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Off-the-Grid Dedicated Energy
16 Mar, 2019 | 0:27:51 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

During a blustery windstorm in August 2003, a power line in Ohio brushed up against some tree branches. Three transmission lines had short-circuited causing a cascade of events that left 45 million people in the northeastern U.S., and 10 million in Ontario, without power for hours, days, in some cases even a week. Because of a complex system of interlinked...
Smart Shores - Coastal Pollution Mapper
11 Mar, 2019 | 0:27:31 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

For the first time in Canada, crowdfunding has been used to decide if a federal research grant will be awarded through a program called Fathom Fund. SmartShores uses drones and proprietary data analysis to examine the effects of pollution on shorelines and wetlands. Nathan Vadeboncoeur, President and Founder of SmartShores, is a social entrepreneur who combines science and art to...
Single Source Recycling
11 Mar, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Dr. Calvin Lakhan is a research associate at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is also a co-investigator of the "Waste Wiki" project at York University, a research project devoted to advancing understanding of waste management research and policy in Canada. A former environmental consultant, and a government Policy Advisor, Calvin has focused his research on the study of...
Cleaning Hamilton Harbour - a 30 year project
03 Mar, 2019 | 0:29:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Our guest is Chris McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC), based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. BARC represents the public interest in the restoration of Hamilton Harbour, long on the list of 'most polluted waterways in North America'. Chris brings us up to speed on the 30 year-long quest to improve water quality and restore a great...
Saving the Planet - Energy, Plastic, and an eco-mystery
16 Feb, 2019 | 0:29:58 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Continuing our interviews with entrepreneurs at the Sustainable Hamilton-Burlington Expo 2018: Adam Firchuk, Director, Business Development for Rodan Energy Solutions; and Robert Pocius, President of TekPak Solutions. And we spoke with Marissa Slaven, palliative care physician and author of an eco-mystery novel aimed at the Young Adult audience, 'Code Blue'.
part 2 of 8 80 Cities
03 Feb, 2019 | 0:27:27 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Gil Penalosa has traveled to more than 350 communities around the world looking for the best ideas to improve life for people of all ages. He believes the measure of a good place is whether we'd feel comfortable with an 8-year-old biking alone to the neighborhood park or someone in their 80s walking to the grocery store.
8 80 Cities is a Canadian non-profit organization in urban planning - part 1 of 2
03 Feb, 2019 | 0:30:01 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair of 880 Cities, has traveled to more than 350 communities around the world looking for the best ideas to improve life for people of all ages. He believes the measure of a good place is whether we'd feel comfortable with an 8-year-old biking alone to the neighborhood park or someone in their 80s walking to...
Is There Hope When it Comes to Climate Change?
17 Jan, 2019 | 0:29:59 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Despite the doom and gloom we often hear, the disasters and catastrophic events that grab headlines, there is an optimistic stream that flows through society when we here of individuals, organizations, and increasingly businesses that refuse to just let human-induced climate change take over. Are we reaching a tipping point when a 15 year old goes on strike against Climate...
05 Jan, 2019 | 0:29:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Many feel that society’s most challenging problems can`t be solved by government and non-profits alone. Companies, small businesses and worker co-ops also play a significant part in addressing socio-economic and environmental issues. Certified B Corporations are businesses that focus on social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B stands for Benefit. We spoke...
Zero-Waste Lifestyle
29 Dec, 2018 | 0:24:23 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Kate Pepler moved to Canada’s east coast and attended Dalhousie University. There she learned about environmental issues and it troubled her that more wasn’t being done to reduce waste and recycle. After a year of learning how to source sustainable items and reduce her own waste, Pepler created a website to inspire others to become more eco-conscious and began hosting...
Climate Refugees
16 Dec, 2018 | 0:29:39 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

The UN Refugee Agency estimates that by 2050, up to 250 million people will be displaced by climate change impacts such as rising sea levels, floods, famine, drought, hurricanes, desertification and the negative impacts on ecosystems. Amali Tower is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Refugees. Amali has worked the past 12 years to promote the protection of refugees...
Should We Hate Invasive Species?
16 Dec, 2018 | 0:29:59 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

In a provocative paper, titled ‘Turning over a new leaf: the role of novel riparian ecosystems in catchment management’, authors Samantha Capon, and Gary Palmer, examine research done on Novel riparian ecosystems. These ecosystems host new combinations of species – some might call invasive species – with natural areas affected by human infrastructure. Capon and Palmer feel that conventional management...
Permafrost & Climate Change
02 Dec, 2018 | 0:25:42 |
EN | Lawson Hunter |

Today’s program is about permafrost, and specifically the impact that warmer temperatures are having on the melting permafrost that covers some 24% of the Northern Hemisphere. I spoke with Dr. Sean Carey. Dr. Carey directs the Watershed Hydrology Group at the School of Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster University, and his research interests include hydrological, biogeochemical and land surface...
Resilience Matters - Examples of Cities fighting Climate Change
15 Nov, 2018 | 0:29:41 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

In 2013 Island Press launched the Urban Resilience Project (URP) with support from The Kresge Foundation and The JPB Foundation. The project is working to imagine and inspire the sustainable, equitable, resilient cities of the future. It brings together thought leaders with a broad range of expertise to generate and cross-pollinate ideas. These ideas are shared in a variety of...
Can We Find a Path to Sustainability through Coffee?
19 Oct, 2018 | 0:29:57 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Over two billion cups of coffee are consumed, worldwide, every day. According to the International Coffee Organization, each year some 10 million tons of coffee is produced employing 120 million people with 25 million of them being small farm producers in 37 countries. We spoke to three retailers of coffee, all using certified Fair Trade coffee, and asked how and...
What is Responsible Investing?
19 Oct, 2018 | 0:30:01 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Environmentalists and Investors seem to be speaking different languages, yet everyone wants 'sustainability'. We've heard about Green Bonds and Impact Investing for several years but can we leverage our personal investments, pensions funds, and insurance pools to push corporations to embrace Environment, Social and Governance issues? EarthMatters went to the Responsible Investment Association of Canada to find out.
Transportation & GHG emissions
28 Sep, 2018 | 0:25:31 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

I speak with Lindsay Wiginton, Managing Director, Transportation and Urban Solutions for the Pembina Institute. The Pembina Institute is made up of engineers, scientists, analysts, MBAs, planners and communication professionals working throughout B.C., Alberta and Ontario. Lindsay talks about the carbon footprint of freight transportation and how its GHG emissions may outstrip passenger vehicles by 2030. A report by Pembina...
Economic Tools to Reduce Household Waste
28 Sep, 2018 | 0:28:11 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Katherine Monahan, Senior Research Associate for Smart Prosperity Institute, discusses a new report, 'Economic Tools to Reduce Household Waste and Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions', and how incentives and environmental charges must be used to decrease the amount of waste we don't yet recycl
Interview with musician/activist Sarah Harmer
06 Sep, 2018 | 0:29:32 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Juno award-winner, Sarah Harmer, combines her music career with her passion for the environment. Can the two be compatible? Sarah talks about her love for the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and her activism to protect biodiversity in the area. Harmer produced an album of music dedicated to the Escarpment titled 'I'm a Mountain'. We hear one of her...
Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Group
06 Sep, 2018 | 0:27:56 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million business people, in 35,000 chapters, dedicated to 'service above self'. Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, they are always working to better our world. ESRAG was formed to empower members of the Rotary...
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