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We delve into some positive changes to make for 2016 that can help the New Year ring in with some environmental hope in protecting our resources.
A new bikini helps you clean the oceans as you swim.
Helen Rosenthal discusses the responsibility of public officials and calls for a financial study on the detriment of fossil fuel investments.
Labor Week – There may be more than one million species of insects in the world. Many of the schemas we hold about insects are negative. However, while insects are not exactly beloved creatures, they perform an astonishing amount of beneficial work.
Ryan Schleeter joins us to talk about the intersection of the environment and social justice, checking in on the migrant crisis in Europe, and homelessness amongst NYC students is at an all time high.
When you hear “boat club,” Brooklyn is probably not the first destination that comes to mind, but the North Brooklyn Boat Club is giving urban-dwellers the chance to hit the water while providing a mix of environmental education, awareness, and remediation programs. BTRtv’s Chelsea White spoke with Founding Board Member Jens Rasmussen about the organization.
We speak with an environmentalist on the EPA disaster in the Colorado river.
Excess Week – BTR examines the phenomenon of bioluminescent tides, which cause the oceans to glow like starry skies. In reality, the mystical blue scintillae scattered like stars across the ocean’s surface are a type of microbial, single-celled phytoplankton called dinoflagellates.
Part 2 of our interview with Christopher Swain, an activist that has been swimming and advocating for our waterways since 1996.
We speak with environmental activist, Christopher Swain, whose been swimming and advocating for our waterways since 1996.
Buzz Week – Of the many issues that exert negative impacts on honey bees, perhaps the greatest scourge to global population is one of the smallest: a parasitic mite. However, American honey bees’ African ancestors may be immune to the pollinators’ greatest adversary.
Roots Week – On the wet slopes of Borneo’s montane cloud forests, beneath a labyrinthine canopy of prehistoric tree ferns and dripping sphagnum mosses, grows one of the planet’s strangest evolutionary treasures: the plant with an appetite for flesh.
Today we learn and ask: What are the roots that make us who we are and sustain us?
Today we look into the work of NYPIRG in helping to ban fracking in New York State.
Rain Week – Acid rain causes long-term effects, such as the jellification of Canadian lakes. While the pH level is largely recovered in many of these bodies of water, ecological changes will persist.
This week we look at nostalgia and vintage nods to yesteryear in a generation that seeks the past to define the present.
Blacklist Week – Activist Christopher Swain has taken hazardous dives into America’s dirtiest waterways in the name of cleaner water since 1996. He spoke with BTR about one of the filthiest swims he has ever taken in his life and his hope to encourage cleaner waterways everywhere.
Hazards Week – Shared cabbie systems like Uber and Lyft have burgeoned in recent years, filling assorted holes in the medallion cab market. However, even those services have their downfalls, such as congesting city streets. How robo-cabs could be the beginning of a transportation revolution.
It’s Climate Change Week here on BTR, and I’m delighted to have Catherine Young, the innovative designer, artist and scientist behind The Apocalypse Project, on today’s show. Catherine has worked for years designing interactive art pieces, increasingly focused around issues of the environment and sustainability. Two years ago, she began working on an imaginative, multi-faceted presentation called The Apocalypse Project, which offers visitors an opportunity to interact with theoretical solutions to projected problems resulting from climate change. Catherine has made scientific research tangible, immediate and personal through this project, offering glimpses into the future of such universal experiences as food, entertainment, beauty and fashion. On today’s show, Catherine will talk about the development of The Apocalypse Project, its Climate Change Couture and Ephemeral Marvels Perfume collections, how the project has changed her own approach to fashion consumption, and more. Plus, I’ve got some news about an important new initiative called Fashion Revolution Day (which is today!) and how you can participate, and as always a fantastic line-up of new music featuring Southwest band Calexico and North Carolina’s The Mountain Goats, along with songs from two very talented but under-the-radar singer-songwriters, Adam Torres and Ambrosia Parsley. All that’s coming up this hour, so grab your cutest rain boots and wade into the climate change discussion with Sew & Tell on BTR!
Climate Week – Shubhendu Sharma took an innovative planting technique and now offers it as a retail service, essentially allowing consumers to “build their own forest.” His eco-company, Afforestt, can begin to grow a mini-forest from scratch in just six months.
Climate Week – On Apr 1, 2015, news outlets worldwide ran a specific story regarding a small nation’s feat in the use of renewable energy to power its electric plants. Costa Rica had been running solely off the use of renewable energy for 75 days straight, as reported the nation’s state-run electrical company, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE).
Climate Week – Every two years, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) elects a single city to host the Olympic Games. The IOC awarded Sochi, Russia, the 2014 Games five years prior, after the city professed to implement an environmentally conscious approach to hosting the 14-day event.
Climate Week – As concern about climate change has increased over these past few decades, scientists have continuously used many methods to study the dynamics of the Earth’s weather patterns. The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument is a device that measures aerosols, the tiny particles in the atmosphere made up of dust, smoke, and pollution.
Monitoring Week – In recent years, environmental issues have become an ever-present topic of discussion in the US and abroad. A lesser-known environmental crisis is currently taking place in South America. International demand for gold leads to destructive mining operations in South America’s rain forests.
Australian artist Tega Brain is interested in re-imagining the systems, infrastructures, and networks that govern our technologically enhanced world. In her works she’s converted data into smells, searched for signs of climate change in images on Flickr, and constructed a hybrid eco-system that joins a coin-operated laundromat with a miniature wetland. This in addition to many other playful and throughout provoking pieces that ask questions like: how much could you get for an ancient artifact from the Metropolitan Museum if it were listed on craigslist?
Secret Week – Is it ethical to ban people from talking about fracking?
Outlier Week – Manhattan’s last natural forest stands at Inwood Hill Park.
Outlier Week – Environment, culture, and deliberate practice can determine a person’s level of success.
Obama lays out his new national security agenda, and a ton of listener mail.
How lowering your meat consumption can help the environment.
Dr. Curt Stager talks about how our “atomic selves” impact our views on pollution and the future.

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