Reality Report

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Reality Report: The Case for a Sustainability Emergency, Part I

20 Feb 2008 |
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The Reality Report interviews Philip Sutton of the Greenleap Strategic Institute and coauthor of a new report called “Climate Code Red: the Case for a Sustainability Emergency.” The report reviews disturbing new data and scientific understanding of climate change, explains why existing institutions have failed to respond adequately to the problem, and outlines an appropriate response.

These are not a choice amongst many options, but a necessity for life. It requires a “crashprogramme” — as quickly as possible — to thoroughly decarbonise the economy in a time periodmeasured in years to a decade or so, not decades to a century or more. - Climate Code Red report

With transcript.

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Hooked on Growth on the Reality Report

06 Feb 2008 |
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The Reality Report hosts David Gardner, President of Citizen-Powered Media and producer of the documentary Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity. We discuss what is it like to challenge a core belief of our society, and why is it more important than ever to do so.

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Reality Report: Daniel Lerch and Post Carbon Cities

01 Feb 2008 |
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The Reality Report interviews Daniel Lerch, author of Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty, the first major local government guidebook on peak oil and global warming. The interview opens with a discussion of the responsibilities and roles of local government, where important decisions are made regarding land use, transportation, water systems, schools and emergency services. It reviews how systems thinking can be used to understand the impacts that "energy uncertainty" will have on basic government services, and covers what some local governments in the U.S. and Canada are already doing in repsonse to peak oil. With transcript.

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Reality Report: Richard Heinberg on Peak Everything

08 Jan 2008 |
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The Reality Report hosts Richard Heinberg, covering many of the topics in his latest book, Peak Everything, which more than others considers the social implications of energy decline. The program begins with a review of the connections between energy and society, drawing from the work of cultural anthropologist Marvin Harris. A discussion of relationship between climate change and fossil fuel depletion ensues. The program concludes by offering some perspective on how to cope psychologically with difficult information.

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Reality Report: evolution, addiction and economic demand

03 Jan 2008 |
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View all related to Jason Bradford | Nate Hagens

Nate Hagens returns to discuss evolution, addiction and economic demand; or, how our brains trick us to want more than we need. Nate is a former Wall Street investments manager and has an MBA from University of Chicago. He is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. Nate is also an editor for The Oil Drum, an online source for news, analysis and discussions about energy and our future. Jason Bradford hosts The Reality Report, broadcast on KZYX&Z in Mendocino County, CA.

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Reality Report: Ecological Economics

26 Dec 2007 |
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In this edition of the Reality Report, economics Professor Joshua Farley of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont discusses the false assumptions of dominant economic theory, why this leads to problems, and what an alternative economic system might look like. During the interview, Prof. Farley explains how policies to protect the environment, stem the loss of biodiversity, conserve fossil fuels, and deal with climate change will fail without economic reform that first sets the sustainable scale of the human economy, secondly decides what is a just distribution, and finally allows the market to find the most efficient allocation. Among many publications, Prof. Farley is coauthor with Herman Daly of the college text book "Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications."

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Reality Report: global economy under stress (with transcript)

16 Dec 2007 |
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Higher energy costs and a crisis of credit as a result of huge US debt levels will cause the US and global economies to contract in the near future. On this edition of the Reality Report, Nate Hagens of The Oil Drum discusses these stresses and possible implications for responses to peak oil. NEW: A transcript of this interview is now available.

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Reality Report: The World Without Us

30 Nov 2007 |
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On this episode of The Reality Report, Alan Weisman talks about his book "The World Without Us," a fascinating study of what would happen to our built infrastructure and the natural world were humans to vanish. Though the book's scenario is far fetched, it works as a teaching device. It gives one a sense of the vulnerabilities we face with resource constraints as we may find it difficult to maintain what was built with fossil energy and rich mineral ores.

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Reality Report: the Energy Bulletin's Bart Anderson

20 Nov 2007 |
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Bart Anderson of Energy Bulletin recaps recent news related to resource depletion, climate change and more. In the past several weeks, with the rising price of oil, Energy Bulletin's readership has increased by over 40%.

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Reality Report: Escaping From Suburbia

22 Sep 2007 |
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Dara Rowland is producer of Escape From Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream., the sequel to the highly regarded film End of Suburbia. In this episode of the Reality Report she talks to host Jason Bradford about "Escape," and about the upcoming third film in the trilogy, which will go beyond North America.