Daily Archives: June 10, 2015

Big Pharma Appears to Be the New Snake Oil Salesmen

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Published on Jun 9, 2015

Dr. Michael Carome, Health Research Group, Public Citizen joins Thom Hartmann. Amarin Pharma is suing the Food and Drug Administration in a case that may fundamentally change how drugs are sold and marketed in the United States.

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Food Climate Research Network | Future of Food


The FCRN’s aim is to increase our understanding of how the food system contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and what we can do to reduce them.

The Food Climate Research Network was set up in 2004 by Tara Garnett. It was originally based at the University of Surrey, but is moving to the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, as of summer 2012.

The FCRN’s focus is broad, encompassing technological options, behaviour change and the policy dimension. We look at the role of technology in reducing food-related emissions but also at what changes in our behaviour (in what and how we eat) are also needed – bearing in mind too the complex interactions between technological developments and changing behavioural norms. We explore the role that government, the business community, non-governmental organisations and individuals could play in tackling food related emissions. Finally, we recognise that the climate challenge needs to be seen in a broader social, ethical and environmental context. We look at how actions to reduce GHG emissions might affect other areas of concern such as human food security, animal welfare, and biological diversity.

The FCRN works in the following ways:

  • Research – publications can be found on the project’s website
  • Knowledge sharing – regular newsletters to a wide range of people, with up-to-date summaries and commentary on new reports, information and events
  • Knowledge base – the website acts as a comprehensive learning resource about food and climate
  • Communication – The FCRN presents widely and frequently to varied audiences, including government, the food industry, NGOs, academics and students
  • Seminars – workshops, seminars and conferences

As of August 2012 the FCRN will be mainly funded by the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Programme of the CGIAR, with additional funding from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.

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The Radio Ecoshock Show: Fires Raise Chernobyl Radiation – Again

Wednesday, May 06, 2015



Some interviews drive by, others stay for the deep record. This week I have two heavy-hitters for you. Right out of the international news, forest fires near the Chernobyl nuclear wreck in Ukraine have raised dangerous radioactive particles into the atmosphere – again. We have Dr. Timothy Mousseau, the world’s foremost expert on the impacts of Chernobyl, and Fukushima radiation on living things.

Then Utah scientist Tim Garrett updates his work showing only a collapse of civilization could prevent terrible climate change. There are new discoveries, about our utter dependence on fossil energy, and where that leads.

Both of these are important interviews for the record. So I’m going to share my detailed notes, with some quotes. There’s lots to learn, and many shocking facts.

The largest fire in 20 years is burning near the crippled Chernobyl nuclear plant. The smoke will re-release radioactive contamination dropped in the forests during the 1986 melt-down of Reactor number 4, possibly the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

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The Radio Ecoshock Show: How to Avoid Thinking About Climate Change

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

* Norwegian eco-psychologist Per Espen Stoknes tells us why public concern about climate may be falling, even as the science becomes more certain. How to avoid thinking about climate change.

* Alternative energy expert Robert A. Stayton says “yes we can power the world with solar” and tells us how.

* Dr. Alan Rozich tells us “Other Inconvenient Truths Beyond Global Warming.”

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The Radio Ecoshock Show: Crashing Climate Change

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


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The Radio Ecoshock Show: Mobilize to Save the Climate!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


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Climate Change and Fukushima – Radio Ecoshock Paints the Big Picture


Published on Nov 29, 2013

Two ongoing environmental events are affecting all life on the planet, even if it’s not yet noticeable where you live. Alex Smith of Radio Ecoshock is watching climate change and Fukushima very closely. In this program, he summarizes the latest reports and predictions. Extreme weather events are increasing and worsening. Ocean dead zones are growing. Methane from melting permafrost is warming the atmosphere faster than carbon dioxide.

The Fukushima nuclear site has already increased airborne radioactivity in the northern hemisphere. Ocean-borne radioactivity will be hitting the North American west coast by 2014. And no one knows what to do about it. But Alex has ideas on how we can respond individually and positively. Episode 251.[radioecoshock.org]

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Young people speak out about their fears and hopes on climate change

An oil rig worker in Alberta, an engineering student in Mauritania, a minister-in-training in New Zealand – 11 young people, aged under 25, tell us what it feels like to inherit an environmental crisis.

