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August 17, 2016
Guest:  James Leonard


Artist James Leonard in Upstate NY

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August 3, 2016
Host:  Guillermo Metz

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In depth discussion of global news and local events related to climate change. Twitter: @gmometz

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July 20, 2016
Guest:  Derrick Jensen

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July 6, 2016
Hosts:  Art Weaver and Guillermo Metz

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In depth discussion of global news and local events related to climate change. Twitter: @arthurjweaver, @gmometz

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June 15, 2016
Guests:  Brian Eden and Joe Wilson

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Brian Eden's activism began with participation in the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960s.  He worked in the Newark, NJ community to oppose the forced relocation of the African-American residents from the Central Ward in anticipation of the construction of a medical school and a freeway that resulted in the little remembered rebellion of 1967 (10,000 rounds of ammunition expended, 26 dead).  He then moved to Washington, D.C. immediately following Martin Luther King’s murder in 1968 to assist the Cardozo community in developing a neighborhood driven rebuild of the 14th St. corridor.

Brian was active in national organizations opposing the Vietnam War in to the mid-1970s and attended the first national Earth Day celebration in D.C. in 1970.  In the early 1980s, Brian became involved with the Love Canal Homeowners Association effort to resettle families living above a Hooker Chemical toxic waste site in Niagara Falls and helped form a statewide coalition of local groups in New York working for clean-ups of toxic waste sites in their communities.  He served as an officer and Board Chair of the then 10,000 member Citizens Environmental Coalition in the 1980s and 1990s.  CEC initiated a Labor-Environment Coalition that sponsored 7 regional conferences in the 1990s.

Locally, Brian has participated in numerous environmental organizations (e.g., providing monitoring oversight to the closed Tompkins County Solid Waste Landfill) and more recently served on the Tompkins County Energy Roadmap Steering Committee.  Brian and his spouse have been organic vegetable gardening since 1974.

Joe Wilson has had, in his own words, a "checkered career."  He started his professional life as a high school teacher-sports coach, practiced legal aid and private trial law in California, and concluded with 10 years as a high school principal at a high performing magnet high school in Baltimore City then concluded with 5 more years at Ithaca High School.  In retirement he has become a climate activist helping gather support for Dryden's fracking ban and now working locally and statewide to halt the expansion of frack gas infrastructure.

In his spare time he tries to convince his college to divest from fossil fuels.  At home he gardens under the direction of his wife, Marty, and otherwise is kept in line by his 20-year old cat, Lucky.

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May 18, 2016
Guests:  Meghan Kallman and Josephine Ferorelli


Meghan Kallman and Josephine Ferorelli are co-founders and co-directors of Conceivable Future, a woman-led network of Americans bringing awareness to the threat climate change poses to reproductive justice, and demanding an end to US fossil fuel subsidies.

Meghan Kallman is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Brown University, completing her dissertation on civic organizations, political economy, and social change.  She helped found and currently directs The Prison Op/Ed Project, a program teaching writing skills and civic engagement to students living in Rhode Island state prisons.  Meghan also co-founded and co-directs the Conceivable Future, a woman-led network of Americans humanizing the consequence of climate change.  She is a member of the Extraordinary Rendition Band, an activist street band based in Providence, RI as well as a member of the 2015-2016 cohort of the Women's Policy Institute, the flagship program of the Women's Fund of Rhode Island.  Meghan is also a member of the Juvenile Hearing Board in the City of Pawtucket.

Along with several others, Meghan co-organizes Crash Pawtucket, a monthly gathering to promote small business and civic engagement in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  She is the state environmental coordinator for the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, a member of the executive board of the Rhode Island chapter of the Sierra Club, and co-founder and core organizer for the Epic Skill Swap, a skill sharing and building festival focused on creating a healthier and more habitable world.  Her other climate work focuses on college and university divestment.

"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of too much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Twitter:  @MeghanKallman, Director, Prison Op/Ed Project @PrisonOpEd; Co-Director, Conceivable Future @ConceivableFut; Sociologist. Tweets are my own.

Josephine Ferorelli is a writer, editor, illustrator, and yoga instructor.  She is a former climate coverage editor at Occupy.com and a climate justice activist.  She blogs about yoga, dharma, grief, and the climate crisis at grandgather.com.  She lives in Chicago.

  • From the Conceivable Future website:  Video testimonial of Marya Spont-Lemus, "I think it's really interesting that when sort of pushed to explain why I don't want to have children, my professional and economic reasons why are met with reasoning, whereas when I pose environmental reasons why, people react with a combination of disbelief and ridicule."

Apr 20, 2016
Guest:  Gernot Wagner


Professor Wagner serves as lead senior economist at the Environmental Defense Fund.  He also teaches energy economics as an adjunct associate professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.  Professor Wagner served on the editorial board of the Financial Times as a Peter Martin Fellow, where he covered economics, energy, and the environment.  He holds a PhD in political economy and government from Harvard as well as a Master’s in economics from Stanford.  Professor Wagner is currently a research associate at the Harvard Kennedy School and a visiting research associate at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

Gernot Wagner is the co-author of Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet, published in 2016 by Princeton University Press.  Twitter: @GernotWagner, Economize @Harvard, co-author of #ClimateShock: http://climateshock.org.  It's pronounced juggernaut without the jug.


Apr 6, 2016
Guests:  Anthony Leiserowitz and Richard Wolff


Dr. Leiserowitz is the Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.  He is regularly heard on WRFI as the voice behind the 90-second Climate Connections radio spots.  Twitter: @ecotone2

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008.  He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

Professor Wolff is known to WRFI listeners as the host of Economic Update, a weekly radio show from WBAI 99.5 in New York, which airs on WRFI Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 11am, and Monday at 5am.

On Saturday, April 9, 1pm-4pm, Richard Wolff will be speaking on "Sustainable Business and Social Democracy" at The Space @ GreenStar Co-op, 700 West Buffalo Street in Ithaca in an event sponsored by The Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneur Network (SEEN).


