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  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.

Maria-Lopez-Nuñez, Ironbound Community Corp.
  From Dr. Chuck Kaplan, a primary care Internal Medicine physician:
We were just talking on the show about how are we supposed to evaluate scientific recommendations when the CDC and FDA are both compromised and I came up with my list of top journals that are highly respected:

New England Journal of Medicine
Science
Nature
British Medical Journal
Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Annals of Internal Medicine
Lancet
JAMA
Medical Letter


 short list.

  right here!

  9/13/20

  Science of Covid-19 Vaccines.

Also, the politics of Covid-19 Vaccines.

Corona Virus Structure
Science of covid vaccines, what is done to make them, with particular emphasis on the "Election Day Vaccine."

What makes a vaccine trustworthy?

How do we know how political any one covid vaccine is?

How do we know the corporations making them are not playing with statistics or test results?

Click the link. Tell people you know to listen and to check this web site, www.ecoradio.org.

Two guests: Dr. Chuck Kaplan, a primary care Internal Medicine physician in private practice in Tucson AZ. He did NIH-based clinical research on AIDS treatments in the '90's.

And Dr. Abby Hafer, a biologist who teaches Nursing students at Curry College in Eastern Massachusetts.

For more information to go with the radio show, check out these two articles on Politico.com, both on different aspects of government interference in science and education.
One on scientific malpractice with the CDC. The other on the Election Day Vaccine.

 25 min. 

  WBAI archive

 9/11/20

  9-11

My Thoughts and Experiences
on and after 9-11.

World Trade Center, NYC
  I (Ken) was downtown at WBAI on 9-11-01, when WBAI-FM was at 120 Wall St. I saw the toll on local firefighters. I wrote up some of my thoughts and experiences at the time for this web site.


 6 pages

  This web site

  9/11/20

  Climate Change and Nuke Waste.

How sea level rise affects
nuclear power plant waste storage.

nuke waste berm
Climate change results in new risks to nuclear power operations.
Spent fuel sites will be subject to risks from sea-level rise.
A long-term spent fuel management plan is needed to mitigate risks.
Short-term solutions to mitigate risks are recommended.
Waste should be near as possible to site of generation to minimize transport risks.

 1 page 

  article

 9/7/20

  Environmental Justice

Environmental Racism, Black Lives Matter and Climate Change.

Maria-Lopez-Nuñez, Ironbound Community Corp.
  The connection between Environmental Justice, Black Lives Matter, and Climate Change are explored on the Sept. 4, 2020 Eco-Logic.

What is the difference between Not In My Back Yard and Think Globally Act Locally?

Why are pollution sources so often in poor neighborhoods? What do those pollution sources do to the global atmosphere? What do those pollution sources do to the health of the people living near-by?

As Eddie Bautista says, "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."

Our guest was Maria Lopez-Nuñez from Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, NJ. She's a fantastic speaker!


 57 min.

  WBAI archives

  9/7/20

  Champlain-Hudson Power Express.

Environmental and cultural damage.

Willamette River Dam
  If energy efficiency was more of an issue, bad supply would be less of an issue.

The hydropower industry is seeking to profit from the climate emergency by falsely marketing its power as "clean, green, sustainable and renewable." Canadian hydropower is dirty energy and should not be allowed to qualify for subsidies or be considered "clean energy." It is a human rights, climate, and environmental disaster.

Champlain Hudson Power Express is not a fair, just, or equitable solution to the climate or economic crisis that New York faces. It places the burdens of American energy demands on the backs of front-line, Indigenous communities in Canada where this power is being produced.

 1 page 

  article

 8/28/20

  The Health of the Oceans.

The Tara Expeditions.

Tara Expedition Map.jpg
  Today's Eco-Logic is with two of the principles, Daniele Iudicone and Romain Troublé, behind the Tara Expeditions: a comprehensive, worldwide, multi-year, scientific oceanographic voyage. This interview was conducted when they were nearly finished with their first expedition - that's before they were famous in oceanographic circles. It's really a privilege to be able to bring this interview to you.

The extent of the plastic garbage in the Pacific Ocean was just becoming known, partly thanks to our two guests. You'll also learn about the oxygen depletion zone where almost nothing can live. And learn how climate change is affecting the ocean.

What they achieved and the unique way they networked with scientists all over the world and made it work even with the economic restrictions that they had is fascinating.

Btw, Romain Troublé and Daniele Iudicone are from France and Italy and use metric measure. A meter is just over three feet long (39 inches).

