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Micro-Hydropower Guru Don Harris - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

4/22/2018
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Ever thought of making your own electricity in a nearby stream? We'll talk with Don Harris, world-class guru on micro-hydropower and inventor of the Harris Hydroelectric Permanent Magnet Turbine about his experiences with these low-cost, high-return devices. Don lives up in the hills in the off-grid community of "Last Chance", north of Santa Cruz, but his electric power generating systems have been installed at small stream sites all over the world.

Duration:00:54:01

Future Fossils: What the Past Tells the Present with Scott Wing-PW066 - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

4/16/2018
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An interview with Scott Wing, Curator of Fossils at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History and a Yale educated expert in what happened when earth had its last period of global warming. We'll talk about what he learned that could help us understand and avoid repeating that turbulent time. Scott is a great storyteller and passionate advocate for the environment.His work was featured in this article in National Geographic....

Duration:00:53:43

Saving the Holy Trinity of Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla-PW065 - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

4/10/2018
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A visit with Patricia Rain, the Vanilla Queen and a look at the future fate of our favorite flavors. Patricia Rain is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company, a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. The Vanilla Cookbook (Celestial Arts, 1986) established her as an authority on this exotic rainforest product. She has continued to do...

Duration:00:53:52

Green Buildings-Cool Planet: Strategies for Efficiency-PW064 - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

4/3/2018
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Guests Len Beyea, an energy efficiency engineer/expert on green buildings and efficiency and Peter Drekmeier, former Mayor of Palo Alto and an eco warrior for the Tuolumne River, among other causes, share their insights on how local municipalities and private companies can drastically reduce their carbon footprint by lowering energy use in buildings. Plus a little April foolish news.

Duration:00:53:49

Darkness and Light: Keeping Day-time Natural and Night-time Dark - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

3/26/2018
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What have we lost by lighting up the world with artificial light? What can we gain by helping the skies stay dark at night, and infusing our days with natural light? How is artificial lighting impacting wildlife? What is being done to protect our sleep problems and loss of the night sky view? These are some of the questions we'll be taking up with members of the International Dark Sky Association Lisa Heschong and Jeff Parry.

Duration:00:53:50

Climate Restoration: Pipe Dream or Survival Strategy?-PW061 - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

3/18/2018
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Peter Fiekowsky is an entrepreneur committed to leaving a world we're proud of for our children. He is a founder of initiatives in climate restoration: 300x2050.com and Healthy Climate Alliance. Founder and president of AVI LLC. Board member of Repower Capital Inc. MIT physicist with 27 patents. Peter is an expert at identifying and specifying intended outcomes so that pathways to success are quickly identified and effective, committed teams are assembled that achieve them. He connects...

Duration:00:53:43

Mary Silver: Ocean Science Pioneer - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

3/16/2018
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We present a conversation with Mary Wilcox Silver,Professor Emeritus of Ocean Sciences, one of the first women to head a major Ocean Sciences department at a UC. Her works focuses on phytoplankton and ocean food webs. What do phytoplankton have to do with Alfred Hitchcock's movie, The Birds? Find out how Mary Silver figured out the answer!

Duration:00:53:38

The Solutions Project - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

3/8/2018
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A road map for getting the U.S. completely off fossil fuels by 2050 is the subject of today's interview with Mark Jacobson, Stanford University professor of engineering and author of The Solutions Project. Also on the show Dan Sugar, CEO of NEXTracker, a solar company making big strides in sustainable energy.

Duration:00:54:00

What Ancient Hot Earth Can Teach Us About Global Warming - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

3/6/2018
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James Zachos's investigations of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum and other major climate shifts in Earth's past are highly relevant to understanding how human activities are driving modern-day global climate change. A study he coauthored in 2016 shows that the current rate at which carbon is being released into the atmosphere is unprecedented in at least the past 66 million years. Zachos is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Geophysical Union, California...

Duration:00:53:55

Digging into the Past to Save the Future - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

2/26/2018
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In this episode, we look at how archeologists are working with native tribes to mitigate the impact of sea level rise on native burial sites. We explore mapping the complex webs of interdependence involved in one native fishery and how that sheds light on our own food systems. Our guest is Mike Newland, a professional Archaeologist from Sonoma State University who is a leader in addressing issues involving cultural heritage and climate change. Plus, a look at using archeology to reunite...

