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State of the Oceans

Jul 18, 2012

  The latest science, the threats to our oceans, gulfs and bays, and what's being done to protect them was discussed.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by :

Dr. Susan Shaw, a marine toxicologist and President/CEO/Founder of the Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) in Blue Hill, and Professor at The School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, State University of New York, Albany

and Joe Payne the Casco Baykeeper of the Friends of Casco Bay.

  The Maine Coastal Program recently sponsored an event in recognition of World Oceans Day. Dr. Susan Shaw's presentation addressed the current imperiled state of the world’s oceans and the importance of preserving marine ecosystems for current and future generations.


Jun 19, 2012

  Back-to-the-landers. What are they up to? How has the 2nd generation of BTTL'ers changed from the first?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Melissa Coleman, author of This Life is in Your Hands

Joe Conway, writer who's working on a book and interviewing 2nd generation back-to-the-landers in Maine.  Joseph Conway's website

and Russell Libby, Executive Director, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

  The latest developments in renewable energy in Maine were discussed.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Dr. Habib Dagher, Professor of Civil & Structural Engineering, University of Maine and Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center

John Ferland, Vice President of Project Development of Ocean Renewable Power Company

  How is climate change affecting Maine's wildlife?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Andrew Whitman of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, and

Malcolm Hunter, Professor of Wildlife at The University of Maine

  Captain Paul Watson, a Canadian environmental and animal rights activist, recently spoke in Bath at the Bath Marine Museum. The talk was sponsored by The Friends of Merrymeeting Bay. Captain Watson discussed his controversial tactics of nonviolence and direct action to stop whaling across the globe.

Captain Watson is the founder and president of the Sea Shepard Conservation Society, the group featured on Animal Planet’s "Whale Wars". He is a former Sierra Club member and founding member of Greenpeace,

  Three experts discussed the impact of aquaculture on the Maine economy and the environment. Just how much seafood in our grocery stores and restaurants comes from aquaculture?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Matthew Moretti, Wild Ocean Aquaculture, LLC, Growers of Bangs Island Mussels

Sebastian Belle, Executive Director, Maine Aquaculture Association and

Dana Morse, Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant


  Colby College in Waterville recently hosted a talk by Oceanographic Research Vessel Captain Charles Moore, author of Plastic Ocean: How A Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans.

Captain Charles Moore was returning from HAwaii when he noticed scraps of trash floating by every time he came on deck. This caused him to become a scientist-activist and to write his book "Plastic Ocean: How A Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans.”

  The University of Maine recently hosted a talk, 'Climate Whiplash: What happens after global warming?', by Curt Stager, a paleoecologist, educator, Science Journalist and author of Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth. His talk is about the very long-term effects of global warming.

  Celebrating the great Outdoors in Maine.   We'll get a preview of the upcoming Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, on March 2-4, a public-private partnership of events around the state to celebrate the how, where and what of being active outdoors in Maine.

Great Maine Outdoor WeekendHost Keith Shortall speaks with:

Scot Balentine; Senior Product Developer for Equipment, LLBean Inc.

Warren (Whit) Whitney; Land Trust Program Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust 

  The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Council of Maine sponsored a public forum in Portland. The focus of the discussion was the proposal to pump tar sand oil from Canada to South Portland, where it would be delivered to tankers to ship to the Gulf Coast.

  A thousand square miles of river habitat will open up when the Veazie and Great Works dams on the Penobscot River come down. With the construction of a fish bypass on a third dam, 11 species of sea-run fish will be able to return to their historic spawning grounds. Dr. Steve Coghlan from the University of Maine’s Department of Wildlife Ecology discussed the impacts of dam removal and answer the question: Can we restore the Penobscot to its historic natural state?

  Noted environmental scholar, journalist and activist Bill McKibben spoke about his work in helping local communities find new ways to consume energy in the face of global warming.

  Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, discussed the Maine Woods Campaign and the climate change work being undertaken by the national Sierra Club. Before helming the Sierra Club, Brune worked at Greenpeace, followed by a stint at the Rainforest Action Network.

Michael Brune spoke at the Annual Dinner for the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club.

This talk was recorded November 4, 2011 at Harraseeket Inn in Freeport.

  Jonathan Lash, President, Hampshire College and former President, World Resources Institute delivered the 19th Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service at the University of Maine School of Law. Lash's talk is titled “Community, Rights, and Climate: A Challenge for a Clever Species” and it draws upon Lash's experience as a global expert on climate change, energy security, and environment and development policies.