Right click on the map to see a larger image of it.


 57 min.

  Eco-Logic audio

  8/20/20

  Success! Endangered Species Act Victory.

Federal judge ruling.

Willamette River Dam
  A federal judge ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Marine Fisheries Service failed to take necessary steps. "Plaintiffs have shown the Corps' operation of the [Willamette Valley Project] without completing the [required] measures is causing the species' decline."

 1 page 

  article

 8/14/20

  Global Climate Change and Butterflies.

The beauty, ecology, and natural history of butterflies.

Monarch Butterfly, Jamaica Bay, photo by Anne Lazarus
  People who study butterflies, lepidopterists, knew 'way before almost everyone else that climate change was happening.
     How many species live in NYC? What's the difference between a moth and a butterfly? What conservation efforts can you do? What are some popular misconceptions about butterflies? Hear details about the fascinating ecology of Monarch Butterflies, plus a discussion of swallowtails, Snout Butterflies, and fossil butterflies.
     Our guests Carol Butler, Mercy Van Vlack, Harry Zirlin and Rick Cech discuss the beauty, ecology, and natural history of butterflies.


 62 min.

  youtube video

  8/14/20

  The Campaign To Stop Shoreham.

Reliving successful activism.

nuclear sun, art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Lenny Librizzi and Joel Kupferman re-live some of their activism from the late '70s and early '80s, as they challenged the nuclear industry at Shoreham's nuclear reactor in Long Island, New York.
     The cost estimate in 1969 for construction of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Station was $217 million and was expected to be completed in 1975. The construction was completed in 1983 with a final construction cost of $6 billion. Most of the cost overages were passed along to ratepayers.

 12 min. 

  ETV video

 8/7/20

  Links on MANY different environmental issues.

This day's Eco-Logic

Art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Ice caps disappearing; a thawing Arctic; environmental activists saving academic studies; Congressional Report on the Climate Crisis is wanting; Dakota pipeline setback; George Takei, Hiroshima, and nuclear disarmament; a young environmental hero.


 first page

  Eco-Links page

  8/7/20

  The Hibakusha - #StillHere.

There is no climate or environmental threat worse than nuclear war.

George Takei
  George Takei, blogger, Broadway star and Sulu from the Starship Enterprise has a direct connection to the anti-Nuclear movement. Seventy-five years ago, the United States dropped a nuclear bomb over Hiroshima at the end the Second World War. Three days later, a second bomb dropped over Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands of people died. Thousands more were affected by the radiation and the aftermath. George Takei lost several family members, and that pain is still with him, "to this day. Nuclear annihilation is still an ever-present threat, and I stand with those working tirelessly to ensure that no one has to suffer that same fate."

The Hibakusha is a group of anti-nuclear activists, many survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, that are currently working on creating a world-wide treaty to ban nuclear weapons. #StillHere, The Hibakusha Appeal. Join as we contemplate our nuclear future by interrogating our nuclear past and present— August 9, 2 PM EST. There is an international signature campaign calling on State governments to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. There is no climate or environmental threat worse than nuclear war. The nuclear winter that will follow it will end early all life on Earth.

 4 min. 

  twitter video

 8/7/20

 D.C. Circuit Issues Mixed Decision on Dakota Access Shutdown Order

What's an environmental impact study for?

ND Standing Rock Sioux
  What's an environmental impact study for? Is it to study the environmental impact of a project? That's like asking what does Environmental Protection in Environmental Protection Agency mean? The P of EPA hasn't meant Protection since president Ronald Reagan put a mining company executive in charge of the Interior Department in the '80s. So we shouldn't be surprised when a Washington, DC court said the Dakota pipeline can continue to pump oil even before the environmental impact study is finished. The Standing Rock Sioux are not giving up the fight, Earthjustice is not giving up, and thousands of environmentalists throughout the country are not giving up. We link to articles on ecowatch and Earthjustice.


 2 pages

  Earthjustice article

  8/7/20

  The New Jersey School of Conservation is in crisis.

It needs your help!

Stokes NJSF
  We need more not less science no matter what the current times might say otherwise. The New Jersey School of Conservation is in crisis. For over 70 years, the School of Conservation welcomed students, campers, counselors, teachers, Teaching Fellows, and researchers. But now the school is closed, the gate is locked, and Montclair State University's management of the facility will end on September 1st. They're facing a perfect storm of challenges: the loss of long-time partner MSU, a statewide budget crisis, and a global pandemic.
But they have a plan.
The Friends of NJSOC is applying for the SOC's management contract. Wow! That is taking action!
For more info and to get involved, watch the video.

