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NDC Savings Club – Air Pollution – 10.19.16

Air Pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air. Car emissions, chemicals from factories, dust, pollen, mold spores, power plants, and human activities that involve the burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline and natural gas. Ozone, a gas, is a major part of air pollution in cities. When ozone forms air pollution, it’s also called smog. Some air pollutants are poisonous.

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Nika Knight – EPA’s Own Advisory Board Demands Revision of Deeply Flawed Fracking Report

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board, a panel of independent scientists, is calling on the agency to revise last year’s much–maligned report that declared fracking to have “no widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.” “The EPA’s own analysis shows that dirty oil and gas fracking contaminates drinking water, confirming what millions of Americans already know.” —Lena Moffitt, Sierra Club As the Washington Post reports: The …

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The Natural Nurse And Dr. Z – Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II – 07.19.16

Host Dr. Eugene Zampieron, ND, AHG , www.drznaturally.com, interviews botanist Judith Sumner. Judith specializes in ethnobotany, flowering plants, plant adaptations, and garden history. She has taught extensively both at the college level and at botanical gardens, including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and the Garden in the Woods, the foremost native plant garden of New England. Judith graduated from Vassar College and completed graduate studies in systematic botany at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and at the British Museum (Natural History) and did extensive field work in the Pacific region on the genus Pittosporum. She has published monographic studies in the American Journal of Botany, Pollen et Spores, and Allertonia, as well as monographing two families for Flora Vitiensis Nova, the recently published flora of the Fiji Islands. Judith’s book American Household Botany won the American Horticultural Society Book Award. She was awarded the Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature by the Herb Society of America. On todays show, we will discuss Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II – a look at military history from a botanical perspective, and the images say it all: From victory gardens and agriculture to rubber, coal, paper, timber, drugs, and fibers, plant products supplied the wartime materials that played key roles in victory.
CONTACT: www.judithsumner.com [includes a link to a recent lecture at Harvard on victory gardens]

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IAN URBINA – Piles of Dirty Secrets Behind a Model ‘Clean Coal’ Project

DE KALB, Miss. — The fortress of steel and concrete towering above the pine forest here is a first-of-its-kind power plant that was supposed to prove that “clean coal” was not an oxymoron — that it was possible to produce electricity from coal in a way that emits far less pollution, and to turn a profit while doing so. The …

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Clearing The Fog – Escalating the Resistance to Fossil Fuels – 05.24.16

May has been a month of escalated resistance to fossil fuel industries and a call for a rapid transition to clean renewable sources of energy. The month began with Break Free: two weeks of direct action targeting coal, oil and gas around the world. That was followed by a week of action called the Rubber Stamp Rebellion protesting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its approval of new fossil fuel infrastructure without adequate consideration of the impacts new projects will have on the health and safety of communities, harm to the environment or worsening of the climate crisis. We speak with three advocates who are working to stop dangerous fossil fuel projects.

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No Fossil Fuel? No Problem—7 Ways We’re Already Living More Locally

1. Community cooperative utilities As a chain of volcanic islands, Hawai‘i doesn’t have coal and natural gas readily available to generate electricity. The state depends on oil, shipped in by tanker, to generate electricity. In 2002, Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) became the first and only member-owned utility company in the state, aiming to solve this energy problem. At that …

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Eric Zuesse – This Is How Corruption Works: A Hillary Clinton Example

Hillary Clinton approved the construction in South Africa of the world’s two largest coal-fired power-plants, and helped them get Export-Import Bank financing (U.S. taxpayer backing); then, some of her friends received construction contracts to build them. This was revealed by Itai Vardi in a terrific investigative news report at the desmog blog, on March 7th. Here’s an abbreviated version of it, …

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Dave Johnson – Don’t Be Misled; The TPP Is Still Coming Full Steam

Recently there have been news reports that Republicans are going to delay TPP until after the 2016 elections. Do not be misled; this is a bargaining ploy. They want the Obama administration to make “side agreements” that give corporations even more. We have to keep up the fight, and keep getting the word out. People opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

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Mark Hertsgaard – The Fate of the World Changed in Paris—but by How Much?

Thanks a lot, Republicans. You weren’t in Paris physically, but you still managed to prevent last week’s global climate summit from reaching an agreement that would give humanity a better than iffy chance of avoiding catastrophic sea-level rise, scorching temperatures, and killer floods and drought in the years ahead. An iffy chance is better than none, and government and civil-society …

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Beyond Paris, Climate Movement Plans Global Swarm for Future of Humanity

As the United Nations climate talks in Paris near their end, global activists on Thursday said people power needs to step in where governments are failing while announcing plans for upcoming mass mobilizations that aim to “keep fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate a just transition to 100% renewable energy.” Acts of civil disobedience scheduled for May 2016, slated …