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 6/24/22

  Environment TV Sunday, June 26, 2022

11 a.m. on Manhattan Neighborhood Network

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Charlie Olson's guests are Marilyn Elie of the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, Manna Jo Greene of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and author and blogger Ted Glick.

Subjects include the New Jersey Green Amendment and the recent Walk for Appalachia.

Listen live at MNN.org


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  TV

 6/24/22

  Young Victims of Climate Disasters Sue

EU States Over Controversial Energy Treaty

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From Ecowatch.com: In the latest attempt to use the courts to address the climate crisis, five young people are suing 12 European Union (EU) countries over membership in a treaty that they argue puts the needs of fossil fuel companies above climate action.

The young people brought their case before the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday, as Euractiv reported. The lawsuit targets the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), which gives energy companies the right to sue governments for compensation when their policies threaten profits. NAFTA has a similar clause.

The lawsuit targets 12 EU nations that are ECT members: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. The plaintiffs argue that membership in the treaty violates the rights to life and respect for private and family life, as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, according to The Guardian.


 2 pgs.

article

 6/24/22

  U.S. Supreme Court Rejects

Bayer Appeal to Dismiss Roundup Weedkiller Lawsuits

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From Ecowatch.com: The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by German company Bayer AG to dismiss legal claims by customers who assert one of its products - glyphosate-based Roundup weedkiller - causes cancer. The multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company could potentially owe billions of dollars in damages, reported Reuters

"[N]ow thousands of other cancer victims can continue to hold Monsanto accountable for its decades of corporate malfeasance," lawyers representing Hardeman, Jennifer Moore and Aimee Wagstaff said in a statement, as reported by The Washington Post. Parts of the European Union have banned the herbicide, according to Deutsche Welle.

Bayer acquired Monsanto, the original maker of Roundup, in 2018.


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  article

 6/24/22

  Our Children's Trust Wins

In Montana Supreme Court

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The fossil fuel industry lost in another day in court when the Attorney General of the state of Montana in the children's climate case, Held v. State of Montana, could not get the case stopped, only delayed.

Trial dates for the youth-led constitutional case, originally scheduled for February 6-17, 2023, will now be rescheduled at a scheduling conference in April 2023. It is anticipated that this first ever children's climate trial - and first ever constitutional climate trial - in U.S. history will likely now begin in early summer 2023.

Our Children's Trust is a nonprofit public interest law firm that exclusively provides strategic, campaign based legal services to youth from diverse backgrounds to secure their legal rights to a safe climate. www.ourchildrenstrust.org.


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article

 6/24/22

  How Hurricanes Work

Their Connection to Climate Chaos

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What's the weather today? What's the climate? Do you know the difference? Tune in to get some answers.

Hear meteorologist Tom Wysmuller explain how hurricanes form, why they're so hard to predict exactly, and why Hurricane Sandy was so different. What is the role of climate change in creating hurricanes?

This show paints a picture of the difference between weather and climate. One hurricane is weather. The accumulation of hurricanes, the trends from year to year - that is climate!

Warmer air, warmer water - they both make stronger storms. Tom Wysmuller explains how that works.

A video version of today's show is available on TheEnvironmentTV's youtube channel.

And...
tune in 2:30 p.m. next Friday, July 1st - public transit for the environment.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 25 min.

  radio show

 6/15/22

  Demystifying Plastic

Plastic Pollution Part 2

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Tune in to learn about the definite connection between climate change and plastics.

We are approaching the point when plastics will create more emissions than coal.

Plastics are not as necessary as industry manipulates us into thinking they are.

There are new sustainable non-fossil-fuel plastics alternatives.

There are even experiments being done to make "wood" from food scraps.

The supply chain of plastic pollutes from creation to waste.

It is not a life cycle - it's a death cycle.

Our guest is Alexis Goldsmith, Beyond Plastics' National Organizing Director.

"We all think we are doing a good thing recycling our plastic, but the reality right now," as Alexis shares, "is that most plastics cannot be recycled."

"We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly; we need millions of people doing zero waste imperfectly." - Anne Marie Bonneau from her blog Mother Earth Living

Congress is currently discussing plastic pollution.
The bill numbers are HR 2237 and S 984

Tune in to hear more about plastic pollution and the fossil fuel industry.

And...
tune in next week, Friday, June 24th at 2:30 p.m., for the Hurricane Show - hear about how hurricanes work from meteorologist Tom Wysmuller.

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


 25 min.

radio show

 6/14/22

  Microplastics Found in Antarctica

13 Different Types

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13 different types of microplastics have been found in every sample site in Antarctica.

They have the potential to influence the climate by accelerating melting of snow and ice.

In 2019, scientists were optimistic that they wouldn't find microplastics in such a pristine environment, but the plastic pollution was there.

The data will be presented at the forthcoming Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.


 2 pgs.

  article

 6/14/22

  Clothing Recycling Is Back

at Certain NYC Greenmarkets

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Clothing is once again being accepted for recycling. This will keep usable materials out of landfills. Check the web site for details on where and what.


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article

 6/14/22

  Ancient Forest Ecosystem Intact

In a China Cave

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An intact ancient forest ecosystem has been discovered in a sinkhole in the karst landscape of China.

Many of the trees are over 100 feet tall. Plants and animals currently unknown to science are expected to be in that forest.

More information is on the Smithsonian Magazine and Washington Post web sites.


 2 pgs.

  article

 6/8/22

  Hudson Canyon - near NYC and NJ

The Next Marine Sanctuary?

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From the NOAA web site: "Hudson Canyon is the largest submarine canyon along the U.S. Atlantic coast and is one of the largest in the world. Beginning approximately 100 miles southeast of New York City, the canyon extends about 350 miles seaward, reaches depths of 2 to 2.5 miles, and is up to 7.5 miles wide. Hudson Canyon's grand scale and diverse structure - steep slopes, firm outcrops, diverse sediments, flux of nutrients, and areas of upwelling - make it an ecological hotspot for a vast array of marine wildlife.

"Hudson Canyon provides habitat for a range of protected and sensitive species, including sperm whales, sea turtles, and deep-sea corals. The area's rich biodiversity is integral to the regional economy, underpinning commercial and recreational fisheries, recreational diving, whale watching, and birding. Hudson Canyon could also serve as a sentinel site for NOAA to monitor the impacts of climate change on submarine canyons, which are vulnerable to the effects of ocean acidification and oxygen depletion.

"NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries invites the public to participate in the first step in the process to potentially designate a new national marine sanctuary off the coast of New York and New Jersey. The Wildlife Conservation Society submitted a nomination for a Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary in November 2016, noting that the area provides a wide range of benefits to New York and New Jersey residents such as clean air, fresh water, recreation, and food."


 3 pgs.

article

 6/8/22

  1.2 Million People 40 Years Ago

Nuclear Disarmament March NYC

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We will convey the excitement and the historical import of 1.2 million people marching and rallying for nuclear disarmament. It was 1982, 40 years ago, and . no nuclear bomb has been set off since then-- there is no way of knowing what effect we had. Dr Michio Kaku pointed out that the million marchers on the Pentagon in 1970 stopped Nixon from atom bombing Hanoi. Let's take the lesson from our history and not be complacent. Learn what went into the planning, staging, and outcomes of this huge protest. Ken Gale will give his first-person account.

From June 14th to June 18th of 1982, the United Nations had a Special Session on Nuclear Disarmament. Hundreds of groups were part of a march from the UN to Central Park, totaling at least 1.2 million people. The feeder marches on the avenues were larger than most marches.

There were dozens of events all over the City in the week leading up to the march including a memorable all night vigil in front of the UN.

Thousands of people did Civil Disobedience at the embassies of the five nuclear powers on the Monday after the march to coincide with the first day of the UN Special Session on Disarmament, and we'll have someone on this show that took part in that, Jack Shalom of WBAI's Arts Express.

The 1.2 million figure is likely an undercount. The police and primary organizers agreed that there were 700,000 on First Ave. and 500,000 already in the park, so the many feeder march numbers were certainly undercounted.

We acknowledge our history here and commemorate this amazing event. No one who was there can ever forget the excitement and sense of community and sense of empowerment of June 12th, 1982

Tune in on Friday June 10th at 2:30pm to hear about that amazing time 40 years ago. Nuclear War is the Worst environmental disaster that could happen.

Check out this web site about the Commemoration of the June 12 march.

And...
tune in next week, Friday, June 17th at 2:30 p.m., for Demystifying Plastics

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 25 min.

  radio show

 6/5/22

  Walk for Appalachia's Future

12 Days

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The Walk for Appalachia's Future travelled the 303 mile route of the proposed fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline from May 24 to June 4.

The march culminated in a rally at the Richmond, VA capitol.

Besides Ted Glick's article, there is more information at Between the Lines


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article

 6/3/22

  Plastic Pollution

Part 2

Pre-Empted

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This show was pre-empted and will be played at a later date. Keep checking this web page.

Tune in to learn about the definite connection between climate change and plastics.

We are approaching the point when plastics will create more emissions than coal.

Plastics are not as necessary as industry manipulates us into thinking they are.

There are new sustainable non-fossil-fuel plastics alternatives.

There are even experiments being done to make "wood" from food scraps.

The supply chain of plastic pollutes from creation to waste.

It is not a life cycle - it's a death cycle.

Our guest is Alexis Goldsmith, Beyond Plastics' National Organizing Director.

"We all think we are doing a good thing recycling our plastic, but the reality right now," as Alexis shares, "is that most plastics cannot be recycled."

"We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly; we need millions of people doing zero waste imperfectly." - Anne Marie Bonneau from her blog Mother Earth Living

Congress is currently discussing plastic pollution.
The bill numbers are HR 2237 and S 984

Tune in to hear more about plastic pollution and the fossil fuel industry.

And...
tune in Friday, June 10th at 2:30 p.m., for the 40th anniversary of the 1.2-million-person nuclear-disarmament march and rally in NYC.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 N/A

  radio show

 5/27/22

  New Red Knot Migration Spot Discovered

in South Carolina

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Red Knots are a sandpiper that was formerly abundant, but as Horshoe Crab numbers have declined, so have they.

They breed in the Canadian Arctic and spend their winters mostly in Central and South America.

Hopefully, these two islands will become protected habitat for these wonderful birds that have been so much in decline. (btw, those are Ruddy Turnstones in the foreground of the photo.)

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


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article

 5/27/22

  Endangered Birds Nesting

On a New Island Off NJ Coast

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Tides and currents are always moving sand, and enough has gathered to form a new island off the southern New Jersey coast.

Birds of several species have begun nesting there, including some endangered and threatened species,

Habitat loss is much more common that additional habitat being created.

Apparently, some people feel it's the only place they can sunbathe.


 2 pgs.

  article

 5/27/22

  Happy Birthday Rachel Carson

Founder of the Modern Environmental Movement

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On Monday, we heard much of Rachel Carson's speech at the National Women's Press Club. On Friday May 27th - her actual birthday - we will focus on some biographical information, quotations, and reactions of current environmentalists to Ms. Carson's legacy.

60 years ago, 1962, Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring" influenced world leaders and the public and thus ushered in the modern environmental movement. She was a marine biologist and and a spokesperson for the planet, questioning humanity's blind faith in technology.

One of the most important Americans in history, she saved an unknowable number of people from being poisoned and saved many animals from extinction. She inspired a movement. The modern environmental movement goes back to her 1962 book "Silent Spring."

The criticism we get from the polluters now is very similar to what they aimed at Rachel Carson. She calmly, intelligently and forthrightly answered her critics. There's so much more we can say about Rachel Carson, so tune in . . . .

And...
Tune in 2:30 p.m. next Friday, June 3 for Demystifying Plastics.

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


 25 min.

radio show

 5/23/22

  Rachel Carson

Founder of the Modern Environmental Movement

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Happy Birthday Rachel Carson! Please join us Monday May 23rd, 11am for a special Eco-Logic episode about one of our heroes.

60 years ago, 1962, Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring" influenced world leaders and the public and thus ushered in the modern environmental movement. She was a marine biologist and and a spokesperson for the planet, questioning humanity's blind faith in technology.

She sounded the alarm on the dangers of DDT.

She sounded the alarm on the health hazards of above-ground nuclear testing..

She was one of the top influencers of all time.

We celebrate Rachel Carson's 115th birthday this month - she's one of the most important Americans in history. You will hear Rachel Carson's 1962 address to the Women's National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Tune in at this Special Time on Monday, May 23rd at 11 AM to hear Rachel Carson's voice and predictions.

And...
Tune in also 2:30 p.m. this Friday, May 27 - her actual birthday - to hear more about Rachel Carson!

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 1 hr.

  radio show

 5/10/22

  Nurdles

And Other Plastic Pollution

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It's too bad the name is so cute because they're not cute.

Nurdles are everywhere...oceans, beaches, inside animals of all kinds.

Nurdles are only one type of plastic pollution, and we'll talk about several, but they are among of the worst and yet least known.

Our guest is Alexis Goldsmith, Beyond Plastics' National Organizing Director.

We all think we are doing a good thing recycling our plastic, but the reality right now, as Alexis shares, is that most plastics cannot be recycled.

Tune in to hear more about plastic pollution and the fossil fuel industry.

And...
Tune in two weeks, Friday, May 27, 2:30 p.m., as we celebrate Rachel Carson's birthday!

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


 25 min.

radio show

 4/28/22

  Part 2 Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Discussion with Brenna Two Bears

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"The world is in a crisis caused by fossil fuels, but we have the power to solve it and it's called the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty."

The Treaty is already endorsed by cities, governments, individuals, and organizations worldwide. Like the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, this was started as a grassroots effort by individuals, with a goal of passage by the United Nations.

This is the second part of our discussion with our guest Brenna Two Bears. She is Diné, Ho-Chunk, and Standing Rock Lakota. Brenna founded the Indigenous Peoples Education and Cultural Collective and supports the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Initiative as the Fossil Fuel Phase Out Communications Associate and has been fighting environmental racism in her tribal homelands since age 13.

Both parts are now available on this web site. Click here.

And...
Tune in next week on Friday, May 13, 2:30 p.m., to hear about nurdles!.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 46 min.

  radio show

 5/4/22

  Smart Meter Choice

NY Senate bill for Opt Out choices

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S. 8765 would allow people to decline a digital (wireless) smart meter and to keep or get back their safer analog meter, with no fees or charges. Meters can be run safely on fiber optic or electric connections - we don't need this microwave exposure in our homes and streets 24/7!

The fallback safety guidelines of the FCC (from 1996) were thrown into question by the DC District Circuit Court in their decision on Aug. 13, 2021 in the case brought by the Environmental Health Trust and CHD Fund: the FCC must now review and update the guidelines to account for current saturation levels and their effect on the environment and children.

Here is the text of the bill.

New Yorkers 4 Wired Tech has information on the science of microwaves and human health and how smart meters work.


 3 pgs

Articles

 4/28/22

  Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Phase Out Fossil Fuels - Part 1

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"The world is in a crisis caused by fossil fuels, but we have the power to solve it and it's called the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty."

The Treaty is already endorsed by cities, governments, individuals, and organizations worldwide. Like the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, this was started as a grassroots effort by individuals, with a goal of passage by the United Nations.

Our guest is Brenna Two Bears. She is Diné, Ho-Chunk, and Standing Rock Lakota. Brenna founded the Indigenous Peoples Education and Cultural Collective and supports the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Initiative as the Fossil Fuel Phase Out Communications Associate and has been fighting environmental racism in her tribal homelands since age 13.

Both parts are now available on this web site. Click here.

And...
Tune in next week on Friday, May 6, 2:30 p.m., to hear Part 2.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 46 min.

  radio show

 4/27/22

  What is the WTO?

Webinar

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This Sunday, April 24, 2022, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Trade Justice Education Fund, International League of Peoples Struggle, and Migrante PDX are hosting a webinar about the WTO, neoliberalism, and labor.

What is the World Trade Organization (WTO)? How do the WTO and "free trade" policies take power from the people and give it to corporations?

From gig economy to offshoring and labor export policies, from cutting environmental protections to maintaining pharmaceutical monopolies and withholding healthcare - the working class pays the price for "free trade."

Join the International League of Peoples' Struggle, Migrante Portland, Trade Justice PNW, and the Washington Fair Trade Coalition to learn more about the WTO and "free trade," how it affects all of us, and how we can fight back.


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 4/22/22

  March for Science NYC

72nd St & Central Park West

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Our flagship event is back on April 23, 2022! After two successful virtual Earth Day celebrations, March for Science New York City is once again taking to the streets in-person to demand science and justice in NYC! We will follow our marching route to our rally point, at which we'll end the day with a celebration of inspiring booths, speakers, workshops, and more!

March Date: Saturday, April 23rd
Meetup Location and Time: 72nd St. Entrance of Central Park W. at 11:30 AM ET
Rally Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
March Start Time: 12:30 PM ET
March End Location and Time: Bryant Park at 1:30 PM ET


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 4/22/22

  Earth Day Special

Religion, Climate Denial, Women

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There are lots of ways to think about Earth Day - today we are exploring different perspectives: religion and climate, a climate-denier discussion with listener phone calls, and women and the environment.

In this special 3-hour Eco-Logic Earth Day program we address many myths and untruths about the environment. Eco-Logic provides you with the information and discussions that we all need. Each hour is linked separately.

Some people think that religion and science don't mix, that religious people are not environmentalists, but in our first hour, we challenge that with a panel of folks from various religious doctrines talking about the intersections of religion and science.

In our second hour we discussed how climate information is manipulated, misrepresented, and exaggerated to hide from the real crisis, and we opened the WBAI phone lines to discuss climate denial and solutions to climate chaos.

In our third hour you'll hear legendary powerful women environmentalists talk about their fights, even when they get death threats, issues that affect us all, and continue to do so. We'll hear a powerful description of the global south's struggle against the devastating environmental effects of colonialism, which was largely responsible for the devastation of healthy ecosystems.

And...
Tune in in next week, Friday, April 29th, at our usual time, 2:30 p.m., for info on the Fossil Fuel Nonproliferation Treaty!

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


 1 hr. @.

radio show

 4/22/22

  Tax Subsidies for Polluters

What has changed in 10 years?

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Government won't tell you this, but hundreds of billions of dollars of YOUR tax money is given to multi-national billion-dollar corporations.

The federal government has been giving away tax money to polluters for decades. That is money taken from U.S. taxpayers and given away legally for extra corporate profits rather than human needs. Few people realize the scope of this.

For a few years, several environmental groups and taxpayer activist groups banded together and created the Green Scissors Report that pointed out some of these giveaways. Only $380,000,000,000.00 of them (380 billion dollars). "We had to stop somewhere." A copy of each report was given to the office of every member of Congress. It had a little effect, but only a little.

There were several episodes of Eco-Logic about the Green Scissors Report. This is one of them, from April 3, 2012. All or almost all of the subsidies and giveaways mentioned are still in place. In this segment our Ken Gale interviews Ben Schreiber from Friends of the Earth and Autumn Hanna from Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Recently, the Green Scissors web site has become active again, so perhaps another report will be coming out. In the meantime, ask your Senators and Representatives why so much of our tax money is going away to multi-national billion-dollar corporations instead of for the American people.

And...
Tune in next week on Friday, April 22nd from 2 to 5 PM for our three-hour Earth Day Special.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 1 hr.

  radio show

 4/10/22

  Tax Money Going to Polluters

Green Scissors Report Radio Show

SEC HQ
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Government won't tell you this, but hundreds of billions of dollars of YOUR tax money is given to multi-national billion-dollar corporations.

The federal government has been giving away tax money to polluters for decades. That is money taken from U.S. taxpayers and given away legally for extra corporate profits rather than human needs. Few people realize the scope of this.

For a few years, several environmental groups and taxpayer activist groups banded together and created the Green Scissors Report that pointed out some of these giveaways. Only $380,000,000,000.00 of them (380 billion dollars). "We had to stop somewhere." A copy of each report was given to the office of every member of Congress. It had a little effect, but only a little.

There were several episodes of Eco-Logic about the Green Scissors Report. This is one of them, from April 3, 2012. All or almost all of the subsidies and giveaways mentioned are still in place.

Recently, the Green Scissors web site has become active again, so perhaps another report will be coming out. In the meantime, ask your Senators and Representatives why so much of our tax money is going away to multi-national billion-dollar corporations instead of for the American people.


 1 hr.

Radio Show

 4/7/22

  Passive House Fundamentals

Free Online Primer

Learning Passive House Techniques
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"Passive House" building techniques are a giant step toward reversing climate chaos. They have been around in one form or another since the '70s. Buildings that meet the Passive House standard use 70-90% less heating energy than conventional buildings, have excellent indoor air quality, superior comfort, and are resilient in the face of extreme weather.

Two sessions are scheduled at the moment (April 13 to 14, May 11 to 12).

The Passive House Network provides more in-depth courses leading to certification, designed to follow their intermediate Fundamentals Series. NYSERDA is their funding partner.


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 4/7/22

  Stop the Manchin Machine

The Coal Baron Blockade

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"Think globally, act locally." West Virginia Rising is doing that with a coalition of local and national activists. On April 9th, they will be protesting at the Grant Town Coal Plant. This plant represents how corporate politics and fossil fuels all come together to produce inequality.

The Manchin machine is corrupt politics at its worst. Joe Manchin is the chairperson of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and he is also a coal baron! Anyone see a conflict of interest there?

"We chose this plant specifically because we need the world to know how corrupt Joe Manchin is. He is not some thoughtful, grandfatherly, moderate. He is raking in $500,000 per year from his coal company while single-handedly gutting climate legislation. He also directed his appointees to raise electricity rates on us working-class West Virginians in order to keep his coal business afloat.

"We want to emphasize the racial and economic disparities of who faces the worst effects of the pollution. Communities of color, Indigenous communities and low-income communities are always on the front line of toxic dumping and combustion."

Join us Friday, April 8, 2:30pm as we speak with Warren Hilsbos on this important action.

Here is the West Virginia Rising Twitterfeed of the event.

And...
Tune in in next week, Friday, April 15th - tax day - at 2:30pm, to hear about the billions of dollars of tax money going to polluters!

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


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 3/30/22

  NJ's Last 2 Coal Plants

Shut Down

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New Jersey's last two coal-fired power plants, both in South Jersey, will close under an agreement reached between their operator and Atlantic City Electric. The agreement calls for Starwood Energy Group Global LLC to stop burning coal at its Logan Generating Plant and Chambers Cogeneration Plant in Carneys Point, according to a statement from Atlantic City Electric. Both facilities are expected to cease coal-fired generation on or around May 31, Starwood Energy said. The company said it will transition the sites "to 21st century clean energy solutions, such as battery storage."

Atlantic City Electric said the agreement also will produce $30 million in energy bill savings for its customers through the end of 2024. The primary fuel source at each plant is pulverized coal, delivered to Carneys Point by rail and to the Logan plant by barge, according to an Atlantic City Electric filing with the BPU. The plants, which have operated since the mid-1990s, also burn fuel oil to produce electricity.


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 3-30-22

  Celebration of Nature

Weird and Interesting Animals

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A Celebration of Nature with biologist Abby Hafer!

Unusual sex of weird animals -- we know you would love to hear about that. This is the place to find out! Did you know that there are animals that are all female, that have seven genders, that change their sex - you'll have to tune in to find out more.

Sex! We're not just saying that to get your attention. Some of these animals reproduce in strange ways. The show is not just about sex and gender identity. Some of these animals are weird because of how they deal with their environment through camouflage or shape shifting. It's also about immortality, animals acting or reproducing like plants, animals that are throwbacks to the age of dinosaurs, mammals acting like birds, poisonous birds, fish that function out of water, fish that can climb trees - no foolin'! Sorry, no flying pigs.

Hear about weird sexual attributes and strange behaviors of the immortal jellyfish, mudskipper, dinoflagellite, psychedelic cuttlefish, archerfish, wombat, mimic octopus, platypus, tardigrades, pitohui, echinda, naked mole rats, star nosed moles, tetrahymena thermophila, marbled crayfish, Mexican whiptail lizard, hoatzin, photosynthesizing sea slugs, anglerfish. These animals are real, no foolin!

Dr. Abigail Hafer has a Ph. D. in biology from Oxford University and teaches human anatomy and physiology at Curry College in Eastern Massachusetts. She is the author of "The Not-So-Intelligent Designer" and co-writer of "Darwin's Apostles." Her web site is ProfessionalDebunker.com

And...
Tune in in next week, Friday, April 8th at 2:30pm, to hear about the Joe Manchin #CoalBaronBlockade with #WestVirginiaRising.

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


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 3/24/22

  Pre-Empted

March 25, 2022

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Our website, as always, has a lot of information for you.
And you can listen to past shows.

Eco-Logic is pre-empted this week for WBAI fund-raising. Please consider donating and/or becoming a WBAI buddy in the name of Eco-Logic.

