are sending out our thanks to all the guests we’ve had in the past year and a half, the numerous people who have contributed to the show, the whole CKCU radio family and of course to our faithful listeners for tuning in every week either live, online or by podcast.

On the program this week, we discuss Eco-bricks, saving energy (and money!) on home heating and the 50th anniversary of Rachel (Read more…)

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio this week: EcoBricks, Ontario Home Comfort and Rachel Carson

On Earthgauge Radio this week, Xerez Bridglall will bring us her interview with two Carleton University undergraduate students who participated in the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program this year. ASB is an immersive year-long program that culminates with a week of cultural exchange and community service over reading week in February. Mario Pizzuto and Megan Stacey went on the ASB trip to Guatemala where they were involved in building a structure made out of eco-bricks, an environmentally friendly, additive free pressed kiln dried hardwood sawdust bricks used for home heating fuel in wood burning stoves, wood burning fireplaces and

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Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio March 28: Federal Budget 2013, urbanization in Kenya and the tar sands “staples” trap

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We love covering local stories on Earthgauge and this week, we get just about as local as we can, focusing on some compelling environmental research taking place at Carleton University in Ottawa. We also take a look at the environmental provisions of last week’s federal Budget 2013. We have 3 interviews on today’s show:

Glennys Egan on the environmental and human impacts of urbanization in Kenya Brendan Haley on the tar sands “staples trap” Andrew Van Iterson on the environmental measures in Budget 2013

We also have our usual update from Kathy of Ecology Ottawa on local (Read more…)

Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on EG Radio: Budget 2013, urbanization in Kenya and the tar sands “staples trap”

We love covering local stories on Earthgauge and this week, we’re getting just about as local as we possibly can, focusing on some compelling environmental research taking place at Carleton University in Ottawa. Earthgauge contributor Juanita Bawagan will be speaking with Glennys Egan who is a Masters student whose research is based on issues of urbanization in Kenya. She has spent a significant amount of time living and working in that country and she’ll join Juanita to talk about her work there with Street Kids International and the environmental and human impacts of urbanization.

In our second half hour, I’ll

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Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio March 14: food glorious food!

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On Earthgauge this week, we discuss food security from the global to the local level, and what we can do to help build a more equitable and sustainable food system. From the geopolitics of global food (in)security to the benefits of eating locally, this special program considers how the food choices we make on a daily basis have a real impact both on our environment and on the people who produce what we eat. Click the audio player above to stream the show or right click here to download.

I have two interviews on today’s show:

Matt (Read more…)

Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on EG Radio: food glorious food!

Tomorrow on Earthgauge, we’re discussing food (in)security. From the geopolitics of global food security to the benefits of eating locally, this special program will consider how the food choices we make on a daily basis have a real impact both on our environment and on the people who produce our food. We have perhaps no closer connection to the land than through the food we eat every day. Simply by making better and more informed food choices, we can make a big difference.

For the global perspective, I’ll be speaking with Matt Roney, a research associate at the Earth Policy

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Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio March 7 2013: Reconnecting with the natural world around us

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Ever wondered where your water comes from and where your wastewater goes? How much garbage do we produce in Ottawa and where does it go? What did the city look like a couple hundred years ago? Where does the gas come from that fills up our tanks? How much of our food is produced locally?

On this week’s edition of Earthgauge, we’ll discuss all this and more with Janice Ashworth. She helped put together a handy little booklet called ‘The Ecology of Ottawa‘ and she’ll be joining me for a feature 2-part interview.

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Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: The Ecology of Ottawa and Awakening the Skeena

Ever wondered where your water comes from and where your wastewater goes? What about your garbage? Electricity and heat? What did Ottawa look like a couple hundred years ago?

Tomorrow on Earthgauge, we’ll discuss all this and more with Janice Ashworth. She helped put together a handy little booklet called ‘The Ecology of Ottawa‘ and she’ll be joining me for a feature 2-part interview.

Also on the show, hear my interview with Ali Howard and Andrew Eddy about their film ‘Awakening the Skeena‘. The summer of 2009 saw Ali Howard become the first person on the

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Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio February 28 2013: ‘Forward on Climate’ special with Bill McKibben, Van Jones, Naomi Klein, Michael Brune and Jacquie Thomas

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This week on Earthgauge, we hear speeches and interviews from the huge ‘Forward on Climate‘ rally in Washington D.C. on February 17. We have speeches by Van Jones of Rebuild the Dream, Bill McKibben of 350.org, Michael Brune, executive director of the U.S. Sierra Club, and Jacquie Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation in B.C., and interviews from the rally with Michael Brune and Canadian author/ activist Naomi Klein. We also have our weekly update from Kathy of Ecology Ottawa on local environmental events and campaigns in the (Read more…)

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Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on EG Radio: our ‘Forward on Climate’ special show!

I attended the huge Forward on Climate rally in Washington D.C. last week and tomorrow I’ll be playing speeches from the rally by Van Jones of Rebuild the Dream, Bill McKibben of 350.org, Michael Brune, executive director of the U.S. Sierra Club, and Jacquie Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation in B.C.

