Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

Dr. James Hansen – Cambridge Forum, 28 January 2010


Dr. James Hansen, “After Copenhagen: Real Solutions for Global Climate Change,” NPR/PBS/WGBH Forum Network – Cambridge Forum, (28 January 2010).

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Climate Change: James Hansen at Sydney Ideas

Ian McPherson

Uploaded on Nov 2, 2011

After Copenhagen: Looking for Real Solutions

James Hansen is director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Trained in physics and astronomy in Dr James Van Allen’s space science program at the University of Iowa, Hansen is best known for his Congressional testimony on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of global warming. He has been an active researcher in planetary atmospheres and climate science for nearly 40 years, with the last 30 years focused on climate research, publishing more than 100 scholarly articles on the latter topic.

Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1995, Dr Hansen has received numerous awards, including the WWF Conservation Medal from the Duke of Edinburgh, the American Geophysical Union’s Roger Revelle Medal, and the Heinz Environment Award. In addition to numerous testimonies given to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, Dr Hansen has also twice made presentations to President George W. Bush Administration’s cabinet level Climate and Energy Task Force, chaired by Vice President Richard Cheney.

While Dr Hansen’s work has evolved from space science to climate science, it has constantly sought to make the results of that work widely available to the public. Time Magazine designated Dr. Hansen as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2006, a tribute to his continuing efforts to serve the public through his scientific work.

Video sourced from The University of Sydney, where it is available as an MP4 download: http://sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/lec…

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jeanne proctor  Published on Jan 11, 2017

TheTruth About Your Food with FOOD, INC. Filmmaker Robert Kenner


Published on Jul 17, 2012


Oscar-nominated director, Robert Kenner joins us to talk about the film and food industries and his film’s runaway success.
Showcasing clips from the movie, we go into the inspiration behind the production, as well as the process of shooting and how the film’s success has spring-boarded Robert into a new realm of being an activist.

Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc., is one of the top grossing theatrical documentaries of all time, selling nearly 500,000 DVDs. Food Inc. received widespread critical acclaim, including an Academy Award nomination, and has influenced current food policy decisions. An esteemed collaborator with PBS American Experience, he received a Peabody and an Emmy for Two Days in October, in addition to directing The Road To Memphis for the Martin Scorsese series, The Blues.

Mr. Kenner continues to work in film and social media action to transform the food system.


00:01 BYOD Introduction.
00:23 Food, Inc., Clip: “The Dollar Menu.”
02:46 Subsidizing food that makes us sick, and how cheap food is expensive.
04:49 Food, Inc., Clip: Medication bills and Diabetes.
06:35 Robert’s choices for shooting the family.
08:25 The effects of the film on the family and their community.
09:53 Finding the story as a filmmaker.
11:31 Concerns over taking on the food industry and being sued.
14:31 The national school lunch program–accepting all grades of “food.”
15:01 Describing “pink slime,” and the new chemical based food system.
18:15 Food, Inc., Clip: Barbara Kowalcyk.
23:13 Robert gives more information on the case of the Kowalcyks and food-born illness.
25:31 Keeping the film entertaining while exposing the lie.
27:19 Deciding which areas of the food industry to feature.
27:55 Food, Inc., Clip: Chicken farming.
31:16 Paying the cost for talking to Food, Inc, and a whole other species of chicken.
33:27 Upgrading farms into factory standards.
34:35 FixFood and going from filmmaker to activist.
38:19 Ten films inside one issue and being free from knowledge.
40:45 Fewer farmers than ever and the subsidized market.
43:11 Food, Inc., Clip: Farmer Joel and the debate for centralized oversight.
47:06 The new film industry about the food industry.
47:44 How did the film find an audience, DVD sales and support from Oprah.
50:26 The Daily Dig Down.
55:22 Parting words from Robert.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Ag Gag Undercover – Food Integrity Campaign


On Monday, March 11, 2013, FIC launched a video campaign series called “Ag Gag Undercover” to raise awareness about the controversial anti-whistleblower bills that have been introduced in many states. While the agriculture industry and legislative sponsors try to muddle the public with their reasons for the legislation – which would criminalize individuals who take undercover video or photographs to expose wrongdoing at agricultural facilities – these videos aim to simply get at the heart of why Ag Gag bills are problematic and an affront on truth-telling. A new video has been released every Monday. Watch all of the videos below. …(read more).