Next week, Friday, April 1, 2022 at 2:30PM, Eco-Logic will be back - Celebrating Nature - Talking about weird and interesting animals with biologist Dr. Abby Hafer.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


  

   

 3/17/22

  SEC Plans To Force Public Companies

To Disclose Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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From an article in the Washington Post comes this article by Douglas MacMillan and Maxine Joselow.

"The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to require all publicly traded companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and the climate risks their businesses face, part of the Biden administration's broader push to force the private sector to reckon with the dangers of a warming world.

"The move could mark the most sweeping overhaul of corporate disclosure rules in more than a decade, and could put the United States on closer footing with other countries set to begin mandated emissions reporting over the next three years."

How the ruling will be used, what loopholes will develop and how effective it will be in mitigating climate change we will find out in the coming months and years, but this seems like a great step in the right direction.


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 3/17/22

  Nuclear Accidents You Never Heard Of

Kyshtym, Church Rock and Others

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When Russia turned off the power to the Chernobyl nuclear plant during their invasion of Ukraine, our first thought was of the 1957 Kyshtym nuclear explosion disaster in the Soviet Union. We knew that we needed to do a show relating Kyshtym with the current war and today's nuclear reactors - an Eco-Logic and TheEnvironmentTV show on nuclear accidents most people have never heard of would be compelling. Cooling radioactive waste remains an issue at so many reactors.

Most people don't know that nuclear reactors need outside power to operate safely and keep the waste from exploding. It's never over just because these plants "close." Most people have never heard of Kyshtym and other accidents. We almost lost Detroit - yes, there was a nuclear accident just 30 miles away at the Fermi nuclear reactor. There have been too many disasters that go unreported, such as Rio Puerco/Church Rock, NM; Brown's Ferry, AL; West Valley, NY; Maxey Flats, KY; Millstone, CT; Ginna, NY; Davis-Besse, OH; Windscale, UK; Idaho Falls, ID; Vermont Yankee, VT. . . .

We'll try to cover as many of these accidents as we can with our guests Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear and Tim Judson of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service.

And...
Tune in 2 weeks on Friday, April 1st (no really!) at 2:30pm For a Celebration of Nature with Abby Hafer talking about unusual animals such as the Immortal Jellyfish!

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


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 3/11/22

  A Nuclear Waste Explosion

That really happened!

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When Chernobyl's electricity got cut off during the Russia-Ukraine war, electricity that is needed to keep the nuclear waste cool, I thought of the Kyshtym nuclear waste explosion.

It happened in the old Soviet Union and was so large the explosion was detected by the Lamont-Doherty Geologic Lab, though they didn't know the cause at the time.

The explosion knocked several towns off the map. Literally. The next maps of that area that were published had several towns missing.

Being careful with nuclear waste cannot be overstated, but is frequently understated by people who should know better.

Fallout from a nuclear waste explosion, or a nuclear bomb explosion, will be carried around the world by the jet stream and prevailing winds.


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 3/9/22

  Fukushima 11th Anniversary of the First Day

Live at Indian Point

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Tune in for a live report from Indian Point: commemoration of the anniversary of the start of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Jeanne Shaw is our reporter on the scene.

Fukushima affects us all now and for the forseeable future. Fukushima is not over - radioactive water is being dumped into the ocean.

The only people who have returned have gone home to care for animals left behind, and have little life there.

Every tuna from the Pacific Ocean that has ever been tested has shown signs of radiation from Fukushima - and that means that other fish have been irradiated, as well.

Rice grown near the Fukushima plant has been sent all over Japan to make sake for export.

Japanese doctors are threatened with losing their license if they tell any patient that their health problems have come from the radiation from Fukushima Daiichi.

Japanese mothers have had to buy their own radiation detectors to find out if their food is radioactive. Also, some of the remains of the waste from Fukushima has been used for household goods.

Every single nuclear facility in the world is in everyone's back yard so there is Nowhere to Run.

And...
Tune in next week Friday, March 18th at 2:30 for Kyshtym, Church Rock and Other Nuclear Accidents You Never Heard Of.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


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 3/9/22

  Fukushima Anniversaries

11th Anniversary of Day One of the Ongoing Disaster

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Saturday, March 12 12:30PM in Plymouth, Mass.

Sunday, March 13 Noon from Peekskill, NY to the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.

March, Rally, Prayer Vigil.

Environment TV video of the 2018 march.


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 2/3/22

  Global Plastics Treaty

International curb of plastic pollution

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The United Nations Environment Assembly announced March 2nd the outcome of the UNEA 5.2 meeting adopting a mandate to open negotiations for a legally binding global plastics treaty that addresses the whole life cycle of plastic pollution in the environment, with negotiations opening later this year.

Graham Forbes, Global Plastic Project Lead at Greenpeace USA, said, "Today, global leaders sitting in Nairobi heard the millions of voices around the world who are demanding an end to the plastic pollution crisis. This is a clear acknowledgment that the entire lifecycle of plastic, from fossil fuel extraction to disposal, creates pollution that is harmful to people and the planet. This is a big step that will keep the pressure on big oil and big brands to reduce their plastic footprint and switch their business models to refill and reuse."


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 3/3/22

  Sims Municipal Recycling

Acquired by a consortium

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We just heard that Sims Municipal Recycling has been acquired by investors.

These investors include funds managed by Closed Loop Partners, such as the Closed Loop Leadership Fund and the Closed Loop Circular Plastics Fund, as well as the Partnership Fund for New York City, among others.

These funds include such corporate plastic consumers as Pepsi, Nestle, Unilever, and Dow. We are trying to understand what this means for the largest dual-stream recycling facility in North America.

This is their Public Relations article.


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 3/3/22

  Remembering Connie Hogarth

Legacy: The Struggle Continues

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Connie Hogarth was involved in so many progressive organizations and critical issues that it would be nearly impossible to list them all. She had an amazing gift of bringing people together on varied issues. She saw connections between issues that others saw as separate.

We will talk about how Connie was able to "connect the dots" and find common ground between groups who thought they had little in common. That's a real legacy!

Connie was a founder of WESPAC, the Westchester People's Action Coalition, and epitomized "Think Globally, Act Locally." She worked on Environmental Justice issues decades before that term or its predecessor, Environmental Racism, was coined. Connie was solutions-oriented, goals-oriented, and a mentor and inspiration to thousands of activists over six decades.

Her influence was felt in organizations such as Clearwater; Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition; the SHAD Alliance, which she helped found; and "Parents Concerned About Indian Point," who were interveners in the 1984 NRC hearings. WESPAC continues her legacy.

Our guests today span the decades of Connie's work. Judy Allen was the Assistant Director of the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action and Charlie Scheiner, Co-founder of WESPAC. "Connie was a major part of my life (as well as a mentor and role model) for nearly 50 years."

And...
Tune in next week Friday, March 11th at 2:30 for a live report from Indian Point during a commemoration of the anniversary of the start of the Fukushima disaster.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


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 2/23/21

  Eco-Logic is pre-empted this week

But look what we have for you!

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Our website, as always, has a lot of information for you.
And you can listen to past shows.

Eco-Logic is pre-empted this week for WBAI fund-raising. Please consider donating and/or becoming a WBAI buddy in the name of Eco-Logic.

Next week, Friday, March 4 2022 at 2:30PM, Eco-Logic will be back - Remembering Connie Hogarth, Legacy: The Struggle Continues!

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


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 2/23/22

  Black Climate Week

February 21 - February 25, 2022

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Black communities make the smallest carbon footprint, yet they face the worst of environmental degradation. This proximity to the problems means frontline communities are also at the forefront of climate solutions. Yet, they receive the least amount of support! To create equitable climate solutions that honor the leadership, voices, and stories of these communities, philanthropy must dismantle historical barriers and move forward with transparency, accountability and solidarity.

Black Climate Week honors the innovative climate solutions and environmental justice work that Black folk have been leading for years, while simultaneously calling in philanthropy and the media to do a better job at investing in the communities most impacted by the climate crisis and centering Black voices from the bottom up and the top down.

As we move to repair our COVID-battered economy, we have a chance to make it better and more just than it was before. We need to urge our leaders to build back better by investing in American clean energy to create more jobs and less pollution. Investing in clean energy will mean cleaner air for more of our communities and help families recover - especially if we focus these investments in communities of color that suffer disproportionately from chronic air pollution. And because we know that coronavirus is deadlier for people with conditions caused by air pollution - such as heart and lung disease - that's more important now than ever.


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 2/17/22

  Danskammer Fracked Gas Plant

Court Appeal and Public Comment

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The Danskammer electricity plant will increase industrialization along the Hudson River even as communities are working so hard to reclaim their waterfronts. And it doesn't fit in with NY's nation-leading climate change goals - to phase out all fossil-fuel electricity generation by 2040. NY's electricity grid operator found that electricity demands are met without a new Danskammer - and with renewable projects.

On October 27th, 2021, NY's Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) denied the Danskammer fracked gas power plant required permits. The decision will protect clean air and water in the Hudson Valley and town of Newburgh, and help New York achieve its emissions reductions targets under the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

On November 23, 2021 Danskammer requested an adjudicatory hearing to challenge DEC's permit denial. The hearing will include a trial-type process as well as public comment opportunities. The DEC has announced the public hearing for February 15th at 5:00 p.m. (deadline to register is February 11th) and February 22nd as the deadline for written comments.

Click here to comment.


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 2/17/22

  Women of Green

Leaders of Decarbonization and Energy-Efficiency Buildings in NYC

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Solutions to the climate crisis are happening right now! Buildings are continually being renovated and can always be made greener.

Our guests:

Bomee Jung is developing software to help building owners to decarbonize, and provides independent strategic advisory services to select buildings-sector organizations. At the NYC Housing Authority, the largest apartment owner in the US, she led the development and implementation of a 10-year strategic sustainability plan. Bomee holds a Master in City Planning, and serves on the boards of NY Passive House, the Institute for Market Transformation and Capital For Change.

Christina McPike is the Director of Energy & Sustainability at WinnCompanies, a 50-year-old multifamily housing owner, developer, and manager. She has implemented over $30 million worth of energy-efficiency upgrades. High-performance design is part of every project, from occupied moderate renovations to historic adaptive reuse projects to ground-up new construction. Christina successfully applied for a US Department of Energy Connected Communities initiative, supporting grid-interactive efficient building construction across in Massachusetts. She is a lifetime member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

And...
Tune in in two weeks, Friday, March 4th from 2:30 to 2:55pm - for our memorial tribute to superstar activist Connie Hogarth.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


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 2/9/22

  NYC Fossil Fuel Diventment Continues

Economic and Environmental Reasons

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The New York State pension fund is divesting of some of the fossil fuel stocks that it owns, but not all.

Environmental reasons were cited.

Yes, it's true that NYC would have saved billions of dollars in pension funds if they'd listened to environmentalists years earlier, but they're listening now.

Here is a U.S. News Report.


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 2/9/22

  DRBC: Don't Frack With Us!

Fracking-Ban Loopholes Endanger Drinking Water

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Yes, we have a fracking ban to protect the Delaware River watershed, which extends into New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. That's because we know that fracking pollutes air, water, and land - and 10 years ago, activists fought to keep it out.

17 Million people get their drinking water from the Delaware River Watershed. That includes New York City, Philadelphia and much of the area in between.

Fracking chemicals and fracking waste water pollute, too! Still, the Delaware River Basin Commission's proposed new regulations would allow them into what we were led to believe was a protected area. In addition, local water could be exported for fracking outside the river basin.

To learn how you can join the fight to protect the watershed, and to get some pointers on how to write effective comments join us on Friday, Feb. 11 at 2:30 PM as Tracy Carluccio from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) and Wes Gillingham with Catskill Mountainkeeper explain what is going on and what input you can have. Tracy is leading the DRN's efforts to submit comments on this attempt to accommodate corporate interests. Wes co-ordinates campaigns against extreme energy extraction and, having lived off the electric grid for more than 30 years, is dedicated to pushing New York into a Just Transition away from fossil fuels.

And...
Tune in next Friday, February 18th from 2:30 to 2:55pm - to listen to two Women of Green, leaders of large-scale energy-efficiency programs in New York City buildings.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


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 2/3/22

  The Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) is not a solution

It's a climate disaster!

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Despite the efforts of our friends Grow Renewable New York, Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and others, CHPE has continued moving forward. NYSERDA has drawn up a CHPE contract, which has been submitted to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval. We have very little time - the comment period ends February 7th.

Governor Hochul, Hydro-Quebec, Blackstone, and the corporate media have been working hard to push this deal through. But more and more people are becoming aware of the climate, environmental, economic, and human rights damage that comes with this project. Riverkeeper posted a great action alert on their website, and got 200 comments after having it up for one day!

Despite Hydro Quebec claiming no further dams will be built, that assurance is not in the contract and Hydro Quebec has stated in the past that they need the CHPE contract in order to finance more dams, which will destroy forests and poison water.

Please use this link to comment and share with your networks: www.riverkeeper.org/chpe


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 2/3/22

  There's a New Label in Town

Secret GMOs Hidden In Your Food!

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Bioengineering. That's the new USDA label for genetically modified organisms, GMOs - so watch when you shop, and tune in to hear more.

Climate change isn't the only threat to our existence. Genetically Modified Micro-Organisms can affect all plant life, from crops to trees.

Micro-organisms exchange genes all the time - and we can't control what happens next.
    GMOs, Roundup, and other secret ingredients affect your health. The new label doesn't alert you to that!

Our guest is Jeffrey Smith - Founder, Institute for Responsible Technology and Protect Nature Now. For more than two decades, his research has exposed how biotech companies mislead policy makers and the public, and put the health of society and environment at risk. He introduced the science on GMOs to medical communities worldwide, inspiring thousands of practitioners to prescribe non-GMO and organic diets.

Bayer/Monsanto and others have been caught rigging their research and covering up dangers. Now, with cheap new techniques that are prone to side-effects, the industry is engineering anything with DNA: from algae to animals, from fungus to fish. This "Gene Rush" could replace nature in this generation. It's our duty to investigate, expose, and act.

And...
Tune in next Friday, February 11th at 2:30 to 3:00pm - to hear about new proposed fracking waste water regulations and what you can do.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


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 2/3/22

  Butterfly Sanctuary Threatened

By Trump Supporters

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The National Butterfly Center in Texas that stood up to former President Donald Trump's border wall is now shuttering indefinitely because of harassment from right-wing conspiracy theorists.

The 100-acre nature preserve in Mission, Texas has been in an ongoing legal battle with the former Trump administration and non-profit We Build a Wall in order to prevent wall construction on its doorstep, as HuffPost reported. Because of this, it has been targeted by right-wing groups that have falsely accused the center of being involved in human trafficking.

Read the rest of his report on ecowatch.com.


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 2/3/22

  Occupy Biden

Is Back!

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Occupy Biden is a grass roots mobilization to demand that our President do everything in his executive power to address our climate and ecological crisis. To join them for the next event this coming Presidents Day weekend, follow the links to the left or right. They will be occupying public land at 900 Centre Rd in Wilmington DE from 8:00am Saturday Feb. 19 through Monday Feb. 21st. There will be a rally and march on Presidents Day, Monday afternoon.

The climate and ecological crisis is raging all around us and accelerating toward catastrophic tipping points. Time is running out for us to make a difference and we need all the help we can get!

There are many ways to participate and their web site goes into more detail.

To listen to the episode of Eco-Logic on 12/16/21 that was devoted to the first Occupy Biden, click here.


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 1/28/22

  Largest Offshore Oil Leases

Stopped in court

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Big News!

Today, the D.C. District Court invalidated the Department of Interior's decision to offer 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing, marking a pivotal victory in the fight to defend Gulf communities and the planet from the worsening climate crisis. The Court held that Interior failed to accurately disclose and consider the greenhouse gas emissions that would result from the lease sale, violating a bedrock environmental law. The sale was not only counter to the administration's pledge to reduce carbon emissions by half by 2030 and meet our climate commitments, but it is illegal and based on previously debunked environmental analysis.

Earthjustice filed the lawsuit on behalf of Healthy Gulf, Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, and Friends of the Earth on Aug. 31, 2021.


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 1/27/22

  What Now?

Eco-Logic Updates and Follow-Ups

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Often it is hard to find time to do follow-ups and updates - there is always so much new happening, another hearing at which to comment, another bill to fight - and sometimes even a victory to celebrate! We thank all our past guests and other experts who contributed to this special program for giving us new information for you!

We have new information on fossil fuels and Joe Biden, Green Amendments, recycling, octopuses, solar canopies, Antarctic icebergs, nuclear power, fracking, Champlain Hudson Power Express, trees, Delaware River Basin Commission, pesticides, military, Greenpoint/NoBK pipeline, political music and art, and lots more good stuff.

We've chosen to use this one-hour special to give you updates and to thank you in advance for supporting our show and WBAI. The transmission tower, which makes it possible for you to hear us, needs you, the listeners! It may seem that radio is free but there are costs and without advertisers or big money sponsors we rely on our audience. Be the listener in listener-sponsored radio!

And...
Tune in early next Friday, February 4th at 2:30 to 3:00pm - There's A New Label in Town! GMO's are being hidden, even as they are being "labeled."

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


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 1/27/22

  Biden and Fossil Fuels

And Occupy Biden

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Occupy Biden was a week-long encampment near Pres. Biden's home in Wilmington, Delaware. You might remember the episode of Eco-Logic we did on Dec. 17th.

Ted Glick was there and, in his Jan. 3rd Future Hope blog, wrote a poem and made a detailed report for his web site. He writes, "Our camp was literally right by the side of a six-lane highway, Delaware Route 141. With the exception of the very late night and early morning hours, there was always significant traffic. I'd estimate 50,000 or more vehicles came by us, and we were very visible. There were honks in support, and a much lesser number of anti-Biden shout-outs."

Read the rest of his report on his website. The local Wilmington, Delaware newspaper also reported on it. But it didn't make national mainstream news.


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 1/27/22

  Nuclear Leaders Say No

To New Reactors

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Dr. Greg Jaczko, former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is one of 4 former nuclear regulators from the U.S., Germany, the U.K., and France who have issued a joint statement that in part says, "Nuclear is just not part of any feasible strategy that could counter climate change."

Their statement, which refers to their feeling of responsibility as "key experts on the front lines of the nuclear issue," notes, "questions about whether nuclear could help with the climate crisis, whether nuclear is economically viable, what are the consequences of nuclear accidents, what to do with the waste, and whether there's a place for nuclear within the swiftly expanding renewable energy evolution."

Their answer: "The central message, repeated again and again, that a new generation of nuclear will be clean, safe, smart and cheap, is fiction. The reality is nuclear is neither clean, safe or smart; but a very complex technology with the potential to cause significant harm. Nuclear isn't cheap, but extremely costly.

Perhaps most importantly, nuclear is just not part of any feasible strategy that could counter climate change. To make a relevant contribution to global power generation, up to more than ten thousand new reactors would be required, depending on reactor design." The statement also mentions that, in addition to being inherently risky, "newly promoted reactor designs increase the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation."


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 1/27/22

  Deer Affect Forests

Landowners Affect Forests

Red Deer stag in a forest
 Forests with abundant deer can suffer from selective feeding on woody plants during winter months when other food is limited. This can result in the loss of seedlings and saplings, dominance by invasive species, and shifts in the tree species that make up the next generation of forest canopy.

This webinar will explore how deer influence the composition and health of our regional forests, and strategies to mitigate deer impacts. Among the topics to be discussed is ways that landowners can help promote healthy forest regeneration.

Virtual event Wed, Feb 16, 2022 at 7:00-8:00pm EST. Free and open to all.


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 1/27/22

  Octopuses

Good and Bad News

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We did a show on octopuses on March 19th. We have good news and bad news to add. We are sad to see is a commercial octopus farm planned for the Canary Islands, where European Union farm-animal laws protected only vertebrates.

Yet we're pleased to see a BBC article about Bristol Aquarium scientist Stacey Tonkin's firsthand reports on octopus sentience. Her observations have been recognized in UK law through an amendment to the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill. The change has come after a team of experts sifted through more than 300 scientific studies and concluded that octopuses are "sentient beings" and there is "strong scientific evidence" that they could experience pleasure, excitement and joy - but also pain, distress and harm - and also concluded that government could consider banning commercial farming.


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 1/27/22

  NJ drinking water pollution

traced to PA waste treatment plant

Lehigh County water treatment plant
 New Jersey plastics manufacturer Coim USA disposed of industrial waste in one of Lehigh County, PA's treatment plants.

Putting a cancer-causing chemical in New Jersey drinking water.

COIM USA claims it's a one-time error.


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 1/27/22

  Proposed Giant Vaporizers

in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

No North Brooklyn Pipeline comment
  By Feb. 7th, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation must make a decision on air quality permits for two proposed giant vaporizers at National Grid's Greenpoint, Brooklyn, LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility at the edge of Superfund site Newtown Creek.

The fracked gas is cooled to -261F and stored until needed, at which point it is regassified. All of these processes are extremely energy-intensive and add to the climate crisis.

The monopoly utility states that there's no additional storage, just replacement of the existing storage, but the community wants to see the vaporizers removed, not replaced.

National Grid, which had been building trucking stations for illegal trucking of LNG as well as compressed natural gas injection sites, also expects ratepayers to cover the costs for all this.

Almost every elected official along the route of the North Brooklyn Pipeline, which goes through communities of color where asthma rates are among the highest in the city, is opposed to the pipeline and this LNG facility where it would culminate.

A decision could be announced at any time. To keep up with this topic, go to www.nonbkpipeline.org


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 1/27/22

  Saving Governor's Island

Next Steps

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A lawsuit has been filed against the City to nullify the 5/27/21 Governors Island rezoning.

The City's awful rezoning approved on May 27, 2021 was not necessary to bring in a climate solutions center, but the not legally required climate center concept was necessary to sell the high rise, high density largely commercial rezoning to the public.

To keep up with this topic, go to the M.A.G.I.C. web site.
Trees Not Towers!


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 1/28/22

  New York's Climate Plan:

What Do We Need to Know?

Flooded Earth
 Thanks to the hard work of people across the state, New York passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) in 2019.

To achieve a clean economy statewide, including strong provisions for justice and equity, the Climate Action Council (CAC) was created to make a Scoping Plan to lay out how the state government should meet CLCPA goals.

The draft was released just this month. It covers everything from agriculture to fossil-fuel electricity to transportation in 861 pages.

The Sierra Club is hosting a training on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. to learn about the Scoping Plan and why it matters. Find the registration link on our web site.


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 1/28/22

  Peoples' Music Network

Political Music Weekend

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The Winter Convergence of the People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle begins tonight and continues this weekend, January 28-30, 2022. The event connects and mobilizes performing artists and activists all over the world who use music, poetry, and other art forms as catalysts for justice and peace. It includes an opening concert, multiple skills workshops, presentations, and participatory song circles. It takes place in a series of Zoom Rooms. Attendees may also reconnect with others during the built-in social times and share music at the song circles. Register for the Convergence, and you will see a schedule and receive the link to be part of this event.


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 1/20/22

  New Recycling Laws

NJ: 3rd in Nation!

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Our guests, Alex Truelove, Director, Zero Waste Campaign of USPIRG and Maura Toomey, NJ Zero Waste Organizer of Clean Water Action lead a spirited discussion of statewide recycling laws for you to listen to.

New Jersey's Governor Murphy just signed a recycled-content law - the first East Coast state, and 3rd nationwide - to require products sold in the state to include a gradually-increasing percentage of recycled content.

What will be the next state to follow? How powerful are these laws in reality?

A lot of what is put in the garbage is not really trash; much of it can be used as raw materials for new items and kept out of landfills.

Waste Not, Want Not!

And...
Tune in early next Friday, January 28th, 2:00 to 3:00pm, for our TowerFund Special with great content reviewing and updating last year's big stories.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 25 min.

  radio show

 1/20/22

  Using Less Plastic

How YOU can help

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The less plastic we use, the less that will go into rivers, lakes, reservoirs and the ocean.

There are ways to use less. Many environmental groups and web sites have suggestions on how to cut down. Do a search for them, such as like this.


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 1/13/22

  Shutting Down Nuclear Reactors

Decommissioning and Radioactivity

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After a nuclear power plant closes, it must be decommissioned - a complex and too often political process. Our guests will explain how that can best be done, what to do with the nuclear waste, why we all should care.

We will talk about the relationship between climate change and nuclear waste, effects on environmental justice communities, and what YOU can do!

Our guests are Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and facilitator of the National Nuclear Decommissioning Working Group and Hannah Smay, Digital Organizer at the Nuclear Information and Resource Service.

And...
Tune in next week January 21st at 2:30pm to hear about plastic recycling.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 25 min.

  radio show

 1/12/22

  Drilling boom continues under Biden

Emissions locked in for decades

drilling for fossil fuel
 Fossil fuel industry excesses under the Trump Administration continue under the Biden Administration, which goes against campaign promises Biden made when he was running for president.

There are thousands more permits for drilling on public lands.

The environmental news is not all bad, but it is far from all good. Read this article from Public Citizen.


