Saturday, August 12, 2017

Another Climate Crisis Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. With all the Mad King's sabre rattling and old fears of nuclear war invading our dreams you could be forgiven for letting the Climate Crisis slip your mind these days. However, that slow motion dooms day scenario is still alive and well here on The Enviro Show! Michael Rawlins, Associate Director of the Climate System Research Center, at UMass, Amherst joins us in the studio for the latest science on climate chaos. [UPDATE: Here's the link to that leaked climate report we were discussing] Also, another call from David Detmold on his Bike for Standing Rock tour. David is now onsite. As always, we will take you to meet our latest Fool-on-the-Hill and to mock The Mad King and his Corrupt Court of Crass Cronies, as well as a side trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it's time for........Revenge of the Critters! Another listener suggested winner: This Texan outdoes most others in the Department of Truly Stupid. Read all about it!

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Evan Jenkins (Repugnican-W.Va.) who is concerned the Mad King's anti-enviro edicts won't go far enough to destroy the planet recently said: "We need to put the legislative stamp of approval on what the Trump administration is doing." You can read more about what the Enemies of the Earth are planning when congress returns to "work" HERE.

And, speaking of His Malignancy, it's time for another issue of The Mad King! This time we find His Malignancy, when not threatening nuclear annihilation, shilling for Old King Coal and schemes to bring back dirty coal-powered coal plants in West Virginia so they can make America great again. The Washington Examiner tells us: "The governor of West Virginia is pitching the idea of federal coal subsidies to Trump, in which the federal government pays power plants to buy Appalachian coal. It's an idea that Trump is "really interested" in, said Gov. Jim Justice, who made headlines last week for switching political parties from Democrat to Republican as Trump visited the state." And speaking of interesting ideas how about this? "Trump Forest Created to Offset His Monumental Stupidity on Climate Change"

We have Breaking News! Given the lack of interest in protecting and reserving our forests in the struggle to fight climate chaos(even among climate activists!) it's not surprising that this news didn't cause much of a ripple here in the Commonwealth. It seems the Gov is all in for wood biomass, aping the industry and it's enablers misnomer that incinerating our forests is "renewable energy". Read all about it here and here. Enviro Show listeners know where we stand on this critical issue and we are, as the saying goes "like dogs on a bone". Stay tuned!

On to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber! Our friends fighting fracking might like this one: "Pipeline Payday: How Builders Win Big Whether More Gas is Needed or Not".  While we're at it with these pipeline perverts, Greenpeace has been doing its homework on Kinder Morgan and its fellow despoilers; that would be right HERE. And this: Grist informs us that a big glacier in Greenland may be breaking apart. Remember Tom Neilson's song?

After our conversations with David and Michael we're off to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, August15, Noon to 1pm. Weekly TD Bank Vigil to pressure TD to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline. 324 Main St., (near Federal St corner)
Greenfield, MA.

Tuesday, August 15, 5 – 6:30 PM. Raptor Identification. Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, 99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA.
Join the Northfield Bird Club and Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for a free program on raptor identification. This video-based program by David Brown will acquaint you with field marks and other ways for identifying these raptors as they pass overhead. This program is suitable for adults and teens. David Brown is an interpretive naturalist and wildlife videographer who has devoted many hours to studying and taping raptors on their territories and on migration. Visit his website:

Friday, August 18, 9:30PM to 12AM. Bob Massie, candidate for MA governor and internationally-known climate activist and sustainability expert, is hosting a climate and sustainability panel discussion at the Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA following the 7:00 show of An Inconvenient Sequel; Truth to Power at the Kendall Square Cinema in Boston. This is a great opportunity to meet Bob, ask questions, and find out about the campaign. Admission is FREE! Go to:

Saturday, August 19, All Day & All Out
--> on the Boston Common to Resist Fascism! Respect Existence or Expect Resistance!  Go to:

August 19, 10:30  – 11:30 AM. Poison Ivy Walk. Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Are you uncertain if you’d know poison ivy if you see it? Join a DCR park interpreter for a walk along the Canalside Rail Trail and Discovery Center grounds for tips on how to recognize poison ivy and to learn about the ecology of the plant. Reduce your chances of an itchy summer and fall! Bring water for the walk and meet at the main entrance. Free. Call: 413-863-3221

August 24, 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Bureau of Forestry Pre-Harvest Forest Tour
Savoy Mountain State Forest – Savoy, MA. Department of Cut & Run (DCR) Forester will be leading a tour of the Tannery Road Timber Sale where he will discuss forest management techniques in a predominantly northern hardwood forest and a Norway spruce plantation! A detailed silviculture prescription for the harvesting operation will be provided to attendees. Meet at the parking area on New State Road above Burnett Pond in Savoy Mountain State Forest. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and to wear sturdy shoes.  For additional information about the tours and DCR forest management on state forests, parks, and reservations, please contact William Hill, Management Forestry Program Supervisor, at 413-545-3891.

August 27, 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Soil’s Alive!  Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Join a DCR park interpreter for a talk and demonstrations investigating the microbiology of healthy soils. Get the dirt on soil glue and how it can help contribute to healthier plants, better nutrition, bigger flowers, less erosion and cleaner water. Meet in the Great Hall. After the demonstrations, join in an optional Discovery Center grounds site walk to visit soil sample locations and consider how you can make a difference in soil health. Free. Call: 413-863-3221

That all folks. Remember to......what? Listen to your Mother, of course!

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