Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February 3, 2017: Climate Justice On Trial: WA State Jury Refuses to Convict First “Valve-Turner” in Four State Tar Sands Pipeline Action

In a surprise victory, a Washington state jury has refused to convict Ken Ward, the first of five "valve turners" who shut off tar sands pipelines from Canada to Washington in October of last year. Ken Ward, who turned off an emergency block valve on Kinder Morgans Trans-Mountain Pipeline, was charged with two felony counts. After more than five hours of deliberation, Ward's three day trial ended in a hung jury, with at least one juror refusing to convict. Martha Baskin has the story.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

January 26, 2017: Owls: The Otherworldly Creatures Whose Habitat Relies on the Department of Interior

The 116th Congress has its hands full vetting cabinet nominations. Many are controversial, but one that's flying under the radar is the nominee for Interior Secretary who manages over 200 million acres of land – land that wildlife and ecosystems rely on. Trump's choice is Ryan Zinke, a freshman Republican Congressman from Montana. In this news feature Martha Baskin looks at the issue from the point of view of owls, including the great-horned owl and western screech owl.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017: Tribal and Non-Native Water Protectors Challenge Wells Fargo to Divest from Dakota Access Pipeline

Since the fossil fuel divestment campaign began on university campuses in 2011 institutions worth $2.6 trillion have pulled their investments in coal, oil, and natural gas. The movement to demand financial institutions divest from the Dakota Access pipeline, which began late last year, is still in the early stages. 17 banks, including Wells Fargo, SunTrust and Citibank,are backing the pipeline. A recent protest in Seattle, lead by native leaders and water protector allies targeting Wells Fargo, shows the movement gaining momentum. Wells Fargo has close to $500 million invested in the pipeline.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 28, 2016: Owls: The Otherworldly Creatures Who Need Our Help

"You do not find owls – owls find you. Their camouflage conceals them until you catch a fleeting glimpse of broad, soft wings illuminated by the setting sun or, more likely, the moon." In this audio rich conversation with Paul Bannick, conservationist and photographer about his latest book, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, we hear the owl's message and what North America's 19 distinct species need to survive.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 28, 2016: No Farms, No Food

Most of us are familiar with the bumper sticker, "no farms, no food," the rallying cry to protect farmland and nurture local, sustainably grown food. The cry has become increasingly relevant to farmers and farmland advocates on Seattle's urban fringe, 13 miles north of the Space Needle. They say current levels of development threaten their future. Martha Baskin takes us to the Sammamish Valley outside of Woodinville.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016: Birds, Birds, Birds, and the Threat They Can't Escape

Birds exist everywhere we do, so it's little wonder that they have been important to human culture from time immemorial. Their songs thrill along with their incredible display of speed and strength. Audubon has been dedicated to ensuring their survival since it was founded in 1905. From its work in stopping the sale of feathers of native birds for the fashion industry, to the ban of DDT in 1972, the organization has been on the frontlines of conservation and grassroots advocacy. In this bird-rich radio feature, we take a look at Audubon's work in Washington state and why they support I-732, the carbon tax.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016: State Carbon Tax Initiative Backers Undaunted Despite Divide

The state of Washington could become the first state in the nation to enact a carbon tax on big polluters if grassroots activists can overcome opposition from unlikely allies: the business community, low-income and people of color communities, the state Democratic party and environmental groups. Supporters of the carbon tax, Initiative 732, are pulling out the stops to win voters before November. Meanwhile a new report published this week in Nature says that with today's level of fossil fuel emissions the planet is “locked” into eventually hitting its highest temperature mark in 2 million years.

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