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 1/9/22

  Trees - Health Effects, Biodiversity,

And Global Climate Benefits

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Trees are important - some people are oblivious to that.
Trees give us oxygen - oxygen makes us feel better, makes us healthier, it makes Earth habitable for people and animals.
They mitigate climate change.
Trees clean the air.
They clean the water.
Trees are the center of ecosystems - everything from other plants to wildlife to microbes to people depend on trees!
They are resting and feeding points for migrating birds.
Trees act as barriers to hurricanes.
They provide shade, which adds to our comfort.
Trees have economic benefits - increase worker and student productivity, reduce air conditioning costs, increase property values. Neighborhoods seem safer with more trees.

Our guests are Paul Mankiewicz, Ph.D of Leafisland.org and The Gaia Institute
and
Tim Keating with Earthbilt.com, Rainforest Relief and is an Eco-Logic Collective member.

Check out these web sites for more on the health and environmental benefits of trees:
Nature Boosts Children's Learning - Science Daily
Students' Academic Performance - Science Direct
Cognitive Development in Children - National Academy of Sciences
Value to a Community - Arbor Day Foundation

And...
Tune in next week January 14th at 2:30pm when we talk about the latest intel regarding nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 25 min.

  radio show

 1/1/22

  Climate Deniers

Falsifying Wikipedia

wikipedia logo
 Wikipedia itself tells you that they are not a reliable source because anyone can post on it.

Climate deniers are taking advantage of that to post strange claims.

This article on ecowatch.com by Paige Bennett reports on people spending a lot of their time undoing what the climate deniers do.


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 1/1/22

  Microplastics

Are Everywhere

microplastics on a Finger
  Microplastics are being found high in the mountains, almost 10,000 feet up.

Microplastics are also found high in the atmosphere.

Check out this article by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes on ecowatch.com


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  article

 12/23/21

  How NYC Failed a Community

Don't Kill a Great Park for a Bad Flood Control Plan!

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How do local government and the Courts allow a Park to be destroyed? Tune in this Friday to hear us analyze how it happened and what we can do now.

The entire coastline of the city is going to have to deal with with future storms and resiliency, so if this is how our City plans to protect us, we're in trouble.

Our guests today are Kathryn Freed, one of the attorneys on the lawsuit representing East River Park Action to save East River Park. Kathryn is a former New York State Supreme Court judge and a former council member for Lower Manhattan. And Harriet Hirshorn, a co-founder of East River Park Action and an award-winning documentary film-maker.

For more information, go to East River Park Action

And...
Tune in in two weeks, next year, Friday Jan 7th at 2:30pm to hear about the health effects of trees, forests, biodiversity and global climate benefits.

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


 25 min.

radio show

 12/23/21

  Climate Change

Is Literally Shrinking Birds

Collared Puffbird of the Amazon Rainforest
  A baseline study in a remote area of Brasil's Amazon Rainforest has shown that the birds there are getting smaller and changing shape in response to climate changes.

When climate change does something like this, you can be sure it's having other, less-documented effects as well.

The article in Science News Magazine explains how climate, whether warm or cold, affects an animal's body  shape.

The shrinkage has affected birds of many different families.


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 12/16/21

  Occupy Biden

Strong Climate Action For The World

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Is Pres. Biden doing enough to fight climate change? The folks of Occupy Biden think not and are demanding that he declare a climate emergency and stop all new fossil-fuel projects

Occupy Biden is a culmination of the Grandparents Walk for Their Grandchildren and Mother Earth that began in June, 2021 that ended in a civil disobedience at Chase Bank in Wilmington, Del.

Our guest is Karen Igou of Occupy Biden; they are doing an action near Pres. Biden's home in Wilmington Del from Christmas Day to New Year's Day - a week of discomfort to ally with people who are suffering a lot more. Tune in this Friday, Dec. 17 at 2:30 PM.

This is not a Bash Biden show, rather a Pro-Climate Action show.

For more information, go to https://honeybeekitchenandmarket.com/action/occupy-biden

Read this article on truthout.org

And...
tune in next week, Friday Dec 24th, 2:30pm, to hear about updates to the East River Park struggle.

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


 25 min.

radio show

 12/10/21

  Bad and Good News

About East River Park

East River Park path
  There is NO Rule of Law. On Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, the courts allowed the City to violate their own Restraining Order. They issued a Restraining Order then allowed it to be violated. Destruction is now going on 24/7 so that soon there won't be a Park to protect.

What does this mean for other Restraining Orders? Not just for environmental issues. If courts do not respect their own Orders in one area, you can be sure they won't respect them in another. What does Rule of Law mean in 2021?

Despite a Temporary Restraining Order (TSO) that was granted on Nov. 4, 2021 to halt destruction of East River Park, trees have been destroyed.

On December 8, a new Temporary Restraining Order was granted, which stopped work again, but then the City defied the court order and started cutting more trees, anyway.

Activists are gathering in the park every day to make sure the TSO is obeyed.

More information, including court documents, is on East River Park Action's web site.


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  article

 12/10/21

  Three Myths Against Renewable Energy DEBUNKED!

from Amory Lovins and M. V. Ramana

Wind and Solar
  Now that Renewable Energy has caught on in such a big way, poison power (fossil fuel and nuclear) supporters and representatives are trying to erode that support and send people back to thinking that poison power is somehow better. What they are saying are myths.

The Yale School of the Environment published an article by long-time safe/sane energy activist Amory Lovins and M. V. Ramana debunking those myths.

"Renewable energy skeptics argue that because of their variability, wind and solar cannot be the foundation of a dependable electricity grid. But the expansion of renewables and new methods of energy management and storage can lead to a grid that is reliable and clean."

"The renewable energy transition has been sped by plummeting costs - Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that solar and wind are the cheapest source for 91 percent of the world's electricity - but is being held back by misinformation and myths."

Poison power advocates ignore the unreliability of poison power due to refueling, accidents, human error and mechanical error.

For more information, read their article by clicking here.


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 12/10/21

  Federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

Passes a Committee Vote

House Judiciary Committee
  In a stunning bipartisan vote, this week the U.S. House of Representative Judiciary Committee passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2021 on a vote of 25 to 8.

House Democratic leaders will decide when there will be a vote on the House Floor.

The Senate Bill is Number 2798.

The bipartisan nature of the support so far gives environmentalists reason for cautious optimism.


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 12/10/21

  National Tap Water Database

What's in Your Tap Water

Glass of Water
  Drinking water differs throught the country, depending on the source and what is put in it locally.

"Just because your tap water gets a passing grade from the government doesn't always mean it's safe."

We are NOT advocating bottled water, for the health and environmental reasons explained on an episode of Eco-Logic.

If you can, filter water as it comes into your home, for reasons also explained on the same episode of Eco-Logic, do so.


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 12/9/21

  Futuristic Solar Energy Innovations

Beyond Silicon

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Solar cells have always been made with silicon and "rare earth" elements. A shortage of rare earth elements have motivated scientists to find new ways of getting electricity from the sun.

New, exciting, and more efficient technologies are on the horizon. Also, the expectation is that the new solar cells will be cheaper and manufactured in the U.S.

Tune in this Friday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 PM as DV Venkataraman from the University of Massachusetts Amherst discusses cutting-edge innovations in solar technology. Here is a link to one of his scientific papers on "thin film" organic solar cells of the future.

And...
Tune in next week, Friday, Dec 17th at 2:30pm to hear about the Climate Justice Occupation near Biden's home in Wilmington DE December 25th thru January 1st.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 25 min.

  radio show

 12/9/21

  Natural Flood Control Restored

Daylighting Tibbet's Brook

Tibbets Brook Bronx NY
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Hundreds of brooks,streams and springs throughout New York City were buried and diverted into the sewer systems so that buildings could be built on top of them. With climate change causing more "extreme weather events," these underground brooks are causing flooding of homes and roads.

To alleviate some of the flooding and pressure on NYC's Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) in the Bronx, Tibbet's Brook is being "daylighted" - unearthed. This will keep at least 2.2 billion gallons of water out of the CSO every year.


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 12/2/21

  Eco-Logic 1 hour Special

Holiday Gifts

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Stumped for gifts? Trying to find something for your favorite environmentalist, or a science teacher, or a fan? We have special premiums that are just again becoming available. We have films, music, and radio; CDs and DVDs; and even a WBAI flash drive.

Join us this Friday, December 3, a bit early - from 2 to 3 p.m. - to revisit some of our most important shows and help us keep WBAI-FM alive and healthy. Donate and choose your premium gift, become a BAI Buddy, or make a donation to tell us you are out there listening.

Hear our experts discussing Butterflies, Health Effects of Indoor Plants, the BP Blow-out One Year Anniversary, Early Days of Fracking, Bottled Water and the Plastic It Comes In, "The River that Harms" (the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history, almost unknown), and Music by the Raging Grannies with Pete Seeger.

Tune in on Friday, Dec. 3 at 2:00PM.

And...
tune in next week, Friday Dec 10th at 2:30pm for New Developments in Solar Technology

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


 25 min.

  radio show

 11/25/21

  Food, Glorious Food!

Making Sense of the Food System

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Thousands of volunteers work long hours to feed the hungry. There are many agencies and organizations set up to help, but sometimes they lose track of what is really going on with the hungry.

This week we talk with Jannie Wolff of The Good News Foundation, who goes into the field to find out who is being helped and who isn't and why or why not. The goal is getting the highest quality and healthiest food to people and empowering youth, families and communities to live in abundance beyond Thanksgiving.

Tune in on Friday, Nov. 26th, at 2:30PM.

And...
tune in next week, Friday Dec 3rd, 2:00 to 3pm, for an expanded one hour Special, chock full of information from your favorite Eco-Logic past shows that are available as premiums.

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 25 min.

radio show

 11/25/21

  Good News

About East River Park

Don't Bury East River Park
  A Temporary Restraining Order was granted on Nov. 4, 2021 to halt destruction of East River Park and work stopped.

On Nov. 19, the DA declined to prosecute Alice O'Malley and Allie Ryan for blocking the construction entrance to the tennis courts on Nov. 1, when when destruction of East River Park was to begin.

"We know there's a better plan that will give us flood control and preserve much of our park. We hope this suit gives us a chance for a do-over before our park becomes an environmental disaster that will harm our neighborhood's physical and mental health and the health of the planet."

More information, including court documents, is on East River Park Action's web site.


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 11/25/21

  New Bee and Pesticide Study

from the National Academy of Sciences

Bee flying to a milk thistle flower
  Now the National Academy of Sciences also has a study showing the deadly effects of poisonous pesticides on bees.

"We reveal that pesticide exposure, both directly to foraging bees and via carryover effects from past exposure, dramatically reduced bee reproduction, which reduced population growth.

"Bees may require multiple generations to recover from a single pesticide exposure; thus, carryover effects must be considered in risk assessment and conservation management."

For more info, follow the link.


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 11/17/21

  Climate Activists Block U N

COP26 Was a Failure!

Sunrise Movement Hunger strike
  At 9:20 am on the morning of Monday, November 15th, Extinction Rebellion activists blocked the entrances of the United Nations Headquarters with banners reading "Criminal Climate Betrayal" and "Climate Action Now." The action comes days after the close of COP26, which failed to meet the urgency of the climate crisis and delayed consideration of bigger emission cuts until the end of 2022, "requesting" that governments come up with stronger pledges by that date.

"We've been down this road before. Pledges were made at COP21 in Paris six years ago, but greenhouse gas levels have only risen since. The Glasgow Climate Pact is a death sentence. It fails to protect the nations and people who are already suffering from the climate crisis. Without drastic action such as stopping all new fossil fuel investments, world leaders are complicit in crimes against humanity," said Kerith Creo, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion NYC.

At COP26, President Biden told the world that the United States will "lead by the power of our example" in reducing emissions. Yet just days after COP26, the Administration held the U.S.'s largest offshore drilling auction, amounting to 80 million acres, an area twice the size of Mexico, in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters accounts for 1/5 of energy-related U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

There are photos and video on the web site.


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 11/17/21

  Making Solar Happen

Mapping the Future

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We all want more solar - it is a great way to address the climate crisis and a way to save money, too! We have the technology, the money, and the workforce. We even have a map of where to put the panels.

What is blocking the way is bureaucracy, utilities, the lack of political will, and the scarcity of solar panels.

We don't need more methane power plants, nor nuclear plants, nor CHPE cables from Canada.

Join Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director of Clearwater, and Ron Leonard of Eco-NRG, LLC talking about how to make solar happen in your communities ... and using the important tool of Sustainable CUNY's NY Solar Map.

Tune in on Friday, Nov. 19th, at 2:30PM.

And...
tune in next week, Friday Nov 26, 2:30pm for our Holiday Show - Food, Glorious Food

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site. Scroll Down.


 25 min.

radio show

 11/11/21

  Hunger Strike Ends

After Two Weeks Without Food

Sunrise Movement Hunger strike
  From an article in the Huffington Post by Sarah Ruiz-Grossman

After Pres. Biden pledged again to cut emissions in half by 2030, the Sunrise Movement activists said in a twitter video that they plan to turn their "fire" toward coal-oriented Sen. Joe Manchin and other folks in Congress that are more willing to fight for oil and gas billionaires and not for the young people and their communities.

One activist, Paul Campion, 24, ended his strike earlier after being sent to the hospital and diagnosed with bradycardia, which develops when one's heartbeat falls to an abnormally slow rate and can be life-threatening. During the hunger strike, Kidus Girma, 26, was hospitalized overnight for nausea, dizziness and blurred vision, but then returned to the strike.


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 11/11/21

  COP 26

What Happened, What's Next

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COP26 is ending November 12. Our previous Eco-Logic presented two youth activists speaking about COP26.

Now, Brenna Two Bears, with Climate Access, joins us from Glasgow, Scotland for a first-person COP26 report.

Also joining us is Keyon Rostamnezhad, Global Goals Ambassador for Climate Action, UNA-USA.

Brenna Two Bears says, "I am from Flagstaff, Arizona in the United States on the territory of the Navajo Nation. I am also part of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and the Standing Rock Lakota Nation. I am representing the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty initiative."

Some reports have been encouraging, some have been more critical-- has this been a success? What is a success? Have all voices been heard?

Tune in on Friday, Nov. 12th, at 2:30PM.

And...
tune in next week, Friday Nov 19, 2:30pm for Advancements in Solar Science and Installations.

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

Catch up on episodes you missed on this web site.


 25 min.

radio show

 11/5/21

  Eco-Logic Is

Pre-empted for this week

Eco-Logic meme
  Eco-Logic will return next week. On Friday, Nov. 12, COP26 concludes! We bring you the recap and talk about what the future holds from all that talk. Tune in at 2:30pm on Friday, Nov. 12.

In the meantime, look over all the news items and information on this page.


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 10/27/21

  YOUTH and COP26

LOCAL → GLOBAL

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COP26 is a large international climate conference held November 1 - 12, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Young people have been making themselves impossible to ignore as they need to see their future protected. It is time to have a realistic international commitment on climate issues!

Our guests are Matt Salton, the Environmental Action Associate of Clearwater, and Paul Presendieu from Sustainable Westchester, who serves as a United Nations Foundation Global Ambassador for Sustainable Development. They will discuss the strong presence that youth will have at COP26.

We will have a forward-thinking conversation on how opportunities in youth engagement and inter-generational dialogue can be elevated on local and global levels. There is No Time to leave things up to the next generation.

Matt will also speak briefly on the environmental proposition now on the New York State ballot!

October 29th is also the 9th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Sandy points out the need for Real Solutions at COP26

And...
Next, in two weeks - Fri. Nov. 12, COP26 concludes! We bring you the recap and talk about what the future holds from all that talk. Tune in at 2:30pm on Friday, Nov. 12.

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 25 min.

radio show

 10/27/21

  Superstorm Sandy

Eyewitness Account

This traffic light was submerged
  I (this is Ken Gale writing this) watched Superstorm Sandy approach New York City.

I watched the storm surge flow over South St. and up Wall St.

Then the power went out in the building. The storm surge went up 18 feet, totally submerging the traffic lights on the corner of Wall St. and South St. Emergency lights lasted a few hours and then we were in total darkness.

I was at the station for 61 hours. This is my report.


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 10/27/21

  Sunrise Movement

D.C. Hunger Strike

Sunrise Movement Hunger strike
 Beginning Oct. 20, 2021, the youth-led Sunrise Movement started a hunger strike in front of the White House.

The protest started the day after the US president threatened to water down his social and environmental legislation and with Washington's commitments about to face scrutiny at the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

They will eat no food and drink only water. They intend to gather in Lafayette Park every day from 8am to 8pm until their demands are satisfied - which include a civilian climate corps, clean energy performance program and funding for environmental justice.

For more info, follow the link.


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 10/27/21

  Fossil Fuel Treaty

COP26 Events

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  Details of upcoming events featuring the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative

Events include
  a Fossil Fuel Phase Out Fest on Nov. 4,
  #FossilFuelTreaty at the COP26 People's Summit on Nov. 9,
  Cities Leading the Essential Phase Out of Oil, Gas and Coal, also on Nov. 9, and
  Transparency, Accountability and Fossil Fuels on Nov. 12

For more info, follow the link.


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 10/22/21

  Electrifcation

The Good, The Bad, The Reality

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Tune in on Friday, Oct. 22, 2:30PM to hear energy expert Andy Padian discuss electrification.

There's been a lot of buzz about electrification among environmentalists, governments, architects, engineers, and more. They talk of our buildings, of our cars, of our municipal fleets. However, we need to focus more on our power plants, the electricity grid and building efficiency.

How does NIMBY factor in?
When is it an Environmental Justice issue?
What's the relationship to climate change?

And...
Next week, Fri. Oct. 29, 2:30pm, we focus on Youth and COP 26.
October 29th is also the 9th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Sandy points out the need for Real Climate Solutions at COP26

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 25 min.

radio show

 10/20/21

  Wildfires From Space

NASA photograph

Wilfires from Space via NASA
  Wildfires in California are getting a lot of publicity. Sometimes we'll hear about wildfires in other western states, including Alaska.

There are wildfires throughout the world. Hundreds of them. Check out the links to the NASA photographs of them.

The map is interactive and you can get close-ups of many areas of the world.

This site mentions no political conclusions, even with the IPCC report being so alarming.


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 10/15/21

  Pacific Leatherback Conservation Day

Is Today

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 The largest sea turtle in the world can grow up to seven feet and weigh more than a ton.

Eats jellyfish.

Can dive to depths of 4,200 feet, deeper than any other turtle, and can hold its breath for over an hour.

Might not be a true "cold-blooded" OR "warm-blooded" animal, like some dinosaurs may have been.

For more info, follow the link.


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 10/14/21

  #PeopleVsFossilFuels

Report Back

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This has been an amazing week of action designed to wake up the administration to honor their campaign promises - C'mon, Biden!

The Build Back Fossil Free Coalition's People vs. Fossil Fuels action began on Indigenous People's Day and included hundreds of groups and thousands of people.

We are gathering several people, including Eco-Logic Collective member JK Canepa and journalist Ted Glick, who were at the daily rallies and civil disobedience in DC to speak with us Friday October 15th at 2:30pm. If you were there and want your comments included in the broadcast, send them to us.

Listen in for our live on the scene report from the People vs Fossil Fuels action in Washington, DC

People vs Fossil Fuels Artists: Christi Belcourt, Jan Burger, Josh MacPhee

And...
Tune in next week, Fri. Oct. 22, 2:30pm for Wildfires From Space! The Immense Scope of the Problem and its Causes.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 25 min.

  radio show

 10/7/21

  People vs. Fossil Fuels

Demanding a Fossil Free Future!

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President Biden has the executive authority to stop fossil fuel expansion now, but he is not doing it. By refusing to stop major fossil fuel projects, the president has broken his campaign promises to protect Indigneous rights, prioritize environmental justice, and fully address the climate crisis. This week of action is trying to get him to listen to the people!

Indigenous People's Day is this coming Monday, October 11, and the Indigenous Environmental Network and people from front-line communities lead off People vs. Fossil Fuels, a week of action in Washington DC. Build Back Fossil Free, a coalition of hundreds of Indigenous, Black, environmental, climate justice, youth, and social justice groups, will be demonstrating outside the White House all week, each day focussing on a particular issue related to dirty energy and the current policy discussions.

On this show we have an activist from one of the organizing groups: Alex Beauchamp from Food & Water Watch.

At this writing, there are still seats for the Wednesday, Oct. 13 bus from NYC to DC for Thursday morning's actions.

And...
Tune in next week, Fri. Oct. 15, 2:30pm for our live on the scene report from People vs Fossil Fuels actions in Washington, DC.

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 25 min.

radio show

 10/7/21

  Louisiana black-out
an act of Entergy


by Greg Palast

$10,000
  Louisiana Black-out: Not an Act of God, an Act of Entergy

The effect of Hurricane Ida on the people of the New Orleans area should not be forgotten.

The role of the energy corporation Entergy should not be forgiven for making the problem worse and last longer. It is the company that used to own a lot of nuclear power plants.

Investigative Journalist Greg Palast gives you the details.


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 9/30/21

  Confronting BlackRock

Global climate-threatening financier

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BlackRock has been greenwashing its investments in dirty fossil fuels, deforestation, the military and other environmentally destructive projects.

Financial giants like BlackRock are not used to the public knowing what they do, much less holding them accountable for the impacts of their investments. Yet a growing global movement is doing just that.

Starting October 1st, a worldwide network of NGOs, social movements, grassroots groups, and financial advocates will show up at BlackRock offices around the globe for a week of actions to remind employees of what their company is doing. Join us on Eco-Logic to learn more about how to get involved locally.

Guests: Mary Cerull: Climate Finance Action, Founder; part of the BlackRock's Big Problem campaign, a network of campaigners, scientists, researchers, and policy experts. #BlackRocksBigProblem
Nancy Mancias: CODEPINK National Organizer, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, part of the BBP campaign. www.codepink.org

For a video of the Sept. 21 "Walk of Shame" to many financiers of pollution, go to this video

And...
Tune in next week, Fri. Oct. 8, 2:30pm for "The People Vs. Fossil Fuels"

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert


 25 min.

radio show

 9/30/21

  What does $20 Trillion look like?

Here's a visualization

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  The numbers used by corporations, the military and the government to define profit or debt or taxes or spending are too big to comprehend easily.

If a number ends in "illion," it's hard to visualize and differentiate from another number that ends in "illion."

This web site gives a graphic representation. It's fascinating to scroll down.

Bear in mind that the visualizations would be 100 times larger if they used $1.00 bills.


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 9/22/21

  Confronting BlackRock

Global climate-threatening financier

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Postponed one week to Oct. 1, 2021, 2:30PM due to technical difficulties.

BlackRock has been greenwashing its investments in dirty fossil fuels, deforestation, and other environmentally destructive projects.

Financial giants like BlackRock are not used to the public knowing what they do, much less holding them accountable for the impacts of their investments. Yet a growing global movement is doing just that.

On October 1st, a worldwide network of NGOs, social movements, grassroots groups, and financial advocates will show up at BlackRock offices around the globe to remind employees of what their company is doing. Join us on Eco-Logic to learn more about how to get involved locally.

Guest: Mary Cerulli: Founder of Climate Finance Action; part of the BlackRock's Big Problem campaign, a network of campaigners, scientists, researchers, and policy experts. #BlackRocksBigProblem

WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert


 25 min.

radio show

 9/22/21

  The Effects of a 20-year Drought

And more people along the Colorado River

Coloradio River and Lake Mead
  The Colorado River has been in a 20-year drought. Millions more people use the river for drinking water and crop irrigation than when the drought began. The Colorado River no longer reaches the sea.

Water levels have declined so much that water is no longer available to everyone who has taken it for granted. Almost all cities and states in the Southwest U.S. have been spending a lot more money on water conservation, water reuse, and water recycling, but mandatory water restrictions have also been put in place.

Yet the population continues to increase and crops continue to be grown in a desert.

Environmentally destructive methods of getting water, such as desalination, are being proposed.

For more information, read this article by Gary Wockner on ecowatch.com


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 9/22/21

  Oil Companies Respond to Pressure

Shell sells an oil field

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 Oil companies DO respond to outside pressure. Dutch oil company Shell Oil, which is notoriously anti-environmentalist, responded to demands to become greener and sold their oil holdings in Texas to ConocoPhilips. This does not decrease greenhouse gas emissions, but it does show that public pressure works - in Europe. We have no doubt that U.S. oil companies will eventually also be forced to clean up their acts.

Read the whole article by Olivia Rosane on ecowatch.com

The October 1 episode of Eco-Logic will be on People Vs. Fossil Fuels.


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 9/22/21

  Sponges Save Coral Reefs

In Florida Keys

Tiffany Duong Diver
  "Sponge Bobbie" Renfro is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University with a specialty in sponges. Sponges are the first multi-cellular animal to evolve, 550 or more million years ago. Coral reefs are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth. She is using sponges to restore Florida coral reefs, that are only about 1/20 their former size, from a deadly coral disease, poor water quality, and the climate crisis.