 2 1/2 min. 

  youtube video

 8/7/20

 St. Patrick Bay ice caps disappeared

Global Warming on Steroids

St. Patrick Bay ice caps disappearing
  More proof of the global warming part of climate chaos. NASA satellite imagery shows that the St. Patrick Bay ice caps on the Hazen Plateau of Ellesmere Island in Canada have completely disappeared. National Snow and Ice Data Center scientists and colleagues predicted in 2017 that this would happen by 2022. The NSIDC web site shows a map of how much those ice caps have been shrinking since 1959. That melting has been contributing to sea level rise all that time. Global warming and climate chaos is not new, no matter how complacent people have been.


 2 pages

  NSIDC report

  8/7/20

  St. Patrick Bay ice caps disappeared

Global Warming on Steroids

St. Patrick's Bay melt
  There's more proof of the global warming part of climate chaos. NASA satellite imagery shows that the St. Patrick Bay ice caps on the Hazen Plateau of Ellesmere Island in Canada have completely disappeared. We link to a Scientific Journal article on the disappearance.

 1 page 

  Journal article

 8/4/20

 Thawing Arctic

Global Warming on Steroids

thawing arctic
  The worst effects of climate chaos, by far, for years, have been in the Arctic. Here are details, in video form (print form below), from the National Academy of Sciences.


 88 min.

  youtube video

  8/4/20

  Thawing Arctic

Global Warming on Steroids

thawing arctic
  The worst effects of climate chaos, by far, for years, have been in the Arctic. Here are details, in print form (video above).

 1 page 

  article

 8/4/20

 Environmental game

High school student wins award.

green grass
  Divek Patel, a grade 11 Hackley School student, invented a game to keep the environment clean and recycle. He won a national award for Student Idea for a Better America from the National Museum of Education. "In many areas, especially in cities, there is a lot of roadside litter which can affect animals and the community around us. In this project, I would like to encourage roadside cleanup in an appealing and exciting way where all ages can get involved. Not only will they help clean the Earth, they will be awarded for doing so!"


 3 pages

  article

  8/4/20

  Congressional Report on Climate

Downloadable pdf

Congressional report
  A new Congressional Report from the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, analyzing the crisis and solutions in detail. This link includes the report and a summary Caution: this is a pro-nuclear report, ignoring the carbon footprint, greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear waste and total cost of nuclear power.

 547 pages 

  Congressional report pdf

 7/31/20

 This day's Eco-Logic

Health Effects of Indoor Plants.

indoor plants
  Interview on the health effects of indoor plants - All the more important while we're indoors more at this time. Guests are plant experts M.J. Gilhooley from Plants At Work, John Mini & Madelyn Simon. How do plants - any living plants - make your home or office healthier? What are the best plants to get? How do you choose them? What about asthma? How do you keep your cats from eating them? Find out on this episode!


 38 min.

  Eco-Logic Audio

  7/27/20

  Find Your Own Blind Spot


  Our eyes have a blind spot, as Dr. Hafer explained on the air.
You can find your own blind spot with this simple downloadable exercise.

 1 page 

  pdf

 7/24/20

 This day's Eco-Logic

UNintelligent Design.

Leonardo da Vinci - human anatomy
  Our bodies as an ecosystem. How do our bodies show that we evolved rather than were designed? Examples used are the reproductive organs, the eye, the throat, goosebumps, vestigial parts, teeth and more. Abby Hafer is a biologist and author who teaches nursing students at Curry College in Massachusetts. Her first book was "The Unintelligent Designer."


 55 min.

  Eco-Logic Audio

  7/17/20

  This day's Eco-Logic

Information on many environmental topics

Art by Mercy Van Vlack
  Many different issues! On today's News and Announcements: worldwide co-operation, corona virus & animal trafficking, corona virus & nuclear reactor safety, air pollution & tree species, Monarch Butterflies, democracy vs. Capitalism, transition to renewable energy, Pangolins link to covid-19.

Plus actor Harrison Ford on Nature and Climate Change from an Extinction Rebellion conference.

 24 min. 

  Eco-Logic Audio

 7/17/20

 Links on MANY different environmental issues.

