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 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.


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  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

Christian Cooper with binoculars Drew Lanham in the field  
The full video version of today's 25 minute return of Eco-Logic to WBAI. Chris Cooper, of recent viral video fame, a birdwatcher and NYC Audubon Society board member, talks about potential problems that Black people have when birding and tells why he loves birds so much, with stories of birding adventures in New York City. Also Dr. J. Drew Lanham, professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, whose talk at the NY Linneaen Society inspired this show. They talk of how going into nature is good for our mental, physical and emotional health and that everyone should have that experience. And they both wax eloquent about the joys of birds and birding.
    This is The Environment TV video version of the full episode of Eco-Logic.


  55 min.

  

  You-Tube
  video

  6/26/20

 Nuclear Waste in Local Landfills

radioactive symbol
  The Nuclear Regulatory Agency is planning a very dangerous change to the way radioactive waste is handled. Some man-made nuclear waste, mainly from nuclear power, is very long-lasting and dangerous to human health and the environment. Disregarding this danger, the NRC proposes to let regular landfill operators dispose of this radioactive waste by authorizing them as "specific exempt." This would almost certainly result in nuclear waste leaks into our water, air, crops, and communities. Tell the NRC and your members of Congress: Don't dump radioactive waste into our landfills or any other places that are "exempt" from nuclear controls.

 1 page.

   petition

  6/15/20

  China Removes Pangolin Scales
From Traditional Medicine List

Pangolin
  Pangolins might have been saved from extinction by China's removal of pangolin scales from the traditional medicine list. They are now at Class 1 protection, the highest conservation level, which also includes pandas. The listing came thanks to international pressure and to the covid-19 pandemic.

  web site

  

  EcoWatch

  6/15/20

 Origin of Covid-19

Pangolin
  Pangolins are the most heavily trafficked animals on Earth. They are probably the source of the genes that allowed the covid-19 coronavirus to infect humans.

 web site.

   BBC
  web site

  6/8/20

  Chris Cooper's Seven Joys of Birding

Blackburnian Warbler photo by Dennis Edge
  Chris Cooper, of recent viral video fame, wrote down his "Seven Joys of Birding" in response to people who asked him why he is a birder in the first place. I put them on the Eco-Logic web site back in 2012. He explains them in the show we did in 2019.

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  6/8/20

 First Black Birders Week

Black Birders week celebration Anna Opoku-Agyeman
  The first Black Birders Week is taking place as a way to affirm black people's right to be in nature without having to face racism and discrimination.

 web site.

   web site

  6/4/20

  Nature For ALL

Christian Cooper with binoculars Drew Lanham in the field   Chris Cooper, of recent viral video fame, a birdwatcher and NYC Audubon Society board member, has spoken in the past about potential problems that Black people have when birding and in this encore presentation from last July, you can hear his exact words. As our guest, along with Dr. J. Drew Lanham, professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, whose talk at the NY Linneaen Society inspired this show, they talk of how going into nature is good for our mental, physical and emotional health and that everyone should have that experience. And they both wax eloquent about the joys of birds and birding.
    This is The Environment TV video version of the episode of Eco-Logic originally aired July 2, 2019.


  55 min.

  

  You-Tube
  video

  6/2/20

 Fracking and Nuclear Waste

radioactive-fracking1964
  Fracking, nuclear waste and the Halliburton corporation have been associated since at least the 1960s. Check out these 1964 Texas newspaper articles explaining how vertical hydraulic fracturing was "solving" the nuclear waste problem by injecting it in the ground water!

 1 page.

   print

  5/28/20

  Alexei Kondratiev anniversary

Alexei Kondratiev playing harp at MythCon   This is the ten-year anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest people I ever knew, Alexei Kondratiev. Not only was he one of the most knowledgeable environmentalists I ever knew, who had been on Eco-Logic many times, but his knowledge went far beyond that.

 He knew music from all over the world, past and present. He was the most well-read person I'd ever met, having read both fiction and nonfiction in many languages, prose, poetry and comic books. He spoke over 60 languages, fluent in 13-20 of them depending on your definition of fluency. He spoke modern languages from all over the world as well as being able to read ancient languages.