Read how she is doing that and what the results have been in an article by Tiffany Duong on Ecowatch.com

For more on ocean ecology, there are radio shows and articles linked from this web page.


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 9/22/21

  Late-night comedians

Tackle the Climate Crisis

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  For one night, seven popular late-night comedy shows hope will be addressing the climate crisis.

On Wednesday, September 22, the hosts are dedicating a portion of each of their shows to giving climate change a platform. The goal of the unprecedented, coordinated effort is to reach a wide audience and convey the seriousness of the challenge faced by humanity.

Participants are FCBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "The Late Late Show with James Corden," ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and "Late Night with Seth Meyers," Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" and TBS' "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee."


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 9/19/21

  Resist False Climate Solutions

Hoodwinked in the Hothouse 3rd edition

Hoodwinked in the Hothouse cover
 The Climate False Solutions collective's Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: Resist False Solutions to Climate Change analyzes greenwashing and so-called solutions to climate change that are actually worse than the opposite of a solution because they take time, energy, attention and money away from real solutions and make things worse.

Check out these chapters and download a pdf:
Carbon pricing
Nature-based Solutions
Bioenergy
Natural Gas
Hydrogen
Landfill Gas to Energy
Waste Incineration
Nuclear Power
Renewable energy
Hydroelectricity
Geoengineering
Carbon Capture
Real Solutions for Climate Justice.


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 9/19/21

  Demand Against Nuclear Bailouts

In Infrastructure Bills

No Nuclear Bailouts
  BREAKING: There are proposals in both the energy legislation for the larger reconciliation package (S.2291/H.R.4024) and the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Build Back Better Act, which together would grant up to $50 billion to prop up aging, increasingly uneconomical nuclear reactors for the next decade.

This is another example of socialism for the rich, with taxpayers paying expenses for businesses that cannot or will not pay their own way.

This is also an example of not taking the urgency of climate change seriously and ignoring nuclear power's immense contribution to the climate crisis.

It would also prevent the creation of more than 60,000 new jobs.


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 9/19/21

  GREENWASH WEEK!

Polluters pretend they are clean

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  On this, the 10th Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street
from members of the Environmental Solidarity Working Group...

GREENWASH WEEK!
Polluters pretend they're clean

Climate Week, or what we at Eco-Logic call Greenwash Week, unfortunately has been co-opted by corporate polluters. The sponsors are almost all from polluting industries, including their headline partner National Grid, which brings fracked gas pipelines to North Brooklyn, among many other locations. They have included a couple of organizations that do good work, which itself is greenwashing.

Although Cambridge Dictionary says greenwashing is designed "to make people believe that your company is doing more to protect the environment than it really is," greenwashing in reality hides the fact that they may not be doing anything at all or take too much credit for too little action.

"Greenwashing is all about misdirection, showing one thing that distracts you from what is really going on. The main issue is that it gets in the way of real progress on such significant environmental issues as climate change, plastic ocean pollutions, air pollution, and global species extinctions." -Leyla Acaroglu on medium.com/

With greenwashing, environmental problems stay the same, or more likely get even worse, as greenwashing often sucks up airtime and misdirects well-intentioned consumers down the wrong path.

Polluting industries are not about to repent.

"...'net zero' plans from big polluters are nothing more than a big con. The reality is that corporations like Shell have no interest in genuinely acting to solve the climate crisis by reducing their emissions from fossil fuels. They instead plan to continue business as usual while greenwashing their image with tree planting and offsetting schemes that can never ever make up for digging up and burning fossil fuels. We must wake up fast to the fact that we are falling for a trick. Net zero risks obscuring a lack of action until it is too late." - Sara Shaw, Friends of the Earth International, Climate Justice and Energy program co-coordinator

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert


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  radio show

 9/2/21

  Military Impacts on Climate!

Military Exemptions in Climate Agreements

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Eco-Logic shows you climate change from another angle: the impact of the military and how its emissions are routinely exempted from climate agreements -- despite being the largest single user of fossil fuels in the world.

Our guests, who have been working in the peace movement for decades, are Nobel Peace Prize recipient Alice Slater of ICAN, also with World Beyond War and Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, and Cindy Piester with Veterans for Peace and Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community.

"US Militarism is the elephant in the room that is not being addressed, for want of public awareness and governmental resolve."

Here is Code Pink's 10 links between the climate crisis and militarism.
Stop Excluding Military Pollution in Climate Agreements petition.

And
Join us in two weeks, Friday, September 17th, at 2:30 p.m., when Eco-Logic previews Greenwash Week!


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 8/26/21

  Banning Poison Pesticides

Two Victories!

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After years of hard work the EPA has banned the use of the pesticide chloropyrifos on all food. Recently the NYC Council banned the toxic pesticide glyphosate in city parks and playgrounds. This is huge! We'll have two activists who have been on the forefront of fighting against poison in our playgrounds, parks and crops.

Our guests have worked to protect our food supply and our children from toxic pesticides. Kristin Schafer is the executive director of the Pesticide Action Network, which works with those on the frontlines to tackle the pesticide problem and reclaim the future of food and farming. Paula Rogovin is a long time environmental and peace activist who inspired her kindergarten students to solve the problem of poison on their playgrounds.

And
join us next Friday, September 3rd, at 2:30 p.m., when Eco-Logic discusses the military exceptions in all of the climate agreements- they keep getting exemptions!


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 8/20/21

  Victory!

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Protected

Brooklyn Prospect Park aerial view
  BREAKING: Rarely does the City of New York's government say No to developers. Permits to destroy and modify East River Park and Governor's Island in ways that hurt nature and most of the Public are recent examples.

However, the City Planning Commission will vote to disapprove the controversial Crown Heights apartment tower that threatens to block the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's sunlight, the commission's chair said on August 16. They cited public opposition, but in the past, that seldom sways decision-makers against developers.

For more information, listen to the 3/11/21 episode of Eco-Logic or read this article by Ben Brachfield on brownstoner.com


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 8/19/21

  Electric Vehicles and Climate Change

Biden's Car Rules Explained

meme Eco-Logic 8-20-21 Electric Vehicles
  The transportation sector, especially private vehicles, account for 1/3 of climate-chaos-causing greenhouse gases - nearly half (46%) of New Jersey's emissions. (Because NYC resididents have so few cars most [70%] of NYC's emissions are from buildings).

Pres. Biden addressed the problem, announcing new standards while standing with reps from the Big Three U.S. automakers.

We discuss the good and bad points of Biden's program, and of electric vehicles generally, with Scott Hochberg, transportation attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity's Climate Law Institute.

And
Join us next Friday, August 27th, at 2:30 p.m., when Eco-Logic discusses the EPA's ban on a carcinogenic pesticide and New York's limitations on pesticides in city parks.


 25 min.

  radio show

 8/19/21

  Victory!

Plastics Project needs EIS

Plastic Bottles Pollution
  BREAKING: the US Army Corps has been ordered to prepare a full Environmental Impact Statement for Formosa Plastics' project, which could take years to complete.

The fight to stop Formosa Plastics from building a mega-polluting petrochemical plant in St. James Parish, Louisiana is moving to the White House. After a lot of hard work - through the leadership of RISE St. James, the power of the people, and robust legal opposition - construction has been delayed.

The plant would pollute a predominantly Black community, disturb unmarked burial sites of formerly enslaved people, degrade wetlands, and deepen the plastic pollution crisis.


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 8/19/21

  Victory!

Alaska Oil Project Stopped!

Polar Bear looking at Plastic Garbage
  A federal judge rejects Trump-era permits for a major Alaska oil project, a setback for ConocoPhillips' Willow project, which aimed to produce more than 100,000 barrels a day on the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

The project had been backed by both the Trump and Biden administrations, despite a host of environmentalistal and Indigenous communities' concerns.

An Obama appointee, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason, wrote in her ruling that the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service incorrectly approved the project because they failed to adequately analyze its climate impact and other possible development plans, and didn't specify how polar bears would be protected.

For more information, read the enviropolitics article or the Washington Post article


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 8/19/21

  NY PSC rules for utilities

Again

No North Brooklyn Pipeline Rally
  On 8/12, while the temperature hit 97ºF, as we were reeling from the latest IPCC climate report, the NYS Public Service Commission voted YES on corporate utility National Grid's rate hike on the backs of the New York area communities forced to buy their fracked gas. The regulators falsely claimed the North Brooklyn Pipeline did not harm disadvantaged communities in its path, and that it complies with our State's climate laws. Four days later Ruhan Nagra was in court to halt the related and illegal construction of National Grid's Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) facility and the utility's lawyer claimed the company was "suffering" because of the activists.

For more information, learn about the lawsuit,
catch up on the story at No NBK Pipeline Campaign this Monday 8/23,
join the rate strike against National GREED.
Listen to the episode of Eco-Logic on this.


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 8/19/21

  Danskammer Fracked Gas Plant

Public Hearing

Stop Danskammer home page
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The Danskammer electricity plant will increase industrialization along the Hudson River even as communities are working so hard to reclaim their waterfronts. And it doesn't fit in with NY's nation-leading climate change goals - to phase out all fossil-fuel electricity generation by 2040. NY's electricity grid operator found that electricity demands are met without a new Danskammer - and with renewable projects.

The Stop the Plant Coalition calls on Governor Cuomo to Stop the Danskammer Plant and, instead, commit to 100% renewable energy.

The public hearing is Monday and Tuesday, August 23 & 24, with the deadline for registration to speak of Friday, August 20.


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 8/11/21

  Eco-Logic Pre-empted

for August 13, 2021

Eco-Logic, WBAI-FM, Fridays 2:30PM
  This week, Eco-Logic is pre-empted for WBAI fund-raising.

Please explore this web page and visit our partners' web sites:
Environment TV
Songs of Freedom
NYC Friends of Clearwater
Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition


 Lots of  
Eco-Links  

Lots of Eco-Links

 8/11/21

  Barry the Barred Owl

Central Park, NYC

Barry the Central Park Barred Owl
  Nearly every winter, there are owls in New York City's Central Park. Many species have visited the park, but rarely do they stay into the spring and summer. This winter, a Barred Owl, a more common relative of the famous Spotted Owl, stayed months after winter was over. Birders named her Barry the Barred Owl.

On August 6th, she died after a collision with a Central Park Conservancy maintenance vehicle. The Central Park Conservancy is a private, nonprofit park conservancy that manages Central Park under a contract with the City of New York and NYC Parks. In the 1980s, the Conservancy and birders were at odds when the Conservancy, then under Betsy Barlow, cut down hundreds of trees to create "vistas."

Hundreds of people gathered in Central Park on August 9th to mourn her. She is credited with teaching thousands of people about the nature in Central Park.


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 8/11/21

  To Destroy a Park

Mayor de Blasio overrules Comptroller Stringer

East River Park
  Last week, the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Auditor of City agencies, Comptroller Scott Stringer, rejected the IPC Resiliency Partners contract (IPC) for the East Side Coastal Resiliency project at East River Park. The Comptroller sent the contract back to the Department of Design and Construction due to outstanding issues including IPC's failure to meet the City's goal of hiring 30% of minority/women-owned business enterprises. It is also not clear that all of the companies comprising IPC, which is a joint venture, have filed all of the required disclosures in the city's PASSPort system, as required by the Procurement Policy Board rules and the New York City Administrative Code.

Days after Comptroller Stringer rightfully rejected the contract, the Mayor overrode Comptroller Stringer and registered the IPC contract for the ESCR project.

For more information, go to Save East River Park .


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 8/5/21

  Events of the Week

An Eco-Logic Report

Eco-Logic Aug. 6 2021 meme
  Every week is a busy week, but this week was full of environmental actions. We report on the Danskammer Flotilla, the NRC Public Hearing, the Hiroshima Peace Gathering and an upcoming celebration of shorebirds.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) came to Tarrytown, and were met by a number of knowledgeable residents asking hard questions. In contrast, the NRC representatives were ignorant of specifics of the Indian Point facility - even being unsure of how many pipelines crossed the property (three, none mentioned in Holtec's post-shutdown plans).

The Danskammer electricity plant will increase industrialization along the Hudson River even as communities are working so hard to reclaim their waterfronts. And it doesn't fit in with NY's nation-leading climate change goals - to phase out all fossil-fuel electricity generation by 2040. NY's electricity grid operator found that electricity demands are met without a new Danskammer - and with renewable projects.

The Stop the Plant Coalition calls on Governor Cuomo to Stop the Danskammer Plant and, instead, commit to 100% renewable energy. Tune in to hear our guest Matt Salton of the Clearwater Environmental Action Team tell us about the flotilla of over 50 kayakers.

There is no greater environmental destruction than a nuclear war.

And there is no greater proof of that destruction than the ruins of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mari Inoue of the Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World will be reporting on the Global Online Event that had Speakers (including youth activists from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation atomic bomb survivors; and a young Fukishima evacuee), music and songs from Hiroshima and New York.

The entire event (1 hour and 26 minutes) is on youtube.

Let's celebrate the adorable sandpipers and plovers while we still have them! Saturday, August 14, 11am - 3pm at the Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

PLUS Join us in two weeks, Friday August 20th at 2:30pm when Eco-Logic discusses Car Mileage Standards.

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 25 min.

  radio show

 7/29/21

  Microbes!

A vital component of all life!

Eco-Logic 7-30-21 Microbes meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
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Microbes do a lot more than cause disease - in fact, we could not live without them.

Every surface everywhere is covered with microbes

Microbes make plants more efficient

Diversity of microbes in soil is important

Biodiversity refers to microbes just as well as other forms of life.

Find out how microbes improve your health

Our guests are

Phoebe Mankiewicz, Interdisciplinary PhD Student at Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture and

Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff, Assistant Professor of Integrated Design and Media Center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

The report on the microbes conference Ken went to that he mentioned is on this page of reports, about 2/3 of the way down.

AND join us Friday August 6th at 2:30pm when Eco-Logic reports back on the Flotilla to stop the Danskammer fracked gas plant; and on the Hiroshima Anniversary Global online Peace Gathering; and we discuss the impending extinction of beloved shore birds.

WBAI, 99.5FM & www. wbai.org

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 25 min.

radio

 7/29/21

  Hiroshima 76th Anniversary

Schedule of Online Events

Hiroshima 76th Aniversary Schedule
  Online schedule of events for August 5th, 9AM, click to enlarge -->

There is no greater environmental destruction than a nuclear war.

And there is no greater proof of that destruction than the ruins of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Music, video and guest speakers.


 Many pages

  web site

 7/22/21

  Solar Canopies

Helping Solve the Climate Crisis

Eco-Logic 7-23-21 Solar Canopies meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Have you ever wished that the parking lots at the beach were shaded? Have you wondered why that space is not used for solar energy?

Join us Friday, July 23, 2021 at 2:30PM. Lindsay Audin, one of the stars of the renewable energy movement, is working to expand solar installations across the entire state with solar canopies over parking lots. A solar canopy is essentially a shade structure with solar panels on top of it, keeping parking lots cooler while making free electricity.

Lindsay will explain the policy change needed to install solar canopies all over the state and how close we are to passing the necessary bill, A6838 - and how YOU can help.

And also join us Friday July 30th at 2:30pm when Eco-Logic brings you Microbes, a vital component of everything you care about - Indispensable

The Pacifica Bylaws Vote:
We legally won it. The bylaws won't be changed. WBAI will continue to have representation on the Pacifica National Board. The opposition is not conceding so it isn't totally over yet.

WBAI, 99.5FM & www. wbai.org

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein & Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 25 min.

radio

 7/22/21

  Solar Canopy Policy Change

Reducing New York's carbon footprint

solar parking lot
  Please help pass the solar canopy bill in the NY Assembly

Lindsay Audin, our guest on July 23, 2021, asks your help in passing a bill (A.6838) in the State Assembly that could help expand solar installations across our State. It would allow solar canopies (essentially shade structures topped with solar panels) over parking lots at municipal and State parks. It's presently stuck in the Assembly's Environmental Conservation Committee (ECC), despite the fact that it has 44 sponsors and co-sponsors in the full Assembly.

In mid-May, its companion bill in the State Senate (S.2995) passed by a 62-1 margin, so it's neither controversial nor political. A.6838's sponsors are Assbly. Sandy Galef and Carrie Woerner, but neither is on the ECC. We need to push this bill to the full Assembly for an up-or-down vote. Below is a list of metro NY reps that sit on the ECC. We need you to push ECC Chairman Englebright t o become a co-sponsor, or at least allow the bill to come before his committee for discussion.

At present, an old law forbids making a change to any park in the State without going through a cumbersome and expensive process involving a 69-page handbook, followed by a vote in both houses and the governor's signature for each change in a park. Several solar projects (e.g., in Westchester County) are presently stalled due to the existing law. A.6838 would exempt solar canopies over parking lots in parks, up to 2 MW output (roughly 1,000 parking spaces, though most lots are much smaller).

Essentially, no park land is disrupted by a canopy. Each is mounted 20 feet over the blacktop on steel beams. Only their concrete footings (30 inches in diameter) contact the ground, and then only into pavement. Such canopies are an added amenity at a park, shading cars (and people) from the hot sun and summer showers.

If done as a community solar project, a solar canopy can be installed at no cost to the local municipality, pay it rent for use of the air space, produce decades of clean renewable power that helps clean up the grid, and support the State's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). It's a win-win proposition!

Call your representative's Albany number and his/her local office number to request co-sponsorship of A.6838. Please make the call today. If you need further information, email Lindsay at energywiz -at- aol.com.

Here are the Assembly reps that need to hear from you, especially if you are a constituent. Their Albany phone numbers are followed by their local office phone numbers.

Steve Englebright, Setauket 518-455-4804 631-751-3094
William Colton, Brooklyn 518-455-5828 718-236-1598
Michael Durso, Massapequa 518-455-5305 516-541-4598
Deborah J. Glick, Manhattan 518-455-4841 212-674-5153
Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Queens 518-455-4545 718-457-0384
Steven Otis, Port Chester 518-455-4897 914-939-7028
Amanda Septimo, Bronx 518-455-5402 718-292-2901
Fred W. Thiele, Jr., Sag Harbor 518-455-5997 631-537-2583
Jaime R. Williams, Brooklyn 518-455-5211 718-252-2124


 Bill #A6838

  NYS Senate

 7/15/21

  Canadian hydroelectricity exports

NOT Clean

HydroQuebec Dam flooding the forest
  <-- HydroQuebec Dam flooding a forest

From Paul Buckowski at the Albany Times Union newspaper, "Hydroelectricity can be generated in several ways, some of which are extremely destructive. Canadian hydroelectricity exports into New York state are not clean.

"During the past 50 years, Hydro-Quebec has blocked many formerly spectacular, free-flowing major rivers with dams and power stations, flooding river valleys and drowning forests. The natural, seasonal river flows to the seas is destroyed, wrecking water quality and severely damaging freshwater and ocean aquatic life. Impounding river water behind many dams probably contributes to the rapid warming of the Arctic region.

"Submerged forests can no longer remove carbon from the air. When vegetation rots, carbon and methane are released into the water and air. Neither Hydro-Quebec nor anyone else quantifies greenhouse gas emissions from their so-called reservoirs, some of which are much larger than Albany County. The company's hydroelectricity carbon footprint is undoubtedly huge.

"If we as a species hope to stabilize the climate, we must begin with an honest analysis of all the global and on-site pros and cons of each existing and proposed energy source. Reservoir hydro is far more dangerous than many people realize."
-Tom Ellis, Albany © 2021 Hearst


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 7/15/21

  Ocean On Fire!

Gulf of Mexico Explosion

No Eminet Domain For Corporate Gain
  You may well remember the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This week, the water west of the Yucatán peninsula of Mexico actually caught on fire - which apparently started when methane, and probably other wet-gas components, leaked from an underwater pipeline to the surface. The fire, which was said to resemble molten lava swirling on the water, continued on the ocean's surface for five hours until employees of Pemex, Mexico's gas utility, could control it using nitrogen.

The incident report reportedly said "active production facilities were affected by an electrical storm and heavy rains. The fire consumed some of the leaking hydrocarbons, and there were no human injuries." The Mexican oil-safety regulator reported that the incident "did not generate any spill," but did not explain what was burning on the water's surface!

Pemex's past poor safety record includes a 2015 fire at a platform in the same Bay of Campeche, a 2012 fire at a natural-gas facility in northern Mexico that killed 26 people, and a 2013 blast at the Pemex Mexico City headquarters that left 37 people dead.


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 7/12/21

  New UN IPCC Report

Leaked

IPCC 2015 cover
  Contents have been leaked of the new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report is scheduled to be released in February, 2022, and is still being finalized. It seems to be a more alarming, more pessimistic version of the 2015 report.

Like the 2015 report, this will contain input from the reports and articles of hundreds of scientists. Unlike the 2015 report, this one may contain policy change suggestions. (I wonder if that's what's holding it up?)

Greenpeace has a good article on it. So does the UK Guardian newspaper. I couldn't resist linking to this pessimistic 2015 PBS article predicting much of what is being reported now.


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 7/12/21

  Oyster Shell reclamation

Atlantic City restaurants

No Eminet Domain For Corporate Gain
  Atlantic City restaurants are contributing to oyster colonies. The Hard Rock Casino, the Knife and Fork and Dock's Oyster House restaurants, are participating in a program, started in 2019, that collects oyster shells from diners' plates. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection gives the shells to the Jetty Rock Foundation and Rutgers and Stockton University workers and volunteers. They are then turned over to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for Rutgers and Stockton University workers and volunteers and the Jetty Rock Foundation. The shells are barged and dumped into the Mullica River, home to one of the last self-sustaining oyster populations on the East Coast. Free-floating baby oysters, called spat, attach to the shells and start growing, forming the basis of new or expanded oyster colonies.

In addition to providing shelter for the oysters that filter the waterway, the program has kept 65 tons out of landfills. Other restaurants and casinos are looking to join, and the volume could be significant - the Hard Rock Casino buffet reportedly shucks between 500 and 1200 oysters daily. Also, New York's Billion Oyster Project has collected 1.6 million pounds of shells from 75 restaurants, and planted 13 oyster reefs across New York Harbor since 2015. Florida and Alabama have similar programs. For more information, go to enviropolitics.com.


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 7/12/21

  Maya Lin's environmental art

Madison Sq. Park, NYC

Maya Lin Dead Forest
  There's a very good environmental art exhibit in Madison Square Park by Maya Lin, the sculptor of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC. A lot of environmental art is greenwashing or stretching the environmental connection, but this one was very clear about climate change, sea level rise, salt water intrusion, and forests dying, with a plaque explaining it. You're going to enjoy it ! Madison Sq Park is where 23rd St, 5th Ave and Broadway come togetber in NYC.


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article

 7/12/21

  Greenpeace exposes Exxon

They got it on video!

Exxon Knew
  Democracy Now listeners would have heard on July 6 about how Greenpeace UK exposed Exxon-Mobil's dirty tricks in Congress to stop climate legislation. Even the NY Post mentioned it, too - in a shorter article. The Post referred sympathetically to ExxonMobil lobbyist Kevin McCoy as having been duped, but they DID print some of what he admitted - such as that much of what they say is only for public relations.

One of the more interesting aspects of ExxonMobil's lobbying Congress is that they go through third parties, so little or no attention falls on them. They talk about how they influence Democratic senators, as well as Republicans - they even name names!

Because Greenpeace got it on video, the exposure has had a lot more power than it might otherwise have had. I have a feeling that most Eco-Logic listeners already suspected that this was happening - Greenpeace exposed some of ExxonMobil's climate lies in 2015 - but it's nice to have video proof - and it's nice that mainstream news covered it.

Greenpeace has a timeline of Exxon and climate on their web site. They knew at least as early as 1957 what their products were doing to the planet.


 5 min.

  radio show

 7/9/21

  Wind Energy On the Way

Offshore of New Jersey

Antarctica Melting episode of Eco-Logic
  The New Jersey legislature just passed a law, S3926/A5894, which enables the state to prevent local shore governments, such as Ocean City council, from blocking offshore-wind projects' access to come ashore. New Jersey Organizing Project, a local community advocacy organization started in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, says, "We believe responsible offshore wind development that benefits our communities will provide real opportunities for the Shore and South Jersey. We're already living with flooding - we need to act now to improve our infrastructure and move to renewable energy like offshore wind. It's critical that all working-class New Jerseyans benefit from offshore wind. No one gets left behind: Black, brown, or white."

Organizations that focus on the birds and the whales have figured out how to do this in a way that minimizes disturbances for whales and birds. That's why we want best practices followed during construction to spot whales and avoid bird migration season to minimize the number of deaths. Construction schedules must be arranged in conjunction with migration patterns.

Find more information from NJOP on their Web site, newjerseyrp.org - search for offshore wind or go directly to this NJRP article or this Atlantic City Press article.


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article

 7/9/21

  Stop Penn East

Pipeline and eminent domain

No Eminet Domain For Corporate Gain
  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that PennEast - and by extension, other fossil-fuel projects - can take state-owned lands and property rights. Local environmentalists are therefore urging N.J. Governor Phil Murphy, President Biden, and other elected leaders to use their powers to STOP PENNEAST. The pipeline is not a done deal - but it could be if political leaders choose not to stop it going forward.

