Archives: environmental science

Micro-Hydro Power Guru Don Harris – PW070

Ever thought of making your own electricity in a nearby stream? We’ll talk with Don Harris, world-class guru on micro-hydropower and inventor of the Harris Hydroelectric Permanent Magnet Turbine about his experiences with these low-cost, high-return devices. Don lives up in the hills in the off-grid community of “Last Chance”, north of Santa Cruz, but • Read More »


Green Skyscrapers? Tiny Changes Can Save Big Energy-PW067

What’s so green about skyscrapers? What are the top three best ways to “green them up”? How long until owners recoup their investment in green retrofits? Find out with green building guru, Barry Giles, CEO of BREEAMUSA. Barry is the CEO of BREEAM USA and BuildingWise, as well as a LEED Fellow and a BREEAM • Read More »


Protecting America’s Coastline-PW057

In this podcast we present an interview with former Director of the California Coastal Commission, Charles Lester. Lester presided over the most powerful regulatory body in the nation when it comes to coastal protection under Governors Davis, Schwarzenegger, and Brown. He’ll talk about protecting our coasts against drilling, development and sea level rise among other • Read More »


Saving American Democracy and the Planet-PW056

A conversation with David Orr, writer and professor emeritus of environmental studies and political science from Oberlin College about the future of American democracy. What do we do to repair the damage being done to our basic institutions by the current administration? What happens after 2018, 2020, and next week if there is a constitutional • Read More »


Singing Scientist Dr. Peter Weiss & Live from Washington DC Science March – PW015

 The “Singing Scientist” Dr. Peter Weiss, an atmospheric chemist from the University of California, Santa Cruz, speaks about fog, mercury in the soil, and his role as a science educator. Also, Joe Jordan reports live from the Washington D.C. Science March. Dr. Weiss’ research interests include sea-air transfer of methylated mercury and impacts on coastal • Read More »


Climate Change in the Classroom-PW014

How are educators approaching the topic of climate change in the classroom? Two retired high school science teachers, Pauline Seales and Roland Saher,  talk about their efforts to bring the next generation up to speed on the science of climate change, the probable consequences of denying and delaying mitigation measures, policy issues, and solutions.


City Climate Action Coordinator: Tiffany Wise-West of Santa Cruz, California – PW012

Climate Action Coordinator for the city of Santa Cruz, California – Dr. Tiffany Wise-West discusses the city’s Climate Action Plan and the process of preparing for sea level rise. She explains the distinctions between climate mitigation and adaptation and describes the city’s  first sea level rise vulnerability and social vulnerability assessments, in which her team • Read More »


California’s Environmental Policy – PW009

Governor of California Jerry Brown’s Senior Policy Advisor, Ken Alex, discusses how California will stay the course on the environment during the Trump era. Also an interview with David Auston, a researcher in the Institute for Energy Efficiency, and Director of the UC TomKat Carbon Neutrality Project at the University of California Santa Barbara. Austin • Read More »


Communicating About Climate Change-PW008

Why is it so hard to communicate about Climate Change? What if the future depended on our  communicating about this better? Two experts in science communications, Susan Joy Hassol and Dr. Edward Maibach talk about how we communicate about climate change and how we might achieve more productive dialogue, today on Planet Watch Radio. Susan Joy • Read More »


The Solutions Project: A Roadmap for Getting the U.S. completely off fossil fuels – PW007

A road map for getting the U.S. completely off fossil fuels by 2050 is the subject of today’s interview with Mark Jacobson, Stanford University professor of engineering and author of The Solutions Project.   Also on the show Dan Sugar, CEO of NEXTracker, a solar company making big strides in sustainable energy, turning data into • Read More »