Mar 16, 2016
Guest:  William Nordhaus

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William D. Nordhaus is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University.  He is on the research staff of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Cowles Foundation for Research.  He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  From 1977 to 1979, he was a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.  Dr. Nordhaus is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, an elected Member of the Swedish Academy of Engineering, and is current president of the American Economic Association.

His research has encompassed environmental economics, climate change, health economics, augmented national accounting, the political business cycle, and productivity.

His latest book is The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World (Yale Press), published in 2013.


Mar 2, 2016
Hosts:  Art Weaver and Guillermo Metz

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In depth discussion of global news and local events related to climate change. Twitter: @arthurjweaver, @gmometz


Feb 17, 2016
Guest:  Daphne Wysham

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Daphne Wysham leads the Center for Sustainable Economy’s policy and advocacy work on climate change.  Daphne has worked on research and advocacy at the intersection of climate change, human rights, fossil fuels, international finance, carbon markets and sustainable economies since 1996.  Her path-breaking research and advocacy has resulted in shifts in public policy and investment at the national and international level.

Her writings, commentary and analysis have appeared in national news publications and on radio and TV, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Grist, The Guardian, The Nation, The Financial Times, The Huffington Post, and on Al Jazeera, Democracy Now!, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and Marketplace, among others.  For 8 years, from 2003-2011, she hosted Earthbeat Radio and TV, which focused on the politics of climate change and other environmental issues.

Daphne is concurrently an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.  She also is the coordinator of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network.  She is a graduate of Princeton University.  Daphne serves on the boards of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth-Nigeria; Nuclear Information and Resource Service; and the Arctic Defense Fund.  She also serves on the National Climate Justice Advisory Group for the Unitarian Universalists.

In the aftermath of Portland OR's groundbreaking fossil fuel infrastructure policy led by Mayor Charlie Hales, Daphne has been organizing civil society groups, mayors and other elected officials on the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada to endorse a platform for no new fossil fuel infrastructure in their jurisdictions.

"The move we're talking about here on the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada is that the call for no new fossil fuel infrastructure is consistent with scientists' call to keep 80 percent of proven reserves in the ground," she said. "If you're going to do that, you can't simultaneously continue with business as usual."


Feb 3, 2016
Guests:  Marguerite Wells and Peter Bardaglio


Host Guillermo Metz discusses the history and recent events concerning the proposed Black Oak wind farm with key local figures.

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Jan 20, 2016
Guest:  Jonathan Koehn


Jonathan Koehn is the Regional Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Boulder CO, where he works to implement the city’s sustainability agenda, specifically in relation to climate action and energy.

He began his tenure in Boulder as the City’s Environmental Manager in 2006, with over 10 years experience working with state, regional and local governments and their constituencies domestically and internationally to develop strategic and tactical solutions to energy, economic and climate challenges.

In recent months, he has also been a key staff member working on Boulder's energy efforts, managing the resource modeling components.  Mr. Koehn often represents the city’s interests in front of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and has provided key testimony on issues such as resource planning, renewable energy, Smart Grid and demand-side management.  He was a lead author on the Colorado Solar Gardens Bill that was passed and implemented by the Colorado Legislature in 2010.

Mr. Koehn is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds degrees in Environmental Science, Biology and Marine Sciences.  He is currently the Technical Advisory Committee Chair for Applied Solutions, and serves on multiple Boards including the Colorado Climate Network Steering Committee and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) Global Warming Committee.


Jan 6, 2016
Guest:  Walter Hang


Walter Hang knows a lot about the politics of climate change and related issues, notably shale fracking and toxic dump clean ups. He also knows more than almost anyone about how to organize citizens for effective environmental activism. Walter has served as president of Toxics Targeting, Inc., an environmental database company in Ithaca NY, since founding the firm in 1990. Toxics Targeting compiles government data for more than 600,000 know and potential toxic sites in New York. His company is a provider of environmental database services to engineers, environmental consultants, drinking water suppliers, homebuyers, and municipalities. It has also played critical roles in cleaning up toxic sites in Ithaca and holding manufacturers of the toxic gasoline additive MTBE liable for nationwide pollution clean ups.


Dec 2, 2015
Guest:  Peter Robinson

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Peter believes that organizations with a social mission play a vital role in Canadian society, and over his career has sought to work in fields that consistently contribute back to their communities.  He began his career working as a park ranger in wilderness areas throughout British Columbia, where he was decorated for bravery by the Governor General of Canada.  Peter subsequently worked on humanitarian issues, including monitoring prison conditions with the International Red Cross in Rwanda in 1998, and leading a team for seven years that monitored detained asylum seekers in British Columbia.  He has served as the Chair of the Board of Governors and the Chancellor of Royal Roads University in Victoria, and with the Board of Governors of the Canadian Red Cross Society.  More recently, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Imagine Canada, an organization that supports charities across the country.

Peter was instrumental in designing and helping implement the carbon tax in British Columbia, and as The Economist noted, "BC now has the lowest personal income tax rate in Canada and one of the lowest corporate rates in North America, too," as a direct result of the tax.

Peter holds a Doctor of Social Sciences, a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, as well as diplomas in Community Economic Development and Fish & Wildlife Management.

An outdoors enthusiast, he spends as much time as he can in the Coast Mountains or kayaking among the Gulf Islands.

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Nov 18, 2015
Hosts:  Art Weaver & Guillermo Metz

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Our co-hosts share their own perspectives on climate change and delve into the deeper meaning of news and current events related to climate, particularly as they relate to our own communities.

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Nov 4, 2015
Hosts:  Art Weaver & Guillermo Metz


Our co-hosts share their own perspectives on climate change and delve into the deeper meaning of news and current events related to climate, particularly as they relate to our own communities.


Oct 21, 2015
Guest:  Tim DeChristopher


Tim DeChristopher, as Bidder 70, disrupted an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in December of 2008, by outbidding oil companies for parcels around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah.  His actions and 21 month imprisonment earned him a national and international media presence, which he has used as a platform to spread the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for bold, confrontational action in order to create a just and healthy world.  Tim used his prosecution as an opportunity to organize the climate justice organization Peaceful Uprising in Salt Lake City, and most recently, the Climate Disobedience Center.