There will be a rally in Trenton on July 15th at 12 noon and a petition at www.change.org/StopPennEastGovMurphy (requires cookies).

Republican Senator Kip Bateman says that the pipeline still has a lot of challenges if it is to move forward: PennEast would ford more than 30 vulnerable 'Category One' waterways that are essential to protecting clean water in our state. The pipeline needlessly jeopardizes the safe, clean flow of water our families and farms rely on.

PennEast cannot meet water-quality standards, and the applicant's data submissions to the various regulatory agencies have been, according to the petition, "false, misleading, deficient and legally unfit to support any positive regulatory outcome." Because of the deficient and misleading information provided to the state, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection rejected the project and closed the file years ago. And yet the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has allowed PennEast to keep the application open despite its ongoing failure to provide full, accurate information on the project's proposed route, elements, and impacts.

The DRBC has important work to do; keeping open the file on this deficient project is a waste of its limited time, resources, and money. It is time for DRBC to close the file on PennEast.

For more information, check these articles on Bloomberg News or NJ Herald.


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 7/9/21

  Citizens Water Quality Testing Program

NYC Water Trail Association

Water Quality Testing
  We all benefit from clean waterways - whether you make your living from or on the river, get your drinking water from the river, as some upstate communities do, enjoy recreational boating or swimming, or just live nearby.

The climate crisis is overwhelming storm drainage systems and wastewater management - especially in large cities. This can lead to backups where runoff of contaminants such as trash, nutrients, sediment or bacteria go into local waterways lowers water quality and even threatens drinking water supplies according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Almost 50 years ago, in 1972, the Clearwater organization contributed to getting the Clean Water Act passed but there is still much more to be done. One of the local champions of the Hudson River is the Citizens Water Quality Testing Program -- watchdogs whom we are lucky to have on the job. Mostly volunteers, they provide an important service testing the waters.

Recently the worst week of the season for water quality was recorded. Good time to stay out of the water.
If you want to go swimming you want the water to be clean. Eyes on the prize! We want our waters fishable and swimmable!

For more information or to volunteer email water-quality@nycwatertrail.org

The Citizens Water Quality Testing Program is a collaboration of the New York City Water Trail Association, the Billion Oyster Project, and Hudson River Park's River Project and others.


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 7/9/21

  Environmental News, Information and Announcements

The Eco-Logic Collective

meme 7-9-21 Eco-Logic; meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Long-time listeners remember Eco-Logic starting with News, Information and Announcements. So much is happening that we did that for the entire show today.

Worst week for Hudson water quality.

A once abundant Sandpiper

Wind energy on the way.

Supreme court and eminent domain

Oyster-shell reclamation.

Greenpeace exposes Exxon.

Rate Strike continues.

Green Amendments Day July 13th.

Maya Lin's environmental art.

Ocean on fire.

The votes are in for the Pacifica Referendum of 2021 - Stay tuned for the results.


 25 min.

  radio show

 7/2/21

  Melting Ice Caps

And Sea Level Rise

Antarctica Melting episode of Eco-Logic
  Eco-Logic, in our former News, Announcements and Information segment, has been reporting for years on Antarctic ice breaking off the continent, floating away -- and the resulting climate chaos.

Some of the icebergs have been the size of Rhode Island. A recent chunk was "only" the size of Manhattan. Ice that breaks off a glacier contributes to sea level rise - if the ice breaks off a floating ice shelf, it won't directly contribute to sea level rise, but it will speed up land glaciers, and that will add to sea level rise.

If all the ice on West Antarctica flowed into the ocean, it would raise sea levels over 20 feet. East Antarctica is several times larger and the ice is much, much thicker; that is melting, too.

What about the penguins?
How is the Pacific plastic garbage patch related to ice melting in Antarctica?
How much sea level rise is predicted for Antarctic ice?
There is a lot to unpack in this complex issue that affects us all.

For more information, go to our Eco-Links page and search for "Antarctic."

Here are four links to get you started:
Science News magazine contents.
The Paris Agreement and Antarctic melt
UK Guardian newspaper.
University of Leeds article


 25 min.

radio show

 7/2/21

  Moulins

Dramatic video of climate chaos in action!

moulin
  I (this is Ken writing this) get emotional watching video of actual moulins. What you're seeing is real-time evidence of climate chaos happening.

Glaciers are rivers of ice that flow slowly to the oceans. Moulins are holes in glaciers into which surface meltwater pours, usually with great force. When that water gets to the bottom of the glacier, it lubricatres the rock that the glacier flows over and speeds up the glacier.

It now takes a month, sometimes less, for a glacier to flow the distance that it used to travel in a year.

There are many videos on youtube of moulins. Follow the link.


 youtube

  videos

 7/2/21

  Red Knots, a Bird

On the Edge of Extinction

Red Knot by Eleanor Briccetti
  At one time there were billions of Passenger Pigeons in the United States. People killed them all, every last one, through habitat destruction and hunting. They are extinct.

It's happening again!

Red Knots are a formerly abundant shorebird that is on the edge of extinction.
    And yet they are not legally listed by the government as endangered species.

Red Knots migrate thousands of miles and the food they eat, horseshoe crab eggs, is being taken away by humans as they use the adults for bait and medicine.
    Protecting the Red Knot would also protect other shorebirds. Please follow the link the the American Bird Conservancy web site's article on this.


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 7/2/21

  Mining promoted by

the European Union

Green Amendment Day
  A global coalition of over 180 community platforms, human rights and environmental organizations and academics from 36 nations is calling on the European Union to abandon its plans to massively expand dirty mining. In a terrible irony, the EU announced the expansion as part of their Green Deal and Green Recovery plans.

"Simply put, we need to drastically reduce the amount of resources used and consumed in the EU and move to truly circular solutions. Legislation like the EU battery regulation is a step in the right direction, but must go further. Transport decarbonization, decarbonization of all kinds, in fact, can only be achieved with a strong reduction in demand. We need to realign our priorities to meet climate goals," says Diego Marin of the European Environmental Bureau.

For more informaiton, do a search or follow the link.


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 6/24/21

  Green Roofs AND Solar Panels!

Changing the way we think about our roofs

Green Roofs episode of Eco-Logic
  Roofs!
This Eco-Logic delves into the practical uses of our roofs.
Green roofs help the fight against climate change.
Buildings with green roofs are cooler in the summer.
Green roofs actually make solar panels more effective.
On green roofs you can grow food: for people, or for butterflies and bees - or both!

Guests were Josh Harrison, Paul Mankiewicz and Michael Fishman of Leaf Island


 25 min.

radio show

 6/24/21

  Newly Discovered Species of Microbe

It can actually help the environment

Brockarchaeota
  Microbes that live deep underground generally produce methane rather than carbon dioxide. Methane is 120 times worse than carbon dioxide for climate chaos when it first gets into the atmosphere.

A newly-discovered phylum of single-celled archaea, Brockarchaeota, do the opposite. For more information on this potentially-important and definitely fascinating life form, check out this article in Science News magazine and any of the links within it, including the scientific journal where Brockarchaeota was first described.


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 6/18/21

  Black Birders Week

Nationwide event

Deja Perkins birding
  As Drew Lanham and Chris Cooper mentioned on Eco-Logic in 2019, birding and birdwatching is for everyone. Drew and Chris's negative thoughts and experiences have not diminished their love of birds and birding one bit. It took Chris having to deal with an awful experience to inspire Deja Perkins (left) to create Black Birders Week.

I could not describe the joy and importance of African-Americans, or anyone for that matter, being in nature better than Drew and Chris did on that video, Environment TV's version of an episode of Eco-Logic.


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 6/18/21

  National Green Amendments Day

July 13, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Green Amendment Day
  Green Amendment Day is dedicated to educating and engaging civil rights, environmental, environmental justice and Indigenous leaders and community members across the nation around the power of Green Amendments for ending environmental racism and restoring environmental justice through constitutional empowerment.

Environmental racism is just too widespread and ingrained in our society to entrust to politics and politicians. Communities of color disproportionately live in environmental sacrifice zones, where industrial contaminants, pollution, and other poisons degrade water, air, and soil, causing heart disease, asthma, cancer, compromised immune systems, and other serious illnesses.

Ending environmental racism and securing true environmental justice requires systemic legal and government reform. By providing constitutional recognition and protection we can raise up the inalienable rights of all people to a clean & healthy environment, and transform our system of laws and government to ensure environmental justice is mandatory, equitable and enforceable.

Eco-Logic dedicated the June 3, 2021 episode to Green Amendments.


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 6/18/21

  Juneteenth Special, 6-19-21, 4PM

Environmental Justice

Juneteenth Eco-Logic Special June 19, 2021
  Eco-Logic is pre-empted for June 18, but....

We are doing a special for Juneteenth on Saturday, June 19th from 4 to 5 PM.

Eco-Logic's three guests will discuss how Juneteenth relates to environmental justice and modern life. A pollution source placed in a poor neighborhood points out a pattern of the disregard with which such neighborhoods are treated, plus, the pollution of a pollution source migrates out of that area and often around the globe, contributing to climate chaos and harmful health effects.

Our guests are:
Larry Hamm, chair of the People's Organization for Progress
Rev. Dr. Gregory Simpson, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Environmental Justice Coalition and Board member of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Taylor Morton, WEACT Director of Environmental Health & Education -- Environmental Health & Justice Leadership Training


 25 min.

radio show

 6/10/21

  $66 RATE STRIKE!

Not paying for unneeded fossil fuel expansion.

meme-Rate Strike Eco-Logic Special 6-11-21
  Eco-Logic's guests will be discussing this issue:

"National Grid ratepayers declare a gas bill strike! Frustrated by a proposed rate hike to pay for the utility's detested, polluting, racist North Brooklyn Pipeline, and inspired by a successful bill strike against Con Edison in 1981, people living along the pipeline from Brownsville to Greenpoint have launched the strike and will withhold $66 from their gas bills. All National Grid customers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island are invited to join."

More info here
and here
The episode of Eco-Logic on the North Brooklyn Pipeline

   Note: Remember when we asked you to become a member of WBAI because there was an important vote coming up? -- well, you should have received a ballot in your email box June 7th! You will have one month to respond to the ballot.

The same people who kicked in the doors of WBAI in October 2019 are at it again and want to change the bylaws to gain control - this time they are better funded and organized. They have even misled some celebrities. You can find more info on www.wbaifightback.org or at 917-781-0366

Stay tuned,

Ken Gale, Donna Stein, Sally Gellert, with JK Canepa

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 25 min.

  radio show

 6/10/21

  Victory!

KXL Pipeline

kokipasni-1 KXL Indigenous Water Protectors
  "Keystone XL is now the most famous fossil fuel project killed by the climate movement," said one veteran campaigner, "but it won't be the last."

It took ten years, hundreds of arrests, great hardships for the water protectors, and a tenaciousness not always seen in the environmental movement.

Collusion between government and the fossil fuel industry was on display for all the world to see.

Studies on how unnecessary that pipeline was got a lot more attention than such studies usually get.

Environmentalists everywhere should celebrate, but remain as vigilant as ever. "The polluters don't give so we don't give up."


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Article

 6/10/21

  Line 3 Pipeline News

Mobilization! Blockade! Police escalation!

Line 3 Protest
 Mobilization! Blockade! Police escalation! Arrests! Continued protests!

The largest action against the "Line 3" pipeline so far was a few days ago, Monday, June 7th.

Over 2000 water protectors gathered in Minnesota and shut down the Two Inlets pump station.

The Biden Administration is still not honoring treaties, but so far is taking the side of the fossil fuel industry.

Police have escalated tactics, using a Department of Homeland Security helicopter flying just over people's heads to kick dust and rocks into people's faces. Later, they used a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) without warning.

The eyes of the world are upon them and people from all over the U.S. are joining the protest.

Stay Tuned!


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 6/3/21

  Antarctica Breaking Apart

Huge chucks floating away and melting.

Antarctic ice berg
  When Eco-Logic was an hour long, we had a News, Announcements and Information segment. For several years, we've been reporting on chunks of Antarctic ice breaking off of the continent and floating away.

Some of the ice bergs have been the size of Rhode Island. A recent chuck was "only" the size of Manhattan. Ice that breaks off a glacier contributes to sea level rise. If the ice broke off a floating ice shelf, it won't contribute to sea level rise directly, but it will speed up land glaciers which will add to sea level rise.

If all the ice on West Antarctica flowed into the ocean, it would raise sea levels over 20 feet. East Antarctica is several times larger and the ice is much much thicker; that is melting, too.

Go to our Eco-Links page and search for "Antarctic."

Here are three links to get you started:
Science News magazine contents.
UK Guardian newspaper.
University of Leeds article


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 6/3/21

  Fossil Fuel Subsidies Repealed

New York State Senate Bill #S4816 and Assembly Bill A6882

NY State Seal
  New York State Senate Bill #S4816 and Assembly Bill A6882 seek to eliminate over $334 million of fossil fuel subsidies annually.

Contact your state legislature through either of the links in this paragraph and ask them to please bring this bill to the floor for a vote before the legislative session ends on June 10.

For more information, click here.


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 6/3/21

  Green Amendment

On the ballot in New York State this November.

Green Amendments Eco-Logic June 4, 2021
  Eco-Logic is honored to have as our guest Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network; Founder of the Green Amendment For The Generations Movement and author of "The Green Amendment, Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment."

On the ballot in New York State this  November.

Securing a Constitutional Right to Pure Water, Clean Air, a Stable Climate & Healthy Environments, For All People, Including Future Generations, Regardless of Race, Ethnicity, Religion or Income.

What are the possible arguments against this amendment? What do we say to counter them? What are the Environmental Justice aspects of the Green Amendment? Tune in Fri. June 4th 2:30PM to WBAI, 99.5FM or www. wbai.org or listen via the Archives.


 25 min.

radio show

 5/28/21

  Alaska pipeline Supported by Biden Administration

Major threat to a delicate environment!

Alaska pipeline
 Biden backs enormous Trump-era environmentally-disastrous Alaska oil drilling project.

In a move that shocked many environmentalists, the Department of Interior defends a plan to extract hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil from Alaska.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland had opposed the project last year when she was a member of Congress.

The Arctic is a delicate eco-system that is showing the effects of climate change, expecially the global warming part of climate change, more than any other ecosystem on Earth. The pipeline is also an investment in more greenhouse gases for the future. It also shows the energy priorities of the current administration are very similar to the energy priorities of the previous administrations. Oil companies are citing a technicality in last year's court case on the pipeline.

There are many articles about this on the web. For more, here's a search


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 5/27/21

  Making Your World Greener

radio show: May 28, 2021

Making Your World Greener Eco-Logic May 28, 2021
  Minor changes in lifestyle can have a major positive impact on the planet. Tune into Eco-Logic's 5-28-21 show to hear Bob Nagy, an amazing visionary and compelling speaker.

From food to energy you'll hear fabulous sustainable living tips!

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein, Sally Gellert and Joel Landy

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 25 min.

radio show

 5/21/21

  The Environment TV

Information galore!

The Environment TV
 Even when Eco-Logic is pre-empted for WBAI fund-raising, there is still audio and video for you to see and hear.

The Environment TV has a wonderful youtube channel with some of the content garnered from episodes of Eco-Logic with extra material as we continue the shows with our guests on zoom.

There is a video on Mega-Dams.

There is a video on the 2021 NYC Harbor Ring Bike Ride.

There is a video on the Value of Urban Parks.

That's just three examples. Explore the youtube channel for yourself.


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  ETV video

 5/21/21

  Eco-Logic Pre-Empted

for May 21, 2021

Eco-Logic Pre-Empted May 21, 2021
  Due to a pre-emption for fund-raising, Eco-Logic will not be on the air on May 21st, 2021. Please support WBAI and your favorite program Eco-Logic! www.give2wbai.org and of course we would like you to choose Eco-Logic from the drop down menu.

We will return on May 28th with an interview with Bob Nagy, an amazing speaker, who will discuss how minor changes in lifestyle can have a major positive impact on the planet. You'll hear fabulous sustainable living tips!

Please explore this web page or our Eco-Links page.


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  Eco-Links

 5/21/21

  What's Next for Indian Point?

Public forum Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 6 - 7:30PM

What's Next for Indian Point?
 Clearwater invites you to an introductory meeting on Indian Point Nuclear Plant decommissioning and other Environmental and Climate Justice issues on Wednesday, May 26th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., via Zoom.

During this event, we will share information on Indian Point's closure and decommissioning and begin to brainstorm how best to address relevant threats. Brief presentations will be followed by short breakout rooms with participants from paired EJ communities and brief report backs.

We plan to then follow up over the summer by meeting with these pairs of communities on a smaller basis with the goal of reconvening at a regional summit this fall to report our collective findings and recommendations.

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. For more information, including the program agenda, presenters' biographies and how to register, go to the Indian Point Forum web site.


 90 min.

  Indian Point Forum

 5/13/21

  President Biden and the Environment

What we can expect.

meme - Megadams = Megadamage We'll be talking about President Biden's environmental policies and what we can expect from the cabinet appointees - with environmental attorney and Clearwater Board member Seth Davis.

This show goes into detail about executive orders vs administrative rule making or legislation.

There's more discussion on Biden's cabinet on RevolvingDoorProject.org.

We also did a short segment on the terrible threat to Governor's Island.


 25 min.

  WBAI radio

 5/13/21

  Governor's Island Under Threat

From Developers.

NYC Mayor Nature Forum
 The Current Governors Island Rezoning Proposal Needs to be Withdrawn Completely

On Tuesday May 11th, the City Council Land Use Committee approved a severely inadequate set of modifications to the fiscally and environmentally irresponsible Governors Island rezoning proposal. These council members have set themselves up for a legacy to be known to usher a "Penn Station 2.0" where a precious public jewel is greedily devoured at the taxpayers' expense.

Details aside, the issue here is - what is Governors Island going to be? Will it be an irreplaceable one-of-a-kind green urban refuge that essentially functions as a park - even in areas with buildings which provide for the arts and environmental educational projects? Or another high-rise, high-density commercial urban district with boxed in value-added landscaping? (In this case in a floodplain when the proposed "Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency" is also sponsored by the Land Use Committee)

Yesterday's approved modifications will not prevent the latter. The 200 foot plus heights proposed by the Council are three times the height of Lookout Hill on the South Island while many solid historic buildings lie unused. Any new construction should be kept to minimum and not exceed the four-story height of buildings in the historic district.

As Paul Graziano, long-time NYC Urban planner and land use and zoning expert said at a May 6th M.A.G.I.C. press conference, "There is no question that the rezoning application put forth by the Governor's Island Trust is frankly an overdevelopment scheme in search of a plan. In the more than two decades that I have been involved in planning issues in New York City, I have never encountered such a brazen attempt by any entity - public or private - to essentially steal this amount of public land and hand it over to the equivalent of a phantom organization. The Trust refuses to show its financials, has no development partner and continues to push for the privatization of one of the crown jewels of public land in New York City, or anywhere in the United States for that matter. There are no planning principles being discussed here, only the utter degradation of a cherished and irreplaceable public asset by the de Blasio administration and the Mayor's handpicked members who control the Trust. The City Council has an obligation to protect the public good against what can only be described as a landgrab against itself and either demand that this application be withdrawn or, barring that, just vote NO. Our city - and Governor's Island - deserves better."

M.A.G.I.C. thanks Council Member Inez Barron for voting no and stating for the record that this plan "is a disservice to maintaining really open space and preserving the environment."

M.A.G.I.C. has a better plan at https://govislandcoalition.org/a-magic-plan

For more information, go to M.A.G.I.C.'s web site.


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  Information

 5/6/21

  Megadams = Megadamage

Controversy and Solutions

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  The next Eco-Logic will discuss the Mayor's procurement of hydropower that will require the construction of a transmission corridor from Quebec to Queens. Blackstone and every other financier must cancel plans to import hydropower produced by megadams built on Indigenous lands, to New York. This is truly not a climate solution and must be explicitly excluded from sustainable renewable energy plans. Mayor deBlasio is seeking to procure this dirty power instead of promoting local energy economies.

Energy use in New York City has been declining for years. New supplies are not necessary. Instead, further efficiency should be backed by government.

Join Lucien Wabanonik - Spokesperson for Innu First Nations, George Jackman - Hudson Riverkeeper, and Annie Wilson - NY Environmental Law and Justice Project


 25 min.

  WBAI radio

 5/6/21

  Mayoral Candidates Nature Forum

Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 7 - 8PM

NYC Mayor Nature Forum
 We can't reach our climate goals without also saving biodiversity. Deforestation, even in New York City, increases the atmospheric abundance of carbon dioxide. Forest conservation and ecosystem restoration must be the cornerstone of any climate action plan.

Yet nature in New York City has no legislative protections. In fact, the City regularly cuts down trees and builds on forests without environmental impact review. And the burdens of loss from biodiversity are disproportionately carried by lower income communities.

A broad coalition of grassroots organizations is hosting a forum on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 7 - 8PM to ask the New York City mayoral candidates to value wildflower habitats and to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to nature. At least six candidates will attend.

Register in Advance


 60 min.

  Mayoral Forum

 4/30/21

  Indian Point Closing Event

Two of two.

Indian Point closing event
  The closing of a nuclear plant without it melting down is a momentous occassion. Besides today's radio show (see below), there are also two zoom events. This one is at 7:30PM.


 90 min.

  zoom link

 4/30/21

  Indian Point Closing Event

One of two

Indian Point closing event
 The closing of a nuclear plant without it melting down is a momentous occassion. Besides today's radio show (see below), there are also two zoom events. This one is at 6PM.


 90 min.

  zoom link

 4/30/21

  Indian Point Nuclear Reactors

Sept. 16, 1962 to April 30, 2021.

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  The long fight to shut down Indian Point Nuclear Reactors is finally over. We can now breathe a sigh of relief that no additional nuclear waste will be produced near New York City. Marilyn Elie, longtime champion of the antinuclear movement, joins us on April 30th as we commemorate Indian Point's closure.

Since its first day, Indian Point has been creating radioactive waste. All along, there have been massive radioactive leaks into the groundwater and into the air. Daily radioactive pollution has made Westchester into a cancer cluster for many different cancers. Eventually, that will end, but not for a while, as it hasn't at Three Mile Island. Tons of very radioactive material are still on site.

Activists have for years been warning of the dangers in our back yard and with this victory there is still more work to be done. We need an active decommissioning oversight board to ensure that decommissioning is done right. The Public Service Commission has agreed to a joint proposal for the license transfer. The proposal is seen as better than most for the community, but they will need to address a major loss of tax revenue until the site is ready for reuse, which could be decades away.

Eco-Logic collective members have been involved with antinuclear issues for many years. More from Ken Gale, the author of "Chernobyl-on-the-Hudson"

What is next for Indian Point? The grid connections at the site make a wind or solar installation a natural choice. Make no mistake, nuclear energy is a FALSE solution to climate change. As Amory Lovins, one of the foremost energy experts in the world, points out, "Nuclear energy is too expensive, too slow, and too dirty."


 25 min.

  WBAI radio

 4/28/21

  Earth Week Special

One hour radio show!

meme by Donna Stein, logo art by Mercy Van Vlack
 As we always say, Every day is Earth Day! "Officially" April 22nd is Earth Day, but we're covering Earth Week and beyond. This special Eco-Logic celebrates a very important time for environmental activists, so today Eco-Logic covers some of the stories and events in the news.

We feel fortunate when we see the victories, like stopping a development that would destroy green spaces; shutting down destructive extreme energy horrors like the Indian Point nuclear plants or the occasional pipeline; or the rediscovery of an animal or plant species that was thought to be lost, like the Black-Browed Babbler in Indonesia - but we KNOW there is always more to do. We can not let the victories make us complacent. The common threads are corporate greed and a system built to reward the wealthy and powerful.

We do realize that environmental justice is a huge factor. It is always the powerless that are stepped on and not expected to fight back. Well, you are making a difference. You are the kind of people who make your voices heard. As Pete Seeger said "Participation - that's what's going to save the human race!"

Power manifests in inequality: the least powerful have the least voice. Yesterday, a jury gave voice to the powerless, but we know that if justice were real, George Floyd and many others would be alive today. There is a lot more work to be done, and here at Eco-Logic we focus on issues of environmental justice and protection.

Be careful when you are invited to some wonderful green event, especially around this Earth Day time of year. They are washing their image with your hopes and wishes for a greener tomorrow. For example, there is a group of well known clothing companies owned by one of the most polluting of corporations that are big in world deforestation and fossil fuel.

Eco-Logic Earth Week Special, WBAI radio and internet,
Weds. April 21 at 6PM
99.5FM and wbai.org

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 55 min.

  WBAI Archives

 4/16/21

  Save East River Park

From being demolished.

meme - Plastic Ocean Pollution
 Soon, New York City will demolish our big, beloved park on the unwealthy side of the Lower East Side and East Village.

