pollution http://wamc.org en Pulitzer Prize Winner Dan Fagin On "Tom's River" http://wamc.org/post/pulitzer-prize-winner-dan-fagin-toms-river <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution.</p><p>For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town’s namesake river.</p><p>The story is told in <a href="http://www.danfagin.com/">Dan Fagin's</a> book, <em>Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation</em> - winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90752 at http://wamc.org Pulitzer Prize Winner Dan Fagin On "Tom's River" "Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?" By Alan Weisman http://wamc.org/post/countdown-our-last-best-hope-future-earth-alan-weisman-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Alan Weisman is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller <a href="http://www.worldwithoutus.com/index2.html"><em>The World Without Us</em></a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the award-winning journalist traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth?</span></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79940 at http://wamc.org "Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?" By Alan Weisman 12/9/13 Panel http://wamc.org/post/12913-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and political consultant, Libby Post. Ray Graf hosts.</p><p>Topics include:<br />Air Pollution Over State Lines<br />$15,000 Sponsorships to Meet With Public Officials<br />Tech and Anti-Snooping</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Ray Graf 79432 at http://wamc.org Volunteers Kick Off Campaign To Reduce Use Of Plastic Shopping Bags In Saratoga Springs http://wamc.org/post/volunteers-kick-campaign-reduce-use-plastic-shopping-bags-saratoga-springs <p></p><p>A campaign called Bring Your Own Bag Saratoga, a project from the group Sustainable Saratoga, is reaching out to city government, businesses and members of the public to decrease the use of plastic shopping bags.</p><p>The group is hoping to reduce pollution and encourage city residents to shop with reusable bags. Though plastic shopping bags are recyclable, the group claims less than five percent of bags are recycled, and most can only be recycled into other products once. If released into the environment, plastic bags cause harm to birds and marine animals.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 73594 at http://wamc.org Volunteers Kick Off Campaign To Reduce Use Of Plastic Shopping Bags In Saratoga Springs "America the Possible" by Gus Speth http://wamc.org/post/america-possible-gus-speth <p>Environmental leader and professor of law at Vermont Law School, Gus Speth, will present his new book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0300180764/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0300180764&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">America the Possible</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0300180764" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>, when he speaks tonight in Great Barrington about the future of the United State Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 53491 at http://wamc.org "America the Possible" by Gus Speth Opinions Mixed on Materials Bans in Mass. http://wamc.org/post/opinions-mixed-materials-bans-mass <p></p><p></p><p>As more communities in the Commonwealth are placing bans on things like plastic bags and Styrofoam containers, some are calling for more action, while others say it’s creating more headaches. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:31:01 +0000 Lucas Willard 52536 at http://wamc.org Opinions Mixed on Materials Bans in Mass. Activists Launch Campaign For Coal Plants Shutdown http://wamc.org/post/activists-launch-campaign-coal-plants-shutdown <p>Targeting what they claim are the largest air polluters in Massachusetts, activists announced a campaign today to shut down coal burning power plants.&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 22:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 42891 at http://wamc.org Activists Launch Campaign For Coal Plants Shutdown VT Farmers to Get Funds for Pollution Control http://wamc.org/post/vt-farmers-get-funds-pollution-control <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $1 million available this summer to some Vermont farmers as part of a program aimed at reducing pollution in streams.</p><p>The farmers are in the Missisquoi River watershed. A recent study has identified farm fields in the area as being at the highest risk of polluting nearby streams.</p><p>The federal government says it will pay some farmers 100 percent of the cost of making changes to the way they manage their fields.</p><p>One round of grant applications is due May 18; a second round is due June 15.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 12:06:31 +0000 38594 at http://wamc.org VT Farmers to Get Funds for Pollution Control Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette http://wamc.org/post/morning-headlines-judy-patrick-daily-gazette-50 <p>WAMC&#39;s David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Judy Patrick, managing editor of the Daily Gazette.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:01:29 +0000 David Guistina 37557 at http://wamc.org Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette