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.

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.


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.


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.


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.




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.


Trash-to-tires made from tomato peels/President Trump undoing environmental progress

April 25, 2017

Food waste from tomato peels and eggshells could be turned into tires. Dr. Katrina Cornish is biomaterials researcher with the Ohio State University, who’s made the discovery.

President Donald Trump recently signed the Energy Independence Executive Order which could undo the Clean Power Plan, the moratorium on coal mining of federal lands and the acceptance of climate change.  To help us understand how cities can continue to fight climate change despite all of thise, we’re joined by Carolyn Berndt, Program Director for Sustainability for the National League of Cities.


Walk for Clean Water/Driverless Cars - 50% by 2030/Cold weather EV performance

April 11, 2017

Walk 6K for Clean Water - that's the average distance people around the world have to walk in order to get clean water. To tell us more about the Global 6K for Water, we’re joined by Laura Blank, senior advisor with World Vision.

Driverless cars 50% by 2320 - Autonomous Vehicles or AV’s could be 15 percent of cars on the road by 2030. This is according to a new report, “Driverless Future." We're joined by Joseph Iacobucci, director of Transit with Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants.

Cold weather takes a toll on EV performance - Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive joins us for Green Automotive News, where he looks at hybrid and EV performance in cold weather.




.eco web address for sustainability/New Energy Homes/Chef Mareya’s latest recipe

April 5, 2017

.eco is an alternative to .com” or .net” as a new ending for web addresses of those committed to positive change for the planet.  For the next few weeks it’s opened a priority registration period. We’re joined by Trevor Bowden, co-founder of .eco

It makes you independent/saves energy and money/and is the home of the future.  Could these claims be true?  Dwayne Burkholder of New Energy Homes says they are.

Plus, Chef Mareya Ibrahim, “the fit foodie,” joins us to bring us a sustainable, healthy & tasty recipe in time for spring which you can view her preparing on Facebook Live.


World Water Day/Heroic Food

March 28, 2017

More than 663 million people live without a safe water supply close to home, according to the UN. With World Water Day having been celebrated on March 22nd, we examine the big water issues along with solutions with Pacific Institute Senior Research Associate Laura Feinstein.

Heroic Food helps men and women returning from military service who can face unemployment, social dislocation, a loss of a sense of purpose and lowered self esteem by preparing them for careers in sustainable farming, agricultural trades, and food entrepreneurship. Heroic Food director Leora Barish is our guest.

We’re also joined by Chris Higgins of Urban Ag News on the latest in urban farming.