Tim’s conclusion to his final statement to the courtroom at his sentencing hearing crystallized his own personal stake in that commitment: "You can steer my commitment to a healthy and just world if you agree with it, but you can’t kill it.  This is not going away.  At this point of unimaginable threats on the horizon, this is what hope looks like.  In these times of a morally bankrupt government that has sold out its principles, this is what patriotism looks like.  With countless lives on the line, this is what love looks like, and it will only grow.”

Tim was released from prison on April 21, 2013 and is on a 3 year probation.  Before his release, he was accepted to Harvard Divinity School where he is studying justice movements.

"The days of un-resisted fossil fuel development are over.  From this point on, every point in the process of fossil fuel development will be resisted by this growing movement."

"I’ve met very few baby boomer liberals who understand what it means to be a young person facing the reality of climate change.  It means that we’re never going to have the opportunities that our parents’ and our grandparents’ generations had, and that we’ve got this massive burden weighing on our future.

Certainly a lot of the blame falls on fossil fuel executives and politicians, but a lot of it falls on comfortable liberals who changed their light bulbs, bought organic, and sat back and patted themselves on the back.  Young people don’t have the luxury of feeling like that’s enough—like they can go to their graves content that they drove a Prius and voted Democrat, so they don’t have to feel guilty about this catastrophe."


Sep 16, 2015
Guests:  Art Weaver & Guillermo Metz


Our co-hosts share their own perspectives on climate change and delve into the deeper meaning of news and current events related to climate, particularly as they relate to our own communities.

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Aug 19, 2015
Guest:  Jonathan Lunine


Jonathan Lunine is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences, and Director, Center for Radiophysics and Space Research at Cornell University.

Lunine is interested in how planets form and evolve, what processes maintain and establish habitability, and what kinds of exotic environments (methane lakes, etc.) might host a kind of chemistry sophisticated enough to be called "life". He pursues these interests through theoretical modeling and participation in spacecraft missions. He works with the radar and other instruments on Cassini, continues to work on mass spectrometer data from Huygens, and is co-investigator on the Juno mission launched in 2011 to Jupiter. He is on the science team for the James Webb Space Telescope, focusing on characterization of extrasolar planets and Kuiper Belt objects. Lunine is currently PI for a JPL-led study to send a probe into Saturn's atmosphere, and has contributed to mission concept studies for space-based astrometry and microlensing missions. Lunine is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has participated in or chaired a number of advisory and strategic planning committees for the Academy and for NASA.

Dr. Lunine is the author of Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World and is very active in educating students and the public about the prospects of an uninhabitable world if climate disruption proceeds unabated.

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Jul 15, 2015
Guest:  Mark Dunlea


Mark Dunlea is President of the Green Education and Legal Fund (GELF). Mark recently stepped down as Executive Director of Hunger Action Network of NYS, for which he had worked since 1985 as the first staff person. A community organizer and long-time anti-poverty, food justice and peace advocate, Mark is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Law School. He is a member of Common Farms, an intentional community in Poestenkill where he and his wife have built their own passive solar home.

Mark is a member of the steering committee of 350 NYC. He was co-founder of New York and national Public Interest Research Group; Green Party of NY; Capital District Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild; Social Justice Center; and Hudson-Mohawk Independent Media Center. Mark is an avid community gardener, a member of the Brooklyn Food Coalition, and co-hosts City Watch, a public affairs radio show on Pacifica’s WBAI.

He is author of Madame President: The Unauthorized Biography of the First Green Party President.


Jun 17, 2015
Guest:  Brice Smith


Brice Smith, associate professor of physics at SUNY Cortland, is Graduate Program Coordinator for the Professional Science Masters in Sustainable Energy Systems.

Smith holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.S. in physics from Washington University in St. Louis.  He received the Buechner Teaching Prize for outstanding contributions by a graduate student to the educational program of the MIT Department of Physics.  He is the author of a number of works on nuclear power, sustainable energy and energy policy, including the 2006 book Insurmountable Risks: The Dangers of Using Nuclear Power to Combat Global Climate Change.

Smith has testified before the Georgia Public Service Commission and worked on expert reports for interveners, appearing before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board.  He has presented at more than two dozen conferences and events on energy-related issues across the U.S. as well as internationally.  Prior to joining the SUNY Cortland faculty, Smith worked as a senior scientist at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, Md., and before that as an embedded software engineer working on aircraft electric power systems at Sundstrand Aerospace.


May 20, 2015
Guest:  Katharine Hayhoe


I am an atmospheric scientist.  I don’t accept global warming on faith: I crunch the data, I analyze the models, I help engineers and city managers and ecologists quantify the impacts.  I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, part of the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center.  My research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment.

I am also the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, where we bridge the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients.  My work has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and other publications and many key reports including the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Second National Climate Assessment; the U.S. National Academy of Science report, Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia; and the upcoming 2014 Third National Climate Assessment.  I am proud to serve as a scientific advisor to Citizen’s Climate Lobby, the EcoAmerica MomentUS project, the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, the Evangelical Environmental Network, and the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative.  I am also a member of Climate Voices, a network that brings scientists and their fellow citizens together to engage in meaningful, ongoing dialogue about climate change effects on local communities, regions, and the country.

I also serve on the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s What We Know panel to communicate the “Three Rs” of climate change: Reality, Risk and Response, and their Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion; the American Geophysical Union’s Hydrology Committee on Uncertainty; the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climate Predictions and Projections team and the NOAA Climate.gov advisory team; and have contributed my research to and served as an expert reviewer for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

My work as a climate change evangelist is featured in The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, and in articles appearing in On Earth, Grist, the LA Times, Climate Progress, and others.  In 2012 I was honored to be named one of Christianity Today’s 50 Women to Watch.

In 2014, her outreach work was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary "The Years of Living Dangerously," awarded the American Geophysical Union’s Climate Communication Prize, and led to Katharine being named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People and the Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers.


