Evidence-Based Practices for Advancing Climate Solutions

Lindsey Constance, Shawnee Councilwoman, joins host Craig Lubow to discuss evidence-based solutions to climate change. Lindsey helped organize Advancing Climate Solutions, a local workshop for area politicians and environmental activists to initiate local climate actions based on the book “Drawdown”. Emily Libla also joins us. Emily is a Program Facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance, leading Drawdown Initiative Workshops across the KC Metro area, with the goal of inspiring community-level action to reverse global warming.

Environmental news for the week of 12/17/18 on EcoRadioKC:

USA Today reports:

* (12/11) Trump plan to reclassify nuclear waste alarms environmentalists. US Dept Energy has requested to reclassify some nuclear waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier in several places around the nation

USA Today reports:

* (12/16) Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is leaving the administration at the end of the year. Zinke has been embroiled in several investigations. Until his successor is announced, he will be replaced by Deputy Secretary, David Bernhardt, who is a former energy lobbyist and who is expected to pursue fossil fuel development and downplay conservation.

The Guardian reports:

* (12/16) Watchdog reports Brett Hartl, government affairs director for the Center for Biological Diversity, called Bernhardt the “mastermind” behind major efforts at the agency. “I don’t think anything will change in terms of what’s happening inside interior, although it’s nice Zinke’s gone,” Hartl said. In a statement, Nancy Pelosi, stated “Zinke has been a shameless handmaiden for the corporate and special interests. His staggering ethical abuses have delivered a serious and lasting blow to America’s public lands, environment, clean air and clean water. Americans are confronted with an administration of unprecedented corruption, cronyism and incompetence, which has shown zero respect for the office or taxpayers’ money,” she said. Various scandals have marked Zinke’s time in office.

The Vox reports:

* (12/16) Negotiators at COP24 in Katowice reached agreement, bolstering the Paris accord.

The Guardian reports:

* (12/16) Experts warn UN climate accord ‘inadequate’ and lacks urgency.

* (12/14) Trump Administration’s latest proposal to weaken federal clean water rules chips away at decades of environmental protections. The rules were designed to protect millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of miles of streams from pesticide runoff and other pollutants.

The Hill reports:

* (12/11) The latest saga of EPA’s divorce proceedings against environmental science unfolded at the hearings of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) on particulate air pollution. CASAC has long relied on scrutinizing the key issues based upon input from subcommittees of knowledgeable experts. But EPA has suddenly terminated the subcommittees assembled to provide input to CASAC on both particulate and ozone pollution. Heretofore, EPA processes to build policy on sound science has been admired and emulated worldwide. That is, until the current administration.

The calendar of events for the week of 12/17:

SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK MEETING Thursday, 20 December 2018, 6:45pm Lawrence Creates Makerspace, 9th and New Jersey St., Lawrence KS 66044

Help with recycling Red Bridge Recycling Center,5200 E. Red Bridge Rd. Kansas City, MO 64137 Wednesdays and Saturdays, contact Bridging the Gap.org

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