Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17, 2016: Divest the Rest! Climate Justice Campaigners Thank Gates Foundation - With a Caveat

There was a small victory in the divestment movement this week. After a year of public pressure, the Gates Divest campaign learned that the Gates Foundation had quietly sold millions of fossil fuel stock. The foundation didn't make it public. So the divest campaign decided to do it for them. Martha Baskin has our story from Seattle.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016: Nature Unbound: Restoration on the banks of the Snoqualmie River

One of the most important rivers in the fertile Snoqualmie Valley east of Seattle is the Snoqualmie River. Once upon a time the river boasted record salmon runs for the Snoqualmie and Native American tribes who first lived here. But climate change and population growth have negatively impacted the river's ability to be sustainable. Today restoration is underway along its banks to ensure it's healthy for salmon, farmland, and generations to come.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016: Bee-Friendly: Bee Lovers Unite to Protect a Species at Risk

With bees of all species at risk, bee-lovers, gardeners, and farmers are uniting to create bee-friendly strategies. In the mix are pesticide-free pollinator power patches and unique housing projects, designed to protect the insects who pollinate one out of three bites of food we eat. To follow the buzz, Martha Baskin brings us to urban farms and gardens and catches up with an entomologist and the Xerces Society, whose mission is to prevent all invertebrates from extinction.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

February 23, 2016: From Australia to Iowa to Uganda by Way of Seattle: Human Feeding Trials of GMO Bananas Raise Concerns

You may wonder what protestors clad in banana costumes have to do with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But then you might not be up on a multi-continental GMO banana experiment funded by the foundation whose stated goal is to reduce Vitamin A deficiency in Uganda. Human feeding trials of the banana are slated to begin at Iowa State University shortly. The FDA doesn't require any clinical trials for genetically modified food stuffs, they generally go straight to market. But scientists developing the GM banana want to see just how effectively the human body derives the vitamin from their banana and human feeding trials are slated to begin at Iowa State University sometime this year. The issue is stirring controversy. Last week, 57,000 petition signatures were delivered to the Gates Foundation in simultaneous demonstrations in Seattle and Ames, Iowa. Martha Baskin has our story.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016: Blue Herons, Oil Sheens, and Polluted Urban Waters: Puget Sound's Biggest Water Quality Challenge

Water bodies across the nation are under steady assault from legacy pollutants, petroleum products, stormwater runoff, and contaminants of all kinds. In this feature we take a tour of waterways in Seattle with the Puget Soundkeeper, a member of the global water keeper alliance, a grassroots movement devoted to protecting specific watersheds. Decades after the Clean Water Act was passed, you may be surprised at some of the pollutants the Soundkeeper finds and the challenges in preserving water bodies for wildlife and future generations.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 18, 2015: “Climate 8” Assert a Stable Climate System Is a Human Right

If the "climate 8" get their way in Seattle's King County Superior Court, the right to a stable climate system could become as "inalienable" - and as groundbreaking - as any right conceived by the founding fathers, similar to the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In an era of growing climate chaos where youth the world over will pay the highest price, the lawsuit argues that the state Department of Ecology has a mandatory duty to protect natural resources, including the atmosphere, for future generations. The eight tween and teen students who brought the legal action against the state argue that they do, and that it's government's responsibility to protect those rights. Martha Baskin has more from Seattle.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

November 3, 2015: Stopping Shell in Its Tracks: Washington State Communities Say No to Oil Trains

“Shell No!” is again a rallying cry for environmentalists in Western Washington committed to derailing the oil giant's plans to build a railspur for its Puget Sound refinery. Years of derailments and explosions throughout North America combined with Shell using the Port of Seattle as a homeport for its Arctic drilling plans, spurned a new coalition, Stand Up To Oil, Communities Fueling Change, whose goal is to stand up to threats posed by rapid and dramatic changes in oil transportation while working to improve safety measures for oil currently traveling through the region. Martha Baskin reports.

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