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What the Truck? Vehicle Expert Jim Motavalli

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Did you know that the three best selling vehicles in America are all pickup trucks? This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with auto expert Jim Motavalli about the truck craze which is now well into its third decade. He helps us understand how, in this era of eco-vehicle innovation, gas guzzlers still rule the day in the USA. Then we discuss the latest developments in the electric vehicle space, examine the phenomenon that is Tesla, and talk about ways that car-owners may reduce their carbon footprints.

Bob Berwyn: Water in the West

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As we embark upon a new decade, many of us are contemplating ongoing environmental challenges and what may be in store for the earth in the decade to come. Fortunately, there are some excellent journalists out there with their fingers on the pulse, whose mission is to uncover environmental news both alarming and inspiring. This week on Sea Change Radio we are checking in with Bob Berwyn, an Austrian-based environmental journalist who writes for Inside Climate News and is in the midst of a three-month tour of the western United States and Mexico.

Ramez Naam on the Green New Deal, Pt. 2 + Sunscreen Bans

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If you've been wondering what people mean when they talk about a Green New Deal, today's episode of Sea Change Radio should help. This week we air the second half of our discussion with technologist Ramez Naam. Last week Naam shared some of the specifics of the Green New Deal. This we talk about the best way to pitch any plan to the American public, whether a measure for restricting individual consumption ought to be included in the plan, and the importance of considering vulnerable populations around the globe when crafting sound climate policy.

Ash Kalra + Stefan Kalb: Saving Food and Forests

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What can we do to be better citizens, better consumers and better advocates for the planet? Fighting waste and saving forests are a good place to start. This week on Sea Change Radio, we first talk to California Assembly member Ash Kalra about his new bill to save tropical forests. California may not have rainforests of its own, but Kalra explains how we are all playing a role in their destruction and how we all have an obligation to help save them. Then we hear from Stefan Kalb about his company, Shelf Engine, which helps grocery stores eliminate waste.

Home Is Where The Heart Is: Tiny Houses and Homelessness

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Shelter is on the first rung of renowned psychologist Abraham Maslow‘s hierarchy of needs. And yet, as a society, we have not cracked the code for how to house people in a way that is equitable and sustainable. While millions consume cubic acres of carbon heating and cooling their McMansions, others combat housing insecurity on a daily basis. This week on Sea Change Radio, we discuss two different facets of the housing puzzle. First we take a look at the tiny homes movement with two builders, Fatih and Deniz Saat.

Ship of Fools: Cruise Polluters

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Growing up watching “The Love Boat,” some of us thought of a cruise as a romantic and exciting way to see the world. New research out of Johns Hopkins University and Stand.earth, however, indicates that cruises don’t just “set a course for adventure,” they deliver high quantities of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons into the air and delicate ocean habitats. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with Kendra Ulrich, a Senior Shipping Campaigner at Stand.

Catherine Homsey: Conscious Shopping

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The average US resident heads out to the grocery store 1.6 times a week, and over the course of a year uses well over 1,000 plastic shopping bags there – bags which, on average, are used for a mere 15 minutes but will stick around on the earth for hundreds of years. This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, Catherine Homsey, is fed up with the status quo and has changed her food shopping habits to better reflect her values.

Johan Rockström: A Swedish Perspective On Climate Change

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Given its northern latitude, Sweden is warming more rapidly than many other places in the world. Johan Rockström, one of Sweden’s leading environmental scholars, joins us this week on Sea Change Radio to discuss his latest book, Big World, Small Planet, in which he details some of the approaches Sweden has taken to reduce carbon emissions and slow the progress of climate change.

A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Sharing Economy

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Nobody hitchhikes anymore. Back in the 1980s getting a ride with a stranger became decidedly un-trendy. Rugged individualism was in and ridesharing was out. But now, with the advent of social media and mobile platforms, ridesharing is making a come-back.

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