Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015: Terra Nostra - A Symphony for the Planet

Many symphonies have been written as musical testaments to war - Shostakovitch's "Leningrad," written to honor the estimated 25 million Soviets who lost their lives in World War II, is just one example. But a symphony about climate change is altogether new. And something a French composer and environmental scientist based in Seattle decided the times demanded. Terra Nostra, "Our Earth" in Latin, has its multimedia symphonic premiere later this month. What happens after that remains to be seen.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015: Plastic on the Rise in Oceans & Waters Everywhere

Plastic, large and small, macro and micro, has become a scourge of oceans and waterways everywhere. Researchers reported in the August issue of Science that about 4 million to 12 million metric tons of plastic washed offshore in 2010 alone - enough to cover every foot of coastline on the planet. That’s just the beginning of the problems, the team says, as scientists still don’t know where more than 99% of ocean plastic debris ends up. We take a look at the problem beginning with a clean up crew on a beach on Vashon Island, southwest of Seattle.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015: Pilot Water Transfer Project Fights Drought with Innovation

Drought isn't new in the west. But in Washington state, those who grow the region's food have never experienced a growing season as water-challenged as this year. Farmers in the fertile Snoqualmie River Valley outside Seattle have come up with a temporary solution, a pilot water transfer project. The pilot is helping some farmers grow and harvest the organic fruits and veggies many have come to rely on.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

July 13, 2015: Edible Gardens & Cool Tips for Growing in a Hot Summer

Drought in the West has hit Washington state pretty hard in the summer of 2015. Fires are raging in traditionally wet rain forests on the coast while farmers are stealing water in the Eastern part of the state to feed thirsty crops. Urban gardens are also feeling the pinch in cities like Seattle. But with the right techniques – there's no water rationing in the city to date - many edible gardeners are reaping a harvest. Martha Baskin took an edible garden tour and brings us this story.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 1, 2015: Global South Realities on Rise in Climate Justice Battle with Shell Over Arctic Drilling

"Climate justice" has become a rallying cry in the battle being played out in Seattle to pressure Shell from drilling in the Arctic this summer. We caught up with two climate justice activists with roots in the global south, Katrina Pestano and Sarra Tekola, to find out why.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015: Seed Lending Libraries Place a Premium on Diversity

Seed lending libraries are sprouting up all over the country. Their purpose is two-fold. One, to exchange, share, and maintain a diverse supply of open pollinating non-GMO seeds. And two, to cultivate more gardeners and growers to join the seed saving effort. In this feature we visit a seed library in Seattle and get some advice from those committed to growing the movement.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015: Raft Up! Resistance to Shell's Arctic Drilling Builds in the Pacific Northwest

Royal Dutch Shell's Polar Pioneer, a 400-foot-tall Arctic drilling rig reached the Washington coast today. The subject of intense controversy after the Port of Seattle offered Shell a home port to facilitate Arctic drilling, the rig will remain in Port Angeles for several weeks before being escorted to the Port of Seattle. Our story brings us to Elliott Bay in Seattle, where a kayak fleet is in training. Mass direct action on land and sea is underway in preparation for the Polar Pioneer's expected arrival in Seattle in mid-May.

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