Apr 15, 2015
Guest:  Jeremy Kuhre


Jeremy is a first year MBA candidate at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Brigham Young University where he also developed and co-taught an upper-level class on green building.  Jeremy worked at the for-profit engineering-consulting firm Sustainable Solutions Corporation for five years, where he managed a team of engineers who delivered energy, waste, and water savings to their clients.  Most recently, Jeremy organized a bus to travel to the People’s Climate March in NYC, the world’s largest climate demonstration where he led a group of students under the banner:  "MBA's for Change."  Jeremy is also a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) which has helped develop his perspective on stewardship of the environment.


Mar 18, 2015
Guest:  Kent Klitgaard


Anyone who believes that an economy can grow exponentially inside a finite planet is either a madman or an economist.

Kent Klitgaard is professor of economics at Wells College in Aurora NY, where he has taught since 1991.  At Wells, he teaches a diverse array of courses including the History of Economic Thought, Political Economy, Ecological Economics, The Economics of Energy, Technology and the Labor Process, and Microeconomic Theory.  He is also cofounder of the Environmental Studies Program at Wells.

Professor Klitgaard's primary teaching and research interest is ecological economics—conceptualizing the economy as a subsystem of a larger biophysical system.  Recently, his interests have turned towards the degrowth movement, and he has published multiple papers in journals such as Research and Degrowth and Ecological Economics Reviews.  With Prof. Charles Hall at SUNY ESF, Professor Klitgaard published a book entitled “Energy and the Wealth of Nations” in 2012.


Feb 18, 2015
Guest:  Dahr Jamail


In late 2003, weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people, Dahr Jamail went to the Middle East to report on the war himself.  He spent more than a year in Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country.  Dahr has also has reported from Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.  He has also reported extensively on veterans’ resistance against US foreign policy, and is now focusing on anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) and the environment.

Dahr’s stories have been published with Truthout, Inter Press Service, Tom Dispatch, The Sunday Herald in Scotland, The Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Huffington Post, The Nation, The Independent, and Al Jazeera, among others.  Dahr’s writing has been translated into French, Polish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Turkish.  On radio as well as television, Dahr has reported for Democracy Now! and Al-Jazeera, and has appeared on the BBC, NPR, and numerous other stations around the globe.

Dahr’s reporting has earned him numerous awards, including the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, The Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and four Project Censored awards.

Dahr Jamail's web site:  dahrjamail.net


Jan 21, 2015
Guest:  Allison Chatrchyan


Allison M. Chatrchyan is the Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA).  The Institute serves as a focal point to facilitate research, education, and outreach to reduce the agricultural sectors’ collective impact on the climate, and help farmers to become more resilient to climate change.  It is guided by an Advisory Committee and supported by the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station's USDA Hatch funds, and government and foundation dollars.

Allison previously worked as a Program Leader for the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) system in Dutchess County, NY.  Half of her time was committed to the CCE statewide Energy and Climate Change Team, where she worked with Cornell faculty and staff to develop an educational outreach program about climate change effects in New York, co-chaired the Cornell Climate Change Program Work Team (PWT) with David Wolfe, and worked with a team to re-design the climatechange.cornell.edu website to provide resources and tools.  Her research interests include assessing stakeholder knowledge and attitudes about climate change, and studying barriers to action and policy solutions.

Her work at CCE Dutchess involved educating and facilitating local municipal groups working to protect natural resources, building on research connections with Cornell University, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and Vassar College.  She has chaired the statewide Water Resources Program Work Team; facilitated the update of the Dutchess County Natural Resources Inventory, State of the Environment Report, and worked with a team to create an interactive community watershed resource, www.dutchesswatersheds.org.

Allison previously worked for the Bard Center for Environmental Policy as a post-doctoral fellow; the University of Maryland as a Harrison Fellow; the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, France as an Associate Programme Officer working on the Montreal Protocol for Ozone Layer Protection, and for the Law Companies Environmental Policy Center in Washington, DC.  She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in environmental and comparative politics from the University of Maryland College Park; and her B.A. in government and environmental studies from Colby College in Maine.


Dec 15, 2014
Guests:  Marian Brown and Milene Morfei


Marian Brown is Director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment at Wells College in Aurora NY.  A sustainability practitioner with over ten years of experience, she understands that sustainability as an academic area of study is somewhat akin to “drinking from a fire hose”.  There is always more to know—the field is ever-changing—there is simply no “end point” to learning about sustainability.  That is what makes this field of study exciting—and challenging.  In her Intro to Sustainability course, Marian frames sustainability as a decision-making framework for continuous improvement—one that mindfully takes into account the environmental, social and economic impacts of one’s choices.  Marian takes a hands-on approach to this introductory course, incorporating real-life projects from the students’ lived experience and tackling campus operational challenges, to make the concept of sustainability come alive for her students.  You will never think about making even simple decisions in quite the same way again!

Milene Morfei is Professor of Psychology and Ida Dorothea Atkinson Professor at Wells College in Aurora, NY.  She combines her knowledge of psychology with her passion for the environment in a psychology course she has taught since 1999 titled “Psychology of Environmental Sustainability.”  She helps students learn how to apply psychological concepts and research to promote environmentally friendly behavior in themselves and others.  She has attended several conferences and workshops sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and has presented papers on college sustainability efforts and on teaching sustainability at Greening of the Campus conferences in 2009 and 2012.

Prof. Morfei was a guest on The Forecast in 2013 when she recommended Mary Pipher's book, The Green Boat.  Milene's reading recommendation this time around is:  This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein.


Nov 19, 2014
Guests:  Jeff Bergfalk, Aubree Keurajian, and David Shalloway


Our November show will be devoted to the movement to persuade Cornell University to divest itself of fossil fuel investments.  We’ll be talking for the hour with students from the university who have been instrumentally involved in getting the Cornell Faculty Senate and student body government to approve a divestment proposal.  The time has come for Cornell to join academic leaders in refusing to profit from the destruction of our planet.

Jeffrey Bergfalk arrived from Kansas to Cornell in 2012, to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics; he has been involved in Cornell's fossil fuel divestment campaign since early 2013.  As mathematics representative to Cornell's Graduate and Professional Student Association, he played a role in the passage of multiple divestment and carbon neutrality resolutions throughout the 2013-2014 academic year.