 When he passed away, I said it was like an entire rare book library burnt down. I realize over the years that there was only one copy of many of those books. We could talk about nature, history, mythology, prose literature, comic books, music, geography, food, cooking, and so many other topics. He was one of the best birders I have ever met, recognizing bird calls of birds he hadn't even seen yet, and he knew where to look for them. His passing created a hole in my heart and my life that will never be filled.

 I wrote a longer personal reminiscence not long after he died and there is also one of the radio show with him in our permanent archives. To the right is a link to a very short, succinct, brilliant statement from Alexei on the environmental crisis. Ten years is a long time for all of us to be without Alexei Kondratiev. Special thanks to Pat Yarrow for that photo of Alexei.


  1:40 min.

  

  Eco-Logic
  audio

 5/27/20

 Birding While Black & an unleashed dog

Christian Cooper with binoculars  Christian Cooper is one of the best ear birders I know. He can identify a bird by sight or sound. On Memorial Day of 2020 he was birding in Central Park's Ramble, an area internationally reknowned for birding during spring migration, and asked someone to follow the rules and put her dog on a leash while she was in the Ramble. From that came a videoed racial confrontation that went viral, with literally millions of views, covered by mainstream media from CNN to the NY Post.

 1:16 min.

   print & video

  5/27/20

  Birding While Black

Drew Lanham in the field
  "When going birding, you want to have a pair of binoculars and a field guide and, if you're black, two forms of i.d." Dr. Drew Lanham, professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, tells what birding while black is like.

  2 min.

  

  video

 5/24/20

 Help bring Eco-Logic back to the radio !

on the air  Help bring back Eco-Logic!
Please fill out the petition to WBAI management; link to the right.
Environmental information and activism is too important to keep Eco-Logic off the radio.

Thank you!
Ken Gale and Donna Stein
Producers of Eco-Logic

  

   Petition

  5/24/20

  Changes in Building Efficiency Responses

NESEA 
As green architects and solar designers have learned and progressed, so too have people on their teams. I noticed the changes after going to the Boston NESEA Building Energy conferences for many years. First they had to teach themselves, then teach building contractors that construct the buildings, then teach real estate people that they had something special. This audio was originally done for the WBAI Evening News in 2016. I decided to make my first Blog post here have to do with solutions to climate chaos.


  4 min.

  

  Eco-Logic
  audio

 5/24/20

 Greta Thunberg / Climate Strike

Greta Thunberg 
  A rally in front of the United Nations to build for the Sept. 20, 2019 student Strike for Climate. Recorded by Peter Elisku. This is from the Environment TV web site.


 11 min.

  ETV video

  5/24/20

  Daniel Ellsberg & many more / Nuclear War

H-bomb blast 
  The worst climate catastrophe that could happen is a nuclear war. This panel discussion at NJ Institute of Technology by Daniel Ellsberg, Robert Jay Lifton, Zia Mian, Bruce Blair, Kelsey Davenport, Lisbeth Gronlund, Laura Grego, Ray Acheson, and Elaine Scarry was recorded by Charlie Olson for The Environment TV.

 43 min.  

  ETV video

 5/24/20

 Abby Hafer / Covid-19 podcast #1

Dr. Abby Hafer 
A biologist and author who teaches nursing students at Curry College in Massachusetts. Dr. Hafer interviewed microbiologists and emergency room physicians to give you even more information than what she already knew. Donna Stein had only recently gotten out of the hospital, where she had been treated for the coronavirus. You can hear the science behind the coronavirus crisis and how to deal with it explained in plain English with information that sound bite radio just does not give you. With listener phone calls. You'll be glad you listened!

 63 min.

  Eco-Logic
  audio

  5/24/20

  Abby Hafer / Covid-19 video

Abby Hafer 
  The video version of the audio mentioned above. Charlie Olson worked his video magic to add graphics that went with what Abby was referring to and video of Donna and I since we were not actually in the WBAI studio.

 65 min.  

  You-Tube
  video


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