On this week’s show…
Alongside our usual review of the week’s environmental news headlines, today we bring you a Green Screen review of the TED Talk given by marine ecologist and author Carl Safina about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We also have a new Eco Babble defining what is meant by the term royalties – those fees paid by resource extraction companies to the provincial government owning the resources. Finally, we reach back into the archives for an editorial piece on the controversial ecowarrior organization Sea Shepherd.
Environmental News Headlines
Green Screen Review: Carl Safina, “The Oil Spill’s Unseen Victim’s and Culprits”
This week Rebecca Rooney brings us a slightly unconventional Green Screen Review. Usually these segments review films or documentaries on environmental subjects, but online videos are becoming an increasingly common excuse to eat popcorn. Instead of reviewing a full length film, this week Terra Informa has a review of a 20 min online video recorded at the 2010 TEDxOilSpill conference last June. The video is titled The Oil Spill’s unseen culprits, victims, and was delivered by author and scientist Carl Safina. In it, he lays out some of the context in which the Gulf oil spill occurred and argues that the spill was no accident, but was the result of negligence which he describes as only a symptom of a larger problem with American democracy.
This TED talk is available to be streamed or downloaded for free here.
Royalties – what are they? Why do oil corporations hate them? Why do governments keep decreasing them? After you listen to this week’s Ecobabble, you’ll be able to draw your own conclusions. Andy Read and Marcus Peterson bring us an easy-to-listen guide on the convoluted world of taxes, mineral rights, and ownership.
A dangerous and high stakes game of cat and mouse is played out every Antarctic summer season. The Japanese whaling fleet partakes in an annual hunt of approximately 1000 whales, however it is pursued by an environmental group called the Sea Shephard. Terra Informa takes a look at the past and present of the whaling issue. What does international law say on the issue? Who are the protesters? are they acting irresponsibly or courageously and will they succeed in their goal?