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Nuclear Winter & Ozone Hole Recovery with Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Brian Toon-PW095

11/4/2018
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Nuclear Winter, first described by Drs. Brian Toon, Rich Turco, Tom Ackerman, James Pollack, and Carl Sagan ("TTAPS") equates the plume of smoke from a comet impact that covered Earth causing the great extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago with the global winter that could extinct most life on Earth in the event of a Nuclear War. Understanding what the scientists told them of the threat of Nuclear Winter led to Reagan and Gorbachev to initiate a nuclear non-proliferation treaty...

Duration:00:53:59

Life on Mars? Explorations of a SETI Planetary Scientist-PPW093

10/21/2018
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Life on Mars? Dr. Jr. R. Skok of the SETI Institute discusses Current and Upcoming Exploration and Research on MARS Dr. Skok, explorer and planetary scientist with SETI, earned his B.S. at Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Brown in Geological Sciences. In the spring of 2017, he took part in an international scientific expedition to study the El Tatio geyser field in the Chilean Andes. Dr. Skok has been studying deposits from hot spring and geyser systems throughout the world that closely...

Duration:00:53:59

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 -PW092

10/13/2018
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The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 predicts far more dire and rapidly escalating consequences of Climate Change than any IPCC analysis thus far, and calls for a historically unprecedented transformation of the world economy to avert the worst of the damage. Two of the IPCC's authors, Dr. Nathalie Mehowald of Cornell and Dr. Kristie Ebi of University of Washington, share their thoughts on the report, the problem, and possible solutions. Air Date: October 14, 2018 on...

Duration:00:53:59

Earth and Mars Scientists Discuss Current Research-PW091

10/7/2018
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Chris McKay, NASA Mars Researcher, and Friederike Otto, University of Oxford climate modeller Science is the focus of this week's Planet Watch. Senior NASA scientist Chris McKay, in the Planetary Systems Branch of NASA Ames, is an expert on the evolution of the solar system and the origins of life. Chris is also involved in planning for future Mars expeditions, including human exploration of the "Red Planet." Chris will answer the question , "What is Enceladus?" and will share with us what...

Duration:00:53:59

Voting Security in 2018: Is Your Vote Being Hacked?-PW090

9/30/2018
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How secure is the US voting system? The upcoming midterm elections may be the most important in the history of American Democracy. Yet evidence has shown that there was foreign interference in the 2016 election, with suspected attacks on voter registration systems in twenty-one states. A recent DEF CON hacking conference in Washington DC demonstrated serious risks to our critical voting infrastructure, which affect our national security. Any voting system connected to the internet runs the...

Duration:00:53:59

Pesticides: Out of Our Soil, Air, Water, and Food-PW089

9/23/2018
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Brain-Harming Chlorpyrifos just the latest agricultural pesticide poisoning our children and our planet Californians for Pesticide Reform co-director Mark Weller, and author/pesticide activist Mary Flodin talk with with Planet Watch hosts Rachel and Joe about challenges and successes in the decades-long struggle to protect communities from toxic pesticide exposure (www.facebook.com/CaPestReform). Based out of the Salinas office of the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, Mark provides...

Duration:00:53:59

Agricultural Policy and Our Health: Crafting National Standards for Organic Farming-PW088

9/16/2018
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Organic farming policy pioneer Mark Lipson talks about crafting the national standard for organic farming, and how our federal agricultural policies impact our health and the health of our environment. Mark started his advocacy career as the first paid staff member at the California Certified Organic Farmers (now the nation’s largest organic certification organization). He worked as a senior analyst and policy program director for the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eventually made...

Duration:00:53:59

The Dirt on Climate Change: a New Film on Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change-PW087

9/8/2018
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Today's interview is with Lois Robin, producer of The Dirt on Climate Change, a film about ecological and biological approaches to climate change. Lois has been an author, filmmaker, and environmental activist for thirty years. Her newest film takes on what we can do to enhance nature's ability to sequester carbon through naturally occurring processes. The film features people who practice no-till, regenerative agriculture to sequester carbon in soil and plants, and keep rain in the soil...

Duration:00:53:59

Standing Rock Water Protectors and Climate Justice-PW086

9/2/2018
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Standing Rock Water Protectors: Climate Justice Showdown Still Hanging Fire In what defense attorneys are calling a major victory for their client and for the water protectors of Standing Rock, prosecutors have dropped all serious charges against former North Dakota congressional candidate Chase Iron Eyes in his case resulting from protests of the Dakota Access pipeline. Chief Iron Eyes, an attorney who works for the Lakota People’s Law Project, was facing a maximum of six years in state...

Duration:00:53:59

Grid Alternatives: Making Renewable Energy Accessible Around the World-PW085

8/25/2018
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Grid Alternatives Director of International Programs Jenean Smith is today's guest on Planet Watch Radio. The vision of Grid Alternatives is a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone, and its mission is to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities everywhere. On today's program, find out about exciting volunteer opportunities in Nepal, Nicaragua, and around the world bringing solar electricity to rural villages!...

