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Jim Furnish + Kate Sheppard on the Last Frontier

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According to the State of Alaska website, the state’s name derives from the Aleut alyeska, meaning “great land.” Today on Sea Change Radio we talk about The Last Frontier, and some of the threats to its greatness. A week before the November election, the Trump Administration opened more than 9.3 million acres of old growth stands in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging companies which can now build roads and cut timber in this pristine ecosystem.

Joe Brewer: Farms of the Future

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For environmentalists “agriculture” can be something of a dirty word, associated with other words such as, pesticides, water consumption, pollutants, and deforestation. Not all environmentalists have these negative associations, though. Some, like my guest today, are working to re-fashion agricultural practices so that they actually help to reverse environmental damage. This week on Sea Change Radio we are speaking with Joe Brewer, an American ex-pat living  and working in the regenerative agriculture space in Colombia.

Lloyd Alter: Design Trends in Housing + E-Bikes

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2020 has certainly been a strange year. Everyone is waiting for things to go “back to normal” but what will normal be? Will there be any adaptations from this period that become permanent? Will we all be telecommuting and zooming indefinitely? Will urban centers continue to empty out? This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to design professor and environmental journalist Lloyd Alter.

Richard Delaney: Heading Down the Cape

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As the author of “Jaws,” Peter Benchley, put it, “You could start now, and spend another forty years learning about the sea without running out of new things to know.” This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio would surely concur. Richard Delaney, the President and CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies, has spent the past forty some-odd years on Cape Cod, striving to understand the fathomless and majestic depths of the ocean.

Rebecca Leber: A Brand New Day

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The New York Times recently compiled a list of 104 environmental protections that the Trump administration has rolled back in four short years — they include major climate policies as well as rules that ensured clean air and water, preserved wildlife, and regulated toxic chemicals. With the election of Joe Biden, however, many are hoping for a dramatic and immediate reversal. This week on Sea Change Radio, we unpack some of the key items on our environmental wishlist for the incoming Biden Administration with Mother Jones reporter Rebecca Leber.

Dan Dicker: Turning Oil Green

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In the words of the late US Senator Everett Dirksen, “the oil can is mightier than the sword.” Whether it is mightier than the COVID-19 virus remains to be seen, however. This week on Sea Change Radio, we welcome back energy expert Dan Dicker to talk his new book, Turning Oil Green. Dicker views oil companies and oil-rich countries like Saudi Arabia through an unexpectedly nuanced and sanguine lens as we discuss the role they may play in our energy future.

Holy Smoke! Air Quality Meteorologist Scott Landes

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With record-setting wildfires blanketing large swaths of the Western United States in smoke, we thought it appropriate to speak to someone who knows a thing or two about wildfire smoke. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to the chief air quality meteorologist for the State of Colorado, Scott Landes, to learn more about the cause of these fires, their harmful effects, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

Under Pressure: Jeremy Hance

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These dark and troubling times have left very few of us stress and anxiety free. So we thought we'd check in with an expert on germophobia and anxiety. No, our guest this week on Sea Change Radio is not a psychologist. He is an environmental journalist, writer for Mongabay, and long-time friend of the show, Jeremy Hance. Hance has struggled with mental illness and anxiety for decades, and recently wrote a book documenting his travails. "Baggage: Confessions of a Globetrotting Hypochondriac," is brave, thoughtful and often quite hilarious.

Paul Wheaton Pt. II: Permaculture Gardening

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As you’re spending more time at home, and hanging out in the back yard or porch more than usual, are you noticing an urge to plant things? Apparently you’re not alone as there are multiple reports of a COVID-inspired surge in home gardening. Millions of Americans are rolling up their sleeves and digging into the earth. This week on Sea Change Radio, the second half of our discussion with author and permaculturalist Paul Wheaton.

Paul Wheaton Pt. I: Home Heating Solutions

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Many of us are spending a whole lot more time at home these days, and are consequently knee-deep in a bunch of home improvement projects. A great area for home improvement that may not be on your mind in July, but will surely be a pressing concern in a few months when those utility bills begin to rise, is heating.

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