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Heat of the Moment: Sea Level Rise

Climate change is here affecting weather conditions and sea levels. In India it’s also having a more surprising influence on the country’s tigers. On this edition of Making Contact, reporter Daniel Grossman takes us to India in Heat of the Moment: Sea Level Rise. Heat of the Moment was originally produced for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and WBUR. Featuring: Pranabes Sanyal, former park director for the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve Amit Mallick, Sundarbans resident and man attacked by tiger Tushar Kanjilal, secretary of the Tagore Society for Rural Development Mohammed Sheikh Gafur, Sundarbans resident and tea shop owner Sugata Hazra, an oceanographer at Calcutta’s Jadavapur University Ainun Nishat representative to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Shafiqul Islam, director of a small college and founder of the Pani Committee Sheikh Nural Ala, chief engineer for this region of the Water Development Board Atiq Rahman, director of the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies Daniel Grossman, journalist. Credits: Host: Jasmin Lopez Producer: Daniel Grossman More Information Deep Water book video Fantastic Forests: The Balance Between Nature & People of Madagascar Antarctica Special Meltdown Inside Out Noah’s Raft: Saving Madagascar’s Wildlife Without the Ark, Radio Netherlands and Living on...

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The Controversial Nicaragua Canal

Officially opening in 1914, the Panama Canal connected the Atlantic and Pacific creating a short-cut for ships. It was the biggest infrastructure project of its time. But originally the United States wanted to build the canal in Nicaragua. The plans shifted largely after French engineer Philippe-Jean Bunau-Varilla convinced U.S. lawmakers otherwise. Well now the Nicaragua canal plans are back on the table. Nicaragua plans to build a $50 billion canal to connect the Caribbean and Pacific. Supporters argue it will create more than 250,000 jobs. But small farmers and environmentalists say the project will destroy Lake Nicaragua. On this edition, we’ll take a look at the economic, political and environmental controversies surrounding the Nicaragua canal. Reporter Reese Erlich has the story. Featuring: Maria Mercelin, fisherman’s wife Michael Healey, head of an agribusiness association Monica Lopez, anti-canal activist and lawyer Lionel Teller, former Nicaraguan ambassador to the EU Rosibel Lope, owner of snack bar on Ometepe Island Jairo Carrilon, anti-canal coalition leader David Quintana, spokesperson for Foundation for Nicaraguan Sustainable Development Benjamin Lanzas, member of the canal’s governing body Juana Juarez, resident of Ometepe Island Osvaldo Navas, Ometepe Island leader  Antonio Granados, land owner whose property lies directly along the canal route. Host: Laura Flynn Producer: Reese Erlich Translation: Paula Matanovich Voice Overs: Raquel Kalil, Mallory Halaas, Robert Stahl, Joaquin Neault, James Mclean Music: “Simon Mathewson – Spectacled Cobra” by Simon Mathewson “Wash Out” by Broke For Free...

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Fighting Goliath (Part 2)

On last week’s show we brought you to Idaho and Montana, where hundreds of trucks were routed to haul gigantic mining equipment to the Tar Sands oil fields of Alberta Canada, but an alliance of citizens and community groups was able to block the transport through environmentally sensitive land. This week we continue the saga of the megaloads heading to the Tar Sands through the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies. We also follow two more tendrils of the Tar Sands project stretching from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia. This is the second of a two part special, on the growing resistance to the tar sands, produced by Barbara Bernstein. Listen the the first part here. Featuring: Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United conservation director Linwood Laughy, writer & historian Borg Hendrickson, Clearwater Country co-author Andrew Nikiforuk, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent author Bob Skinner, Canada School of Energy and the Environment interim director Annick Smith, A River Runs Through It co-producer Bob Gentry, environmental attorney Steven Hawley, Recovering a Lost River author David James Duncan, The Heart of the Monster co-author Zack Porter, All Against The Haul executive director Steve Seninger, University of Montana economist Spider McKnight, All Against the Haul communications specialist   More information: The Rural People of Highway 12 Fighting Goliath, Kooskia ID All Against the Haul, Missoula, Montana Wild Idaho Rising Tide The Common Sense Canadian ForestEthics Advocacy, Vancouver, BC, and Bellingham, WA Tar Sands SOS Sightline Institute, Seattle Andrew Nikiforuk Pacific Wild – Ian McAllister Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initative Coastal First Nations Recovering a Lost...

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Fighting Goliath (Part 1)

          The Canadian Tar Sands is the largest industrial project on earth. And the potential environmental consequences have brought together citizens from across borders, to fight its rippling effects. This is the first of a two part special, on the growing resistance to the tar sands, produced by Barbara Bernstein. Featuring: Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United conservation director Linwood Laughy, writer & historian Borg Hendrickson, Clearwater Country co-author Andrew Nikiforuk, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent author Bob Skinner, Canada School of Energy and the Environment interim director Annick Smith, A River Runs Through It co-producer Bob Gentry, environmental attorney Steven Hawley, Recovering a Lost River author David James Duncan, The Heart of the Monster co-author Zack Porter, All Against The Haul executive director Steve Seninger, University of Montana economist Spider McKnight, All Against the Haul communications specialist   More information: The Rural People of Highway 12 Fighting Goliath, Kooskia ID All Against the Haul, Missoula, Montana Wild Idaho Rising Tide The Common Sense Canadian ForestEthics Advocacy, Vancouver, BC, and Bellingham, WA Tar Sands SOS Sightline Institute, Seattle Andrew Nikiforuk Pacific Wild – Ian McAllister Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initative Coastal First Nations Recovering a Lost...

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Living Downstream

Renowned biologist Sandra Steingraber has made fighting environmentally induced cancers her life’s work. We hear excerpts of the documentary film, Living Downstream, which chronicles her efforts to create a world free of cancer causing toxics.

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Women Rising #22: International Anti-Nuclear Activists

With nuclear power back on the agenda, three prominent female activists tell their stories: Kaori Izumi was part of the grassroots campaign to shutdown Japan’s nuclear power plants, after the Fukushima disaster. Winona LaDuke, has spent much of her life working to oppose uranium mining on indigenous land. And Alice Slater is part of a global initiative to ban nuclear weapons. On this edition, is the anti-nuclear movement on the rise? This is a special collaboration with Lynn Feinerman and Crown Sephira Productions.

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