Aubree Keurajian is a senior at Cornell studying the Science of Natural and Environmental Systems, concentrating in Environmental Biology, and currently doing research in forest biogeochemistry.  She has been a member of KyotoNOW!, Cornell's student environmental justice organization, since the fall of 2011, and has been actively working on the fossil fuel divestment campaign since its inception in the end of spring 2012.

David Shalloway is the Greater Philadelphia Professor in Biological Sciences at Cornell University.  He earned his Ph.D in Theoretical Physics from MIT in 1975 and was the founding Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell.  Professor Shalloway has conducted research in theoretical physics, biophysics, computational biology and experimental biology.  His theoretical and computational work has focused on statistical and stochastic physics, in particular on adapting hierarchical, multiscale concepts first developed in quantum physics to the analysis of complex structures such as proteins and deep-sequencing datasets.  Beyond his own research projects, Dr. Shalloway has always been interested in ways in which theoretical and computational analysis can be applied to important biological problems.


Nov 3, 2014
Guests: Guillermo Metz, program host
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This is a special show for WRFI fundraising week highlighting the year's best moments from our show.


Oct 15, 2014
Guests: Jessica Azulay and Jessica Maxwell


Jessica Azulay is Program Director at Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE), a coalition of grassroots environmental, social justice and anti-war organizations working together for a carbon-free, nuclear-free New York. Through her work at AGREE, Jessica watchdogs the four nuclear reactors in Upstate New York. She also leads the organization's work to build a broad-based movement for a 100% renewable energy transition. Before coming to AGREE, Jessica co-founded and co-managed the independent daily news website The NewStandard.

Jessica Azulay has been involved in environmental, anti-war and international economic issues since 1998, when she joined the anti-capitalist-globalization movement. She is a long-time member and organizer with the Syracuse Peace Council, and is a published author on the topics of movement strategy and non-hierarchical workplaces. Jessica grew up in rural West Virginia and moved to her current home of Syracuse, NY in 2002. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Sarah Lawrence College where she focused her studies on political economy and international economics.

Jessica Maxwell has been an activist on social justice and environmental issues for the past 15 years in Syracuse.  She currently lives at the Bread and Roses Collective House, where she coordinates their urban vegetable gardens.  She has been a longtime advocate for a sustainable energy policy and is a founding member of the Alliance for a Green Economy, a state-wide coalition working for a Carbon Free, Nuclear Free NY State.


Sep 17, 2014
Guest: Mark Z. Jacobson


Dr. Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He has long been involved in research to understand severe atmospheric problems, such as air pollution and global warming, and develop and analyze large-scale clean-renewable energy solutions to them. In 2011, he cofounded The Solutions Project, a group that combines science, business, and culture to develop and implement science based clean-energy plans for states and countries. In 2013, his group developed individual wind + water + solar or WWS energy plans for each of the 50 United States.

To date, Professor Jacobson has published two textbooks of two editions each and over 140 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has testified three times for the U.S. Congress. Nearly a thousand researchers have used computer models he has developed. In 2005, he received the American Meteorological Society Henry G. Houghton Award for "significant contributions to modeling aerosol chemistry and to understanding the role of soot and other carbon particles on climate." In 2013, he received an American Geophysical Union Ascent Award for "his dominating role in the development of models to identify the role of black carbon in climate change" and the Global Green Policy Design Award for the "design of analysis and policy framework to envision a future powered by renewable energy." He has also served on the Energy Efficiency and Renewables advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

Dr. Jacobson gives voice to a truly sensible response to climate warming. His pioneering work on the completely scalable feasibility of renewables is crucially important to our future. His passion and commitment, combined with his academic achievements and profound leadership on this issue, have inspired citizen action nationally and internationally.


Aug 27, 2014
Guest: Phil Aroneanu


Although we were unable to interview Bill McKibben last week, we spoke instead with Phil Aroneanu—one of the co-founders of 350.org.  Phil is on the core organizing team for the upcoming Peoples Climate March, and acts as 350's U.S. Managing Director.  Our conversation with Phil focused on the upcoming event on Sunday, September 21 in New York City—the largest climate-related action ever undertaken.

This show will be broadcast in part and in full on WRFI on several occasions prior to September 21st.  See the WRFI station calendar for details.

Aug 20, 2014
Guest: Tony Ingraffea


Because we could not have Bill McKibben on today, we presented a lightly-edited version of a show which originally aired Oct 28, 2013 (see below for details).  The audio link above is the original show in its entirety.

Jul 17, 2014
Guest: Joe Wilson


Joseph M. Wilson, J.D. attended public schools in New Jersey and Delaware, and earned degrees from Amherst College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, and Harvard. Before becoming a high school principal, he taught high school, college, and graduate school, worked as a trial lawyer, served in state government, and on a 60,000+ student school board in San Jose, California.

From 1994 through 2004, Joe was Principal of an inner city, magnet high school, Baltimore City College High School.  During his tenure, “City” earned many honors including: Newsweek “Top American High School,” Gates Foundation “Breakthrough High School,” Maryland and US Department of Education's Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and Maryland Character Education High School of the Year.  The Toronto National Post labeled City an “almost perfect school,” and Baltimore Magazine named Joe a “Baltimorean of the Year.”

Joe served as Principal of Ithaca (NY) High School from 2004 through 2009.  He led the implementation of several initiatives including a rubric-based discipline system, Link Crew, AVID, the Tripod Student Survey, and Professional Learning Communities.  Each of Joe's years, IHS was a Newsweek “Top American High School” while raising its student achievement index by ten percent and its equity-excellence score 32 percent.

Since retiring, Joe has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education, has coached individual school leaders, has joined the New Roots Charter High School board, and is continually active in the anti-fracking and fossil fuel stock divestment movements at Amherst and Harvard.  He is married to the former Martha J. Norton.  They live in Ellis Hollow in the Town of Dryden where they are at beck and call of their 18 year old cat, Lucky.

Jun 18, 2014
Guest: Lindsay Abrams
Audio: MP3 available soon. An edited version of this show removing technical glitches will soon be posted.

Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, where she runs the Sustainability section.  She writes regularly about food, policy and climate change, among other related topics.  A graduate of Wesleyan University, she was formerly a fellow at The Atlantic.  Her work has appeared in The Atlantic magazine and The New York Times.  Follow her on Twitter @readingirl

Ms. Abrams typically posts several articles per day at Salon.com, all of which we look forward to and read closely in our effort to keep up with the latest in climate-related news.  We recommend following her personal page at Salon.com, which lists all her articles, many of which don't make it into the daily Salon e-mail updates.  You will find many posts paraphrased from Ms. Abrams Salon articles in our website's Climate News and Commentary tab.  We owe her our gratitude for helping to keep us (and you!) informed here at The Forecast.

May 21, 2014
Guest: Sandra Steingraber


Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on environmental links to cancer and human health.

Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue. Originally published in 1997, it was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and won praise from international media including The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Lancet, and The London Times.

Continuing the investigation begun in Living Downstream, Steingraber’s book, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, explores the intimate ecology of motherhood. Both a memoir of her own pregnancy and an investigation of fetal toxicology, Having Faith reveals the extent to which environmental hazards now threaten each stage of infant development. In the eyes of an ecologist, the mother’s body is the first environment for life. The Library Journal selected Having Faith as a best book of 2001, and it was featured in a PBS documentary by Bill Moyers.

Called “a poet with a knife” by Sojourner magazine, Steingraber has received many honors for her work as a science writer. She was named a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year and later received the Jenifer Altman Foundation’s first annual Altman Award for “the inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer.” The Sierra Club has heralded Steingraber as “the new Rachel Carson,” and Carson’s own alma mater, Chatham College, selected Steingraber to receive its biennial Rachel Carson Leadership Award. In 2006, Steingraber received a Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund and, in 2009, the Environmental Health Champion Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles.

An enthusiastic and sought-after public speaker, Steingraber has keynoted conferences on human health and the environment throughout the United States and Canada and has been invited to lecture at many universities, medical schools, and hospitals—including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, and the Woods Hole Research Center.  She is recognized for her ability to serve as a two-way translator between scientists and activists.  She has testified in the European Parliament, before the President’s Cancer Panel, and has participated in briefings to Congress and before United Nations delegates in Geneva, Switzerland. Interviews with Steingraber have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, on National Public Radio, “The Today Show,” and “Good Morning America.”

A columnist for Orion magazine, Sandra Steingraber is currently a scholar in residence in Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She is married to the artist Jeff de Castro, and they live in a 1000-square-foot house with a push mower, a clothesline, a vegetable garden, and two beloved children.

Apr 16, 2014
Guest: Bruce Monger


Bruce Monger is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University.  He holds a PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of Hawaii and an M.S. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Washington.

Professor’s Monger’s primary research activities are directed at using satellite imagery to examine interannual variability of spring phytoplankton blooms and the affect that bloom variability has on higher trophic level processes. He has also been instrumentally involved in the development of an internationally recognized satellite remote sensing training program at Cornell. The increased need to understand ocean processes at the global scale, driven in part by expanding interest in climate change research, prompted NASA to build an elaborate satellite-based ocean observation system that now generates an almost unimaginable volume and variety of satellite data on a daily basis. There has not, however, been a similar push to increase the educational opportunities for researchers to learn how to work with these new satellite data sets and, consequently, the vast amounts of satellite data currently being collected are not being exploited to their fullest potential. In response to this shortcoming, Professor Monger created a summer program at Cornell University that provides critical training in the use of a wide variety of global ocean satellite data sets.

In his role as educator, Professor Monger teaches the largest course at Cornell — Introductory Oceanography. Some 800 students annually take this class that explores threats to the ocean: global warming, over fishing, marine pollution, etc.  The course highlights the idea of sustainability and the need for this generation to start living within its generational means — much as individuals need to live within their means.  Students are also encouraged to take up the challenge of civic duty by speaking up about the state of our oceans and contacting government leaders to pressure them to work for a positive change.

Last year Professor Monger started the blog itsmyocean.org, which he describes this way:
My intention is for [readers] to realize a sense of personal ownership in the ocean so that they will be more inspired to speak up on its behalf.  The blog attempts to convey a sense of ownership by providing scholarly information about current threats to the ocean and occasional commentary about the concept of ownership of the ocean and the need to speak one’s mind openly and regularly on the issue. So come and learn some oceanography and at the same time come to realize that the ocean needs help – your help!  Don't stand idly by while your stuff [the ocean] is taken from you by others!

Mar 19, 2014
Guest: Jason Hamilton


Jason Hamilton is Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Ithaca College. He holds a PhD in computational quantum mechanics and another PhD in plant physiological ecology both from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Before joining the faculty at Ithaca College in 2001, he held a postdoctoral research associateship in plant ecophysiology and global change biology in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Passionate about educating students as well as our community about the deepening effects of global climate change, Jason works broadly in the area of sustainability science where he focuses on the human-ecological system.  He is co-founder of the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Ithaca College, founder of Ithaca College Natural Lands (I.C.'s natural reserve system), founder of I.C.'s program in non-timber forest products, and Co-founder and chair of the board of trustees of New Roots Charter High School.

Jason's research and teaching have ranged from looking at the effects of atmospheric change on forest and agricultural systems, the effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on insect communities and on plant-insect interactions, the physiological responses of plants to being bitten, and on pedagogical techniques to improve education in the STEM disciplines. Currently he is studying how traditional ecological knowledge systems (e.g., ancient tracking skills, herbalism, etc.) and the modern scientific perspective can be used synergistically to improve our understanding of the environment and our place in it.
  • Inflection Points and Polar Bears. Jason Hamilton and Tom Pfaff. Ithaca College Mathematics Colloquium, Dec 3, 2009.
  • Pfaff, T., A. Erkan, J.G.Hamilton, & M. Rogers. 2011. Multidisciplinary Engagement of Calculus Students in Climate Issues. Sencer: Science Education and Civic Engagement-An International Journal. Winter Issue.
  • Hamilton J.G., M. Rogers, T.J. Pfaff, and A. Erkan. 2010. Multidisciplinary collaborations in the traditional classroom: Wrestling with global climate change to improve science education. Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, 21(1): 89−98.
  • Hamilton, J.G. 2008. Global Change and Invasive Species: The Demonic Duo. American Entomologist 54:100-102.

