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Earthgauge Radio: ‘Climate Change: Which way out?’ with Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges, Bernie Sanders, Kshama Sawant

From left: Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, Brian Lehrer (moderator), Bill McKibben, Kshama Sawant

 

I was fortunate to attend the largest climate change march in history on September 21, 2014 in New York City. It was an incredible experience to see roughly 400,000 in the streets demanding urgent action on the climate crisis.

The night before the event, there was a great panel discussion featuring Naomi Klein (author of ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’), Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org), Chris Hedges (author and former New York Times correspondent), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and Kshama Sawant (newly (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: 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.

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Part 1 – Earth Day

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

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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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Earthgauge Radio: Interview with Keith Stewart of Greenpeace

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Roughly one year ago, the federal Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, issued an open letter attacking “environmental and other radical groups” that “threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda.” Canada’s regulatory system was “broken”, he declared, and changing it was “an urgent matter of Canada’s national interest.”

How interesting then to learn this week that Greenpeace had uncovered, through an Access to Information request, a letter that was sent by representatives of the oil industry to the federal Ministers of the Environment and Natural Resources in December 2011 requesting major

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Earthgauge Radio: December 20, 2012: Buy Nothing Christmas and the shark fin import ban in Canada

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This week on Earthgauge Radio, I have a feature interview with Aiden Enns of BuyNothingChristmas.org. We discuss some ideas about how you can have a “greener” and less stressful holiday season. I also have an update from NDP MP Fin Donnelly on his private member’s Bill C-380 to ban the import of shark fins to Canada.

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Part 1 – Fin Donnelly on his efforts to ban the import of shark fins to Canada

One year ago Fin Donnelly, the NDP MP for

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Earthgauge Radio: December 20, 2012: Buy Nothing Christmas and the shark fin import ban in Canada

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This week on Earthgauge Radio, I have a feature interview with Aiden Enns of BuyNothingChristmas.org and we discuss some ideas about how you can have a “greener” and less stressful holiday season. I also have an update from NDP MP Fin Donnelly on his private member’s Bill C-380 to ban the import of shark fins to Canada.

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Part 1 – Fin Donnelly on his efforts to ban the import of shark fins to Canada

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One year ago Fin Donnelly,

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Earthgauge Radio: Interview with Dr. James Brophy about a groundbreaking study on the links between workplace pollutants and breast cancer

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On Earthgauge Radio this week, I featured an interview with Dr. James Brophy who is an adjunct professor at the University of Windsor and the co-author of a groundbreaking new study demonstrating that women working in particular occupations have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, likely due to exposure to toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants. Click the audio player to stream the interview or right click here to download.

This research, which was published in the prestigious online journal Environmental Health, seems to support growing evidence of the links between pollutants in our environment and the risks of developing

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Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio December 13 2012: Cancer in the workplace and the crisis of ocean acidification

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This week on Earthgauge Radio, we’re talking about environmental health and ocean acidification. I have two interviews on the program today:

Dr. James Brophy, co-author of a groundbreaking new study demonstrating that women working in particular occupations have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, likely due to exposure to toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants Dr. Robert Rangeley of the World Wildlife Fund of Canada who will explain why the rapid acidification of the word’s oceans threatens many forms of marine life and may even endanger the oceanic food chain

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Earthgauge Radio: Interview with Jeff Orlowski, Director of ‘Chasing Ice’

With all this talk in Doha about climate change and what the international community should be doing about it, sometimes it’s good to get a reality check from those out in the field. A new film being screened this week (December 7 – 11) at the Bytowne Theatre in Ottawa does just that.

Dubbed by some as the new “Inconvenient Truth,” Chasing Ice chronicles the work of National Geographic photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey, which is a visual legacy of how climate change and other human activity is impacting the planet. The documentary looks at how

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Earthgauge Radio: Interview with Beatrice Yeung of the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation

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Beatrice Yeung is in Qatar representing the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha. Students on Ice is an organization based in Gatineau, Quebec that offers unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. The alumni delegation is composed of students such as Beatrice who have visited the polar regions and are now advocating on behalf of polar conservation. I apologize that the phone line is not the greatest but she is on a cell in Doha half a world away after all. In our interview, she talks about

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Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio December 6 2012: Over the climate cliff! Special program on the Doha Climate Change Conference

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This week on Earthgauge Radio, it’s our Doha Climate Change Conference special broadcast. We have several features on the program today:

On the ground reporting and news from the Doha summit courtesy of Deutsche Welle Living Planet An interview from Doha with Beatrice Yeung who is attending the conference on behalf of the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation An interview with Jeff Orlowski, director of ‘Chasing Ice‘, a new film that chronicles the astonishing changes currently taking place in the Arctic as a result of human-caused climate change

We also have our usual update from Ecology

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Earthgauge Radio: Interview with John Bennett of the Sierra Club

Click the audio player to hear my interview with John Bennett, Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada, about the federal government’s proposed changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act. Bennett explains why so many people and organizations, including the musicians Sarah Harmer, Gord Downie and Feist as well as Ottawa Riverkeeper Meredith Brown and Mountain Equipment Co-op, [...] . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Interview with John Bennett of the Sierra Club

Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio November 29, 2012: international climate science, Ottawa climate politics, and the growing movement to protect Canada’s waterways

This week on Earthgauge Radio, we’re talking about climate change and the protection of Canadian waterways. I have 3 features on the program today: Radio EcoShock‘s broadcast of a speech by the top U.K. climate scientist Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research My interview with John Bennett, Executive Director of the Sierra Club of [...] . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio November 29, 2012: international climate science, Ottawa climate politics, and the growing movement to protect Canada’s waterways