Everything must go - shady lawns, picnic areas, ballfields, running track, amphitheater, the compost yard, historic buildings, and 1,000 trees.

The city is determined to go ahead with the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency - even with the budget in desperate shortfall and despite the desperate need during this pandemic for outdoor recreation at safe distances.

The city will build a 1.2 mile seawall and cover the park with eight feet of fill for flood control. It will also cause a health crisis for our already suffering neighborhood with many people of color, elderly and low-income residents.

True Resiliency is Possible.

There are better plans that will preserve our park and give us flood protection.

We Need a Green Plan, Not an Environmental Disaster!


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 4/14/21

  No Exit! Humor, Art & The Environment!

The Political Cartoons of Andy Singer

meme by Donna Stein, art by Andy Singer & Mercy Van Vlack
 There are many ways to educate and activate about environmental issues.

One of the most effective is through humor. Our guest is political cartoonist Andy Singer, whose comic strip "No Exit" is syndicated all over the world. He is the political cartoonist that other political cartoonists recommend for environmental issues.

Right-click on that image to see a larger version of it.

Enjoy exploring his cartoons via Andy's web site

Eco-Logic, WBAI radio and internet,
Fri. April 16 at 2:30PM
99.5FM and wbai.org

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein and Sally Gellert

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 25 min.

  WBAI Archives

 4/2/21

  The Eco-Logic Collective Presents

Multiple Environmental Issues.

meme - Eco-Logic Collective 4-9-21 episode
  Today Eco-Logic Collective members Joel Landy, JK Canepa, Donna Stein and Sally Gellert present issues important to us.

Tune in to hear about upcoming shows and events:
-the ongoing fight to stop fossil fuel infrastructure, eg. the Williams Pipeline.
-The Green Amendment in New York and New Jersey.
-the real toll the Champlain Hudson hydro project is taking on people and the environment, especially affecting the Indigeonous people in Quebec.
-and one man's amazing journey of a lifetime dedicated to a sustainable existence off the grid.
-active vs passive solar.
-Offshore wind in New Jersey.
-the historic closing of Indian Point.

The zombie Williams NESE pipeline has tried to rise again, as the company filed a request for two more years to get it built and running. But activists, elected officials and frontline communities mounted a swift and strong resistance.

Bob Nagy has designed his life, from where he lives to how long he spends in a shower to what he drives and how he gets the energy to power a good life. How do we live well and leave a minimum carbon footprint without sacrificing anything?

What is the difference between active and passive solar energy?

Offshore Wind in New Jersey: Both governors Christie and Murphy ran on expanding offshore wind, but only recently does there seem to be real progress. Gov. Murphy says that he wants a wind port, but no LNG, at Gibbstown; shore communities want to be sure that their needs are considered.

Green Amendment: New Jersey and New York are both among the states working to include the right to clean air and water with other constitutional rights (free speech, freedom of religion, etc.) The New Jersey legislature still needs to approve a ballot question; New York voters will find a constitutional amendment on their November ballots.

Megadams equal Megadamage - Hear about Canadian Hydropower and its impacts on communities and the environment. We need to speak up to help divert a disaster. As too often happens, the power of profit seeks to overrule the power of the people and the environment.

Indian Point's last nuclear reactor will shut down April 30th, 2021. This huge success story took many years and work from many organizations. Safe decommissioning and a just transition for affected workers and communities, environmental justice, and a clean, safe energy future for New York must be the focus now.

Ken will be back with us next week, when we will be speaking with political cartoonist, Andy Singer.

Eco-Logic, WBAI radio and internet,
Fri. April 9 at 2:30PM
99.5FM and wbai.org

Stay tuned,
Donna Stein, Sally Gellert, JK Canepa and Joel Landy
www.ecoradio.org
When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!


 25 min.

  WBAI radio

 4/7/21

  The Fall of Exxon

Renewable energy matters!

Fall of Exxon - Aida Amer
 Felix Salmon wrote an article on axios.com about the decline of Exxon's financial value that is strongly linked to their ideological stance against renewable energy. "Exxon has lost 54% of its value this year alone. That's some $163 billion. ExxonMobil might be the first empire to fall as a result of global climate change. It won't be the last."


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  Axios article

 4/2/21

  Green Amendments For The Generations

Securing a Constitutional Right to Pure Water, Clean Air, a Stable Climate and Healthy Environments.

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 Securing a Constitutional Right to Pure Water, Clean Air, a Stable Climate and Healthy Environments, For All People, Including Future Generations, Regardless of Race, Ethnicity, Religion or Income.

The goal of the Green Amendments For The Generations is to advance a Green Amendment movement that sweeps the nation and secures for all people constitutional recognition and protection of their inalienable rights to pure water, clean air, a stable climate and healthy environments. We seek to inspire and support pursuit and passage of self-executing, environmental rights amendments in the Bill of Rights section of every state constitution across the U.S. and ultimately at the federal level. Once accomplished, we will work with communities to ensure their strong and meaningful implementation and enforcement.


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 4/2/21

  Poisons in the Drinking Water

A New Study.

meme - Cephalopods episode of Eco-Logic
 The UK Guardian newspaper and Consumer Reports magazine has an article by Ryan Felton and Lisa Gill of Consumer Reports and Lewis Kendall for The Guardian on the latest study of pollution in drinking water throughout the U. S.

The array of poisons found in the nine month study is staggering. This is a health crisis. Another example of how protecting the environment is a human health issue. Every environmentalist is protecting the health of people and wildlife no matter what the issue is that you have the most passion for.

The article ends with solutions to this problem. Read the article to the end or at least read the Solutions.


    Read Here.

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  UK Guardian

 4/2/21

  Saving the Seas from Plastic

Through song and activism.

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 There are billions of bits of floating plastic in the oceans.

This episode of Eco-Logic will discuss plastic pollution as well as acidification, coral bleaching, overfishing, military testing and climate change.

Singer, songwriter, author, speaker and long time environmentalist Steve Andrews is our guest today. "I wrote a poem which became my song and with it came the idea for Ocean Aid."

The solution: Education and awareness are key to creating a sea change--the 5 Rs: Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink. Please share this information.

Eco-Logic, WBAI radio and internet,
Fri. -changed date- April 2 at 2:30PM
99.5FM and wbai.org
Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein, Sally Gellert and Joel Landy
www.ecoradio.org

When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

    Listen Here.

 25 min.

  WBAI archives

 3/25/21

  Pre-Emption

Fund-raising show.

art by Mercy Van Vlack
 Due to a pre-emption for fund-raising, Eco-Logic will not be on the air on March 26, 2021. We will return on April 2nd with a show on Saving Our Seas: Plastics in the Oceans, with Steve Andrews.

In the meantime, explore this web page or our eco-links page.


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  3/19/21

  Danskammer fracked gas plant

Official public hearings.

FERC
  Please share widely!

The time has finally come-- the official public hearings on the new Danskammer fracked gas plant have been set. They will be held virtually on March 31st at 1pm & 6pm. The deadline to sign up is 5pm on March 29th. Please register to comment!

Want to know more? The Stop Danskammer Coalition is holding an update and training on March 23rd to get folks up to speed-- we hope you can join us!

The state has one year to review Danskammer's application and determine whether to approve or deny the project-- but they've only guaranteed us a couple of public hearings during this year-long process. That means this upcoming hearing is critical for our campaign!

In order to stop this power plant we must demonstrate to Governor Cuomo and the Siting Board that New Yorkers are strongly opposed to Danskammer. We must show up in force to the virtual public hearing!

Important Links
Register for 1pm Danskammer Hearing on March 31st (Requires "cookies" click on the blue "register link" and be sure to click "YES I would like to make a statement"!)
Register for 6pm Danskammer hearing on March 31st (Requires "cookies" click on the blue "register link" and be sure to click "YES I would like to make a statement"!)
Helpful Instruction Guide and Talking Points for Registering to Comment (Deadline to register is March 29th)!
RSVP for March 23rd Update and Training

With Gratitude,
The Stop Danskammer Coalition


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 3/18/21

  Celebration Of Nature Series:

Cephalopods! - octopus, cuttlefish, squid.

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 Cephalopods, more and more fascinating the more we learn about them! They are among the most intelligent animals on earth, good at problem solving, and good at planning - they see a problem and think of how to solve it. Most animals, even some people, don't do that. And the ability to change the way they look is so amazing!

Ian Jones, part of the MIT /WHOI Joint Program, will be joining Eco-Logic on this Celebration of Nature show. Ian works in the Sensory Ecology and Bioacoustics Lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Here are links to two of Ian's Journal papers.
Changes in feeding behavior of longfin squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) during laboratory exposure to pile driving noise. Marine Environmental Research. 2021.
Impulsive pile driving noise elicits alarm responses in squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) Marine Pollution Bulletin, 150. 110792. 2020.

Here are some articles for your enjoyment:
On octopus and cuttlefish intelligence and cleverness which has links to more articles on that subject.
Look up "mimic octopus" and "psychedelic cuttlefish" on youtube.

"Octopuses and their relatives are remarkably clever and controlled. How many of our top politicians can say the same?" - Emma Beddington in The Guardian

"Looking forward to celebrating nature. With all the terrible stuff in the mainstream and in the environmental movement, I need to remind myself why I'm an environmentalist." - Ken Gale


    Listen Here.

 25 min.

  WBAI archives

  3/18/21

  A Texas Passive House

Survived the 2021 Deep Freeze.

FERC
  Passive House techniques might be the very best solution to stop and reverse climate chaos.

A passive house uses less than 1/10 of the energy of a "conventional" building. It is also very comfortable, since it doesn't leak much heat at all in the winter or much air conditioning in the summer. Passive House techniques are how Europe is getting to 100% renewable energy.

A Texas Passive House Survived the 2021 Deep Freeze. Here's how.

For more information on Passive House, look it up on a search engine or a video provider such as youtube.



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 3/15/21

  Water Futures and Financialization

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Webinar on a necessity for human health and wildlife.

Five Horseshoe Crabs
 Water is a necessity for all life, including people. As it becomes more and more of a product it becomes less and less of a human right. That is deadly.

In December of 02020, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange launched the world's first water futures market, allowing investors to bet on the future price of water rights in California. This raised global alarms about the financialization of water resources and the threat of Wall Street speculation on water prices and scarcity, both of which are bound to increase as a result. This webinar will provide an introduction to futures trading and water markets and discuss the implications for water activists around the world.


    Register Here.

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  3/12/21

  FERC Listening Session

Pre-Register at link provided.

FERC
  On March 17th, at 1 p.m., FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is holding its first of four listening sessions, as it establishes its Office of Public Participation.

Pre-register at this link.

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 3/11/21

  Anti-Nuclear Music

In English and Japanese

Five Horseshoe Crabs
 Today is the tenth anniversary of the first day of the ongong Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power disaster. Radiation from the plant is still going into the air and water.

On June 12, 2012, Yuko Tonohira and I put together this list of music with anti-nuclear themes, both power and war/weapons. The Japanese songs were from Yuko, of course. Both of us compiled the music in English.

Links to the songs are on this web site.
Suggestions are welcome.


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  3/11/21

  Green Spaces vs Developers

Green Spaces Are Important To
Our Mental and Physical Health
And Need Our Protection!

meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Developers often look at a green space as a commodity just waiting to be taken. Various parks and green spaces are being threatened by development, often ignoring protection in place for decades.

Learn how you can work with your community to fight back and help stop this!

This Friday we speak with Alicia Boyd of MTOPP "Movement TO Protect the People" about the ongoing fight to protect our green spaces.

MTOPP defeated one threat to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and its neighborhood, and now they are facing another threat. The greenhouses and plants of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens are being threatened by the planned construction of high-rise apartment towers which would block off their sunlight.

Tune in to learn more and prepare for an upcoming hearing.

 25 min. 

  WBAI archives

 3/4/21

  Delaware River Fracking Ban Is Permanent

(but what about the water?... it's not over yet!)

meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Today's show is about an important victory - it was an intense battle, first to get a moratorium on fracking by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) in 2010, then in the 11 years since to get a permanent ban! All 4 states (N.Y., N.J., Penn., Del.) voted for the ban, though Biden's Army Corps of Engineers representative did not.

Over the years, environmental groups sent 1000s of letters and collected even more petition signatures; organizaions included Clearwater, NJ Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, Delaware Riverkeeper, and many more across the region. A major celebration is in order - and yet, the DRBC left open the regulation of fracking wastewater and water export for fracking. They have until September to draft those regulations, when another public comment period opens; so yes, we celebrate, but then we must stay vigilant to ensure that those regulations are actually bans... and close any loopholes.

Eco-Logic, WBAI radio and internet
Fri. March 5 at 2:30PM
99.5FM and wbai.org

Stay tuned,
Ken Gale, Donna Stein and Sally Gellert


 25 min.

  radio show

  3/4/21

  Sea Level Rise

Worldwide analysis, with animation.

Sea Level Rise
  The global warming part of the climate crisis is causing the melting of glaciers and land-based ice caps. That in turn is causing sea levels to rise, flooding coastal communities, displacing hundreds of millions of people, over a billion if global warming is not reversed.

This video illustrates that creatively and accurately.

 20 min. 

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 2/26/21

  Cleaning up the Indian Point nuclear plant

Radiation and Public Health

meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
 Eco-Logic radio & internet, Fri. Feb. 26 from 2PM to 3PM; WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org

Eco-Logic is asking you to write comments to make a difference. This is what WBAI is all about; this is why you need to support public radio. This is where we excel, getting our voices heard and making our world safer.

We have incredible people to speak to you about a disturbing situation 24 miles north of NYC: Joe Mangano and Susan Hito Shapiro of Radiation and Public Health Project; Mary Olson of Gender and Radiation Impact Project; yours truly, Eco-Logic Collective members; and excerpts from speakers at the hearing on Tuesday.

We know you want to support issues that are near and dear to your heart. You have from now until just before 5 p.m. Friday Feb 26th, Let's get these comments in!.

Indian Point's final nuclear reactor shuts down this April, but decommissioning plans are far from solid. The current owner, Entergy, is planning to sell Indian Point and get out of town; they are looking to ditch their responsibility and liability. Holtec is willing to take it off their hands because they see profit - but profit at our expense.

Holtec International has never actually completed a full decommissioning. They make crappy casks to store dangerous radioactive fuel rods. You wouldn't believe the corporate accounting going on - tune in and we will give you the basics.

Several organizations, many community members and elected officials oppose the transfer to Holtec because of their long-standing history of serious malfeasance. Holtec is not the only game in town; there are better alternatives and we need the PSC to require Entergy to explore them all. This is NOT over!

The NY Public Service Commission (PSC) will be accepting public comment for citizens to voice their concerns on the Indian Point License Transfer. Please write in your comments to the PSC at
http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Comments/PublicComments.aspx?MatterCaseNo=19-E-0730

One of the main reasons to care about this and to send in your comments is because of the very damaging effects of radiation on your health. Our guests are Mary Olson of Gender and Radiation Impact Project works on public health, medicine, and public policy. and Susan Hito Shapiro and Joe Mangano of the Radiation and Public Health Project. RPHP is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization, established by scientists and physicians dedicated to understanding the relationships between low-level, nuclear radiation and public health.

Again, we need to let the NY Public Service Commission (PSC) hear from all of us - each and every one! Public comment ends this Friday, February 26 at 5pm!

For more information:
Eco-Logic video
(on the new youtube channel of WBAI !)

clearwater.org

Alliance for a Green Economy

Radiation and Public Health Project

Gender and Radiation Impact Project


 55 min.

  radio show

  2/26/21

  Deadline 5PM today

Make your opinion known to the NY Public Service Commission.

Indian Point's future?
  Please write in your comments to the PSC here.

For more information, please scroll two rows down.

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 2/19/21

  BREAKING: URGENT APPEAL!

Opposing the Transfer of Indian Point to Holtec

meme by Donna Stein, Art by Mercy Van Vlack
 Eco-Logic radio & internet, Fri. February 19 at 2:30PM, WBAI, 99.5FM & www.wbai.org
Our guest is Manna Jo Greene of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

The Public Service Commission just announced that on Tuesday, Feb. 23, they will hold the public hearing that activists have been demanding. By Friday, Feb., 26th, the written public-comment period is over!

Indian Point's final nuclear reactor will be shutting down in April 2021. With its closure, the plant will begin the decommissioning phase. The current owner, Entergy, is planning to sell the license so another company can perform the decommissioning. At the moment, that company is Holtec International. Clearwater and many community members oppose the sale of Indian Point to Holtec because of their long-standing history of serious malfeasance. More on that can be found here.

The NY Public Service Commission(PSC) will be holding a public comment period for citizens to voice their concerns on the Indian Point License Transfer. This will take place over two separate virtual comment periods on Tues., February 23rd, at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Please write in your comments to the PSC here.

Click here to use AGREE NY's easy to use form

For those who wish to make a comment during the virtual hearing, you need to sign up on www.webex.com by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22nd.

For anyone who wants to either write a comment and send it in beforehand or voice their concerns during the virtual hearing and would like some help, Clearwater will be hosting an informational session on Friday, February 19th at 6:00 p.m. over Zoom. We will be going over any questions people might have about Holtec, Indian Point, or the public commenting process. Click here.

This is the most important role for Eco-Logic and WBAI-FM: to bring you breaking news and give you the opportunity to make a difference!

Join the IP License Transfer info session 6pm 2-19-21.

This is the most important role for Eco-Logic and WBAI-FM: to bring you breaking news and give you the opportunity to make a difference!


 25 min.

  radio show

  2/19/21

  Fracking Boom not helpful

Few benefits to the people living in fracking counties.

fracking injection well
  James Bruggers wrote an article for Inside Climate News on the effects the fracking boom has had on the people who live where the boom is happening.

Jobs, personal income and population growth in 22 gas-producing counties of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia lagged behind. Instead, the economic growth went to the companies doing the fracking, despite promises to local residents and politicians.

Read the entire article.

 3 pgs. 

  article

 2/12/21

  Horseshoe Crabs and Covid

Will Horsehoe Crabs survive covid vaccines?

Five Horseshoe Crabs
 They're prehistoric, alien-looking creatures that capture children's attention at aquarium touch tanks and swarm the Garden State bays at each summer's outset.

They're horseshoe crabs - and now they're more important than ever.

The animals are critical to the work of pharmaceutical companies, especially during this pivotal mass distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. The crabs' milky blue blood has been used for decades to detect harmful pathogens in medicines, allowing drugmakers to ensure their products are pure before being shipped out and injected into human arms.

Read the rest of the article from NJ.com News.


 4 pgs.

  article

  2/12/21

  LNG expansion hearing

And how you can join in.

art by Seth Tobocman
  Prep For DEC Hearing: No LNG on the NBK Pipeline Sunday, Feb 21 @5pm.

Whether it's your 1st time or 40th time attending a public hearing, preparing for it is important. Join in this prep session to review the facts, re-familiarize yourself with the issue at hand, and establish key arguments to make your public comment as strong and persuasive as can be.

What is the NBK pipeline and LNG facility?
(North Brooklyn, Liquified Natural Gas)
What is National Grid applying to the DEC to do?
(gas utility, Dept. of Environmental Conservation)
Why we oppose.

 90 min. 

  Take action

 2/12/21

  Community Opposition to Fracked Gas Project

Stopping a peaker plant.

meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
 This week's show will cover the strong and vibrant community opposition to NRG's proposal to build a dirty "peaker plant" in their neighborhood. We'll have JK Canepa of the Eco-Logic Collective and Elaine O'Brien of the No Astoria NRG Fracked Gas Plant Coalition to fill us in on the health effects already suffered by this community, NRG's attempt at greenwashing this project, and what Astoria folks demand instead.

"NRG once again presented a false choice to our community and tried to greenwash the facts on fracked gas," said Elaine O'Brien. "The public health science is clear, there is no clean fracked gas. Our communities have suffered from fossil fuel pollution for too long and are demanding actually clean renewable energy now."

For more information, go to Queens Climate Project.org/.

This show will be linked from here.


 25 min.

  WBAI archive

  2/5/21

  Energy Efficiency

You can become better energy managers.

meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Andy Padian of the EME Group has 40 years of energy efficiency experience and will join Eco-Logic for a brief talk about reducing catastrophic waste in your buildings.

If you own or manage a multifamily building and your letter grade just came back as "D" or "F", you're in a panic right now but you don't have to be. You don't have to completely replace everything in your building, you just need to become better energy managers, and understand that much of your energy use is actually in the apartments. For a quick analysis of your building's equivalent EKG, walk around on these currently cold days and count open windows. Now you have begun to diagnose the problems.

Tune in to learn more.

 25 min. 

  WBAI archives

 1/29/21

  Save Money and Energy

Comprehensive list to decrease greenhouse gases.

Save Energy via New York Solar Energy Society
 Eco-Logic is pre-empted this week, but we'll be back on Feb. 5 at 2:30PM. We'll be discussing Energy Efficiency and elimination of waste with Andy Padian.

Meanwhile enjoy this list put together by one of Eco-Logic's friends. It shows ways to save money and energy, and thus lower greenhouse gas emissions and is the most comprehensive compilation we've seen. Not all ways will apply to all people, of course, but you can use a lot of them whether you rent or own.

This list was compiled and distributed by the New York Solar Energy Society

Lowering our energy footprint is the best way to get to a 100% renewable energy economy.

Click for a larger version of the image.


 1 page

  on site

  1/22/21

  The Circular Economy

Presented by GreenHomeNYC.

Green Catwalk
  The world's rate of consumption is at "1.75 times the earth's carrying capacity, meaning we are using [almost double] the natural resources than we are regenerating each year," says The Circular Economy Handbook. Find out what's being done to help reverse that trend in fashion, food, water and waste, and learn what you can do to become part of the circularity movement.

This year's presenters will share programs and projects that are redefining waste as a resource, moving us towards a more efficient, circular economy. The circular economy spurs economic development worldwide by redesigning, reducing, reusing, repurposing, recovering, refurbishing, regenerating, and recycling biological and technical materials to meet the growing resource needs of our consumptive society.

 1 page 

  article

 1/21/21

  The Power of Song

Music has the power to educate and activate as well as entertain.

meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
 Music is fun, but it also crosses borders and unites people. Music has to power to raise consciousness, create activists, and teach listeners.

Eco-Logic collective member Joel Landy talks about the Power of Song with Ben Grosscup, Executive Director of the People's Music Network. PMN's purpose is to be a loving activist/artist community space who do their work pursuing and creating a progressive human agenda.

This show will be linked from here.


 25 min.

  WBAI archive

  1/21/21

  How Cities Can Help Migrating Birds

Rather than Kill Them.

Scarlet Tanager Flying in Central Park, NYC photo by Joel Golumbek, 2012
  From an article on Ecowatch.com by Frank La Sorte and Kyle Horton.

Millions of birds travel between their breeding and wintering grounds during spring and autumn migration, creating one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world. These journeys often span incredible distances.

Bird migration is affected by factors ranging from climate change to artificial light at night. Urban areas contain numerous dangers for migratory birds. The biggest threat is the risk of colliding with buildings or communication towers.

Trees provide important habitat for migratory birds during migration and the breeding season, so the presence of trees can have a strong effect on the number of migratory bird species that occur in cities.

 1 page 

  article

 1/15/21

  NO NORTH BROOKLYN PIPELINE!

PEOPLE OVER PROFITS!

meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
 This show focuses on National Grid's bid to expand their Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility on Lenape/Munsee/Canarsie land (what people call Greenpoint), the end-point and the main point of the polluting and racist North Brooklyn Pipeline. The utility needs an air permit from New York State's Dept of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the state is accepting your comments on that right now; go to NoNBKPipeline.org to submit.

Today we're joined by Ruhan Nagra and Willis Elkins.

Ruhan Nagra is an attorney with the University Network for Human Rights, a nonprofit organization that partners with directly affected communities and grassroots organizations to fight environmental racism and other forms of human rights abuse across the globe. Ruhan has been working with Sane Energy, Brownsville Residents Green Committee, and the No North Brooklyn Pipeline Coalition on some of the legal and regulatory issues implicated by National Grid's recent proposals to expand fracked gas infrastructure in Brooklyn.

Willis Elkins is the executive director of the Newtown Creek Alliance, a community based organization founded in 2002 with the mission to Restore, Reveal and Revitalize Newtown Creek. Willis is also co-chair of Newtown Creek Superfund Community Advisory Group and a member of Brooklyn Community Board 1.

Props go to State Senator Julia Salazar, Assemblymember Emily Gallagher, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velasquez, and all the other elected officials along the route of the North Brooklyn Pipeline from Brownsville to Greenpoint. Also to the No North Brooklyn Pipeline Coalition, Newtown Creek Alliance, Sane Energy Project, the Brownsville Residents Green Committee, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Riverkeeper, and Frack Outa Brooklyn.

This show is linked from here.


 25 min.

  WBAI archive

  1/9/21

  Radiation Levels At Fukushima Far Worse

Far Worse Than Previously Thought.

Fukushima power plant
  For those who want to minimize the health effects of ionizing radiation.

