Thursday, January 26, 2012

January 26, 2012: Plastic Debris Rivers to Sea: Interview with Captain Charlie Moore, The Man Who Uncovered the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”

Perhaps it’s the perceived vastness of the ocean and lack of visibility that has allowed society to dismiss the problem of plastic debris. Land-based discharges of plastic comprise the largest source of marine debris in oceans world wide – nearly 80%. Martha Baskin catches up with Captain Charles Moore, the man who uncovered the dirty secret, and is on a mission to turn the tide.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012: It’s Cold and My Car Is Buried in Snow. Is Global Warming Really Happening?

For years climate change deniers point to snowfall and cold weather to question the scientific reality of human-induced climate change. The annual barrage of misinformation obscures the work scientists do to figure out just how climate change is affecting weather patterns year round. But first it’s helpful to remember weather is what’s happening outside the door right now. Climate, on the other hand, is the pattern of weather measured over decades. Martha Baskin has our report.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

January 12, 2012: Pollution Free Prosperity: Is it Possible in an Economy that Looks Like This?

"Pollution free prosperity," "fulfilling our clean energy future," and the "toxic-free kids act" are the environmental community’s top priorities for the 2012 legislative session. But whether they’ll be able to sustain them under the most intense attacks the community has seen in decades, remains to be seen. Martha Baskin has our report.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

January 5, 2012: Visitors from the Arctic: The Nomadic Life of the Mysterious Snowy Owl

This winter the region is hosting a mysterious and nomadic visitor. It hails from the Arctic, has been immortalized throughout history, and was one of the first species to be cast in the movies of Harry Potter. What is it and why is it here? Martha Baskin puts the pieces together in this week’s story.

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Hear Martha's entire interview with author Paul Bannick here: