Bugs end hunger/floating solar power plants

June 22, 2017

For many, if you offered them a plate of insects they'd say "I'm no longer hungry."  But there is a movement promoting bugs as a viable food source for people.  To prove it, Jeremy Connor, head of Seeds of Action ate insects as his primary protein source for the last month. 

After we covered floating nuclear plants possibly coming to China, we've been seeing headlines about world's largest floating solar power plant now online there. This is something more common than many people realize. The company Ciel and Terre has installed them in Japan, France, South Korea, China, Brazil, Taiwan, and the United States. We're joined by Eva Polybels of Ciel and Terre.

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Solar’s incredible growth/Toast beer made from leftover bread

June 16, 2017

Solar power accounts for 39% of all new electricity generation capacity last year. Greentech Media recently hosted its 10th annual solar summit and to give us an overview of where the industry's headed, we have Stephen Lacey, Green Tech Media's editor in chief.

Toast Ale is beer that reduces food waste by using leftover bread that is otherwise thrown out. To tell us more is Madeline Holtzman of Toast Ale.

Tom Appel of Consumer Guide Automotive shares a test drive of the Kia Niro hybrid crossover.

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The Farm Bill and food waste/Plastic-eating caterpillars

June 9, 2017

The United States spends 218 billion dollars each year on food that is never eaten while one in seven Americans faces food insecurity. This is part of a new report on food waste from the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic. To help us understand how we can improve our food system in the US is Christina Rice, one of the authors of the report.

Plastic bags are being used every year by the trillions. There have been lots of efforts made to reduce the amount of plastic we produce, but what about all of it that’s already there?  Paolo Bombelli with the University of Cambridge is co-author of a new paper about how a certain insect larvae could be part of the answer.

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Green Builder Reader Survey/Wild Earth Guardians

May 31, 2017

Saving energy tops the list of more and more people who are improving their homes and for the people who do the work to improve them. The latest issue of Green Builder magazine surveyed contractors and other green pros about who’s best when it comes to lights, water heaters, deck materials and other stuff used in building and improving homes. Joining us is CEO Sara Gutterman.

More than half of all marine species may be at risk of extinction by within the next 100 years unless we make significant conservation efforts. That’s according to the organization WildEarth Guardians, which has been making a lot of those efforts including helping the six types of fish which were just added to the list of protected species by the Endangered Species Act. Joining us is Bethany Cotton from Wild Earth Guardians.

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Glacier National Park glaciers disappearing/Floating nuclear power plants

May 26, 2017
The glaciers of Glacier National Park in Montana could be gone in our lifetime. A report from the US Geological Survey says they’ve already
shrunk by 40 percent in the last 50 years. Daniel Fagre’s a research ecologist with the USGS’s Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
says their fate is sealed and they’ll be gone in the coming years.
 
There’ve been reports of floating nuclear power plants being developed by China in order to power islands in the South China Sea. Are these
“floating Chernobyls” or an example of a viable power source that we could learn from in the US. David Lochbaum is the Director of the Nuclear Safety Project with the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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Evolution Trash Bags/Green Bond’s Unprecedented Growth/Toyota’s Project Portal

May 18, 2017

While we wish that everything could be recycled, some things have to be thrown in the trash if they are, it makes sense that those trash bags are made more sustainably. Evolution Trash Bags recently announced a line of eco-friendly trash bags. We’re joined by the company’s president Jim Seery.

Green bonds saw massive growth in 2016 and 2017’s predicted to be even bigger.  Sean Kidney is co-founder and CEO of the non-profit Climate Bonds Initiative and serves as a member of the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance.

Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive gives us an update on Toyota’s Project Portal to develop hydrogen fuel cell powered trucks.

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A toxic close call in Lake Michigan/Solar-made nylon

May 17, 2017

A recent accidental spill of toxic, potentially cancer causing hexavalent chromium in northern Indiana from the U.S. Steel Plant in the area has been given the all-clear by the EPA. But, it raises many concerns for Americans at at time where funding for the agency’s being cut by the Trump administration.  Rachel Havrelock is founder of the Freshwater Lab, which works to communicate Great Lakes water issues to the general public.

Nylon, which a great fabric because of how adaptable and durable it is, may be replace by something more sustainable that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels.  A new textile which is made from using solar energy has been discovered by Miguel Modesto and his team at NYU.

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Nylon made from solar power/Timberland’s Ground to Good sustainable shoes

May 10, 2017

Nylon, which a great fabric because of how adaptable and durable it is may be replaced by something more sustainable.  A new textile which is made from using solar energy has been discovered by Miguel Modestino and his team at NYU.

While clothing and shoe production has long been one of the most impactful activities on the environment, there are efforts within the industry to reduce it. One of them leading the way is Timberland and we're joined by Margaret Morey-Reuner, Director of Strategic Partnerships.

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Climate change arrives in Caribbean Islands/Does the March for Science help or hinder?

May 5, 2017

While the US is dealing with a climate-change denying administration, sea levels are rising for some of our neighbors.  Hugh Sealy is a professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at St. George's University in Grenada. He was a lead negotiator for small island states at the COP22 Summit in Morocco.

As the March for Science organizers put it, they’re marching “to take a public stand against budget cuts, censorship of researchers, disappearing datasets, and threats to dismantle government agencies which could damage our health, food, air, water, climate, and put jobs at risk.”  But at least one scientist who’s done extensive research on climate change thinks the march is a bad idea. We’re joined by Robert S. Young, Professor of Coastal Geology at Western Carolina University.

 

 

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Cool Effect’s crowdfunding for climate change/Mushrooms & sustainability/Honda’s hydrogen vehicle

April 28, 2017

The March for Science happened this month in cities around the globe to celebrate and defend science at all levels. While there’s strength in numbers, there’s also a lot of carbon output for all those people who might travel long distances to participate in a march.  Cool Effect is partnering with the March for Science to help offset the carbon output of travel. We’re joined by Cool Effect's Marisa de Belloy.

Mushrooms are more than just an extra ingredient on pizza - they’re a great source of nutrients and, there’s a new study showing they’re not only healthy on the plate, but gentle on the planet. Tina Ellor is a Mycologist, and Technical Director with Phillips Mushroom Farms.

Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive has a look at the Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle from Honda.

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