Radiation at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is far worse than previously thought, with the levels estimated at 10 sieverts per hour-- a fatal dose for anyone who stays in the vicinity for an hour, according to experts. This means it will be extremely difficult for crews to move shield plugs, raising concerns that the plan to decommission the reactors will have to be reassessed.

 1 page 

  article

 1/8/21

  The Nuclear Fuel Chain:

From Cradle to Grave.

Radioactive water is not drinkable
 Speaking via Zoom from Albuquerque, Leona Morgan will address the connected issues of nuclear bombs and nuclear power. Saturday, January 9, 2021.

The first nuclear bomb ever was developed from uranium mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo and exploded in New Mexico, a prelude to dropping the bomb on Hiroshima during WWII. Today, nuclear power plants throughout the U.S. generate nuclear waste, and its transportation to the Southwest for storage threatens the lives and health not only of people living in the area, but that of others everywhere.

Leona (Diné) is an Indigenous activist and a community organizer who co-founded and coordinates the Nuclear Issues Study Group, which is a multi-racial, multi-generational, and woman-led volunteer organization based in Albuquerque, NM. Sponsored by WAMM committees: End War, and End Military Madness Against the Earth; VFP-Chapter 27; and Nukewatch, Wisconsin.


 2 hrs

  live event

  1/8/21

  Decommisioning nuclear power plants

It has to be done right.

meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Decommisioning nuclear power plants is very important, but has to be done right.

Holtec is taking over closed nuclear reactor sites, but doesn't have the decommissioning experience needed. Their plan envisions tons of extremely radioactive nuclear waste being transported thousands of miles across the county and dumped in a low-income, Hispanic-majority county in New Mexico. The governor and regional environmental justice and Native American groups have fiercely opposed the scheme. The public interest is being given short shrift in the nuclear industry's effort to unload its legacy of nuclear waste.

Holtec is not just an Indian Point or NY-metro regional issue. Holtec is a national issue. The company's scheme presents a real and present threat to the nation on multiple levels: safety, security, and environmental justice

Indirectly, the scheme may slow the response to climate change.

Our guest today is Michel Lee, an attorney and analyst who focuses on nuclear power and radioactive waste issues.

Tune in to learn more.

 25 min. 

  WBAI archives

 1/1/21

  Eco-Logic Collective Convenes

Live music and three different environmental issues.

meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
 Energy expert Andy Padian and Eco-Logic Collective Members J.K. Canepa and Joel Landy oin regular on-air members Donna Stein, Sally Gellert and Ken Gale and talk about what they're working on now and what subjects they will cover for an entire episode of Eco-Logic in 2021.

This show is linked from here.


 25 min.

  WBAI archive

  12/25/20

  Utility-scale Solar power

Problems arise.

Utility-scale Solar
  As solar installation emphasis goes from decentralized rooftops to centralized utility-scale solar, problems arise.

 2 pages 

  newspaper article

 12/25/20

  Eco-Logic Collective Convenes

Live music and three different environmental issues.

meme by Donna Stein, art by Mercy Van Vlack
 Eco-Logic Collective Members J.K. Canepa, Joel Landy and Tim Keating join regular on-air members Donna Stein, Sally Gellert and Ken Gale and talk about what they're working on now and what subjects they will cover for an entire episode of Eco-Logic in 2021.

Today's Eco-Logic was dedicated to EarthMum, Helena Miel, a loving spirit who always gave her best on her early morning WBAI broadcast including excellent environmental content along with her other eclectic interests. She passed away early this year. The WBAI family misses her.

This show is linked from here.


 25 min.

  WBAI archive

  12/19/20

  Bringing Wolves Back

Restored the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem.

Gray Wolf
  Bringing wolves back to Yellowstone National Park restored the ecosystem in ways that even those who helped bring them back never imagined.

Wolves increased the numbers and diversity of trees, butterflies, birds, fish and more by restoring balance to the ecosystem. This short video explains how.

 4.5 min. 

  BBC video

 12/18/20

  Save the Oceans

and They'll Save Us

Ocean Vista
 Plastic is only one of many pollution threats to our oceans. Even though the oceans are vast they are vulnerable. Join our discussion with our guest, Amy Goldsmith of Clean Water Action and Rethink Disposable, on the health and sustainability of the oceans, including work of the High Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy.

Today's Eco-Logic is linked from here.


 25 min.

  WBAI archive

  12/17/20

  14 Nations To Save the Oceans

40% of the world's coastline.

14 nations to save the oceans
  Our well-being depends on a healthy ocean. It always has. It always will.

The pressures on the ocean are intense and growing, but we know recovery is possible. Crucially, a healthy ocean holds the solutions to many of the world's challenges.

Putting sustainability at the heart of ocean management is essential for protection, production and prosperity that benefits people, nature and the economy.

The leaders of 14 countries have put forward a new ocean action agenda underpinned by sustainably managing 100% of national waters.

This was discussed on the Dec. 18, 2020 Eco-Logic.

 25 min. 

  WBAI archive

 12/11/20

  Scientific Journals for Covid Info

Where to go when government agencies are scientifically compromised.

Corona Virus Structure
  From Dr. Chuck Kaplan, a primary care Internal Medicine physician:
We were just talking on the show about how are we supposed to evaluate scientific recommendations when the CDC and FDA are both compromised and I came up with my list of top journals that are highly respected:

New England Journal of Medicine
Science
Nature
British Medical Journal
Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Annals of Internal Medicine
Lancet
JAMA
Medical Letter


 short list.

  right here!

  12/11/20

  Covid-19 Vaccines: Eco-Logic Investigates

The Science of Covid-19 Vaccines.

Dr. Charles Kaplan Dr. Abby Hafer
With vaccines finally coming into view, it's s a good time for another COVID show on Eco-logic.

How will we know if the vaccines are effective?

Learn how vaccines work.

How can a side effect be a good thing?

Can a Covid vaccine be compared to any other vaccine?

Let's learn the science from scientists:

Two guests: Dr. Chuck Kaplan, a primary care Internal Medicine physician in private practice in Tucson AZ. He did NIH-based clinical research on AIDS treatments in the '90's.

And Dr. Abby Hafer, a biologist who teaches Nursing students at Curry College in Eastern Massachusetts.

This show is a follow-up to an earlier covid episode of Eco-Logic.

 25 min. 

  WBAI archive

 12/11/20

  Covid-19 Journal article

New England Journal of Medicine

Corona Virus Structure
  A peer-reviewed article on the new Covid-19 vaccine. 'Nuff  Said!


 2 pages

  Journal article

  12/11/20

  Diamondback Terrapin program

Life on the Edge

Diamondback Terrapin
  This program will introduce the natural history and conservation of an imperiled estuarine turtle, the diamondback terrapin. Although terrapins occur in 16 states along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, including Jamaica Bay in New York City, the coastline of Florida represents approximately 20 percent of their entire range. Five of the seven recognized subspecies occur in the state's extensive salt marsh and mangrove habitats, including three endemics. Therefore, Florida terrapin populations and habitats are critical to the conservation of the entire species.

 1 page+ 

  Event

 12/4/20

  Nuclear Power and Climate

Is it good or bad?

Just out of town
  Does nuclear power affect our health, including covid?

Is nuclear power good or bad for the climate crisis?

Is nuclear power good or bad for electricity needs and rates?

These are some of the web sites we referred to:
covid
climate
climate
carbon, profit, waste, proliferation
women's health
indigenous environmenal justice
handbook


 25 min.

  WBAI archives

  12/4/20

  Broad-based push for climate legislation

Climate Crisis Policy

One World - Markus Spiske
  Climate Crisis Policy is a national effort to unite all those concerned with addressing climate change in a s ubstantial and united way. Starting with more than 130 published, online source documents from authors including coalitions, think tanks, legislative bodies, academics, and advocacy groups, and using the Drawdown project as an outline, 20 experts and activists created a digest of solutions falling into 11 broad policy areas, each of which is further broken down.

 25 min. 

  WBAI Archives

 11/23/20

  Global Trade & Environment in the Biden Era

What might the future bring?

RCEP-TPP overlap
  Here is the link to hear the episode of Eco-Logic on Global Trade & Environment in the Biden Era. Environmental regulations are often manipulated during trade talks with other nations. Sometimes they're improved and sometimes eroded. Listen to learn how trade negotiations are expected to affect the environment under the new federal administration.

RCEP, btw, was not written by China, but by Southeast Asian nations and is not the danger to the U.S. that multi-national corporations claim it will be. Those corporations are apparently trying to push the U.S. back into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which itself now has fewer rules to favor U.S. oil & pharmaceutical companies.


 25 min.

  WBAI audio

  11/18/20

  Global Trade & Environment in the Biden Era

What is RCEP - Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership?

RCEP-TPP overlap
  Environmental regulations are often manipulated during trade talks with other nations. Sometimes they're improved and sometimes eroded. Listen to Eco-Logic this Friday, Nov. 20, 2:30PM to learn how trade negotiations are expected to affect the environment under the new federal administration. WBAI, 99.5FM or www.wbai.org

Special thanks to Adam Weissman for helping us put this show together.

 25 min. 

  next show

 11/18/20

  Analyzing the Election from an Environmental Perspective

What might the future bring?

Election 2020
  We analyzed the results of the election from an environmental perspective. Returning to Eco-Logic were environmental and social justice blogger Ted Glick, TedGlick.com, and Ava Mateo, Community Engagement Director at 18by.vote.


 25 min.

  WBAI audio

  11/13/20

  Biden cabinet posts

An analysis of potential contenders.

Politico logo
  Politico's analysis of potential cabinet picks in a Biden administration. Who they are and what they represent.

Part of the discussion on today's episode of Eco-Logic.

 10 pages 

  article

 10/30/20

  The Powerful Oyster

Projects that heal waterways.

Implementating the Oysters Project
  Learn how important the oyster is to the health of our waterways, the Billion Oyster Project and NY/NJ Baykeeper projects that seek to restore this valuable resource, and also how important the oyster was to the history of this region.

Guests were Meredith Comi from NY/NJ Baykeeper and Amali Knobloch from Clearwater


 25 min.

  WBAI audio

  10/23/20

  News and Announcements

A variety of Environmental topics.

Art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Today's Eco-Logic covers new items from several different environmental and ecological issues:

Activists claim victory from New Jersey Transit regarding renewable energy, saving the Hudson River Sturgeon, renewable energy increases during covid crisis, New Jersey Global Warming Response Act, flooding dangers thoughout the US, Standing Rock Sioux back in court, fighting fracked gas transmission pipelines, Black Rail now listed as threatened, Japan now releasing radioactive water into the Pacific, dilution is not a solution, victory for the whales against the oil industry seismic blasting, past and upcoming shows, Cecil Corbin-Marks.

 25 min. 

  WBAI audio

 10/23/20

  The State of Global Air

Report on air pollution worldwide.

Air Pollution life hazard
  YOU know that "The Environment" is not some abstract thing. It's clean and healthy air, clean and healthy water, renewable energy jobs, energy efficiency jobs, sea level rise protection, storm surge protection, the morality of killing endangered species, the morality of environmental justice and environmental racism. It's our health and health costs. It's everyone's future. It's also the sheer beauty and wonder of nature. That's why Eco-Logic exists and why it SHOULD exist.

Case in point. www.ecowatch.com reported on Oct. 22, 2020 about a new study on air pollution - The State of Global Air - a collaboration between the Health Effects Institute and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation's Global Burden of Disease project. The UK Guardian newspaper also has an article on this. A study like this is especially important during the covid crisis, simply because covid-19 is a respiratory disease and air pollution lowers respiratory health. And of course the report refers to covid-19 often.

Even without covid-19, air pollution kills almost 7 million people worldwide every year, half a million of them babies, making it the 4th leading cause of early death, behind high blood pressure, tobacco use and poor diet, moving up from #5. Air pollution also causes brain damage and other organ damage.

And if air pollution can kill nearly 7 million people, it can damage the health and quality of life of many millions more. No, "the environment" is not some abstract thing.


 2 pages

  report

  10/22/20

  Standing Rock Sioux back in court

Dakota Access Pipeline struggle continues.

Standing Rock protest
  You win a battle, but it doesn't mean you're done. :(

We celebrate for a moment, but still get ready for the next onslaught.

That defines pipeline struggles right?

Native American Nations opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline have had to go to Federal court again to stop the oil companies operations while it is still being litigated. Everything needs to stop until either side wins in court in a logical legal world!

The threat to the water supply is to disastrous a risk and violates their sovereign rights. Standing Rock Sioux and other Nations succeeded on their first attempt, only to have an appeals court overturn U.S. District Judge (James) Boasberg's shutdown order. The next step is asking the judge to clarify his earlier ruling to get the appellate judges to again order the line to cease operations and (issue an injunction to) shut down the pipeline while the legal fight is ongoing.

 1 page 

  US News

 10/22/20

  Protecting the Hudson River sturgeon

Champlain Hudson Power Express Project would destroy crucial habitat.

Atlantic Sturgeon
  We still have a creature from the paleozoic era in our river? Talk about conservation! This is not something we should allow to be lost. The sturgeon in the Hudson River is in danger from the construction of the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project. It would devastate critical habitat of this endangered species. Both the Center for Biological Diversity and Riverkeeper are speaking out to help protect this fascinating prehistoric fish. The sturgeon is an indicator species, meaning if it thrives it shows the ecosystem is healthy. Jared Margolis, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity says "New York can't bury its head in the sand and pretend that this is a 'clean' energy project."


 2 pages

  article

  10/22/20

  Renewable Energy Victory in NJ

Fracking plant scrapped.

Renewable Energy Victory in NJ
  This Wednesday, activists claimed victory as NJ Transit announced that they are moving forward with an alternative renewable energy plan to replace its planned 140-mw fracked-gas plant in Kearney. A new NJ Department of Environmental Protection report, out last week, looks at the state's progress toward the goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and this action brings NJ Transit on board after 16 municipalities passed resolutions opposing the original plans.

 1 page 

  web site

 10/22/20

  NJ Global Warming Response Act

pdf of detailed Report.

New Jersey Global Warming Response Act
  The New Jersey Global Warming Response Act (P.L. 2007 c.112; P.L. 2018 c.197) (GWRA) directed the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in collaboration with other state agencies, to develop plans and make recommendations for reducing emissions of climate pollutants, represented throughout this report as carbon dioxide equivalent emissions or CO2e, to 80% below their 2006 levels by the year 2050 (known as the "80x50" goal).

You can download the entire report and read it for yourself.


 201 pages

  PDF

  10/22/20

  Ted Glick Fasting

Until the election.

Ted Glick fasting
  Ted Glick, a 71 year old, long-time peace and justice, climate and progressive activist, organizer and writer is fasting until election day to encourage Americans to realize the importance of voting in this election.

There are daily updates on Ted's web site.

 3 pages 

  web site

 10/22/20

  Environmental Film Festival

Princeton, NJ Public Library.

Princeton, NJ Public Library
  The Princeton, NJ Public Library has an annual Environmental Film Festival. Check their web site for information.


 1 page

  web site

  10/22/20

  Fracked gas pipeline

Expansion battle in North Brooklyn.

No N Brooklyn Pipeline banner
  Corporate utility National Grid wants to expand a massive fracked-gas transmission pipeline in North Brooklyn. This project is not a replacement of leaking pipelines, it is an expansion to charge us, the rate-payers, millions of dollars in rate hikes to fill their shareholders' pockets, and keep us locked into fossil fuels when we want to move onto affordable and clean renewable energy like geothermal, solar, wind and energy efficient buildings.

 web site 

  activism

 10/22/20

  Songs of Freedom Television

Manhattan Neighborhood Network.

Joel Landy
  The Songs of Freedom Television show by Eco-Logic Collective Member Joel Landy wonderfully combines music and progressive politics.


 web site

  web site

  10/22/20

  Japan To Release Fukushima Water

Radioactive water to be dumped Into the Pacific Ocean.

Fukushima Daaichi
  Japan is set to officially decide to release treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants into the Pacific Ocean. Keeping water at the site, where the devastating tsunami in March, 2011 led to three meltdowns, could affect decommissioning. Since the meltdowns, groundwater and rain have been entering the site. An additional 180 tons of water was being contaminated every day by the high concentration of radioactive substances. Zengyoren, a fishing-industry lobby, opposed the release.

 1 page 

  article

 10/16/20

  Loss of Cecil Corbin-Mark

Giant voice for Environmental Justice.

Cecil Corbin-Mark
  From the WE Act for Environmental Justice comes this tragic news:

The environmental movement lost a very strong voice when Cecil Corbin-Mark's voice was silenced forever. We lost a great deal of intelligence, wisdom and caring. He was on Eco-Logic many times.

His communication skills on the environmental justice issue were as strong as anyone I know, and the e.j. movement has a lot of strong voices. He could talk to a room full of white people about racism without compromising on the issue yet without almost anyone feeling uncomfortable; people listened when Cecil spoke. That's how good a communicator he was. He could explain succinctly how environmental justice affects white people and why people of color should be environmentalists. He was 51.

We mentioned this briefly on this day's episode of Eco-Logic and will in more detail on a future episode.


 1 page

  WEAct

  10/16/20

  Rarely seen Black Rail protected

Louisiana oil expansion threatened it.

Black Rail
  It took a decade, but the rarely seen Black Rail is now listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, which means that if steps aren't taken, the species could become "Endangered" or Extinct. As an indicator species, Black Rails illustrate the health of an entire ecosystem.

 3 pages 

  article

 10/16/20

  Renewable Energy Providing ALL new power

A million homes worth between January and April, 2020.

solar awning
  Even during the covid crisis, renewable energy production is increasing. According to a review by the Sun Day Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - FERC - wind, solar, and hydropower provided ALL, that's 100% of the over 1,300 megawatts (MW) in new U.S. electrical generating capacity added in April of this year. I have noticed that when the renewable energy industry and FERC both report of renewable energy of any kind, whether solar, wind or geothermal, FERC has lower numbers, which you might expect from a federal agency oriented toward the fossil fuel industry - they're the agency that rubber stamps methane pipeline all over the country. But you can't get any higher than 100%, even for FERC.

FERC also reported that over 5,000 MW of renewable energy was added to the U.S. electricity supply between January and April. According to Green Building Advisor, that's enough energy to power about a million homes. A Million! About 3,000 MW was wind and about 2,000 was solar.

New solar installations, when they're on private buildings such as homes and factories, usually are accompanied by energy efficiency measures, so that 2000 MW is not the whole story. Much more than 2000 MW of methane was not burnt as a result of the new solar energy capacity.

The article links to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's "Electric Power Monthly" report. It uses utility data, so rooftop solar is vastly underreported because utilities don't own it and don't report it. For example, the NY Independent System Operator, the quasi-corporate quasi-government organization that safeguards the New York electricity grid, does not put rooftop solar in it's data of electricity generation in New York, even though it accounts for thousands of megawatts.


 2 pages

  Sun Day Campaign

  10/16/20

  High Flood Danger

Throughout the U.S.

city flood
  From the Reuters News Service comes a report by First Street Foundation on the very high danger of flooding throughout the U.S. The report is oriented on property damage and criticizes FEMA's flood assessment for not including rain, rivers or climate change. FERC is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is the federal agency rubber-stamping all those methane pipelines, making the flooding worse.
    With a photo and a map.

 2 pages 

  Reuters article

 10/16/20

  Marine animals protected from seismic blasting

Atlantic Right Whales safe from oil exploration.

mother and calf North Atlantic Right Whale
  From the Center for Biological Diversity comes this news:

The oil industry can't search the Atlantic Ocean for oil via seismic blasting this year - and maybe not for several years, according to announcements made in court in early October. Permits to harm and harass ocean animals, including critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whales, with the blasting will expire Nov. 30 and not be renewed.

Seismic testing blasts the seafloor with high-powered airguns, then measures the echoes to map offshore oil and gas reserves. In the process it disturbs, injures and even kills marine wildlife.


 1 page

  Washington Post

  10/9/20

  Pope Francis' Climate Encyclical

A discussion with four guests

Pope Francis Signing
  Pope Francis' first Encyclical was about climate change, which was both criticized and praised by U.S. Cardinals. Pope Francis' teaching document is a wide-ranging look at what he calls an "ecological crisis" destroying our "common home." The document, or encyclical, is at once a theological treatise, a public policy analysis and a heart-felt plea for personal change. Hear a discussion of what was in that document.

Our guests are from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Dr. Marian Ronan of New York Theological Seminary, and Rev. Donna Schaper from Judson Memorial Church, Steve Knight from GreenFaith and Corinne Willinger of the NYC Raging Grannies.

"Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years. Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility. On a larger scale, our leaders must be held to account. Those who will have to suffer the consequences . . . will not forget this failure of conscience and responsibility." - Pope Francis.

 25 min. 

  Eco-Logic audio

 10/9/20

  Losing the battle on plastic pollution

Predicted growth in plastic waste exceeds efforts to mitigate plastic pollution.

Polar Bear and Garbage
  Plastic pollution is a planetary threat, affecting nearly every marine and freshwater ecosystem globally. In response, multilevel mitigation strategies are being adopted but with a lack of quantitative assessment of how such strategies reduce plastic emissions.


 1 page

  Science magazine

  10/9/20

  Fossil fuel companies still influence Biden.

But not on his transition team.

factory air pollution
  The fossil fuel industry will have influence on a Biden regime, as they usually do with all regimes, but perhaps a little less than usual. Read for yourself....

 1 page. 

  Eco-Watch article

 10/2/20

  The Election and the Environment

Analyzing the candidacies and the 9/30 debate.

Election 2020
  Environment and the Elections? What are we hearing from the candidates? We delved into it, what we can hope for and what we can expect for the planet from these candidates' platforms. The 9/30 debate moderator actually asked a climate change question. Eco-Logic's guests today were environmental and social justice blogger Ted Glick, TedGlick.com, and Ava Mateo, Community Engagement Director at 18by.vote.


 25 min.

  WBAI archives

  9/25/20

  Trade deals & Environment

NAFTA and other "free trade" deals' effects on environmental law, air, water and climate

NAFTA Corporate Werewolf
  Attention is not given on mainstream media to how trade deals affect so many aspects of our lives, including the quality of our air and water, and especially the climate crisis. So stay tuned.

Returning to Eco-Logic today are Arthur Stamoulis of the Citizen's Trade Campaign, Ben Beachy of the Sierra Club's Living Economy and Pete Dolack of Trade Justice NY Metro, and author of Systemic Disorder Blog.

 25 min. 

  WBAI archives

 9/25/20

  Jacob Aftel

A Great Man and a Great Activist.

Shoreham Protest Flyer
  This month is the 30th anniversary of the death of Jacob Aftel, who is the man that helped make me the environmental activist you hear on WBAI-FM. We worked together with the NYC SHAD Alliance. Jacob was brilliant at not letting the egos that crop up in volunteer groups get in the way. He was just as brilliant at figuring out people's strengths, sometimes realizing them before that person did. He brought out the best in people, was wonderful at putting folks together, and I felt he deserved a shout out because he is largely forgotten. I have often wished I could call on his counsel. My tribute was two of the first three minutes.


 2 min.

  ETV video

  9/25/20

  Arctic National WIldlife Refuge.

Under threat again.

Thawing Arctic
  The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska is an ecological marvel that has been under threat by oil companies for decades. This is part of an episode of CounterSpin explaioning the latest, now that the feds have approved drilling. The transcription is also available.

 13 min. 

  FAIR archives

 9/20/20

  Climate March

Happy 6th Anniversary Peoples Climate March.

Peoples Climate March
  6 years ago on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 400,000 climate change believers from many walks of life marched in Manhattan from Columbus Circle to 34th Street to show their support for action.

This encore video presentation of that event, which was first broadcast on the 1st anniversary, encapsules that march and the previous night's forum with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, Ambassador Marlene Moses, chairperson of the UN's Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and Mary Robinson, the UN's Special Envoy for Climate Change, among others who spoke at the NY Society for Ethical Culture event: A Global Climate Treaty: Why the US Must Lead.


 59 min.

  ETV video

  9/20/20

  Kevin Zeese tribute.

Margaret Flowers, Ellen Davidson, Tarak Kauff.

Kevin Zeese Ellen Davidson Tarak Kauff
The Sept. 18th show is the kind of show you will only hear on WBAI. When mainstream media does a tribute to someone, it's usually a celebrity or a politician, someone in the public eye. WBAI can do tributes to activists. People whose lives were dedicated to helping other people without needing or getting acclaim. Today we're talking about Kevin Zeese. You may not know his name, but you surely know his work.

Our guests today are Margaret Flowers, his partner in all aspects of life, and Tarak Kauff and Ellen Davidson, who knew and worked with Kevin for years.

Special thanks to Reggie Johnson for engineering the show.

 25 min. 

  WBAI archives

 9/18/20

  Kevin Zeese

Photographs.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
  A number of photographs of Kevin Zeese taken and uploaded by Ellen Davidson.


 5 pages

  Ellen's photos

  9/18/20

  Danskammer Op Ed.

