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meme by Donna Stein, logo art by Mercy Van Vlack

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 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
  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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article

 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.


 articles

  web site

 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.


 web site

article

 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


 web sites

Many articles

 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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 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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 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.

meme - Indian Point nukes close 4-30-21
  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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 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.

 1 pg. 

  Take action

 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.

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   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.

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  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.

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   BBC
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  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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  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.

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  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!

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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.

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  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.  

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