Four-door sedans going away/Coal economics helps sustainability

June 27, 2018

Four-door sedans are as American as apple pie and baseball. And, the company that did more than anyone else when it comes to American automobile manufacturing will soon be phasing them out. Here to tell us more about this big bombshell of an announcement from Ford is Consumer Guide Automotive publisher Tom Appel.

Coal power generation in recent years saw an incredible drop not because of laws and regulations but instead because of the availability of other sources.  It’s something covered in the research by Dr. Harrison Fell, professor of resource economics with North Carolina University.  


Museum of Water/Alternative energy and health

June 20, 2018

There’s a lot of talk when it comes to water issues around the world. The challenge is to get people excited and inspired about important issues like water and that’s one of the aims of the Museum of Water, a traveling exhibit that started five years ago, curated by Amy Sharrocks.   

Using cleaner sources of energy isn’t just good in the long term because of its less likely to contribute to climate change, but there’s a connection to alternative sources of energy with long-term health of human beings. To tell us more about his ongoing research is Geoscientist Scott Montgomery with the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies. 


Food waste solutions/Insects as sustainable animal feed

May 11, 2018

A new report on food waste continues to show the shocking reality of the problem: Americans waste 915 pounds of food per person every year. The report also finds that the largest share of food loss and waste in North America, occurs at the consumer level. To help us understand some solutions to the problem, we’re joined by David Donaldson with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation which came out with the report.   

Insects could be a sustainable, protein-rich food source  for humans. Because it doesn’t sound appetizing to many, the biggest challenge seems to be getting humans to want to eat bugs!   But what about getting the animals we eat to eat insects?  That’s what they do at Enterra located in British Columbia, Canada. We’re joined by Victoria Leung who’s in charge of marketing & operations.  



Carbon XPRIZE finalists/Liability and autonomous cars

May 2, 2018

A 20-million-dollar prize to innovators coming up with ways to solve humanity’s grand challenges is being split 10 ways among the  Carbon XPRIZE finalists who were just announced.  Joining us with a look at the winners is Dr. Marcius Extavour, XPRIZE senior director of Energy and Resources.  

Autonomous cars continue to make headlines. While offering reduced accidents, reduced fuel usage, not to mention the ability to allow the driver to kick back and at let the car do much of the driving,  it still leaves unanswered legal questions. Attorney Art Harrington of the law firm Godfrey & Kahn in Milwaukee is part of an upcoming autonomous car symposium which examines these issues. 


Earth Day 2018/Plastic in plastic water bottles

April 19, 2018

Earth Day weekend will be celebrated by nearly a billion people worldwide. We speak with Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers about this year's Earth Day theme, and how to best live up to it: reducing plastic pollution.  

Drinking from a plastic water bottle likely means sipping microplastic particles with just about every mouthful.  This is from a new study from the nonprofit journalism organization Orb Media and State University of New York at Fredonia.   We're joined by Professor of Chemistry Sherri Mason on the possible health hazards involved.  


Monarch butterflies in jeopardy/Cities going solar

March 27, 2018

The monarch butterfly population has declined more than 80 percent in the past 20 years. And, the latest numbers aren’t very encouraging.  What does the monarch population tell us about the state of food safety, what could it mean if we lose this species, and what can we do to make sure the monarch population becomes healthy again.  Bill Freese is Science Policy Analyst with the Center for Food Safety. 

Cities continue to be the driving force when it comes to more sustainable ways to generate energy. But for solar energy, there’s great untapped potential for cities. A new report from Environment America provides the Top 10 Ways for Cities to Go Solar. Emma Searson’s part of the Go Solar Campaign with Environment America.   


Green tech. expert Michael Kanellos/Chicago Auto Show

March 19, 2018

 He’s always an insightful and enthusiastic contributor to Green Sense when it comes to green technology. We’re joined  by Michael Kanellos, Industry Champion for water at OSIsoft to talk about the latest green tech, including ways to reduce water loss via leaks in our aging infrastructure. 

The auto industry does its best to break up winter doldrums with some of its major auto shows in the US happening around the time those of us in colder climates are feeling the cabin fever set in. Consumer Guide Automotive publisher Tom Appel recently wrapped up a visit to the Chicago Auto Show and has a look at the green cars on display.  


Solar tariff and U.S. jobs/Detroit Auto Show

March 1, 2018

President Trump recently announced a 30-percent tariff on imported solar cells and panels. What does this mean for the industry in the US and elsewhere? We’re joined by Dan Whitten with the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry.

Back from the Detroit Auto Show with a look at green car technology, we’re joined by Consumer Guide Automotive publisher Tom Appel.


South Africa tap water crisis/Autonomous trucks

February 23, 2018

In the past on Green Sense we’ve talked about the possibility of future conflicts over water supply. That future could now be here as “day zero” could arrive in the coming months in Capetown, South Africa where municipal water supplies could dry up completely. We're joined by Capetown native and South African journalist Udo Carlese.

Transport history was recently made during the first commercial “last-mile” delivery made on public streets in a fully self-driving van. We’ve talked about autonomous cars potentially revolutionizing transport, but also trucks could have just as significant an impact, if not more. John O’Dell writes for and is editor of and has been following the development of autonomous vehicles.


Rob Trice of The Mixing Bowl/Maple Syrup in jeopardy

February 20, 2018

With the world population continuing to grow, in order to feed everyone, the people who feed the world are in need of connecting with those who are changing the world through technological innovations. The Mixing Bowl works to help make those connections and we’re  joined by Founder Rob Trice.  

 As if climate change affecting coffee, chocolate, possibly wine production wasn’t enough, there’s news that maple syrup could also be in jeopardy.  If current emission trends continue by the end of the century the warm climate will kill the trees that make maple syrup. Ines Ibanez is with the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan and has published research on this possibility.