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Earth Guardian – How the government, along with business, and consumers cre

4/18/2011
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Right now, there is a federal election in Canada, but it looks like a non-event. There are few political lawn signs, and hardly any coverage in the newspapers. Voter turn-out may be low as people don’t like politicians or government interference. So, why is government needed? How can the government re-invent itself to be useful?… Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – Plitron: A company’s solution towards greater electricity

4/11/2011
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Plitron Manufacturing is a 28 year old Canadian company based in Toronto that decided to reinvent itself by branching out into electricity efficiency products, including its newly developed VREMS (Voltage Reduction Energy Management System). Why did Plitron Manufacturing expand into energy efficiency products? My guest is Steve Nolan, General Manager at Plitron Manufacturing.… Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – How is Sustainability Good for Business?

4/4/2011
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Sustainability in business is both a responsibility and an opportunity that creates company growth and value. It starts by looking at the life cycle of a product, including its unintended consequences. Companies keep track of the progress, and the savings in their plants, products, people, and community (PPPC). How is this good for business? How does the consumer play a … Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – Why are Food Prices Going Up? How Secure is our Food Suppl

3/28/2011
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The unfolding nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima Dai-ichi complex has identified the vulnerability of Japan’s food supply to radiation contamination. Spinach, beets and other vegetables grown in the vicinity were found to have high radiation levels, as well as the drinking water. Victims of the tsunami don’t have food and drinking water. Who would have thought these problems would arise in … Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – How is Earthjustice using the Law to Regulate Hydraulic Fr

3/21/2011
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As the United States is looking at securing its energy production at home, harvesting natural gas from unconventional sources is being developed. “Hydraulic fracturing” is the process used to extract natural gas from such unconventional sources as shale and coal beds in states like New York. What is “fracturing”? How much water is used? Does it affect aquifers? What … Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – Earthjustice‘s Legal Battle Against the Alberta Tar Sands

3/14/2011
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The current unrest in the Middle East has highlighted the importance of having a secure oil source to fuel the economic engine, so why should environmental concerns regarding the extraction of oil from the tar sands in northern Alberta be an issue? Why should Americans care? Earthjustice is the largest non-profit public interest law firm in the world that is … Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – World Wildlife Fund is Partnering with Businesses to be Cl

3/7/2011
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Did you know that a desktop computer with an LCD monitor uses about 1,100kWh/year if it is left on every day? In addition to encouraging people to turn off their computers at the end of the day, including the power bar since computers and other appliances continue using electricity when still plugged in, World Wildlife Fund Canada actively works with … Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – Several states and provinces require businesses keep track

2/27/2011
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These policies are already in place, and yet many businesses are unaware of this legislated requirement. Is it another administrative burden for companies, or an opportunity to improve corporate efficiency? What easy tracking tools are available? What are the spin-off benefits? If companies don’t keep track, what will happen? My guest is Christopher Cumby, Sr. Energy Consultant with First Energy … Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – How a Nursery is helping anybody who has a piece of proper

2/20/2011
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Prairie Moon Nursery, located in Winona, Minnesota is not easily found by GPS. It is in the middle of the prairie landscape it is helping consumers to restore. At a time when government and employers are establishing a happiness meter, why do the employees at Prairie Moon Nursery look happy? Guest Bob Copeland is in Sales and Consulting at Prairie … Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – A southerner’s view of Iqaliut, Nunavut in the Canadian Ar

2/13/2011
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The Arctic is an early warning system for the planet’s climate change, yet very few people go there, especially Canadians who mostly populate the southerly borders of the country. So, why would a lawyer choose to work in Iqualuit, Nunavut, and stay for a number of years?… Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – Continuing the Pioneering Tradition of Innovation – the Wi

2/6/2011
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My guest, Dr. Alfred Mathieu, became involved in co-designing the Windancer™, a horizontal small wind turbine, when he was 84 years old. The Windancer is a multi-award winner. Now, 90 years old, Dr. Mathieu shares the creative process of innovation, and the importance of electricity. Coming from a pioneering family helps.… Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – A Song about Genetically Modified (GM) Foods

1/30/2011
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The food industry may have thought the debate concerning Genetically Modified (GM) foods was no longer an issue after environmental groups raised their concern around 2004. So, why did Craig Morrison think that the issue needed to be in song at this time? Craig composed and recorded Smells like Genocide, a catchy song with memorable lyrics that deals with … Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – Uprisings for the Earth

1/23/2011
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My guest is Osprey Orielle Lake, MA, author of Uprisings for the Earth –Reconnecting Culture with Nature published by White Cloud Press. Osprey is a bronze sculptor artist who has an awareness of the natural world around her. She knows the problems of climate change because she’s done the research. The difference with Osprey is that she’s offering pragmatic solutions … Read more about this episode...

Earth Guardian – Welcome to the Earth Guardian with Sharolyn Vettese

1/16/2011
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This first show of the Earth Guardian on Web Talk Radio is an opportunity for you to get to know your host, Sharolyn Vettese, and also the format of the show.… Read more about this episode...