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

GasHole (2010) – Official Trailer


Uploaded on Apr 16, 2011

“GasHole” is a new documentary film about the history of Oil prices and the future of alternative fuels.

The film takes a wide, yet detailed examination of our dependence on foreign supplies of Oil. What are the causes that led from America turning from a leading exporter of oil to the world’s largest importer? What are the economic and sociological forces that have contributed to that change and impede its solution? The film examines many different potential solutions to our oil dependence. Starting with claims of buried technology that dramatically improves gas mileage, to navigating bureaucratic governmental roadblocks, to evaluating different alternative fuels that are technologically available now, to questioning the American Consumer’s reluctance to embrace alternatives. If you buy gasoline, you should see this movie!

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

GasHole: What the oil companies don’t want you to know


Uploaded on Apr 21, 2011

April 20, 2011 marks the one year anniversary of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A year later the region continues to suffer the aftermath, new rules on the industry have not been passed, gas prices are up and some politicians want to drill more.
Scott D. Roberts, the filmmaker behind “GasHole” explained that the oil industry continues to pollute, more than we know, and absolutely nothing has changed since the spill.
Recently gas prices have risen yet they did not do so at these levels after the spill. Many say the war in Libya is the cause, but Roberts pointed out that the US does not get any of its oil from Libya. In fact, the US receives the majority of its oil from Canada.
“Two days ago OPEC said they were going to cut 800,000 barrels per day from Saudi Arabia, and then the next day we hear that crude tops over $109 per barrel because we’re under supplied,” said Roberts. “It has a lot to do with speculators. A lot of people don’t even realize that we get the majority of our oil from Canada. We get as much from Canada as we get from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela combined. So, when something happens in the Middle East the speculators go crazy and the price skyrockets.”
US Presidents as far back as Richard Nixon have called for American energy independence and a more sustainable energy future, yet little has changed. Oil companies continue to rule and neglect the consumer.
Congress and US administrations have yet to act to help the American people. Why? A great deal of lobbying and campaign financing for US politicians comes from the oil and gas industry.
“We need powerful leadership in Washington, DC who’s not afraid to point the finger at the oil industry, create new legislation,” Roberts said. “We all have to get involved. We have to push legislation. We have to vote in the people that are going to make a difference and do something about it.”
New leaders are needed to force changes in the market and drive innovation towards new energy technologies, create new legislation and consumer focused practices.
Who are the leaders? Roberts is unsure, since both Republicans and Democrats are often funded by the oil companies.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Gashole of the Month 1


Published on Apr 2, 2013

Gashole of the Month 1

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Poll: 47 Million Know Big Pharma Keeping People Sick


Published on Apr 4, 2013

A new poll by the Public Policy Polling shows that 47 million people are aware that Big Pharma and the medical industry are not curing, but keeping people sick. I break down the specifics and detail how the poll actually led to lower numbers than potential reality. Full:

Poll here: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pd…

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

‘Whistleblower Defense League’ created to fight back Obama administration’s attacks – YouTube


Published on Apr 4, 2013

As we’ve reported before, the Obama administration has reached new heights when it comes to prosecuting whistleblowers. Under Obama’s presidency, seven people have been convicted in accordance with the Espionage Act of 1917 for leaking governmental information to the public. All previous administrations combined haven’t prosecuted that many whistleblowers. Now, a group of attorneys have come together to form the Whistleblower Defense League to protect such individuals from legal action. One of those attorneys, Jay Leiderman, discusses why they felt it was necessary to create this group.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

RT’s Monsanto coverage featured on the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart


Published on Apr 4, 2013

Last week, we reported how President Obama signed the Agriculture Appropriations Bill into law and how hundreds of thousands of people showed their opposition to H.R. 933 in an online petition. Our “Monsanto Protection Act” coverage caught the attention of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. RT’s Margaret Howell has more.
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Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV