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A Breath of Fresh Earth explores the great things happening in the fight for a clean planet. Each week I'll give a shout-out to people making a huge impact with new technologies and ideas. I call them "Climate Heroes". We have our share of climate villains, too. The President isn't the only one I have a problem with. (I'll try to avoid saying his name during the show) I'll tell you about new products available to purchase, and who to follow on social media, reviews of environmentally themed movies, books, and songs, apps and websites, the air quality index and the current CO2 level. I'll tell you exciting news about wind and solar energy, plant-based food, electronic vehicles, the fight against plastic in the ocean, the EPA, and much more. Best of all, I'll give you easy steps to help in this battle and you won't have to leave the comfort of your couch to do it!

A Breath of Fresh Earth Rick Friedman

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A Breath of Fresh Earth explores the great things happening in the fight for a clean planet. Each week I'll give a shout-out to people making a huge impact with new technologies and ideas. I call them "Climate Heroes". We have our share of climate villains, too. The President isn't the only one I have a problem with. (I'll try to avoid saying his name during the show) I'll tell you about new products available to purchase, and who to follow on social media, reviews of environmentally themed movies, books, and songs, apps and websites, the air quality index and the current CO2 level. I'll tell you exciting news about wind and solar energy, plant-based food, electronic vehicles, the fight against plastic in the ocean, the EPA, and much more. Best of all, I'll give you easy steps to help in this battle and you won't have to leave the comfort of your couch to do it!

    Goodbye, Donald. Hello, Paris!

    Goodbye, Donald. Hello, Paris!

    Paris Agreement, Climate Timeline, Trump's environmental damage, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, 77 million heroes, Joe Biden's ten executive actions on day one, The Mayor of Munchkinland, Thanksgiving food, Interview with Melania Trump.

    • 25 min
    The "We're Doomed!" Halloween Episode

    The "We're Doomed!" Halloween Episode

    Plastic pollution, Rising Seas, Ocean Acidification, Drought, Soil, Climate Refugees, Deforestation, Air Pollution, Lysenko
    You can reach me at rf@richardfriedman.net
    You can find my books here with the links to find your favorite retailer.
    Climate Fiction novels:
    Escape to Canamith
    https://books2read.com/u/bWP9y1
    The Two Worlds of Billy Callahan
    https://books2read.com/u/mvnvLX
    Cli/Fi short stories- A Climate Carol and Other Cli-Fi Short Stories. Available in print or audiobook.
    https://books2read.com/u/38roQL


    Do you want to learn more about the Villain of the week?
    https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2017/04/07/cautionary-tale-politics-science-lysenko


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    Come to a breath of fresh earth, taking the commitment to a clean environment, to the next level. Your host, Rick Friedman will crone the climate hero and villain of the week. Along with discussing worldwide environmental issues, showcasing new products, designed with the longevity of our planet in mind and putting the spotlight on the individuals, making a big impact in helping the climate and pollution crisis through social media. Now your host, Rick Friedman,
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    We're doomed, we're doomed.
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    Welcome to a special episode of a breath of fresh earth to celebrate Halloween in the United States. I present the first annual Halloween doom and gloom tour, rising temperatures, melting, Arctic ice, drought, desertification, and other effects of climate change are not examples of future troubles. They are a reality today. During this episode, I'll speak to a few of the reasons we're facing a catastrophic future. The way a large segment of the population in the United States is facing the pandemic by avoiding wearing masks and not socially distancing is a good analogy to climate change. These people either don't believe anything, bad will happen to them, or it will happen to someone else or they believe what the current president tells them. He's giving them false hope and bad information, much like fossil fuel proponents seek to confuse deflect and deny. What is crystal clear? Fossil fuels are killing us toss in a gazillion pieces of plastic everywhere, including inside us.
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    And we're in serious trouble. In the end, we see reports of non mask wearers, recording messages from a hospital facing death due to the virus, begging others, to listen to the experts, the scientists, and to protect themselves from a deadly foe climate change will be a more difficult opponent to beat. There's no vaccine for climate change and pollution, only hard decisions and a commitment to change how we heat and cool our homes, transport ourselves around the planet and how products we don't use anymore are slipping into streams, rivers, lakes, and

    • 31 min
    The Ocean Cleanup

    The Ocean Cleanup

    Boyan Slat, International Dark-Sky Association, David Vaughan saving Coral Reefs, Radio Silence in Green Bank, West Virginia, Rick talks to two doctors about the President, Mark Brandon is brilliant!
    Email me at rf@richardfriedman.net
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    Want to learn more about the subject and people featured on this episode?
    David Vaughan
    https://www.earthday.org/edn-spotlight-dr-david-vaughan (https://www.earthday.org/edn-spotlight-dr-david-vaughan)
    Boyan Slat
    https://theoceancleanup.com/about/ (https://theoceancleanup.com/about/)
    International Dark Sky Association
    https://www.darksky.org/ (https://www.darksky.org/)
    Green Bank
    https://www.space.com/green-bank-observatory.html (https://www.space.com/green-bank-observatory.html)
    Mark Brandon
    http://www.open.ac.uk/people/mab49 (http://www.open.ac.uk/people/mab49)
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    Welcome to a breath of fresh earth, taking the commitment to a clean environment, to the next level. Your host, Rick Friedman will crone the climate heroine villain of the week. Along with discussing worldwide environmental issues, showcasing new products, designed with the longevity of our planet in mind and putting the spotlight on the individuals, making a big impact in helping the climate and pollution crisis through social media. Now your host, Rick Friedman, thanks
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    Stuff for the intro, Steph. And we'll hear from you later at the end of the show today, we're going to switch things up a bit. Our lead story is also our climate hero of the week. So let's do this right


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    It's time for the climate hero of the week.


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    Dutch vendor Boyan Slat founded the ocean cleanup at the age of 18 in his hometown of Delphi, the Netherlands, it all started when then 16 year old Boyan was diving in Greece and saw more plastic than fish. He devoted his high school science project to understanding the problem and research why cleanup was considered impossible. It became clear that a cleanup using vessels and nets would take thousands of years, cost tens of billions of dollars and harmful to sea life. There are five major plastic accumulation zones in the world where ocean currents converge. We learned about them when we featured Marcus Erickson and his company five gyres in episode 12, these accumulation zones are commonly called garbage patches. The majority of ocean plastic will not go away by itself, but instead it slowly breaks down into microplastic. Boyan came up with an idea to develop a passive concentration system.


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    Instead of going after the plastic, he lets the plastic come to him, led by slot. Now 26, the ocean cleanup is designing and developing cleanup systems to what is already polluting our oceans into intercept plastic on its way to the ocean via rivers. Speaking of rivers, slot belt, the interceptor, the interceptor is the first scalable solution to prevent plastic from entering the world's oceans. Coming from rivers, it is a hundred percent solar powered extracts pla

    • 19 min
    Jakarta is Sinking!

    Jakarta is Sinking!

    Jakarta is sinking, Zombie fires, Terrapass, Tongass, Pendley, NASA, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, climate a financial risk, Ron Johnson, Leah Namugerwa, Saoi O'Conner, David Wicker, Will Steffen.
    I hope you liked the show! You can learn more about this episode via the links listed below.
    Feel free to contact me at rf@richardfriedman.net or @bofepodcast
    Jakarta is sinking.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96cETZnhH6k (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96cETZnhH6k)
    Zombie Fires
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SDuNmt3Wyo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SDuNmt3Wyo)
    Terrapass
    https://www.terrapass.com/ (https://www.terrapass.com/)
    Tongass
    https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25092020/roadless-rule-tongass-alaska-logging (https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25092020/roadless-rule-tongass-alaska-logging)


    Pendley dumped
    https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2020-09-25/judge-removes-trumps-public-lands-boss-after-governor-sued (https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2020-09-25/judge-removes-trumps-public-lands-boss-after-governor-sued)


    ISS
    https://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-unknown-orbital-debris-narrowly-missed-striking-iss-avoidance-maneuver-2020-9 (https://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-unknown-orbital-debris-narrowly-missed-striking-iss-avoidance-maneuver-2020-9)


    Happy Birthday Ove!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj6xmyXvRv8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj6xmyXvRv8)


    Climate change a major risk
    https://www.barrons.com/articles/climate-change-poses-a-major-risk-to-u-s-financial-system-warns-regulator-51599667397 (https://www.barrons.com/articles/climate-change-poses-a-major-risk-to-u-s-financial-system-warns-regulator-51599667397)




    Ron Johnson
    https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/wisconsin-us-sen-ron-johnson-downplays-climate-change/ (https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/wisconsin-us-sen-ron-johnson-downplays-climate-change/)


    Leah Namugerwa
    https://www.instagram.com/namugerwaleah/?hl=en (https://www.instagram.com/namugerwaleah/?hl=en)


    Saoi O’Conner
    https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30955110.html (https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30955110.html)


    David Wicker
    https://www.instagram.com/davidwickerhf/?hl=en


    Common Home Conversations Beyond UN75
    https://www.theplanetarypress.com/podcast/

    • 21 min
    Bill McKibben

    Bill McKibben

    McKibben, 350.0rg, Kiss the Ground movie, Lilly Platt, Luisa Naubauer, Wheeler, Unilever, David Archer, and Santa Claus.
    contact me at rf@richardfriedman.net or on twitter. Thanks for listening!
    Want more information about the topics on this episode?
    Bill McKibben
    @billmckibben
    Author, Educator, Environmentalist and Founder of https://t.co/PvZxwxYAYF?amp=1 (http://350.org) Opinions emphatically my own
    Vermonthttps://t.co/I7SSfC4hgj?amp=1 (billmckibben.com)Joined February 2009
    https://twitter.com/billmckibben/following (1,295 Following)
    https://twitter.com/billmckibben/followers (357.5K Followers)
    Bhutan Tourism info
    https://www.tourism.gov.bt/


    Lilly Platt
    @lillyspickup


    Global Youth Ambassador, Speaker & Environmental Champion


    Luisa
    Luisa Neubauer
    @Luisamneubauer
    climate activist https://twitter.com/search?q=%23fridaysforfuture&src=hashtag_click (#fridaysforfuture) • student • columnist • author of "Vom Ende der Klimakrise"


    contact.luisa.neubauer@gmail.com
    Berlin, Germanyhttps://t.co/2ehmZsCShu?amp=1 (ted.com/talks/luisa_ne…)Joined January 2013
    https://twitter.com/Luisamneubauer/following (1,204 Following)


    ME!!!!!
    A Breath of Fresh Earth@BOFEPodcast


    Kiss the Ground
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc7HM-7sBLaxWhhOzAkf04A


    Andrew wheeler
    https://www.nrdc.org/stop-andrew-wheeler


    Unilever
    https://www.unilever.com/climate-and-nature.html


    Kenya
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/climate/oil-kenya-africa-plastics-trade.html


    Uber
    https://interestingengineering.com/uber-plans-to-have-an-all-electric-fleet-by-2030-and-a-zero-emissions-one-by-2040


     David Archer
    David Archer
    @carbon_cycler
    Professor at the University of Chicago working on Earth's carbon cycle and its interaction with global climate
    Chicago, ILJoined January 2017
    https://twitter.com/carbon_cycler/following (1 Following)
    https://twitter.com/carbon_cycler/followers (25 Followers)

    • 19 min
    Electric Vehicles

    Electric Vehicles

    The electric vehicle revolution, Nicola Tesla, Elon Musk, who killed the electric car, Thomas Sterry, U.K. climate refugees. Want to dig a little deeper?
    https://www.cnbc.com/2015/11/13/elon-musks-10-greatest-inventions-changing-the-world.html (https://www.cnbc.com/2015/11/13/elon-musks-10-greatest-inventions-changing-the-world.html)
    https://www.energy.gov/maps/egallon (https://www.energy.gov/maps/egallon)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvyJrY1ZmLY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvyJrY1ZmLY) a short Telsa video
    https://www.history.com/topics/inventions/guglielmo-marconi (https://www.history.com/topics/inventions/guglielmo-marconi)
    https://www.motortrend.com/news/2019-electra-meccanica-solo-review/ (https://www.motortrend.com/news/2019-electra-meccanica-solo-review/)
    https://arrival.com/ (https://arrival.com/)
    https://www.motor1.com/features/395963/gmc-hummer-ev-horsepower-details/ (https://www.motor1.com/features/395963/gmc-hummer-ev-horsepower-details/)
    https://electrek.co/2019/12/26/vw-electric-vehicle-charging-butler-robot-concept/ (https://electrek.co/2019/12/26/vw-electric-vehicle-charging-butler-robot-concept/)
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/18/this-is-a-wake-up-call-the-villagers-who-could-be-britains-first-climate-refugees (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/18/this-is-a-wake-up-call-the-villagers-who-could-be-britains-first-climate-refugees)
    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/20/farmers-chicks-arrive-dead-usps-399372 (https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/20/farmers-chicks-arrive-dead-usps-399372)
    https://www.mysteriesofcanada.com/quebec/us-greenbacks/ (https://www.mysteriesofcanada.com/quebec/us-greenbacks/)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg09fOoDbtE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg09fOoDbtE) a short video about Ford and Edison and the electric car
    Rick: (https://www.rev.com/transcript-editor/Edit?token=9UfBr8FvOuLXV76u42PskQ_UzJwCiI2BYubZSY5xi7lYoLl87LoiJ8K_BvH6ZFScVnFXk0jJIiFv_f6jc3iCduq6Bfo&loadFrom=PastedDeeplink&ts=8.43 (00:08))
    Welcome to a breath of fresh earth, taking the commitment to a clean environment, to the next level. Your host, Rick Friedman will crone the climate and villain of the week. Along with discussing worldwide environmental issues, showcasing new products, designed with the longevity of our planet in mind and putting the spotlight on the individuals, making a big impact in helping the climate and pollution crisis through social media. Now your host, Rick Friedman,
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    What does it really cost to drive an electric car? Electricity isn't free. The energy department created something called the E-gallon to help people understand the cost of driving an electric car whats an Egallon? It represents the cost of fueling a vehicle with electricity compared to a similar vehicle that runs on gas. It's gives us a chance to compare the cost of driving an electric car with a similar sized car that uses gasoline. Right now, it's reasonable to say it would be about 50% less to charge your vehicle with electricity than to fill it up with gasoline. Now, this does not consider the peace of mind knowing that you're not contributing to poisoning the planet. That's gotta be worth something. It also does not include the cost of maintaining your electric car, which is about $800 a year, less than a traditional combustion engine with all its parts and wear and tear.
    Rick: (https://www.rev.com/transcript-editor/Edit?token=9UfBr8FvOuLXV76u42PskQ_UzJwCiI2BYubZSY5xi7lYoLl87LoiJ8K_BvH6ZFScVnFXk0jJIiFv_f6jc3iCduq6Bfo&loadFrom=PastedDeeplink&ts=92.39 (01:32))
    You might even be able to save more money. If you're a city gives you a discount for charging your vehicle at night, energy.gov releases

    • 23 min

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