51% Show #1291

Apr 30, 2014

Turning the tide on climate change by Robert Kandel
Credit Philippe 2009

Climate change alert; there's no easy solution, but this week we'll look at some changes that could help.

We're all sitting ducks. That's a quote from one of the authors of a new report on climate change released by a UN scientific panel last month. It's a report that may finally be the tipping point, convincing governments that policy changes to address climate change have to be a priority. Or it could be yet another warning that is drowned out by skeptics. Stephanie Coutrix of UN Radio has more on the UN Report on Climate Change.

This week on 51%, we're going to look at answers to the challenge of climate change. There's no single practical answer, but there are lot of interesting ideas.

In a world of dwindling natural resources and mounting environmental crisis, Professor Karen Litfin began a journey to many of the world’s ecovillages – intentional communities at the cutting-edge of sustainable living. From LA to South India and Denmark to Senegal, rural and urban, high tech and low tech, she discovered an under-the-radar global movement making positive and radical changes from the ground up. Martha Baskin reports.

Access to power sources has been identified by the United Nations as a way to boost sustainable development. But the fact is that millions of people around the world still live without access to electricity. And generating that power can result in environmental problems.

In rural India, one couple has found an innovative solution to the problem – right under their feet – showing that small-scale solutions can help solve big problems. Daljit Dhaliwal reports.

Coming up, fishing for a living in a changing sea... and examining higher education.  

For decades, fishery management has focused almost exclusively on the need to restrict fishing. But, as Heather Goldstone reports, environmental changes are forcing both fishermen and regulators to reevaluate their traditional practices.

This story was produced as part of the Living Lab Radio project. 

Solving future problems requires and educated population – but access to education is becoming financially out of reach even as it becomes easier to access.

In May of 2012, Harvard and MIT announced a partnership to provide free courses to anyone, anywhere, sparking an intense debate about the future of a bricks and mortar education. Sarah McConnell has this interview from the Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference..

That excerpt from the Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference comes to us courtesy of WithGoodReasonradio.org.

That’s our show for this week.  Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme  music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.