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed
  Links to the MANY different environmental issues mentioned on today's episde of Eco-Logic (linked above)! On today's News and Announcements: worldwide co-operation, corona virus & animal trafficking, corona virus & nuclear reactor safety, air pollution & tree species, Monarch Butterflies, democracy vs. Capitalism, transition to renewable energy, Pangolins link to covid-19.


 1 page

  Eco-Links Page

  7/17/20

  Transition to Renewable Energy in the News

solar panels
  We environmentalists need to focus on the need to transition to a renewable energy economy with storage and efficiency, which can provide jobs that are helping to solve the climate crisis, not exacerbate it. There have already been great s trides in that direction such as the sheer number of solar installer jobs in the U.S., the fastest growing job area for at least a year. Efficiency and renewable energy has literally stopped planned fossil fuel plants from being built throughout the nation. We link to many articles from our eco-links page.

 1 page 

  Eco-Links Page

 7/17/20

 Important Information About Pangolins and Covid-19.

Pangolin in a tree
  We link to many articles about Pangolins. The science behind their link to covid-19, their use in Chinese traditional medicine, their protection by China, their sales on the black market, and how we can help them and prevent the next pandemic.


 1 page

  Eco-Links Page

  7/10/20

  Environmental and Health Effects of Plastic Bottles

That day's Eco-Logic continues.

plastic bottle garbage
  An explanation of the environmental, health and financial effects of plastic bottles, along with some solutions to the plastic crisis caused by them.

Our experts are Dr. Sandra Steingraber, biologist, author, fracktivist and cancer survivor and long-time water activist Ruth Caplan of the Alliance for Democracy and the Sierra Club Water Privatization Task Force.

 46:40 

  Eco-Logic Audio

 7/10/20

 Court victory for the climate, Indigenous Rights and wildlife.

ND gas flare
  From Earthjustice comes some good news from court. Last month, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., rejected a Louisiana company's bid to keep its oil and gas drilling lease in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine region, adjacent to Glacier National Park. The decision settles a 30-year-long fight to protect lands and waters sacred to the Blackfeet and critical for wildlife habitat.


 1 page

  full article

  7/3/20

  Air Pollution and Covid-19

factory air pollution 
  Damian Carrington's article in the UK Guardian newspaper about air pollution impairing our lungs and making the coronavirus worse, but he also mentioned that isolation measures are improving air quality. That's a silver lining. Smoking and air pollution make us more susceptible to coronavirus and many other diseases, so efficient uses of energy, mass transit and higher mileage cars all help keep us healthier. Click the link in the right-most column for the entire article.

 1 page  

  newspaper article

 7/3/20

 An organization with solutions to air pollution

LRTAP logo 
In a related story from the United Nations Good News agency and the World Resources Institute comes good news about the fight against air pollution. The 40-year-old Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air-Pollution, or LRTAP, claims to have reduced emissions of particulate matter and sulphur by 30 to 80% since 1990 in Europe and 30 to 40% in North America. Of course we lag behind. In Europe, these measures have extended life expectancy by a year. Nitrogen oxide releases have also been halved. Unlike other environmental or climate change conventions, LRTAP puts scientists in the same room as policymakers. No wonder it's working! Click the link in the right-most column for the entire article.


 1 page

  full article

  7/3/20

  Abby Hafer / Covid-19 video

Abby Hafer 
  The video version of the audio mentioned below. 25 minutes was played today on WBAI-FM. Here is all of the interview. Charlie Olson worked his video magic to add graphics that went with what Abby was referring to and video of Donna and I since we were not actually in the WBAI studio at the time.

 65 min.  

  You-Tube
  video

 7/3/20

 Abby Hafer / Covid-19 audio
The first 25 minutes was broadcast today on WBAI-FM.

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


 63 min.

  Eco-Logic
  audio

  6/26/20

  Birding While Black
Nature For All

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


  55 min.

  

  You-Tube
  video

  6/26/20

 Nuclear Waste in Local Landfills

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

 1 page.

   petition

  6/15/20

  China Removes Pangolin Scales
From Traditional Medicine List

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

  web site

  

  EcoWatch

  6/15/20

 Origin of Covid-19

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

 web site.

   BBC
  web site

  6/8/20

  Chris Cooper's Seven Joys of Birding

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

  1/4 page

  

  1/4 page

  6/8/20

 First Black Birders Week

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

 web site.

   web site

  6/4/20

  Nature For ALL

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


  55 min.

  

  You-Tube
  video

  6/2/20

 Fracking and Nuclear Waste

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

 1 page.

   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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