Feb 19, 2014
Guests: Dan Flerlage, with Rayna Joyce, Anna Kucher, and Esmé Saccuccimorano


Dan has been a teacher at the Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) for close to 400 years.  He’s has spent much of his time there involving students in activities that relate to the concept of sustainability. Regular trips with students to Bioneers and Power Shift conferences and projects allowing students to get to know and contribute to their own communities have helped focus his teaching on empowering youth to be informed participants in their own community.

Dan helped establish and facilitate Teachers for a Sustainable Future, a group of dedicated local educators working to infuse concepts and skills associated with sustainability education into their classrooms. This group helped establish the current district-wide ICSD Green Team infrastructure: teams within each school community, who work to involve students in helping reduce waste, and be more thoughtful consumers.

During a sabbatic year, Dan worked with Ithaca College’s Project Look Sharp, coauthoring the book: Media Construction of Global Warming: one of the many Look Sharp media literacy curricular guides, teaching students strategies for assessing the bias and validity of the great many sources of information available through the media today.

Four years ago, Dan helped start the Youth Farm Project, an eight acre organic farm on Nelson Road run almost entirely by local high school youth. Targeting a purposefully diverse group of young people, the Youth Farm works to involve them as active participants in building equitable local food systems and healthy communities.

Rayna Joyce is a junior at LACS. She has been a part of the LACS community since 6th grade. Starting her freshman year, Rayna began working with Localvores, a group focused on bringing more fresh and local foods into the school. That following summer Rayna started working at the Youth Farm, where she continues to be involved in both the farming and leadership of the farms summer program. Through her work at the farm and studies at school Rayna has become increasingly interested in being part of youth and community movements towards changing food systems and issues of food justice. She has had the privilege of attending both the Bioneers conference in 2012 and Powershift this past October with other LACS students. Both of these convergences were focused on young people’s role in movements to solve interconnected issues of food, sustainability, and climate justice.

Anna Kucher is a junior at LACS this year. For many years she has participated in Earth Arts, a local program for youth outdoor education, and is now a mentor there. Anna is also a part of the Youth Farm Project, showing up for community work days as well as working on the farm through school. At LACS she is a part of Locavores, a committee tied to the Youth Farm Project that is dedicated to raising awareness around healthy local food within the school and community. Anna has also interned for the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, doing watershed education on Cayuga Lake. She helped to organize Youth Power Summit 2013, a conference for youth in Tompkins County with workshops and trainings focused on issues of social justice and skills for building social movements. This past fall she attended the national Power Shift conference, helping to recruit other students to attend. Anna has been involved in the statewide movement to ban hydro-fracking; attending rallies, DEC hearings, and helping to build the grassroots campaign.

Esmé Saccuccimorano is a junior at LACS, which she has been a part of since 6th grade. For over ten years, Esmé has been both a camper and counselor at Primitive Pursuits, an Ithaca-based organization dedicated to teaching children wilderness-survival skills and environmental awareness. Through Primitive Pursuits, at school, and at home, she has developed a deep love for the natural world and the interconnectedness of all ecosystems. She has worked with organizations such as The Youth Farm and LACS’s Localvores, participated in anti-fracking rallies and climate-change protests in Albany and Washington D.C., and has attended national conferences such as Bioneers and Powershift. She believes strongly that young people have the power to shape the world around them, and advocates for youth involvement in political, social, and environmental movements.
  • additional references

January 15, 2014
Guest: Stanley R. Scobie


Dr. Scobie is a Professor Emeritus at Binghamton University. He retired in 2003 after a 33-year academic career during which, "at various times," he was Chair of the Department of Psychology, Associate Graduate Dean, principal investigator on various research projects related to animal learning and memory, involved with faculty/staff union activities, and an advocate for faculty representation in university fiscal affairs.

Since 2008, Dr. Scobie has worked with a variety of individuals and organizations on climate-related energy issues including: serving as an expert witness in litigation involving very high density gas well drilling; serving as energy advisor to Don Barber's 2008 NYS Senate campaign; forming and helping form various advocate groups on shale gas issues; briefing and advising League of Women Voters NYS on shale gas issues; testifying in various state and federal venues about shale gas regulation; and helping form the experts group PSE Healthy Energy in 2010-2011 with the other three founding directors, Prof. Robert Howarth, Dr. Adam Law, and Prof. Anthony Ingraffea.

December 18, 2013
Guest: Maura Stephens


Committed to peace, equity, justice, sustainability, human rights, arts for social change (and fun), and independent media, Maura Stephens has been a journalist for three decades and a theater artist even longer.  A generalist, she writes and speaks on a wide variety of subjects including Iraq; environment and sustainability; fracking in the Marcellus Shale; ethics and advocacy and other aspects of journalism; theocracy and dominionism in U.S. politics; entrepreneurship; organic farming; urban gardening; writing, editing, and publishing; education policy; community organizing; Burma; and health policy.

Maura Stephens is associate director of the Park Center for Independent Media and journalism lecturer at Ithaca College.

Following a long career as writer and editor at Newsweek and Newsweek International, she switched to independent media and has written for many noncorporate publications including Alternet, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, openDemocracy, TruthOut, and Yes!  She has a regular column in No Frack Almanac.

Founder and former codirector of Iraqi Refugees Assistance Connection, she worked from 2002 to 2009 on human rights issues in Iraq and has strong relationships there and among the scores of refugees she helped to escape to safety in the USA and elsewhere.  She was U.S. spokesperson and chief political strategist with the International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma and former national speakers bureau member of both EPIC (Education for Peace in Iraq Center) and TheocracyWatch.

