Thursday, March 31, 2011

From the Columbia River to Seattle's Urban Green River Wild Steelhead Populations Try to Hang On

In rivers throughout the Northwest, from the mighty Columbia to Seattle's urban Green River, wild steelhead populations are desperately hanging on. Listed as threatened, even hatchery efforts to increase their numbers are failing. Habitat loss, dams, and warming waters caused by climate change, appear to be sealing their fate. In this week’s Green Acre Radio, Martha Baskin visits the Soos Creek Hatchery on the Green River and talks with wild steelhead advocates including veteran fisheries biologist, Don Chapman, who’s been monitoring the situation for fifty years.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sowing Seeds for the Hungry, Moral Dilemmas, and Monsanto's Reach

What's an environmentally conscious urban farm to do when it learns its seed supply is not as pure as it thought? Marra Farm in South Park, an urban farm that grows food for the hungry, is caught in a moral dilemma. Should it use seeds donated from companies who also sell Monsanto varieties? Martha Baskin visits the farm and explores the issue.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011: On the Threshold of Sustainability: Energy Efficient Housing for Those Who’ve Been Without

Sustainable, energy efficient urban housing that’s affordable? Solid Ground, a nonprofit dedicated to building community to end poverty, thought it sounded like a good idea. This week, the nonprofit opens Brettler Family Place on the site of the former Sand Point Navy base at Magnusson Park. Fifty-two families are moving in. Green Acre Radio’s Martha Baskin went to the housewarming.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

March 10, 2011: Proposed Bills in Congress Would Cripple the EPA and Axe Environmental Safeguards

Hidden within the budget battle going on in Washington D.C. are proposals to permanently stop the EPA from curbing greenhouse gas emissions and cut the EPA’s budget by a third. So far the country’s bedrock environmental protections remain a moving target. But environmentalists call it an unprecedented attack and remain on high alert.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March 3, 2011: Pedal to the Metal: Hybrid Auto Tech Training at One of the Nation’s Premier Training Programs - Shoreline Community College

Alternative fuels, green vehicles, efficiency and renewables have emerged as the greatest potential for job creation. They’re also the greatest workforce development opportunity for community colleges on the horizon. Hybrid auto technician training at Shoreline Community College is no exception. The employment rate for technicians who complete the program is 90%. Green Acre Radio takes us on an inside look at one of the nation’s premier training centers for hybrid technicians.

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