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This is the podcast site of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network bringing you climate news and highlighting local action in Massachusetts and across the nation.

This is the podcast site of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network bringing you climate news and highlighting local action in Massachusetts and across the nation.
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This is the podcast site of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network bringing you climate news and highlighting local action in Massachusetts and across the nation.






San Francisco sues Big Oil: The Climate Minute Podcast

This was a big week for climate news! Cities are leading the way to curb dangerous fossil fuel emissions. Two cities in California, San Francisco and Oakland, are suing five major oil companies to recoup the damage inflicted on their cities by carbon pollution. After the devastation following climate assisted hurricanes Irma and Harvey, we can’t help but wonder - will the cities of Houston and Florida decide to jump on this bandwagon? Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the...

Duration: 00:18:58

Paris, India, Houston, San Juan: The Climate Minute Podcast

Listen in as we discuss the global warming news of the week! Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:15:52

How would a Climate Hawk rebuild Houston? The Climate Minute Podcast

As our nation contemplates the rebuilding of Houston and South Florida, what principles of sustainability and clean energy should be included? The price tag will be discussed as trillions. Is this a time to push new ways of thinking? Listen in. Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:14:45

Capitalism, corporations, consumerism and climate: The Climate Minute Podcast

Can we have capitalism and a stable environment? Is capital at war with the planet? Which is the problem- consumers or corporations? These are big questions, so we look to recent article by Klein and Monbiot to help us figure out what to think. She writes “In short, climate change detonates the ideological scaffolding on which contemporary conservatism rests. To admit that the climate crisis is real is to admit the end of their political and economic project. That’s why the right is in...

Duration: 00:20:43

Harvey+Irma=what? The Climate Minute Podcast

This episode focuses on the economic impact of repeated hurricanes, the need for a new rating system for these climate-assisted “unnatural disasters,” and the new head of NASA who claims that climate change ended ten years ago. Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:22:11

Dreaming of a better world: The Climate Minute Podcast

We discuss the connection of DACA to climate change. Dreamers have helped, and died doing so, in Houston even as it’s undocumented hide in shattered homes for fear of ICE agents. These events are a dress rehearsal for a warming world with increasing numbers of refugees. Climate Hawk recognized the link to all the progressive issues of our time. It’s the shared vision of a better world, and the need to support each other’s efforts. Listen in! Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:15:55

Who’s ready for a Harvey? The Climate Minute Podcast

For part two of our Hurricane Harvey coverage, we explore the aftermath and future of this and other “climate-assisted catastrophes.” We probe how Boston would fare in the face of a similar hurricane, and how the country as a whole could function if catastrophes like Hurricane Harvey occurred regularly. Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:20:59

A Climate Assisted Catastrophe: The Climate Minute Podcast

Of course, our focus is on Houston, Texas and the devastation incurred from Hurricane Harvey. Due to the enormity of the event, we will cover this topic in two podcast sessions—this week we focus on the human scale of the suffering, what you can do to help, the climate change assist given to this storm, and the implications of what is happening. We state, unequivocally, that Hurricane Harvey and its destructive nature is the sort of extreme weather event that climate scientists have warned...

Duration: 00:24:20

100% Renewables Now! The Climate Minute Podcast

Bill McKibben makes a clear declaration in his new article on how we can get to a sustainable future: It’s the call for the rapid conversion of energy systems around the country to 100 percent renewable power—a call for running the United States (and the world) on sun, wind and water. What Medicare for All is to the healthcare debate, or Fight for $15 is to the battle against inequality, 100% Renewable is to the struggle for the planet’s future. It’s how progressives will think about...

Duration: 00:15:56

Winter is coming: The Climate Minute Podcast

It seemed that fact was stranger than fiction in our discussion. We covered the climate implications of the solar eclipse, Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes’ new paper about ExxonMobil’s climate change communications, and Game of Throne’s “CliFi” subtext. Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:25:23

The Baker Plan on the Climate Minute Podcast

We investigate Baker’s true climate motives, which are heroic in comparison to the clandestine efforts to sabotage the EPA that Scott Pruitt is undertaking. We salute a conservative Texas Mayor whose city runs on renewables. Tune in for those details. Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:23:35

Finding the right tune: The Climate Minute Podcast

Our current administration has been plagued by leaks; this past week there was a leak equivalent to the size of the runoff stream in the Greenland glacier. The New York Times made the unofficial release of the latest National Climate Assessment Report. As a bit of background, this is a series of reports that were congressionally mandated. It was the 1990 Global Change Research Act, which George H. W. Bush signed into law in November of 1990, back when Congress cared, and we had a president...

Duration: 00:19:28

Is biomass right for MA? The Climate Minute Podcast

Here in Massachusetts we consider ourselves leaders in the climate change movement. Notable among our many efforts on clean energy is the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), started in 2008. One of the items in the GWSA is a mandate to get to a certain amount of clean energy by the year 2020. As part of that effort to get to the mandated amount of clean energy that we use in MA, an idea has come up to burn biomass—essentially wood—and put it into the “clean energy” category. According to...

Duration: 00:20:14

One thousand ninety five and three quarter days: The Climate Minute Podcast

Amidst the environmental turmoil of the current administration, the Washington Post tells us we have three years left to act on climate before it is too late; in the meantime, the Supreme Judicial Court prepares to hear Exxon/Mobil’s appeal against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Massachusetts utilities try to move us backward while Vermont moves forward on renewables. Tune in for more. Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:17:21

Every Polluter’s Ally: The Climate Minute Podcast

In a scathing article in Rolling Stone, Jeff Goodell writes, “While the rest of the Trump administration has been mired in scandal or incompetence (or both)….Pruitt has been quietly tearing down decades of environmental progress.” There is no regulation that seems safe from Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. We think that a more appropriate title for him would be administrator of Commerce and Fossil Fuels, as his main interests lie squarely in the...

Duration: 00:24:01

Congressman Lamar Smith on the- wait for it- “often ignored and under-researched” benefits of climate change: The Climate Minute Podcast

Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Exxon/Mobil receive the brunt of our climate ire this week, while Al Gore’s indefatigable optimism and his new movie An Inconvenient Sequel bring us hope. Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:18:36

When HONESTy isn’t the best policy: The Climate Minute Podcast

Our focus today was the HONEST act (a.k.a the disHONEST act) and Scott Pruitt – the invisible leader of the EPA. Guest host Regina McIntyre guided us through the climate news this week. Listen in! Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:20:33

A pain in the glass: The Climate Minute Podcast

Ryan Zinke’s Department of the Interior rides to the head of the climate denialist’s fog machine by manipulating Mark Zukerberg’s tour of Glacier National Park, and sending a climate scientist to the accounting department (not that there is anything wrong with accountants!) Plus we wonder about the wisdom of glass building in a green Boston’s future. Listen in! Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:22:21

The Golden State is green: The Climate Minute Podcast

California passes an extension to its landmark Cap and Trade policy, cementing the states leadership role in setting climate policy in the post-truth era. On top of that individual areas of the state have sued oil companies for damages. We discuss the implications, and wonder if our court system is already compromised by the partisanship of our times. Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:26:34

Twenty five corporate scoundrels: The Climate Minute Podcast

This week we have three main topics: the CDP Worldwide (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) report that twenty-five fossil fuel companies are responsible for over half of the carbon pollution in the air since 1988; the actions that utilities are taking against renewable energy; and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau. Download Enhanced Podcast

Duration: 00:19:20

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