Kristina Marusic, who covers environmental health and justice issues in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania for Environmental Health News, helps us understand how fracking and natural gas affect community health and how one community has responded.
Find Kristina's work here: https://www.ehn.org/u/kristinamarusic1
How do you understand freedom and connection? Responsibility and the anthropocene? And how can we explain them to future generations?
Nathaniel Popkin, author of To Reach the Spring: From Complicity to Consciousness in the Age of Eco-Crisis, helps us think about these questions and more, offering moral, social, and psychological potential for a path to a future spring.
Nathaniel's website: http://nathanielpopkin.net/
Deplatforming. Incitement. Section 230. Buzzwords are flying in the aftermath of the United States’ first transfer of power that was anything but peaceful. As online platforms grow and proliferate, How do we regulate social media while protecting the right to dissent?
The Media School’s Tony Fargo and Maurer School of Law’s Steve Sanders join Dean Shanahan to talk about what makes speech free and what keeps it that way, while protecting the institutions that hold this country together.
We bring you eight points about the Biden Administration's early work on climate in approximately eight minutes. We also talk about where Janet is and make some recommendations.
Atmos Magazine's Biden climate guide: https://atmos.earth/joe-biden-climate-policy-laws-list/
The Phoenix: https://thephoenix.substack.com/
Imagine 2200: https://grist.submittable.com/submit?utm_source=internalgrist&utm_medium=sitepost&utm_campaign=clifi
In this episode, we run all over the place, from EPA administration votes in Washington, D.C. to spring in Bloomington to scientific collaboration in the Arctic. But as with our ecosystem, it all turns out to be connected.
This week, we zero in on U.S. water infrastructure and the legislation and community-engaging projects aiming to eliminate lead pipes from the system.
Biden’s infrastructure plan targets lead pipes that threaten public health across the US: https://theconversation.com/bidens-infrastructure-plan-targets-lead-pipes-that-threaten-public-health-across-the-us-158277
In this Air Check, the team dives into the mysterious disease affecting birds in the Eastern U.S. and discusses media rhetoric around extreme weather events in the context of climate change. They focus in on headlines about recent deadly heat in the Northwest.
What does it mean for policy to be quiet, for policy to successfully tip-toe its way through the U.S. legislative system and contribute to greater sustainability and resilience? Which parts can or should make more noise, and what informs our understanding of what is pragmatic and reasonable?
In this Air Check, Jim and Emily try to work through the concept of quiet climate policy, recently outlined in the context of a post-Covid world by the Breakthrough Institute (https://thebreakthrough.org/articles/saying-the-quiet-part-loud).
This week, Jim and Gabe discuss their reaction to the American Jobs Plan, which claims to aim to "unify and mobilize the country to meet the great challenges of our time: the climate crisis and the ambitions of an autocratic China." They talk budget sufficiency, electric vehicles, and more.
They also lament the brown goo that a late frost made of their magnolia blossoms.
The American Jobs Plan Fact Sheet: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/31/fact-sheet-the-american-jobs-plan/
It's almost Valentine's Day, a time for love and examining yet another lifecycle analysis of environmental effects. We also dig into the United States's energy mix and projections.
US energy stats: https://www.eia.gov/
Vox on roses: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/2/12/18220984/valentines-day-flowers-roses-environmental-effects
Wilding Flowers CSA: https://www.wilding-flowers.com/flower-csa
As utility operators across the country move to weatherize power grids and projections show another dry year for the Western U.S., what should we look out for? What questions should we be asking? Jim and Emily start the conversation.
Did you know that a Koch-funded university think tank actually justified inaction on climate change by arguing that smog serves as a skin-cancer-reducing sunblock?
In this co-produced episode, the UnKoch My Campus team tells the story of working alongside students at George Washington University to push their school administration to address the Regulatory Studies Center, which has been linked to climate disinformation and deregulation — while the university attempts to tout a climate justice initiative agenda.
Danielle Doggett, founder & CEO of SAILCARGO INC., tells us about the zero-emission ocean cargo ship Ceiba. From mitigating underwater noise pollution to sourcing food for shipbuilders, their sustainability considerations move far beyond what fuel propels the ship.
The SAILCARGO site: https://www.sailcargo.org/
Shanahan, James, Miles, Emily, Filippelli, Gabriel
Gabe explains how Public Law 180 in Indiana, which operates to restrict the ability of local governments to regulate fuel sourcing and other sustainability measures, fits into a larger pattern of state governments hampering cities' and towns' efforts to engage in climate change solutions.
New Law Restricts Local Governments’ Ability to Address Climate Change: https://www.indianaenvironmentalreporter.org/posts/new-law-restricts-local-governments-ability-to-address-climate-change
In this conversation with researcher, meteorologist, and science communicator Dr. Marshall Shepherd, we cover a lot of ground, connecting inequities in academia to environmental injustices associated with infrastructure and intensifying storms.
In the 1990s, you could see one bumper sticker across the capital of Azerbaijan: "Happiness is multiple pipelines." Amid ever-complicating conversations about environmental resilience, the themes of diversification, redundancy, and (inter)dependence of energy infrastructure remain relevant.
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Adam Stulberg, Sam Nunn Professor and Chair in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, about the history of conflict and collaboration surrounding natural gas infrastructure -- and how it all remains relevant today.