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Capitalism vs. The Climate

 

Naomi Klein, a best-selling author and climate activist, attended Climate Week 2014 events in New York. In her new book, This Changes Everything, she argues that the dangerous growth in greenhouse gas emissions is being driven by globalization and free trade ideology. She says to solve the climate crisis, we have to change global capitalism.

 

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Record March for Climate Action

 

Days before a U.N. Climate Summit, Living on Earth’s Emmett FitzGerald, Helen Palmer and Naomi Arenberg witnessed as 400,000 people from all walks to life pour onto the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March on September 21st, demanding global cooperative action on climate change. The next day, a much smaller group of protesters attended Flood Wall Street, citing capitalism as a root cause for society’s inadequate response to the climate crisis.

 

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Cape Wind in Doubt

 

Wind turbines in the Irish Sea. The United States has yet to establish offshore wind, but countries in Europe have taken the plunge (photo: Andy Dingley)

 

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Hummingbirds Citizen Science Project

 

The Rufous hummingbird follows the Rocky Mountains to migrate from Alaska to Mexico (Photo: Diana Douglas for Hummingbirds at Home).

 

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White House Confronts Climate Deniers

 

Some skeptical pundits have used the recent deep cold snap to suggest that climate change isn’t real. White House Science Advisor John Holdren says not so fast.

 

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Trout Are Speaking

 

Commentator Mark Seth Lender contemplates the rainbow trout.

 

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Otters and Climate Change

 

Sea Otters are known for their playful demeanor and cuddly appearance, but scientists at the University of California at Santa Cruz think that the cuddly creatures could help reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. (Photo: Imtiaz333 Flickr Creative Commons)

 

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Romance and Spring Harvest At Paradise Lot

 

For most gardeners, springtime means a few seedlings on a window sill. But for perennial gardeners spring is a time of harvest. The new book, Paradise Lot, is a personal and heartwarming account of finding romance and growing a permaculture food forest on a degraded backyard plot in a gritty neighborhood of Holyoke, MA.

 

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Bayou Community Struggles with Sinkhole

 

A huge sinkhole in the tiny swamp community of Bayou Corne is giving residents unique and unpleasant challenges. It is now approximately 20 acres in size.

 

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Record March for Climate Action

Days before a U.N. Climate Summit, Living on Earth’s Emmett FitzGerald, Helen Palmer and Naomi Arenberg witnessed as 400,000 people from all walks to life pour onto the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March on September 21st, demanding global cooperative action on climate change. The next day, a much smaller group of protesters attended Flood Wall Street, citing capitalism as a root cause for society’s inadequate response to the climate crisis.

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U.N. Climate Summit Pledges Global Commitment and Action

Over 125 heads of state, government officials, CEOs, NGOs and individuals convened in New York for the United Nation’s Climate Summit on September 23rd, 2014 to reaffirm their dedication to curtailing climate change and their global plans for doing so. Jennifer Morgan, Director of the Climate and Energy Program with the World Resources Institute, shared her analysis of the Summit’s outcomes as countries gear up for climate agreements in Paris next year.

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Capitalism vs. The Climate

Naomi Klein, a best-selling author and climate activist, attended Climate Week 2014 events in New York. In her new book, This Changes Everything, she argues that the dangerous growth in greenhouse gas emissions is being driven by globalization and free trade ideology. She says to solve the climate crisis, we have to change global capitalism.

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This Week’s Show
September 26, 2014
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Record March for Climate Action

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Days before a U.N. Climate Summit, Living on Earth’s Emmett FitzGerald, Helen Palmer and Naomi Arenberg witnessed as 400,000 people from all walks to life pour onto the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March on September 21st, demanding global cooperative action on climate change. The next day, a much smaller group of protesters attended Flood Wall Street, citing capitalism as a root cause for society’s inadequate response to the climate crisis.

U.N. Climate Summit Pledges Global Commitment and Action

listen / download
Over 125 heads of state, government officials, CEOs, NGOs and individuals convened in New York for the United Nation’s Climate Summit on September 23rd, 2014 to reaffirm their dedication to curtailing climate change and their global plans for doing so. Jennifer Morgan, Director of the Climate and Energy Program with the World Resources Institute, shared her analysis of the Summit’s outcomes as countries gear up for climate agreements in Paris next year.

Beyond the Headlines

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In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells us about the shrinking of a western snowpack, the spreading of Lyme disease due to climate change, and the raising of the Tellico Dam despite the endangered snail darter.

BirdNote® A River of Raptors Over Veracruz

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In September, migrating hawks, turkey vultures, and kestrels flood the skies above Veracruz State in eastern Mexico. Michael Stein shares an excerpt from Scott Weidensaul’s book Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, as he witnesses hundreds of thousands of raptors on this migration.

Capitalism vs. The Climate

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Naomi Klein, a best-selling author and climate activist, attended Climate Week 2014 events in New York. In her new book, This Changes Everything, she argues that the dangerous growth in greenhouse gas emissions is being driven by globalization and free trade ideology. She says to solve the climate crisis, we have to change global capitalism.


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