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Resistance Radio – Noah Greenwald – 09.27.15

Noah Greenwald is the Endangered Species Director for the Center for Biological Diversity. He directs the Center’s efforts to protect new species under the Endangered Species Act, to ensure that imperiled species receive effective protections and that we have the strongest Endangered Species Act possible. He also works to educate the public about the importance of protecting biodiversity and about the multitude of threats to the survival of North American wildlife. He holds a bachelor of science in ecology from the Evergreen State College and a master’s in forest ecology and conservation from the University of Washington. Before he joined the Center in 1997, Noah worked as a field biologist, surveying northern spotted owls and marbled murrelets and banding Hawaiian songbirds. Today we talk about grizzly bears.

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Resistance Radio – Diana Beresford-Kroeger – 09.13.15

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a botanist, medical biochemist and self-defined “renegade scientist,” brings together ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality and alternative medicine to reveal a path toward better stewardship of the natural world. Diana’s latest book is called The Sweetness of a Simple Life (Random House Canada). Recently, Diana has been working on a film based on her book, The Global Forest, which has taken her around the globe. The film will be released in 2015. Diana lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, Christian H. Kroeger, surrounded by her research garden filled with rare and endangered species.

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Whales continue to die off in Pacific Ocean; scientists suspect Fukushima radiation at fault

Whales have been dropping like flies in the Gulf of Alaska. Approximately nine whale carcasses were sited in late May and early June. Now, fisherman have spotted five more decomposing whales, a fin whale and four humpbacks, to add to the death toll. The first two whale deaths reported in May sparked a flurry of attention from government agencies, including …

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Analysis: Republican Attacks on Endangered Species Up 600 Percent Per Year

WASHINGTON— Over the past five years, Republicans in Congress have launched 164 attacks on the Endangered Species Act — a 600 percent increase in the rate of annual attacks over the previous 15 years, according to a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity. The report, Politics of Extinction, also identifies five Republicans responsible for nearly a quarter of …

Monsanto in Deep Trouble: Another Possible Lawsuit Pending – Christina Sarich

Thanks to the admitted link between Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide known as Roundup and the development of cancer,another major lawsuit could be coming up against the biotech titan. This would be the second major lawsuit over Monsanto’s Roundup health risk, following awareness campaigns launched by groups like March Against Monsanto and individuals like Anthony Gucciardi. It was last May when we told …

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USDA research links pesticides to monarch butterfly declines

USDA researchers have identified the neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin as a likely contributor to monarch butterfly declines in North America. The USDA research is published in the journal Science of Nature and was published online on April 3rd (Pecenka and Lundgren 2015). Monarch butterfly populations (Danaus Plexippus) have declined precipitously in North America in the last twenty years. This decline has …

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Obama Initiative Seeks to Get 4 Million Fourth Graders Exploring America’s Public Lands

With the backing of President Obama, the National Park Foundation has launched a new program encouraging kids to get outside to play, learn and explore. The initiative, Every Kid in a Park, seeks to connect 4 million fourth graders and their families to enjoy America’s public lands and waters. In their campaign message, they put the onus on adults by reminding them that—via our tax dollars—we actually …