Thursday, February 24, 2011

February 24, 2011: The Bumpy Road to a Coal Free Future in Washington State

In a few years the backlash against coal power in America has become the country's biggest-ever environmental campaign, transforming the nation’s awareness of climate change and inspiring political leaders to take firmer action after years of doubt and delay. Plans for new plants have been defeated in thirty states. But shutting down existing coal plants hasn’t been so easy. This week Green Acre Radio looks at bumps in the road to a coal free future in Washington State.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

February 10, 2011: The Big Rig: Port Truck Drivers, Poverty and Pollution

Is there a connection between pollution and drivers who load containers at the nation’s ports? The Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports, a coalition of environmental, labor and community organizations, says low wages and the misclassification of drivers are aggravating the pollution. Since 2006, the coalition has worked to reclassify the drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. But it’s been a long haul. Martha Baskin has our story.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

February 2, 2011: A Closer Look at Nonmetal Periodic Element #15, aka Phosphorous

Can one member of the nitrogen family make a difference in the state’s budget woes? Proponents of a bill to restrict the sale of phosphorous in lawn fertilizer think it can. Manage its sale and you have one less chemical costing cities millions to control in wastewater treatment plants. Martha Baskin has our story.

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