Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Last June, President Obama instructed the EPA to issue new regulations on power plant emissions. But Oklahoma is saying not so fast. Attorney General Scott Pruitt is questioning the EPA's legal authority to impose limits state by state.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Also on Today's Show: Wisconsin has long been heralded as a place ahead of its time when it comes to environmentalism. But all that might change...Could an American who was convicted decades ago for spying for Israel be a key bargaining chip in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Friday, March 07, 2014
Fortune magazine’s Richard Martin explains why the American coal industry isn’t going down without a fight. Then, Donald Margulies talks about the Roundabout’s revival of his play, “Dinner with Friends,” with Darren Pettie and Jeremy Shamos who star in the production. Helen Oyeyemi discusses her latest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird. Set in 1953, it tells the story of a woman named Boy who moves to a small town in Massachusetts in search of beauty—and finds something much more complicated. Plus, our latest Please Explain is all about why sitting—on our couches, on the subway, at our desks, in our cars—can be so bad for us over the long term.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
This week the Obama Administration announced new restrictions on animal trafficking, including regulations which seek to completely prohibit the sale African ivory in the United States. Damon Tabor went deep inside the shadowy world of elephant poaching and the international ivory trade. His investigation is called "The Ivory Highway." It appears in the March issue of Men’s Journal Magazine.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
By Steven Valentino : Producer, The Leonard Lopate Show
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Long Island Assemblyman Robert Sweeney announced new legislation this week which would ban plastic microbeads, the tiny abrasive particles commonly used in personal care products. The legislation would make New York State the first in the country to outlaw the beads, which are turning up in waterways and fish. Last month we spoke with Rolf Halden, Director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, and Sherri Mason, Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Fredonia about why microplastics are hazardous to the environment. You can listen to that conversation above.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
While most meteorologists focus on weather patterns, we also know that the Sun's behavior plays a role in regulating winter temperatures. The word "sleepy" is being used about the Sun right now—the likes of which has not been seen for about 100 years. David Hathaway is Solar Astronomer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He explains the latest solar cycle and what impacts it could have on climate change.
Monday, January 06, 2014
Taxes sounded worse than environmental catastrophe in the politics of 2010, but ironically one of the more persuasive arguments that climate change is real—persuasive especially to anti-tax conservatives—is how changing, unpredictable and severe weather is increasingly exacting a tax on all aspects of life in America. Gary Yohe, professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University, explores the hidden costs of climate change.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Yesterday, Brian hosted a conversation in WNYC's Greene Space, in collaboration with Marfa Dialogues/New York, on the state of climate change and the latest science and policy solutions. We play a highlight from that conversation on the different types of energy solutions, from coal to nuclear to natural gas.
Monday, April 02, 2012
In the summer of 2009, Van Jones, special adviser on the environment and green jobs to President Obama, faced a media firestorm. It was fueled by investigations into his past. Jones, a committed environmental activist and civil rights attorney, resigned the following September. "On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide," he said at the time. Since Jones resigned over two years ago, President Obama has faced mounting criticism from environmental activists, while contenders for the GOP nomination claim that the president is too extreme in his efforts to protect the environment.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
How people move on planet Earth affects everything about the quality of their lives. Humans have always thought of motion collective or otherwise as extensions of their individual physical bodies. Transportation involves people and machines interacting intimately. Think of it as putting on and taking off a "car suit" to drive, or a much larger "airplane suit" to fly. Thinking of transportation in this sense, how humans conduct their day-to-day lives seems much less efficient.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Co-directors Maro Chermayeff and Micah Fink discuss their documentary “Mann v. Ford,” about one of the worst environmental disasters in the United States, which was located just 19 miles from New York City. This toxic Superfund site is at the former home of the Ford Motor Plant in Mahwah, NJ, where thousands of cars were produced, along with toxic paint sludge, which was dumped on nearby Ramapough Mountain Indian land. This film tells the story of Wayne Mann, the leader of a small Native American community, who stands up to Ford. “Mann Vs Ford” is playing July 18 at 9 pm on HBO.