Hudson River methane power plant on a flood plain.

Danskammer
Bad site.
Not needed.
Will increase climate chaos.
Environmentally catastrophic in bad weather.

 1 page 

  article

 9/18/20

  Scientific Journals for Covid Info

Where to go when government agencies are scientifically compromised.

Censored
  From Dr. Chuck Kaplan, a primary care Internal Medicine physician:
We were just talking on the show about how are we supposed to evaluate scientific recommendations when the CDC and FDA are both compromised and I came up with my list of top journals that are highly respected:

New England Journal of Medicine
Science
Nature
British Medical Journal
Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Annals of Internal Medicine
Lancet
JAMA
Medical Letter


 short list.

  right here!

  9/13/20

  Science of Covid-19 Vaccines.

Also, the politics of Covid-19 Vaccines.

Corona Virus Structure
Science of covid vaccines, what is done to make them, with particular emphasis on the "Election Day Vaccine."

What makes a vaccine trustworthy?

How do we know how political any one covid vaccine is?

How do we know the corporations making them are not playing with statistics or test results?

Click the link. Tell people you know to listen and to check this web site, www.ecoradio.org.

Two guests: Dr. Chuck Kaplan, a primary care Internal Medicine physician in private practice in Tucson AZ. He did NIH-based clinical research on AIDS treatments in the '90's.

And Dr. Abby Hafer, a biologist who teaches Nursing students at Curry College in Eastern Massachusetts.

For more information to go with the radio show, check out these two articles on Politico.com, both on different aspects of government interference in science and education.
One on scientific malpractice with the CDC. The other on the Election Day Vaccine.

 25 min. 

  WBAI archive

 9/11/20

  9-11

My Thoughts and Experiences
on and after 9-11.

World Trade Center, NYC
  I (Ken) was downtown at WBAI on 9-11-01, when WBAI-FM was at 120 Wall St. I saw the toll on local firefighters. I wrote up some of my thoughts and experiences at the time for this web site.


 6 pages

  This web site

  9/11/20

  Climate Change and Nuke Waste.

How sea level rise affects
nuclear power plant waste storage.

nuke waste berm
Climate change results in new risks to nuclear power operations.
Spent fuel sites will be subject to risks from sea-level rise.
A long-term spent fuel management plan is needed to mitigate risks.
Short-term solutions to mitigate risks are recommended.
Waste should be near as possible to site of generation to minimize transport risks.

 1 page 

  article

 9/7/20

  Environmental Justice

Environmental Racism, Black Lives Matter and Climate Change.

Maria-Lopez-Nuñez, Ironbound Community Corp.
  The connection between Environmental Justice, Black Lives Matter, and Climate Change are explored on the Sept. 4, 2020 Eco-Logic.

What is the difference between Not In My Back Yard and Think Globally Act Locally?

Why are pollution sources so often in poor neighborhoods? What do those pollution sources do to the global atmosphere? What do those pollution sources do to the health of the people living near-by?

As Eddie Bautista says, "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."

Our guest was Maria Lopez-Nuñez from Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, NJ. She's a fantastic speaker!


 57 min.

  WBAI archives

  9/7/20

  Champlain-Hudson Power Express.

Environmental and cultural damage.

Willamette River Dam
  If energy efficiency was more of an issue, bad supply would be less of an issue.

The hydropower industry is seeking to profit from the climate emergency by falsely marketing its power as "clean, green, sustainable and renewable." Canadian hydropower is dirty energy and should not be allowed to qualify for subsidies or be considered "clean energy." It is a human rights, climate, and environmental disaster.

Champlain Hudson Power Express is not a fair, just, or equitable solution to the climate or economic crisis that New York faces. It places the burdens of American energy demands on the backs of front-line, Indigenous communities in Canada where this power is being produced.

 1 page 

  article

 8/28/20

  The Health of the Oceans.

The Tara Expeditions.

Tara Expedition Map.jpg
  Today's Eco-Logic is with two of the principles, Daniele Iudicone and Romain Troublé, behind the Tara Expeditions: a comprehensive, worldwide, multi-year, scientific oceanographic voyage. This interview was conducted when they were nearly finished with their first expedition - that's before they were famous in oceanographic circles. It's really a privilege to be able to bring this interview to you.

The extent of the plastic garbage in the Pacific Ocean was just becoming known, partly thanks to our two guests. You'll also learn about the oxygen depletion zone where almost nothing can live. And learn how climate change is affecting the ocean.

What they achieved and the unique way they networked with scientists all over the world and made it work even with the economic restrictions that they had is fascinating.

Btw, Romain Troublé and Daniele Iudicone are from France and Italy and use metric measure. A meter is just over three feet long (39 inches).

Right click on the map to see a larger image of it.


 57 min.

  Eco-Logic audio

  8/20/20

  Success! Endangered Species Act Victory.

Federal judge ruling.

Willamette River Dam
  A federal judge ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Marine Fisheries Service failed to take necessary steps. "Plaintiffs have shown the Corps' operation of the [Willamette Valley Project] without completing the [required] measures is causing the species' decline."

 1 page 

  article

 8/14/20

  Global Climate Change and Butterflies.

The beauty, ecology, and natural history of butterflies.

Monarch Butterfly, Jamaica Bay, photo by Anne Lazarus
  People who study butterflies, lepidopterists, knew 'way before almost everyone else that climate change was happening.
     How many species live in NYC? What's the difference between a moth and a butterfly? What conservation efforts can you do? What are some popular misconceptions about butterflies? Hear details about the fascinating ecology of Monarch Butterflies, plus a discussion of swallowtails, Snout Butterflies, and fossil butterflies.
     Our guests Carol Butler, Mercy Van Vlack, Harry Zirlin and Rick Cech discuss the beauty, ecology, and natural history of butterflies.


 62 min.

  youtube video

  8/14/20

  The Campaign To Stop Shoreham.

Reliving successful activism.

nuclear sun, art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Lenny Librizzi and Joel Kupferman re-live some of their activism from the late '70s and early '80s, as they challenged the nuclear industry at Shoreham's nuclear reactor in Long Island, New York.
     The cost estimate in 1969 for construction of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Station was $217 million and was expected to be completed in 1975. The construction was completed in 1983 with a final construction cost of $6 billion. Most of the cost overages were passed along to ratepayers.

 12 min. 

  ETV video

 8/7/20

  Links on MANY different environmental issues.

This day's Eco-Logic

Art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Ice caps disappearing; a thawing Arctic; environmental activists saving academic studies; Congressional Report on the Climate Crisis is wanting; Dakota pipeline setback; George Takei, Hiroshima, and nuclear disarmament; a young environmental hero.


 first page

  Eco-Links page

  8/7/20

  The Hibakusha - #StillHere.

There is no climate or environmental threat worse than nuclear war.

George Takei
  George Takei, blogger, Broadway star and Sulu from the Starship Enterprise has a direct connection to the anti-Nuclear movement. Seventy-five years ago, the United States dropped a nuclear bomb over Hiroshima at the end the Second World War. Three days later, a second bomb dropped over Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands of people died. Thousands more were affected by the radiation and the aftermath. George Takei lost several family members, and that pain is still with him, "to this day. Nuclear annihilation is still an ever-present threat, and I stand with those working tirelessly to ensure that no one has to suffer that same fate."

The Hibakusha is a group of anti-nuclear activists, many survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, that are currently working on creating a world-wide treaty to ban nuclear weapons. #StillHere, The Hibakusha Appeal. Join as we contemplate our nuclear future by interrogating our nuclear past and present— August 9, 2 PM EST. There is an international signature campaign calling on State governments to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. There is no climate or environmental threat worse than nuclear war. The nuclear winter that will follow it will end early all life on Earth.

 4 min. 

  twitter video

 8/7/20

 D.C. Circuit Issues Mixed Decision on Dakota Access Shutdown Order

What's an environmental impact study for?

ND Standing Rock Sioux
  What's an environmental impact study for? Is it to study the environmental impact of a project? That's like asking what does Environmental Protection in Environmental Protection Agency mean? The P of EPA hasn't meant Protection since president Ronald Reagan put a mining company executive in charge of the Interior Department in the '80s. So we shouldn't be surprised when a Washington, DC court said the Dakota pipeline can continue to pump oil even before the environmental impact study is finished. The Standing Rock Sioux are not giving up the fight, Earthjustice is not giving up, and thousands of environmentalists throughout the country are not giving up. We link to articles on ecowatch and Earthjustice.


 2 pages

  Earthjustice article

  8/7/20

  The New Jersey School of Conservation is in crisis.

It needs your help!

Stokes NJSF
  We need more not less science no matter what the current times might say otherwise. The New Jersey School of Conservation is in crisis. For over 70 years, the School of Conservation welcomed students, campers, counselors, teachers, Teaching Fellows, and researchers. But now the school is closed, the gate is locked, and Montclair State University's management of the facility will end on September 1st. They're facing a perfect storm of challenges: the loss of long-time partner MSU, a statewide budget crisis, and a global pandemic.
But they have a plan.
The Friends of NJSOC is applying for the SOC's management contract. Wow! That is taking action!
For more info and to get involved, watch the video.

 2 1/2 min. 

  youtube video

 8/7/20

 St. Patrick Bay ice caps disappeared

Global Warming on Steroids

St. Patrick Bay ice caps disappearing
  More proof of the global warming part of climate chaos. NASA satellite imagery shows that the St. Patrick Bay ice caps on the Hazen Plateau of Ellesmere Island in Canada have completely disappeared. National Snow and Ice Data Center scientists and colleagues predicted in 2017 that this would happen by 2022. The NSIDC web site shows a map of how much those ice caps have been shrinking since 1959. That melting has been contributing to sea level rise all that time. Global warming and climate chaos is not new, no matter how complacent people have been.


 2 pages

  NSIDC report

  8/7/20

  St. Patrick Bay ice caps disappeared

Global Warming on Steroids

St. Patrick's Bay melt
  There's more proof of the global warming part of climate chaos. NASA satellite imagery shows that the St. Patrick Bay ice caps on the Hazen Plateau of Ellesmere Island in Canada have completely disappeared. We link to a Scientific Journal article on the disappearance.

 1 page 

  Journal article

 8/4/20

 Thawing Arctic

Global Warming on Steroids

thawing arctic
  The worst effects of climate chaos, by far, for years, have been in the Arctic. Here are details, in video form (print form below), from the National Academy of Sciences.


 88 min.

  youtube video

  8/4/20

  Thawing Arctic

Global Warming on Steroids

thawing arctic
  The worst effects of climate chaos, by far, for years, have been in the Arctic. Here are details, in print form (video above).

 1 page 

  article

 8/4/20

 Environmental game

High school student wins award.

green grass
  Divek Patel, a grade 11 Hackley School student, invented a game to keep the environment clean and recycle. He won a national award for Student Idea for a Better America from the National Museum of Education. "In many areas, especially in cities, there is a lot of roadside litter which can affect animals and the community around us. In this project, I would like to encourage roadside cleanup in an appealing and exciting way where all ages can get involved. Not only will they help clean the Earth, they will be awarded for doing so!"


 3 pages

  article

  8/4/20

  Congressional Report on Climate

Downloadable pdf

Congressional report
  A new Congressional Report from the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, analyzing the crisis and solutions in detail. This link includes the report and a summary Caution: this is a pro-nuclear report, ignoring the carbon footprint, greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear waste and total cost of nuclear power.

 547 pages 

  Congressional report pdf

 7/31/20

 This day's Eco-Logic

Health Effects of Indoor Plants.

indoor plants
  Interview on the health effects of indoor plants - All the more important while we're indoors more at this time. Guests are plant experts M.J. Gilhooley from Plants At Work, John Mini & Madelyn Simon. How do plants - any living plants - make your home or office healthier? What are the best plants to get? How do you choose them? What about asthma? How do you keep your cats from eating them? Find out on this episode!


 38 min.

  Eco-Logic Audio

  7/27/20

  Find Your Own Blind Spot


  Our eyes have a blind spot, as Dr. Hafer explained on the air.
You can find your own blind spot with this simple downloadable exercise.

 1 page 

  pdf

 7/24/20

 This day's Eco-Logic

UNintelligent Design.

Leonardo da Vinci - human anatomy
  Our bodies as an ecosystem. How do our bodies show that we evolved rather than were designed? Examples used are the reproductive organs, the eye, the throat, goosebumps, vestigial parts, teeth and more. Abby Hafer is a biologist and author who teaches nursing students at Curry College in Massachusetts. Her first book was "The Unintelligent Designer."


 55 min.

  Eco-Logic Audio

  7/17/20

  This day's Eco-Logic

Information on many environmental topics

Art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Many different issues! On today's News and Announcements: worldwide co-operation, corona virus & animal trafficking, corona virus & nuclear reactor safety, air pollution & tree species, Monarch Butterflies, democracy vs. Capitalism, transition to renewable energy, Pangolins link to covid-19.

Plus actor Harrison Ford on Nature and Climate Change from an Extinction Rebellion conference.

 24 min. 

  Eco-Logic Audio

 7/17/20

 Links on MANY different environmental issues.

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed
  Links to the MANY different environmental issues mentioned on today's episde of Eco-Logic (linked above)! On today's News and Announcements: worldwide co-operation, corona virus & animal trafficking, corona virus & nuclear reactor safety, air pollution & tree species, Monarch Butterflies, democracy vs. Capitalism, transition to renewable energy, Pangolins link to covid-19.


 1 page

  Eco-Links Page

  7/17/20

  Transition to Renewable Energy in the News

solar panels
  We environmentalists need to focus on the need to transition to a renewable energy economy with storage and efficiency, which can provide jobs that are helping to solve the climate crisis, not exacerbate it. There have already been great s trides in that direction such as the sheer number of solar installer jobs in the U.S., the fastest growing job area for at least a year. Efficiency and renewable energy has literally stopped planned fossil fuel plants from being built throughout the nation. We link to many articles from our eco-links page.

 1 page 

  Eco-Links Page

 7/17/20

 Important Information About Pangolins and Covid-19.

Pangolin in a tree
  We link to many articles about Pangolins. The science behind their link to covid-19, their use in Chinese traditional medicine, their protection by China, their sales on the black market, and how we can help them and prevent the next pandemic.


 1 page

  Eco-Links Page

  7/10/20

  Environmental and Health Effects of Plastic Bottles

That day's Eco-Logic continues.

plastic bottle garbage
  An explanation of the environmental, health and financial effects of plastic bottles, along with some solutions to the plastic crisis caused by them.

Our experts are Dr. Sandra Steingraber, biologist, author, fracktivist and cancer survivor and long-time water activist Ruth Caplan of the Alliance for Democracy and the Sierra Club Water Privatization Task Force.

 46:40 

  Eco-Logic Audio

 7/10/20

 Court victory for the climate, Indigenous Rights and wildlife.

ND gas flare
  From Earthjustice comes some good news from court. Last month, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., rejected a Louisiana company's bid to keep its oil and gas drilling lease in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine region, adjacent to Glacier National Park. The decision settles a 30-year-long fight to protect lands and waters sacred to the Blackfeet and critical for wildlife habitat.


 1 page

  full article

  7/3/20

  Air Pollution and Covid-19

factory air pollution 
  Damian Carrington's article in the UK Guardian newspaper about air pollution impairing our lungs and making the coronavirus worse, but he also mentioned that isolation measures are improving air quality. That's a silver lining. Smoking and air pollution make us more susceptible to coronavirus and many other diseases, so efficient uses of energy, mass transit and higher mileage cars all help keep us healthier. Click the link in the right-most column for the entire article.

 1 page  

  newspaper article

 7/3/20

 An organization with solutions to air pollution

LRTAP logo 
In a related story from the United Nations Good News agency and the World Resources Institute comes good news about the fight against air pollution. The 40-year-old Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air-Pollution, or LRTAP, claims to have reduced emissions of particulate matter and sulphur by 30 to 80% since 1990 in Europe and 30 to 40% in North America. Of course we lag behind. In Europe, these measures have extended life expectancy by a year. Nitrogen oxide releases have also been halved. Unlike other environmental or climate change conventions, LRTAP puts scientists in the same room as policymakers. No wonder it's working! Click the link in the right-most column for the entire article.


 1 page

  full article

  7/3/20

  Abby Hafer / Covid-19 video

Abby Hafer 
  The video version of the audio mentioned below. 25 minutes was played today on WBAI-FM. Here is all of the interview. Charlie Olson worked his video magic to add graphics that went with what Abby was referring to and video of Donna and I since we were not actually in the WBAI studio at the time.

 65 min.  

  You-Tube
  video

 7/3/20

 Abby Hafer / Covid-19 audio
The first 25 minutes was broadcast today on WBAI-FM.

Dr. Abby Hafer 
You can hear the science behind the coronavirus crisis and how to deal with it explained in plain English with information that sound bite radio just does not give you. Abby Hafer is a biologist and author who teaches nursing students at Curry College in Massachusetts. Dr. Hafer interviewed microbiologists and emergency room physicians to give you even more information than what she already knew. Donna Stein was on the phone because she had only recently gotten out of the hospital, where she had been treated for the coronavirus. With listener phone calls. You'll be glad you listened!


 63 min.

  Eco-Logic
  audio

  6/26/20

  Birding While Black
Nature For All

Christian Cooper with binoculars Drew Lanham in the field  
The full video version of today's 25 minute return of Eco-Logic to WBAI. Chris Cooper, of recent viral video fame, a birdwatcher and NYC Audubon Society board member, talks about potential problems that Black people have when birding and tells why he loves birds so much, with stories of birding adventures in New York City. Also Dr. J. Drew Lanham, professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, whose talk at the NY Linneaen Society inspired this show. They talk of how going into nature is good for our mental, physical and emotional health and that everyone should have that experience. And they both wax eloquent about the joys of birds and birding.
    This is The Environment TV video version of the full episode of Eco-Logic.


  55 min.

  

  You-Tube
  video

  6/26/20

 Nuclear Waste in Local Landfills

radioactive symbol
  The Nuclear Regulatory Agency is planning a very dangerous change to the way radioactive waste is handled. Some man-made nuclear waste, mainly from nuclear power, is very long-lasting and dangerous to human health and the environment. Disregarding this danger, the NRC proposes to let regular landfill operators dispose of this radioactive waste by authorizing them as "specific exempt." This would almost certainly result in nuclear waste leaks into our water, air, crops, and communities. Tell the NRC and your members of Congress: Don't dump radioactive waste into our landfills or any other places that are "exempt" from nuclear controls.

 1 page.

   petition

  6/15/20

  China Removes Pangolin Scales
From Traditional Medicine List

Pangolin
  Pangolins might have been saved from extinction by China's removal of pangolin scales from the traditional medicine list. They are now at Class 1 protection, the highest conservation level, which also includes pandas. The listing came thanks to international pressure and to the covid-19 pandemic.

  web site

  

  EcoWatch

  6/15/20

 Origin of Covid-19

Pangolin
  Pangolins are the most heavily trafficked animals on Earth. They are probably the source of the genes that allowed the covid-19 coronavirus to infect humans.

 web site.

   BBC
  web site

  6/8/20

  Chris Cooper's Seven Joys of Birding

Blackburnian Warbler photo by Dennis Edge
  Chris Cooper, of recent viral video fame, wrote down his "Seven Joys of Birding" in response to people who asked him why he is a birder in the first place. I put them on the Eco-Logic web site back in 2012. He explains them in the show we did in 2019.

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  1/4 page

  6/8/20

 First Black Birders Week

Black Birders week celebration Anna Opoku-Agyeman
  The first Black Birders Week is taking place as a way to affirm black people's right to be in nature without having to face racism and discrimination.

 web site.

   web site

  6/4/20

  Nature For ALL

Christian Cooper with binoculars Drew Lanham in the field   Chris Cooper, of recent viral video fame, a birdwatcher and NYC Audubon Society board member, has spoken in the past about potential problems that Black people have when birding and in this encore presentation from last July, you can hear his exact words. As our guest, along with Dr. J. Drew Lanham, professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, whose talk at the NY Linneaen Society inspired this show, they talk of how going into nature is good for our mental, physical and emotional health and that everyone should have that experience. And they both wax eloquent about the joys of birds and birding.
    This is The Environment TV video version of the episode of Eco-Logic originally aired July 2, 2019.


  55 min.

  

  You-Tube
  video

  6/2/20

 Fracking and Nuclear Waste

radioactive-fracking1964
  Fracking, nuclear waste and the Halliburton corporation have been associated since at least the 1960s. Check out these 1964 Texas newspaper articles explaining how vertical hydraulic fracturing was "solving" the nuclear waste problem by injecting it in the ground water!

 1 page.

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  5/28/20

  Alexei Kondratiev anniversary

Alexei Kondratiev playing harp at MythCon   This is the ten-year anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest people I ever knew, Alexei Kondratiev. Not only was he one of the most knowledgeable environmentalists I ever knew, who had been on Eco-Logic many times, but his knowledge went far beyond that.

 He knew music from all over the world, past and present. He was the most well-read person I'd ever met, having read both fiction and nonfiction in many languages, prose, poetry and comic books. He spoke over 60 languages, fluent in 13-20 of them depending on your definition of fluency. He spoke modern languages from all over the world as well as being able to read ancient languages.

 When he passed away, I said it was like an entire rare book library burnt down. I realize over the years that there was only one copy of many of those books. We could talk about nature, history, mythology, prose literature, comic books, music, geography, food, cooking, and so many other topics. He was one of the best birders I have ever met, recognizing bird calls of birds he hadn't even seen yet, and he knew where to look for them. His passing created a hole in my heart and my life that will never be filled.

 I wrote a longer personal reminiscence not long after he died and there is also one of the radio show with him in our permanent archives. To the right is a link to a very short, succinct, brilliant statement from Alexei on the environmental crisis. Ten years is a long time for all of us to be without Alexei Kondratiev. Special thanks to Pat Yarrow for that photo of Alexei.


  1:40 min.

  

  Eco-Logic
  audio

 5/27/20

 Birding While Black & an unleashed dog

Christian Cooper with binoculars  Christian Cooper is one of the best ear birders I know. He can identify a bird by sight or sound. On Memorial Day of 2020 he was birding in Central Park's Ramble, an area internationally reknowned for birding during spring migration, and asked someone to follow the rules and put her dog on a leash while she was in the Ramble. From that came a videoed racial confrontation that went viral, with literally millions of views, covered by mainstream media from CNN to the NY Post.

 1:16 min.

   print & video

  5/27/20

  Birding While Black

Drew Lanham in the field
  "When going birding, you want to have a pair of binoculars and a field guide and, if you're black, two forms of i.d." Dr. Drew Lanham, professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, tells what birding while black is like.

  2 min.

  

  video

 5/24/20

 Help bring Eco-Logic back to the radio !

on the air  Help bring back Eco-Logic!
Please fill out the petition to WBAI management; link to the right.
Environmental information and activism is too important to keep Eco-Logic off the radio.

Thank you!
Ken Gale and Donna Stein
Producers of Eco-Logic

  

   Petition

  5/24/20

  Changes in Building Efficiency Responses

NESEA 
As green architects and solar designers have learned and progressed, so too have people on their teams. I noticed the changes after going to the Boston NESEA Building Energy conferences for many years. First they had to teach themselves, then teach building contractors that construct the buildings, then teach real estate people that they had something special. This audio was originally done for the WBAI Evening News in 2016. I decided to make my first Blog post here have to do with solutions to climate chaos.


  4 min.

  

  Eco-Logic
  audio

 5/24/20

 Greta Thunberg / Climate Strike

Greta Thunberg 
  A rally in front of the United Nations to build for the Sept. 20, 2019 student Strike for Climate. Recorded by Peter Elisku. This is from the Environment TV web site.


 11 min.

  ETV video

  5/24/20

  Daniel Ellsberg & many more / Nuclear War

H-bomb blast 
  The worst climate catastrophe that could happen is a nuclear war. This panel discussion at NJ Institute of Technology by Daniel Ellsberg, Robert Jay Lifton, Zia Mian, Bruce Blair, Kelsey Davenport, Lisbeth Gronlund, Laura Grego, Ray Acheson, and Elaine Scarry was recorded by Charlie Olson for The Environment TV.

 43 min.  

  ETV video

 5/24/20

 Abby Hafer / Covid-19 podcast #1

Dr. Abby Hafer 
A biologist and author who teaches nursing students at Curry College in Massachusetts. Dr. Hafer interviewed microbiologists and emergency room physicians to give you even more information than what she already knew. Donna Stein had only recently gotten out of the hospital, where she had been treated for the coronavirus. You can hear the science behind the coronavirus crisis and how to deal with it explained in plain English with information that sound bite radio just does not give you. With listener phone calls. You'll be glad you listened!

 63 min.

  Eco-Logic
  audio

  5/24/20

  Abby Hafer / Covid-19 video

Abby Hafer 
  The video version of the audio mentioned above. Charlie Olson worked his video magic to add graphics that went with what Abby was referring to and video of Donna and I since we were not actually in the WBAI studio.

 65 min.  

  You-Tube
  video


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