Her new book is Frack Attack: Fighting Back.  Committed to grassroots activism, she cofounded Coalition to Protect New York and FrackBusters NY, which work to make fracking a crime in New York State, and other people-empowering groups.  A professionally trained theater artist and playwright, she will debut her play Promise/Insh’Allah in 2013 and recently originated the role of Theresa in the world premiere of George Sapio’s play Fault Lines.  She’s a longtime organic farmer who for years grew or traded with neighbors for almost all her family’s food, and during a brief city exile helped establish Bronx Green-Up, which became a model for urban gardening projects nationwide.

November 25, 2013
Guest: Milene Morfei


Milene Morfei is Professor of Psychology and Ida Dorothea Atkinson Professor at Wells College in Aurora, NY.   She combines her knowledge of psychology with her passion for the environment in a psychology course she has taught since 1999 titled “Psychology of Environmental Sustainability.”   She helps students learn how to apply psychological concepts and research to promote environmentally friendly behavior in themselves and others.

She has attended several conferences and workshops sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and has presented papers on college sustainability efforts and on teaching sustainability at Greening of the Campus conferences in 2009 and 2012.

Dr. Morfei has an in-press chapter titled, “Psychology, Sustainability, and Sense of Place” that will appear in Teaching Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences (W.P. Boring & W. Forbes, Eds., Stephen F. Austin State University Press).

October 28, 2013
Guest: Anthony Ingraffea


Dr. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University where he has been since 1977.  He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Dr. Ingraffea’s research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes.  He and his students performed pioneering research in the use of interactive computer graphics and realistic representational methods in computational fracture mechanics.

He has authored with his students and research associates over 250 papers in these areas, and is Director of the Cornell Fracture Group.   Since 1977, he has been a principal or co-principal investigator on over $35M in R&D projects from the NSF, EXXON, NASA Langley, Nichols Research, NASA Glenn, AFOSR, FAA, Kodak, U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, IBM, Schlumberger, Gas Technology Institute, Sandia National Laboratories, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, General Dynamics, Boeing, Caterpillar Tractor, DARPA, and Northrop Grumman.   Professor Ingraffea was a member of the first group of Presidential Young Investigators named by the National Science Foundation in 1984.

For his research achievements in hydraulic fracturing he has won the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics "1994 Significant Paper Award", and he has twice won the National Research Council/U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics Award for Research in Rock Mechanics (1978, 1991).  He became a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1991, and named the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell in 1992.

His group won a NASA Group Achievement Award in 1996, and a NASA Aviation Safety /Turning Goals into Reality Award in 1999 for its work on the aging aircraft problem.   He became Co-Editor-in-Chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics in 2005. In 2006, he won ASTM’s George Irwin Medal for outstanding research in fracture mechanics, and in 2009 was named a Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture.  TIME Magazine named him one of its “People Who Mattered” in 2011.

September 23, 2013
Guest: Robert W. Howarth


Bob Howarth is an Earth systems scientist, biogeochemist, and ecosystem biologist.   He joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1985 and was appointed the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology in 1993.   In March of 2013, Howarth worked with Mark Jacobson of Stanford and other colleagues at Stanford, the University of California at Davis, and Cornell, and elsewhere to produce the “2030 Plan”—a peer-reviewed paper demonstrating how to make the entire state of New York free of fossil fuels and instead develop an energy economy powered entirely by wind, water, and sunlight.

In 2011, Howarth together with colleagues Tony Ingraffea and Renee Santoro published the first comprehensive analysis of the greenhouse gas footprint of shale gas in Climatic Change Letters and an invited commentary on shale gas in Nature.   This work was cited in over 1,500 newspapers globally within the first month, winning Howarth an honorable mention as one of “50 People who Matter” in the annual Time Magazine Person of the Year issue for 2011.

For the past 35 years, Howarth has worked jointly with his close colleague and wife, Dr. Roxanne Marino, running an active research program focusing on how human activity affects the environment, with emphases on global change and on coastal ocean water quality.   A particular emphasis is human alteration of the nitrogen cycle at scales from local to regional to global, including both sources of pollution and their consequences.

Howarth also works on greenhouse gas emissions (particularly methane and nitrous oxide) and the ecological consequences of oil and gas development. He was the head consultant for the Attorney General of the State of Alaska on the response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

August 26, 2013
Guest: Jon Bosak
Audio: N/A

Jon chairs the OASIS Universal Business Language Technical Committee, an international effort to develop the standard electronic business forms used in initiatives such as PEPPOLOIOUBL, and eFreight.   Locally, he serves on the Town of Ithaca Planning Board and the Board of Directors of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.  He is a co-founder of TCLocal, an organization devoted to planning for community resilience in our area.  Articles by Jon can be found at TCLocal.org and linked from his web page.   He lives on a few acres in the Town of Ithaca, where he tries to grow onions and potatoes.

July 10, 2013
Guest: Walter Hang


Walter knows a lot about the politics of climate change and related issues, notably shale fracking and toxic dump clean ups. He also knows more than almost anyone about how to organize citizens for effective environmental activism.   Since 2009, Walter has also been instrumental in making sure that not one shale gas well has ever been fracked in New York State.  Walter has served as president of Toxics Targeting, Inc., an environmental database company here in Ithaca NY, since founding the firm in 1990.   Toxics Targeting compiles government data for more than 600,000 known and potential toxic sites in New York.   His company is a provider of environmental database services to engineers, environmental consultants, drinking water suppliers, homebuyers and municipalities.   It has also played critical roles in cleaning up toxic sites in Ithaca and holding manufacturers of the toxic gasoline additive MTBE liable for nationwide pollution clean ups.

June 22, 2013
Guest: Mark Wysocki
Audio: N/A

Mark is a senior lecturer in meteorology at Cornell University and is responsible for teaching 10 different courses in meteorology for science and non-science majors.  He is also the Atmospheric Science Faculty Career Representative, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Atmospheric Science, and is the State Climatologist for New York.   Mark is interested in the practical applications of meteorology and has research interests in the areas of air pollution, forecasting, weather analysis and planetary atmospheres.  His work in air pollution deals with evaluating Environmental Impact Statements for regional communities.  He also is involved with research looking at the effects air pollution has on our health.
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