Duration:00:53:32

Better Living Through Chemistry: A Methanol Future? - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

2/19/2018
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Dr. Surya Prakash, author of Beyond Oil and Gas, the Methane Economy, which he co-wrote with George Olah and Alain Goeppert. Find out about his latest discovery for converting methane gas to plastics and other chemical science breakthroughs such as methanol which can reduce pollution. Prakash is holder of the George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and Department of Chemistry at the University of Southern...

Duration:00:53:50

Protecting America’s Coastline - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

2/13/2018
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In this podcast we present an interview with former Director of the California Coastal Commission, Charles Lester. Lester presided over the most powerful regulatory body in the nation when it comes to coastal protection under Davis, Schwarzenegger, and Brown. He'll talk about protecting our coasts against drilling, development and sea level rise among other things. Plus news and a report about Watsonville Wetlands Watch, a program to protect what's left of this precious natural area.

Duration:00:53:49

Saving American Democracy and the Planet - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

2/4/2018
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A conversation with David Orr, writer and professor emeritus of environmental studies and political science from Oberlin College about the future of American democracy. What do we do to repair the damage being done to our basic institutions by the current administration? What happens after 2018, 2020, and next week if there is a constitutional crisis? How does that relate to saving the environment? Tune in and find out. Here is the organization Dr. Orr is spearheading to develop...

Duration:00:50:44

Plants and Climate Change - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

2/4/2018
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Plants and Climate Change: How will plants survive the wide swings in climate that are expected in the next century? To understand how short-term weather patterns, altered atmospheric composition, and climate change drive plant physiology, the structure of biological communities, and ecosystem processes, join Dr. Michael Loik, Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz on this episode of Planet Watch Radio. Dr. Loik will discuss the drought in California...

Duration:00:54:01

Trump’s Solar Tariffs: Boon or Bane?-PW055 - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

1/29/2018
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How will Trump's tariffs on solar panels affect efforts to install millions of solar panels and fight climate change? Who are the winners and losers in this trade game? We'll hear from Markus Beck CTO of Siva Technologies, a solar manufacturing firm in the Bay Area, and Antony Tersol, Principal at Applied Solar Energy in Monterey.

Duration:00:53:19

Reduce green house gases while generating profitable products – PW003 - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

1/25/2018
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Brian Sefton and Merc Martinelli of Oakbio, a “Carbon Capture and Utilization” (CCU) company, are interviewed on today's Planet Watch Radio podcast. Global emissions of carbon dioxide exceed 35 billion tons annually. These emissions are unsustainable and threaten the very habitability of our planet. Melting glaciers and ice caps, rising sea levels, unprecedented weather extremes are just some of the consequences of putting too much carbon into the atmosphere. Oakbio is doing something...

Duration:00:53:59

Mitigating Global Warming by Engineering Carbon Out of the Atosphere - PW002 - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

1/25/2018
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Global warming, or human-induced climate change, is a "hot topic" worldwide. Innovations in sustainable energy technologies are being implemented around the world to help reduce CO2 in Earth's atmosphere, with positive impacts on the climate. But even if CO2 emissions trend downward globally, we will not be able to sufficiently mitigate climate change by just replacing fossil energy sources. Dr. Alan K. Miller discusses an innovative engineering solution to removing carbon from the...

Duration:00:54:01

Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

1/22/2018
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Coastal regions around the world have become increasingly crowded, intensively developed, and severely exploited. Hundreds of millions of people living in these low-lying areas are subject to short-term coastal hazards such as cyclones, hurricanes, and destruction due to El Niño, and are also exposed to the long-term threat of global sea-level rise. Griggs provides an overview of the individual hazards, risks, and issues threatening the coastal zone.Gary Griggs is Distinguished Professor...

Duration:00:54:00

Offshore Oil Drilling Proposal Threatens Coastlines Across U.S.-PW008 - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

1/21/2018
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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 maneuvering to avoid offshore drilling.

Duration:00:53:53

Don’t Panic, It’s Organic-PW007 - Planet Watch Radio Podcast

1/15/2018
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For Jean and Jerry Thomas, organic farming came out of a love of gardening and an aversion to pesticides and the polluted world both of them grew up in around Los Angeles. Now, four decades later, they have handed a rich legacy to their children who are running Thomas Farms, a flower business that went through a long stage as an organic farm. In this podcast, they talk about how farming this way can help heal the planet and our own health.

Duration:00:53:59

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