We spoke with young people from around the world about why it’s hard for their peers to care about the environment, how they reconcile their fears about the future, what made them start caring, and the little things that give them hope.

Gabriela Gallo Torres, 17
Cartagena, Colombia

About me: I study international relations. I like photography and eating healthy, although I’m a huge fan of pizza and fries.

Why it’s hard to care: It’s the “You Only Live Once” motto. When I was in school, a couple of years ago, I was talking with my classmates about pollution and climate change, and I remember this guy laughing at our conversation and saying something like, “Even if you care, the Earth is going to end anyway.” I was so pissed off. People like that guy are why people don’t dare to actually do something for our world.

What gives me hope: As an international relations student, sometimes it is really hard for me to stay hopeful, because I’m always reading about Beijing’s air pollution, Shell in the Arctic, and so on. But what gives me hope is to know that I’m not alone – I mean, there are people, like everyone involved with the Guardian’s Keep It In the Ground campaign, who are working for our planet. We care about the future, we don’t live just for the moment.

Simon Quarenghi, 23
Edmonton, Alberta

About me: I live in Edmonton, Alberta, which you could say is the oil capital of Canada.

Tipping point: I moved from small town Prince George, British Columbia to Edmonton at 19 to work in the oilfield – I went from working in a deli and a bar to working on a service rig fixing wells. There were times when I felt pride in my work as a roughneck, helping run the country and that. But after a few months I started to really think just how much oil was being pumped at any given moment over the entire world. And how much diesel and gas was being burned just to get more crude out of the ground. It started to seem like a joke: one big crazy circle of oil consumption with no end in sight. To drive down the road and see that every second vehicle was a jacked up diesel truck, to see a pump-jack in every field, to see all the oil refineries and plants, it started to get to me. There is no way we can continue this way of living for much longer, not without destroying the air we breathe and the land we live on.

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Republican pledges $175 million to push party on climate

A North Carolina executive is pouring his own money into trying to sway people in the GOP to take global warming seriously.

By Darren Goode

6/8/15 7:30 PM EDT Updated 6/8/15 10:21 PM EDT

A Republican entrepreneur is putting a whopping $175 million behind a campaign whose message will have some party stalwarts seeing red: The GOP needs to deal with climate change.

North Carolina businessman Jay Faison will launch a social media and online advertising blitz, backed by state and national digital advocacy efforts and a series of strategic grants, as part of a $165 million campaign run through the ClearPath Foundation. The aim is to get the Republican Party to shift its skeptical view of climate change and green energy, topics that usually fall to the bottom of its list of priorities when they don’t generate outright opposition among conservative voters.

In addition to his public education effort, Faison is putting an additional $10 million of his money into a separate political advocacy operation, using the same nonprofit tax status designation as groups like President Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action, Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and several tea party groups. He will also try to attract additional outside funds for that operation.

On Tuesday, Faison, who made a fortune from the sale of his Charlotte-based audio-visual equipment company SnapAV, will unveil the first stage of his ClearPath campaign, including spending $40 million through 2016 to persuade moderates and conservatives to join the fight against climate change — but relying on market-based principles rather than government mandates.

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DC Sets Up Environmental Law Showdown | On Point

It’s a big summer shaping up for environmental protection battles in Washington. Barack Obama and the EPA are pushing a raft of new measures. Republicans – and a handful of Democrats – are pushing back. On clean water, and EPA oversight way upstream. And clean air, carbon emissions, and coal-fired power plants. n greenhouse gas emissions from heavy trucks and planes. On protecting federal lands with national monument designations. On protecting the greater sage grouse. This hour On Point: we walk through the environmental battles shaping up for the summer of 2015.

– Tom Ashbrook


Coral Davenport, energy and environment reporter for the New York Times. (@coralmdavenport)

Danielle Baussan, managing director of energy policy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank. (@daniellebaussan)

Nick Loris, Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. (@NiconomistLoris)

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