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We're marking MLK Jr. Day by discussing environmental justice with Mustafa Ali, the former head of the EPA's environmental justice program. Over the past 24 years, he's worked with hundreds of communities of color, low income communities, and indigenous populations.

On the first Your Call of 2018, we'll be joined by a panel of young environmental activists from around the Bay Area to discuss the state of the environmental movement.  How are they connecting global crises with local action? What did they accomplish in 2017 and what's at the top of their agenda for the new year?

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It has been a momentous week for the groundbreaking climate change lawsuit, Juliana v. United States. It was brought two years ago by 21 children and young adults against the US government for its actions that cause global warming.

What do we need to know about the relationship between birds and humans? On the next Your Call's One Planet Series, we’ll speak with New York Times writer Jim Robbins about his new book The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future.

  

During the climate conference in Bonn, Germany, delegates from nearly 200 countries worked on solutions to mitigate the impacts of climates change.

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California makes international headlines for leading the way on global climate solutions. At the climate conference in Bonn, Germany, Governor Jerry Brown championed California’s role in transitioning to renewable energy, but activists called him out for continuing to promote oil and gas extraction in the state. How fast are we moving towards true sustainability?

On the next Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss the relationship between climate change and physical and mental health with Drs. Jay Lemery and Paul Auerbach, authors of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health.

Angela Johnston

The devastating October 2017 wildfires in Northern California were the worst in the state’s history, and fire scientists expect more of these extreme blazes to become the norm. Millions of dead trees turn forests into tinderboxes. And many of those trees were killed by one tiny culprit — the bark beetle.

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What if the root of all the world’s problems is the imbalance of masculinity and femininity in our leadership? 

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From switching to renewable energy to battery storage, to taxing drinking water. Out of the hundreds of bills that the California Assembly debated in the final hours of the legislative session this month, many dealt with water, climate change, and the environment. KALW's energy and environment reporter Angela Johnston shares some of the key environmental legislation now sitting on Governor Brown’s desk, and the ones that didn’t make it there.

  On this edition of our One Planet series, we’ll discuss the push for electric cars.  More than 500,000 electric cars have been sold in the US, half of them in California. 

Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico recently told CBS, "People are starting to die. I've put them in the ambulances when they're gasping for air." 

In 2015, a massive investigation by Inside Climate News and the LA Times detailed how Exxon conducted cutting-edge climate research decades ago and then, without revealing all that it had learned, worked at the forefront of climate denial.

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San Francisco is suing five of the world's largest oil and gas companies for the costs of sea walls and other infrastructure needed to protect against climate change.

In his new book, The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea, marine conservationist David Helvarg takes us on a geographic and cultural journey of the 1,100-mile Pacific coastline.

  

Who's running the government under Donald Trump? That’s the question journalist John Nichols explores in his new book, Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America

  

The extension of California’s cap-and-trade program has divided environmentalists. The five-year program requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gas emissions. 

  

In 2006, Al Gore’s award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth started a national conversation about climate change. What’s been accomplished since then?

 

Your Call: Trump vs. the Paris climate accord

Jun 2, 2017

 


On the next Your Call, it’s our media roundtable. This week we’ll discuss the Trump Administration and the Paris climate agreement.

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Climate change is an issue that can be hard for some to prioritize. It’s abstract. We can read the charts and the statistics—but is there a way to feel it? The Bay Area’s Climate Music Project at UC Berkeley wants to make the experience visceral.

On Thursday, the US military dropped a massive 22,000-pound bomb in eastern Afghanistan. How are the media covering the human cost of the “war on terror” in Afghanistan?

Angela Johnston

 

Almost nothing goes to waste at Bob Giacomini’s family dairy farm north of Point Reyes Station.

 

What environmental protections have Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration reversed so far?

  

From declining sea ice in the Arctic to coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, photographers give us a visual sense of the human toll on the environment.

Cristina Mittermeier

 

How are photographers documenting the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation?

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What is President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy?

Your Call: Standing up for science

Dec 15, 2016

    

How are scientists standing up to Trump’s anti-science policies? Science historian Naomi Oreskes joins us to discuss climate change and scientific research under Donald Trump.

Your Call: Climate denial in the era of Trump

Dec 11, 2016

How are scientists standing up to climate deniers? We’ll have a conversation with Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann and Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles about their new book The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy.

Can copying plants curb climate change?

Nov 17, 2016
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Imagine that cars that are no longer dependent on fossil fuels. Instead of gasoline, they’d run on a new fuel—called butanol—that’s made, with the help of bacteria, from three simple ingredients: sunlight, air and water.

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