Duration:00:53:59

Electric Bike Share: Part of the Transportation Solution-PW084

8/18/2018
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A major fraction of all driving consists of "cross-town-scale" trips (20 miles or less). If you're paying attention to our oncoming climate "train wreck" you're well aware of the great importance of getting people out of their cars. Better public transportation can do some of that, but how about a new public system for electrified personal transit? Find out about the new E-Bike-Share program now in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Sacramento, Denver, New York, Austin, Chicago, Washington D.C.,...

Duration:00:53:59

Save Our Shores – Advocate for Ocean Conservation-PW083

8/11/2018
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Save Our Shores is an ocean conservation organization in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Led by Executive Director Katherine O'Dea, the Save Our Shores team of scientists, ecologists, educators, and conservationists are passionate about protecting the Monterey Bay and are making waves nationally as advocates for the world's oceans. Today, O'Dea visits Planet Watch Radio's Rachel Anne Goodman and Joe Jordan for a conversation centering on current news about drilling, threats to...

Duration:00:53:59

Offshore Oil Drilling Proposal Threatens Coastlines Across U.S.-PW082

8/5/2018
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Rebroadcast of January 21, 2018 show: The president’s efforts to open most of the U.S. coastlines to oil drilling has sparked a bipartisan condemnation and resistance across most of the affected states. In this episode we hear from Dan Haifley, Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey and former Director of Save Our Shores about efforts to resist drilling of California and other coastlines. We also hear from Natural Resources Secretary for California, John Laird about legal and political...

Duration:00:53:53

What to do About the Human Predicament? A Conversation with Friends-PW081

7/29/2018
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Friends visit Planet Watch's Joe Jordan for a free-ranging conversation on what an "everyday person" can do about the consequences of anthropogenic climate change, including our attitudes and actions when confronted catastrophic floods, droughts, crop failures, world hunger, the extreme decline in biodiversity, and a world on fire. Jack Nelson, Surrey Kent, and Diane Warren, all members of Citizens Climate Lobby, are just "regular citizens" who have decided to tackle the climate issue. They...

Duration:00:53:59

The Butt Stops Here: Reducing Cigarette Waste-PW080

7/22/2018
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In 2015 ,the Ocean Conservancy’s annual coastal cleanup found a total of 2,127,666 cigarette butts, over twice as many as the next most common form of litter. About half of these cigarette butts were picked up in the U.S., showing that while the problem is global, much of it is concentrated in the U.S.. Rachel Kippen is the Environmental Special Projects Coordinator for the City of Watsonville, and Tara Leonard is a tobacco health educator with the Santa Cruz County department of public...

Duration:00:53:41

Wind Turbines and the Forest Fires of August-PW079

7/15/2018
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Report on last summer's forest fires in British Columbia, Canada, as well as a rebroadcast of an interview with solar and wind expert Chris Bley. Find out what's new in the wind turbine industry that could be scaled up even farther and why this clean energy source could help solve some of our problems. Original Air Date: August 6, 2017 on KSCO radio station AM1080

Duration:00:53:59

Sea Level Rise & Coastal Environmental Policy Expert Will Travis-PW078

7/8/2018
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Rebroadcast of our interview with Will Travis, expert on environmental policy implications of sea level rise due to out-of-control climate. Former California Coastal Commissioner and sea-level-rise expert Will Travis talks about revolutionary ways cities can adapt to rising sea levels. Thinking outside the box of permanent buildings, he suggests radical re-thinking on how city planning and policy innovations might allow for flexible habitation of coastal areas. Original Air Date: July 23...

Duration:00:53:59

No More Mermaid Tears-PW077

7/1/2018
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#KidsGetIt ! Today, July 1, 2018, on Planet Watch, our guest is Ruby Rorty who, at age 14, founded the Santa Cruz Environmental Alliance http://santacruzenvironme.wixsite.com/scea a youth-led organization with the goal of empowering young people as ocean defenders capable of addressing coastal plastic pollution. One of Ruby's initiatives, #NoMoreMermaidTears , raises awareness about small pieces of glass or plastic which may comprise up to 90% of the islands of plastic now floating in the...

Duration:00:53:59

Learning to be a Good Primate-PW076

6/23/2018
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How does what we're learning about the great apes teach us about our humanity and hopes for survival on planet earth? Our guest on this week's Planet Watch is Michelle Merrill. She is currently an independent consultant (perplexedprimate.org) and the founder of Novasutras.org. She taught anthropology and sustainability courses at Cabrillo College from 2006 to 2013. She then had a 2 1/2 year research fellowship at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, doing work that led to her book...

Duration:00:53:56

Deep Sea Explorers and Elephant Seals-PW075

6/17/2018
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On the podcast we hear an interview with deep sea researcher Linda Snook whose work takes her 1500 feet down underwater in a tiny submersible. The creatures she sees few people lay eyes on in a lifetime; giant sea bass, strange worms, and lantern fish are some of the surprises she finds on old oil rigs. Linda was part of the 2005 Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Deep Habitat Assemblages - Research Monitoring and Assessment team and has co-authored a number of articles on her...

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