We’ll also hear my interviews with Michael Brune and author/ activist Naomi Klein. Things are heating up these days and it ain’t just the weather!

Earthgauge Radio airs every Thursday morning at 7:00 AM on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa and

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Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio February 14 2013: Ottawa Riverkeeper Meredith Brown and Climate Science 101

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This week on Earthgauge, I present a feature interview with the Ottawa Riverkeeper, Meredith Brown and we talk climate science with Eric Galbraith of McGill University. Click the audio player above or right click here to download the show.

First up….it’s Climate Change 101! Ever want to know about some of the fundamentals of climate science so you can easily refute that climate change denying buddy of yours? Well, we have a Climate Change 101 session with Eric Galbraith of McGill University. He is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Science and he’ll explain just

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Earthgauge Radio: This week on EG Radio: Feature interview with the Ottawa Riverkeeper, Meredith Brown

This Thursday on Earthgauge Radio, I’m pleased to present a feature interview with the Ottawa Riverkeeper, Meredith Brown. We’ll discuss the health of the Ottawa River, changes to federal environmental regulations, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and the Ottawa River Action Plan.

We’ll also talk with Dr. Eric Galbraith (I promise!) of McGill University who will give us a primer on the science of climate change. Everything you ever wanted to know about the basics of climate science, but were afraid to ask.

Earthgauge Radio airs Thursday mornings from 7-8 AM on CKCU 93.1 in Ottawa.

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Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio February 7 2012: Liveable Ottawa | Shell oil rig Alaskan disaster

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This week on Earthgauge Radio, we’re talking about the Shell drilling rig that ran aground near Alaska’s Kodiak Island at the end of December and we discuss the City of Ottawa’s “Liveable Ottawa” plan. We also have a special guest editorial from Grist.org columnist David Roberts who will explain why climate science is Nate Silver and U.S. politics is Karl Rove.

It was bad enough that Shell demonstrated total ineptitude when their Kullik oil rig started leaking crude oil into the Alaskan wilderness but as Rachel Maddow of MSNBC tells us, this story just keeps

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Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio January 31 2013: Obama and climate change | Lisa Friedman | Idle No More

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This week on Earthgauge Radio, we’re talking about President Obama’s new commitment to climate change, the growing problem of environmental “refugees”, and the environmental dimensions of the Idle No More aboriginal movement. We have 3 interviews on today’s show:

Lisa Friedman, Deputy Editor of ClimateWire Stephen Hazell, environmental lawyer and the founder of Ecovision Law John Smol, biology professor at Queen’s University and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change

U.S. President Barack Obama’s inaugural address last week gave special prominence to taking action on climate change. Will this translate into concrete action and what does this

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Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: Obama the climate hawk?

This week on Earthgauge Radio we’re talking about President Obama’s inaugural address in which his commitment to action on climate change was given special prominence. Will this translate into concrete action? We’ll speak to journalist Lisa Friedman of ClimateWire about the international climate change picture and EG contributor Juanita will give us a primer on the changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act and the overhaul of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Tune in every Thursday morning at 7:00 AM to Ottawa’s only radio program dedicated exclusively to environmental news and commentary from Ottawa, across the country and around the world.

Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio January 24: Richard Heinberg on energy, climate change and the fragile world economy

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This week on Earthgauge Radio, we launch a new series in which we will feature leading, influential thinkers who can provide some big picture context to the issues that we discuss on this program such as climate change, energy, economics, ethics, sustainability and development. We will kick off this ‘Big Picture, Big Thinkers’ series with a speech today by the influential author Richard Heinberg from the Bioneers Conference back in November 2012. Heinberg is a senior Fellow-in-Residence at Post Carbon Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building more resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities. He is perhaps best

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Earthgauge Radio: Richard Heinberg on Earthgauge Radio this week

This Thursday on Earthgauge Radio, we’ll be featuring a speech by the influential author Richard Heinberg from the Bioneers Conference back in November. Heinberg is a senior Fellow-in-Residence at Post Carbon Institute and is best known as a leading educator on Peak Oil—the point at which we reach maximum global oil production—and the resulting, devastating impact it will have on our economic, food, and transportation systems. His expertise is far ranging, covering critical issues including the current economic crisis, food and agriculture, community resilience, and global climate change.

The above video, called ‘Don’t Worry, Drive On,’ is narrated by Heinberg and

Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio January 17: Keith Stewart of Greenpeace and Alex Hebert of SwitchHop.com

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Earthgauge Radio returns this week with Keith Stewart of Greenpeace who will tell us about the December 2011 letter he obtained through an Access to Information request from oil companies to the Harper government. As it turns out, what the oil industry wants, the Harper government gives – in this case, they wanted drastic changes to Canada’s environmental laws. And with the omnibus Budget Bills of the last year, we saw that Canada’s Conservative government was more than happy to oblige.

We also talk to Alex Hebert of SwitchHop to learn how you can reduce energy consumption

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